The image that comes to mind when you think of Mercedes-Benz is one of a prestigious luxury car. It’s the kind of car they’re known for and what many people aspire to own.
That’s not an inaccurate perception, but Mercedes also makes a line of vans that are less about luxury and more about making the workday easier. You may covet a Mercedes sedan, but chances are your plumber or florist or electrician wants one of these Worker vans.
There are two different flavors to choose from depending on the needs of your business. There’s the larger Sprinter Worker and the more compact Metris Worker. The Sprinter debuted earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show and has been so well-received that they’re expanding the lineup with new chassis, engine, and body configurations.
The Sprinter Worker starts at $32,495 and now has a choice of two fuel-efficient engines. There’s the standard 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission with 161 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.
It tows up to 5,000 pounds and achieves up to 23 mpg, which means more time getting the job done and less time refueling. Add a best-in-class 20,000-mile service interval so your Sprinter Worker van spends more time working for your business.
New to the Sprinter is a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. This more powerful engine provides 188 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque for those who need a more heavy-duty vehicle. Choose the low-roof for 660 pounds of roof load capacity or opt for the high roof for more interior room with 330 pounds of roof load capacity.
There are standard features like a 4-speaker AM/FM radio, USB interface, Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming. There’s also Crosswind Assist Load-Adaptive Traction Control to keep drivers safer on the road.
The Sprinter comes only in white, leaving a blank canvas for businesses to add their own graphic or wrap. The interior is fully customizable with room for toolboxes, storage bins, or shelves.
Also new to the Sprinter Worker lineup is a passenger van with room for up to 12-people. This model comes in white, black, or silver offered exclusively with the 2.1-liter 4-cylinder powertrain.
The Sprinter’s little brother is the new Metris. This mid-size van starts at $25,995 in cargo configurations or $29,995 as a passenger van. It offers more cargo room than a traditional small van with the convenience of a smaller size that fits into a garage and is easier to move through narrow city streets.
The Metris features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Its payload is 2,500 pounds while its towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. The interior has 186 cubic feet of room so it can haul over 60 sheets of drywall or plywood proving it may be smaller, but it’s still capable.
The passenger Metris has room for seven people so it can easily be a part of your shuttle or limousine fleet. There’s room for cargo in the back and second and third rows can be removed to reconfigure for your needs.
Like the Sprinter, the Metris has a best-in-class service interval of 15,000 miles so it spends more time working. It’s highly configurable interior makes it easy to customize to fit the needs of any business whether that means transporting passengers, serving as a delivery vehicle, or operating as a mobile workstation.
Since these are Mercedes-Benz vehicles, they’re comfortable and smooth while still getting the job done. No, they’re not like driving that sedan you’ve been eyeing, but they are surprisingly comfortable.
We drove both the Metris and Sprinter around the streets of Charleston, South Carolina the same way they’d be used in a typical workday. Even the Sprinter with its larger size had comfortable seats with suspension that didn’t jolt your spine at every bump in the road.
Our drive also took us to several local businesses, including The Urban Electric Company, which makes high-end lighting fixtures. They use a Sprinter van for servicing customer needs and found it does double duty.
Not only does it provide a shop-on-wheels for their technicians, it upholds their image. They produce a product that targets a more exclusive clientele, so showing up in a Mercedes-Benz van helps reinforce their brand image.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker and Metris Worker offer tradesman an attractive new option for meeting the needs of customers. Competitive pricing, flexible configurations, and a comfortable and adaptable interior make them an appealing option.