Oh you Mercedes. You’ve spoiled us with your S-class, you’ve brought luxury family vehicles to the masses with the affordable C-class, and now they want a slice of the small cargo van cake. Mercedes-Benz is one of the most, if not the most sophisticated car manufacturer on the planet. You would be hard-pressed finding a fault with any of the vehicles from their wide range.
The same philosophy holds true for the Metris
as well. Let’s first see what exactly it is the Mercedes has to offer.
– It’s the biggest of the lot, plain and simple. Even its short-wheel base doesn’t stand in the way of the desire to be the big daddy of the small cargo van world. It is the biggest, the most imposing, and it’s also the looker of the group.
– Don’t be surprised when we tell you that the Metris also boasts the largest cargo capacity of all the best small cargo vans we have selected. The 186 cubic feet of indoor cargo space, coupled with the interior height of a whopping 55 inches, make the Mercedes stand out above the direct competition. And, they’re not done. The rear cargo doors offer three possible configurations, for up to 270 degrees!
Range of motors
– The two liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged best of an engine produces a mind-boggling, head-spinning, 208 horsepower, and another 258 pound-feet of torque. Yes, we agree – wow! The Metris leaves all the competition in its dust.
– Again, the Metris takes the medal. It is the class leader in payload capacity with its 2,502 pounds of it. That’s a lot, even for a full-sized van. The people looking to buy this model know exactly what to expect, and great payload only comes as an additional boon on top of everything else.
– All right, not everything is perfect when it comes to the Metris, but taking into account the raw power at your fingertips, or, better said, at your toe tips, it would be asking too much for the Mercedes to be the leader in fuel efficiency. Although, the 21 MPG when in the city, and the 24 MPG on the highway is not that bad. Frankly, we were expecting it to be a bigger gas guzzler.
– Let’s pull the band aid off quickly and tell you right away – the Metris is the most expensive small cargo van
. The prices start at $26,000 for the simpler, Metris Worker variant, and you would have to spend $29,000 or more if you would like to buy the Metris Cargo Van. Speed, space, quality, and prestige always come at a price.
– We’re not going to tilly tally, the Mercedes-Benz is the most sophisticated, powerful, prestigious, and the best looking small cargo van money can buy. The small drawbacks of slightly poor fuel economy, price, and larger size are worth taking into consideration, but we feel you would have great difficulties finding a better small cargo van currently in production. The Mercedes has it all, and it’s happy to flaunt it. So it should!