Pros and Cons of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter as a Family Van

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter is a 12-seat passenger van with a high roof and long wheel base. It is large enough for you to comfortably accommodate extra family members and the extra luggage you might need. Here are the pros and cons of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter as a family van.


It is Huge

This van is gargantuan and it is 50 inches longer than a Chevrolet Surburban. It has a wheelbase of 170.3 inches, overall length of 274.1 inches, width of 95.5 inches and a height of 110-0 inches. The Mercedes Benz Sprinter is a 23 foot bus with a 14-foot wheelbase. This van can comfortably sit 12 people comfortably in our rows. It has a copious head room and a flat rear load floor that is 6ft long and almost 6ft wide. It also has enough space to fit all the luggage you need to take along with you.

Great MPG

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter van has an efficient 2.1-liter turbodiesel; this is a proven 4-cylinder iron block engine that is capable of producing 161 horsepower at 3800 RPM and 265 pound feet of torque from 1400 – 2400 RPM. The internal balance shaft in this van helps to keep it smooth and it the enormous cabin is well insulated. It has a gearbox that offers a smooth shifting 7-speed automatic transmission and at 65 MPH the engine is running at 2100 RPM. This van has a small engine doing a lot of work yet it doesn’t feel strained.

Abundant Safety Technology

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter van boasts of loads of technology that is geared towards keeping its passengers safe. Apart from the load adaptive electronic stability control and ABS, this van is fitted with Hill Start Assist, Cross Wind Assist, and Brake Assist. Also, it has thorax and window airbags for the front passengers and the driver. Although all the rear windows are fixed, there is a side glass immediately behind the driver that can serve as an exit in case of an emergency. Other options on this van include a rear view camera, Parktronic sensors, a blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, collision prevention assist, and high beam assist. Learn more.


It is Tough to Park

Due to its relatively huge size, this van can be tough to park. It does not fit in most parking structure and it can’t get cleaned at an automatic car wash. Although it has a tight turning radius, you can’t make a u-turn on a residential street. It is not also easy to turn right into a driveway from the right lane. Again, the long-wheelbase/high roof model can’t fit in today’s short driveways or most garages.

Rough on Bumpy Roads

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter van is a heavy and big vehicle fitted with Load Range E tires. While these tires allow the van to safely carry all its weight more air pressure is required than with a typical crossover or car. As a result, this van will shake your internal organs on poorly constructed roads.


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