Second best commercial passenger van on our list is designed in Germany but built in America. Mercedes-Benz offers Sprinter 2500 170 inch wheelbase as a people carrier. This spacious and luxurious van is usually part of business fleets who do transportation of music stars, actors and TV crews.
The base price of $68,300 tells all about this 15-person vehicle. If the van is equipped with extra features and comfort packages like high-performance air conditioning, heated leather seats, rain sensors, electric sliding doors, electric sliding steps, active lane keeping assist, premium metallic color, and alloy wheels, the price can easily reach $90,000.
Mercedes offers only one engine for passenger vans, 3.0L V6 turbo diesel, paired with 7-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is capable of delivering 188 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque.
To justify high price Sprinter offer top-notch solutions. German engineers managed to implement technology reserved for luxurious cars into commercial vans. Active brake assists with sound and visual warnings for possible collision, thermotropic automatic climate control and an interior standing height of 75.5 inches, hand rest for every seat, will make passengers enjoy like being in Mercedes S class.
Depending on extra packages Sprinter interior can vary a lot. The base model interior can look Spartan, but there are a lot of storage compartments and cup holders. Central digital display offers essential info for the driver like navigation system, fuel consumption, radio station, and outside temperature. On the roof of the van, there are dual shelves where you can put paperwork.
Seats are wide enough, supportive and offered in leather and cloth. All have seatbelts and armrests. Getting in and out of the van is very easy because of wide side sliding passenger door.
Mercedes is the only car maker who offers commercial van as 4x4. 15-passenger model, unfortunately, doesn’t come with all-wheel drive. The driving position is good; the driver has excellent view of the road ahead. We would love to see more powerful engines. Acceleration is sluggish and at the high speeds on the highway engine can become a bit loud.
As always, we recommend finding used Mercedes-Benz Sprinter passenger van
because there are examples in fantastic condition, low mileage with full maintenance history that cost way less than new van.