There’s an all-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter coming, but the current one remains one of the best vans you can get… at a price.
If you’ve never driven a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the name could strike you as odd. It’s hardly a lithe, athletic thing, is it?
But there’s some aptness to the moniker, especially for this 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 CDI MWB (mid wheelbase) model, because it is surprisingly quick for a big box-moving bus.
The 316 CDI model is powered by a 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel with 120kW of power (at 3800rpm) and 360Nm of torque (from 1400-2400rpm), and while those figures aren’t enormous, it’s the way the tried-and-tested oil-burner goes about its business that makes this a sprightlier thing than you otherwise might expect.
Our test vehicle is the seven-speed automatic model, and the automatic is part of the reason the van drives so well. It’s a clever gearbox, with brilliant gearing that allows it strong acceleration, and smooth shifts whether it’s un-laden or loaded up,
All Sprinters are rear-wheel-drive, meaning there’s no torque-steer here, but with nothing in the cargo area it can spin its tyres at times before the traction control helps out – never in a Ken Block way, though.
This MWB model isn’t the smallest version of the Sprinter range available – there’s a SWB (short wheelbase) model, and there are less powerful engines, too. For those concerned about the fuel consumption – as you would be, if you’re a business buyer – the Sprinter used an average of 8.3 litres per 100 kilometres on our test, which included freeway, urban and commuting, predominantly without much weight on board.
The MWB, however, is a likely choice for a lot of commercial van buyers. It measures less than the average parking space in length, at 5926mm, but the height of it will rule it out of most underground car parks (2324mm). The wheelbase is 3665mm, and the width is about the same as most large SUVs, at 1993mm.
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2017 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 316 CDI MWB review