Sprinter Engine: I’m Driving a 4 Cylinder Diesel?

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van’s 2-stage turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine has shocked more of my customers than any other feature on this standard setting vehicle.

Often, customer’s will come into the showroom with their mind made up that they only want our V6 Turbo Diesel 5-Speed engine.

I meet them in the front with a 4 cylinder for a test drive with them thinking it is a V6 and they consistently comment on a few things:

  • How quiet the diesel engine is!
  • How much torque the engine has…….
  • How smooth it shifts on the highway……
  • They can’t believe how much they will save on fuel

I sit them down and let them know that the payload is actually higher on the 4 cylinder and that it gets approximately 18% better gas mileage than our V6.

The engine was designed to bring torque when it is needed while merging onto the freeway or off the line.  Also, because of the 2-stage turbo there is hardly any turbo lag when you really hit the pedal hard.

I drive a 4 cylinder daily and I love the torque and fuel economy.  With a 26.4 gallon tank and fuel economy for me averaging over 25 mpg,  the sprinter engine gets better gas mileage than all the other vehicles in my household.

This is what Edmunds said about this engine: “Expect the Sprinter(standard 4-cylinder engine) to achieve significantly better mileage than competitors with gasoline engines.”

sprinter engine

The 7 speed transmission is very smooth on the highway and it is a rear wheel drive vehicle.

The Mercedes diesel engine delivers 161 horse power at 3,800 rpm’s.  The torque is rated at 265.5 lb-foot at 1,400-2,400 rpm.

The Mercedes Bluetec diesel engine is also one of the most advanced diesel engines with very low emissions, awesome fuel economy and peppy response!

Now if you are operating in an environment with hilly/mountainous terrain or will be towing often we recommend the V6 3.0 Liter turbo diesel with 5-speed transmission.  It produces 188 hp at 3,800 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque at 1,400 to 2,400 rpm.  The fuel tank is also 26.4 gallons.

This is what Kelley Blue Book said about our V6: “…the tried and true 3.0 liter V6 turbo diesel….strong pulling power, good fuel economy, and proven longevity.”

v6 sprinter diesel engine


One of the biggest testaments to the Sprinter van diesel engine is the use of our vans in Fed-Ex’s daily operations.  Next time a Fed-Ex truck drives by look on the front hood and you will see the Mercedes star proudly displayed.

People also do not realize that Daimler owns Freightliner so the Freightliner Sprinter Van is identical in all aspects except for the badges on the vehicle.