2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van 126
Gary S. Vasilash –
May 27, 2016
Think of a company that has a wide range of vehicles, ranging from a small EV to a large van, from a sports car to a family car. Cars that are not all that expensive. Cars that have a sticker where there are as many digits as are found on the typical odometer (six places).
And you might think of Chevy. From the Spark to the Express. From a Sonic to a Corvette (I readily got a Z06 above $100,000, in case youâre wondering).
And you wouldnât be incorrect thinking of Chevrolet as the vehicle brand offering all things to (almost) all people.
But there is another company that has this sort of range, but one that has even more breadth.
You can go from the B-Class all the way up through the S-Class and then keep going to the Sprinter. (Arguably, you could start at the smart fortwo, which is smaller than the B-Class and go from there.)
While Mercedes in the U.S. is perceived as a luxury brand across the board, in Germany, it is a brand that has on offer a whole suite of vehicles. Alfred Sloanâs âfit for every purse and purposeâ could be stated auf Deutsch.
The most remarkable Mercedes Iâve encountered is the Mercedes Metris cargo van. You might think that the Sprinter 2500 that Iâve recently been in might have taken the proverbial cake. But it is large and imposing and impressive in some regards.
The Metris cargo van from the outside rather innocuousâuntil you see the Mercedes tri-star on the grille and then do a bit of a double-take.
This thing is a work truck. Two seats in the front. And 186 cubic-feet of cargo space in the back, with a payload of up to 2,502 pounds. (The maximum cargo height is 53.8 inches; there are 50 inches between the wheelhouses; there is a maximum cargo width of 66.3 inches.)
About that cargo area in the back. One of the interior trim characteristics for luxury vehicles continues to be wood. And the floor of the Metris cargo van is wood.
From the outside, this looks like the classic minivan in overall shape. As this is a cargo vehicle, there are windows for the driver and passenger on the side and thatâs it. There are windows in the rear doors, however. And the side sliding doors are a nice feature.
The outside looks somewhat poky. This isnât functional Bauhaus territory. Itâs more like a clip-art design of a van. Merc logo on the face of the wheel covers notwithstanding, they still look like pie tins.
But in the cabin there is an instrument panel that is straight out of a Mercedes sedan. And thanks to various option packages selected for this particular vehicleâwhich takes the base MSRP from $28,950 to $38,290 (including $995 for destination and delivery), the Metris is tricked out with everything from leather trim to an LED light strip in the rear compartment, from navigation to a start/stop package.
The vehicle is powered by a 208-hp four cylinder gasoline engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Hereâs the problem with the Metris Cargo Van in the U.S. market. If youâre in the trades, chances are you donât want your customer to think that youâre overcharging. If you show up in a Ford Transit of some size, the customer isnât going to think twice. Pull up in the Mercedes, then you may have some explaining to do about that invoice.
Engine: Direct-injected, turbocharged four
Torque: 258 lb-ft
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 126 inches
Length: 202.4 inches
Width: 75.9 inches
Height: 75.2 inches
Cargo volume: 186 cu. ft.
EPA fuel economy: 21 mpg city; 24 mpg highway; 22 mpg combined