Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van for Sale: The Practical & Affordable Solution to Your Commercial Van Needs
The name Mercedes-Benz has long been synonymous with luxury, and while the range of commercial vans such as the Mercedes Benz Sprinter may be intended for more heavy-duty industrial applications than the typical Mercedes Benz vehicle, they are no exceptions to the luxury rule. In fact, the only thing that is surprising is the non-luxury price tag, with Sprinter vans priced extremely competitively against vehicles in their class made by other manufacturers.
What this means for you as a consumer is that you can expect the same high quality precision engineering, the same relentless attention to detail and the same focus on safety, comfort, and handling. In fact, everything that the name Mercedes-Benz immediately brings to mind, you will find embodied in the heart and soul of every Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van for sale.
Practical & Affordable
When you consider the entire market of vans for sale, the Sprinter van really does tick all the boxes. It is a strong, dependable workhorse with a high carrying capacity and up to 530 cubic feet of interior space, plus a range of chassis options so you can choose a configuration that best suits your needs. There is even an option for 4×4 if your work or hobbies is going to take you places where you think you will need it.
The Mercedes-Benz engineers carried that practicality forward into the interior as well, such as building in unobtrusive extra stowage spaces in the cab. The interior is also where you will find the true luxury of this vehicle, with generous cabin space, sumptuously upholstered seats, and an expertly designed dash and control layout that puts everything you need within reach.
The seats are fully adjustable, and incredibly comfortable. They even come with adjustable arm-rests, which if you are an experienced commercial driver you already know are an essential yet sorely missed feature in most vans.
The affordability factor is determined in two ways. First there is the low price tag, putting it in the same bracket with three of its closest rivals, the Chevy Express, the Ram ProMaster, and the Nissan NVP.
Plus even if the price of a new Sprinter van is outside your budget, there are always used vans for sale due to the Sprinter’s popularity with owners of large commercial fleets, such as courier companies.
The second (and perhaps more important) contributor to the Sprinter’s amazing affordability is its impressive fuel economy. It’s so impressive that the Sprinter van is by far the most economical van in its class.
The Perfect Balance of Power and Economy
It all starts with the engine. Other manufacturers will try to persuade you with the raw horsepower their engines produce, but when it comes to vans, horsepower is not the important statistic to consider. What you really want to look at is torque, and the Sprinter is unsurpassed for producing high torque at low RPM. If you want raw acceleration, buy a sports car. When you want sheer power to get the job done no matter how tough the task, the Sprinter van provides the answer.
Having all the luxury and comfort in the cabin can make it easy to forget, but this is a commercial vehicle through-and-through. With this in mind, Mercedes Benz has included a turbo-charged diesel engine as standard. In combination with the 7G-TRONIC transmission system, the OM651 4 cylinder engine pulls some impressive numbers. It is also up to 18% more economical than its older brother, the 5-speed / 6 cylinder OM642 which is available as an optional extra if you feel you will need the extra zip.
It is worth mentioning that our drivers found no real great performance disparity between the 4 cylinder and V6 when driving at legal speeds. If you push them harder than that, the V6 is most appropriate in hilly/mountainous regions or if you are towing consistently.
Most owners will be happy to stick with the standard engine configuration due to the lower price tag and the lower cost to run, especially given that under normal conditions the performance difference is negligible. Still there are certain types of customers – police and emergency services, for example – who need to squeeze every last available newton of acceleration they can muster, and for them the OM642 will be the preferred choice.
You will also have to shell out for the V6 if you want the 4×4 option, but again, if you are choosing this option you probably have special requirements. If you are leading an expedition to the Arctic or taking tourists up into the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the 4×4 Sprinter will let you carry more than any other 4×4 van on the market, and it does so with alacrity.
But setting aside those special cases, the reliable “regular duty” OM651 is not just adequate, it’s admirable. Delivering a maximum power output of 125kW and maximum torque of 350Nm, this engine offers hauntingly similar performance to its BMW counterpart, and that is not at all a bad thing.
The 7G TRONIC transmission is part of the secret of why the Sprinter offers such a smooth ride, and also contributes significantly to the fuel economy. The engine is intentionally designed to be de-throttled, producing high torque and allowing for faster up-shifting.
This makes sense because the majority of Sprinters are in service as courier vehicles or used by trade workers. This naturally entails a lot of stop-start city driving, so better fuel economy at low speeds is attractive in such a vehicle. High-speed long haul transport tends to fall more within the domain of truck drivers.
In fact, that is essentially what the word “sprinter” means – somebody who makes short dashes from point to point, so it is an apt name for the kind of role the Mercedes Sprinter is mainly employed in.
Clever Assistive Technology for Enhanced Stability and Safety
Driving a van can feel quite precarious sometimes at times. You have to be concerned about things like reduced traction when empty, shifting load balances, tricky cornering, and a whole host of other problems. It would be only natural to expect that a behemoth like the Mercedes Benz Sprinter with its long wheelbase and high roof would be even more challenging and potentially worrying.
But the Mercedes Sprinter has a huge amount of sophisticated technology to assist you, and there are so many great features built in that it could well make the Sprinter the safest van for sale in today’s marketplace.
The first and most impressive of these is Crosswind Assist, which detects strong gusts and employs a secondary technology known as the Adaptive Electronic Stability Program (ESP) to help prevent side-drift or unintentional lateral movement. This works so well that in less extreme conditions you may not even be aware that it is working because you may not notice the crosswind at all.
When sensors detect the crosswind effect, the computer calculates the exact amount of braking force required to counter the effect, and then applies that braking automatically only to wheels on the affected side. This results in impeded lateral movement without significant impact on forward velocity.
Trailer Stability Assist
ESP also has a module for Trailer Stability Assist, which responds to trailer movement and intervenes to help you get things back under control.
These stability-enhancing technologies rely upon the Braking Assist System (BAS). This system has three main subsystems: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Anti-skid Control (ASR), and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD).
Adaptive ESP is intelligent, and its features go beyond emergency management to also include keeping the vehicle prepared so that when an emergency situation does arise, the system is fully able to cope with it. One of these is ESP Brake Disc Wipe, which removes the film of water that can build up on the surface of brake discs.
ESP Electronic Brake Prefill begins setting up the braking system in advance when you take your foot off the accelerator, which improves braking response time when you manually apply the brake pedal.
The structural design takes force distribution into account when an impact occurs, intelligently diverting as much force as possible through the floor and walls so that passengers and cargo are less likely to be affected by the impact.
There is a driver’s side airbag fitted as a standard component and additional airbags are available as optional add-ons. Every seat comes with a three-point seatbelt for extra safety.
Driver perception is enhanced by the standard fitting of wide-angle mirrors. When combined with the optional Blind Spot Assist (see next section, below), drivers will have the utmost situational awareness of the external environment.
Optional Extra Enhanced Safety Features
Mercedes Benz engineers clearly like the word “assist” because they have used it in almost all of the safety-enhancing technology. The next of these technologies is known as “Collision Prevention Assist”, although that name may be slightly misleading because it only prevents rear-end collisions caused by you (so it can’t prevent somebody from crashing into the back of you, and does not give much protection from a head-on collision or side-swipe).
Even so, it is a nicely reassuring backup to let you know when a collision may be imminent and it provides assistance with emergency braking so that you don’t make matters worse by slamming on the brakes suddenly.
It works by using a low powered mid-range radar sensor to detect the distance between you and a vehicle directly ahead of you, detecting the speed of the other vehicle relative to your own speed.
There is no need to worry about constant false alarms when stuck in slow moving city traffic because the system only kicks in when you are traveling faster than 18 miles per hour.
The system works in three stages; first it provides a visual warning via a yellow warning lamp on the speedometer, then if the situation persists it sounds an audible warning, and finally if things are looking really grim it activates the BAS.
The BAS calculates exactly how much braking force is required to prevent a collision, and then applies the correct amount of force when you apply the brake pedal. This also employs the ABS when necessary to prevent sliding due to the wheels locking.
Another radar-based technology is Blind Spot Assist, which detects if a vehicle is present in your blind spot and activates a warning lamp directly on the side mirror to tell you.
It is sensitive enough to detect any kind of vehicle in this area including motorcycles. If you fail to notice the warning and activate your turn signal indicator to the side where there is a blind spot obstruction, an audible collision warning will sound to alert you.
High-beam Assist uses a camera instead of radar to detect the conditions outside and adjust your lights accordingly. This can save you a lot of bother, but try not to forget that you have to dip your lights manually when you return to driving a regular car! Relying on automated systems can become a habit.
Then there is Lane Keeping Assist, which uses cameras to detect the lane markers and will warn you if it detects too much drift. The idea behind this is that one of the clearest signs that a driver has succumbed to the awful temptation of a micro sleep is that they begin to drift out of their lane. This is a very serious situation and many people die every year because of drivers falling asleep.
Getting access to all of these technologies requires buying the add-on Active Safety Package which costs $1800 extra, but it is not unlikely that having all of these extra safety features installed should help you to negotiate lower insurance rates, so if you baulk at the extra cost then at least be aware that it could possibly pay for itself over the long term through reduced insurance rates, and furthermore obviously the technology has the potential to save lives.
The Active Safety Package also includes several other less essential but still useful technologies. One that is especially sweet is the Instrument Panel Cluster Pixel Matrix, which is a two-panel horizontally split screen that displays essential data and warnings. The best part is that it can tell you your tire pressure – a great idea, since manually checking is one of the most frequently neglected tasks.
Other features include heated side mirrors (for dispelling fog and condensation), tinted windshield glass with band filter (reduces interior heating and glare), an overhead control panel with 2 reading lamps and choice of sunglass compartment or alarm control unit, light and rain sensors to automatically activate lights and wipers, a multi-function steering wheel (similar in theory to the HOTAS principle employed in jet fighters), and even – somewhat bizarrely – a first aid kit. One would think that with all these safety features the need for the inclusion of a first aid kit would be significantly reduced.
An extra $745 will also buy you the echo-sounding Parktronic feature, which is intended to make parking easier by alerting you to obstacles in close proximity to the vehicle when you are engaged in parking maneuvers. A potential additional benefit of this technology is that it may possibly warn you if a person or large animal wanders into your path while reversing.
You can further improve parking safety by purchasing a reversing camera, which is installed onto the roof just above the cargo doors, sending output to a 7-inch display in the cabin.
An Environmentally Responsible Choice
Although the Mercedes-Benz team has labeled the efficiency system used in the Sprinter van range as “BlueTEC”, these vehicles are also decidedly “green”, meeting both the Euro6 and EPA14 certification standards for emissions.
Reduced NOx and CO2 emissions are achieved by means of exhaust gas recirculation within the enclosed system, resulting in decreased combustion temperature and lower oxygen concentrations in the cylinder. As a result the emissions are reduced, and a bonus side effect is that the efficiency of the turbocharger is improved.
The Dominant Leader in Large Commercial Van Sales
After reviewing the 2015 Sprinter with all of the different options, we were well satisfied with the performance, so it came as no surprise to learn that the Mercedes Benz Sprinter is a top seller in its category.
Automotive industry experts such as Vincentric have recognized the outstanding value and popularity of the Sprinter. Vincentric has awarded the Mercedes Benz Sprinter its ‘Best Fleet Value’ award for 3 straight years from 2011, which is only one among several other awards the Sprinter has received.
Versatile Range of Body Configurations
Vans are incredibly versatile vehicles suited to a wide range of tasks, and Mercedes Benz has developed the most flexible range of choices you will ever see in creating the Sprinter series. When it comes to looking for a Sprinter van for sale, you’ll have the following models to choose from:
The Sprinter passenger van is available as the 2500 model only, and there is a choice of standard or high roof, and a choice of 144″ wheelbase or 170″ wheelbase. The latter option will allow your customers a bit of extra comfort, but this option requires a larger turning circle. The maximum seating capacity is 12 including the driver and co-driver seats.
The Sprinter minibus is similar to the passenger van but the seating arrangement is different and it is only available with the 170″ wheelbase and high roof. There are four different variations in this class, being Paratransit Shuttle, Airport Shuttle, Commuter Shuttle, and Hotel Shuttle. The specifications are similar for all, but the seating capacity and seating layout varies.
The Paratransit Shuttle has 4 rows of 2 abreast rear passenger seats on the left side with cargo space between the 3rd and 4th row, and 3 rows of 1 abreast rear passenger seats on the right. These are staggered so as to provide some room for passengers to move around.
The Airport Shuttle has a large space for stowing passenger luggage opposite the entrance door, and a single inwards-facing row of 4 passenger seats along the left side. Along the right side there is an inwards-facing row of 6 passenger seats. Along the back there is a forwards-facing row of 4 passenger seats. This is without doubt the most comfortable seating configuration, giving the most leg room.
The Commuter Shuttle has a similar seating arrangement to the Paratransit Shuttle, but lacks any cargo space (adding an extra row of 2 abreast seats where the cargo space was) and also includes a row of 4 passenger seats along the back. There is no staggering, just a single narrow aisle for passengers to navigate to their seat, so the high roof is magnificent here, allowing most passengers to do this while standing, something the average minibus does not allow.
The Hotel Shuttle cramps things up a little more, dropping the 3rd passenger seat on the right to allow the back row to be shifted forward. This allows passenger bags to be stowed in the back of the vehicle behind the last row. This one is best suited to short distances, due to the more crowded interior layout.
When you want to give your passengers a bit of extra luxury, Mercedes Benz has got you covered – after all, Mercedes Benz are the experts in creating luxury vehicles! This will be a custom choice, and you’ll need to think carefully about the seating layout you choose, but there is a huge range of factory-direct optional extras you can install to make your customers enjoy that VIP experience.
Sprinter Cargo Vans
No matter what kind of load you need to move, chances are Mercedes Benz has a cargo van for sale that meets your needs. When it comes to cargo vans, there are 3 wheel base configurations, 2 roof heights, and 4 different body mass choices (though only the 2500 with 144 inch wheel base allows the option for a “standard roof” – somewhat missing the point of what the word standard actually means!).
In both this and the high roof variant, the cargo bed length is 128.6 inches, with the total cargo space available being 391.1 and 373.8 cubic feet, respectively. The 170″ wheelbase extends the cargo bed to 169.3″ and volume to 486.5 cu ft., while the extended model will give you 185.1″ and 530 cu ft. (the highest volume of the entire Sprinter range).
When looking for a mercedes benz sprinter van for sale, the 3500 model is recommended if you need the extra 2500 lbs. of towing capacity or when you are expecting to regularly carry heavier loads.
Sprinter Refrigerated Vans
Just like the Sprinter cargo van, only colder, and with a solid wall between the driver and the cargo. The rear cargo door windows are replaced with solid panels in the refrigerated version, for obvious reasons. This is not a standard configuration available directly from the manufacturer, and it has to be custom ordered.
Sprinter Crew Vans
When you need to move people and cargo simultaneously, the Sprinter crew van is a great cross between the passenger van and the cargo van. The crew van has seating capacity for 5 personnel and cargo volume ranging from 144 cu ft. (144″ wheelbase with standard roof) up to 277.8 cu ft. (170″ wheelbase with high roof). The crew van is only available in the 2500 model.
In conclusion, the Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van easily exceeded all expectations in our performance testing, and offers outstanding fuel efficiency, low emissions, and an amazing range of choice for configurations and add-ons. It is also safe, high tech, and comfortable.
Whatever your needs are, when it comes to looking for new and used vans for sale, there is a brand new or used Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van for sale somewhere out there just waiting for you to come along and test drive it.