Mercedes Sprinter Second Generation Review 2006

2006 model Sprinter

2006 model Sprinter

The second-generation Sprinter launched in 2006 with a revised grille at the front and a choice of 2.1 or 3.0 litre Euro V compliant diesel engines, and with BlueEfficiency versions capable of returning around 35mpg. There’s also a 1.8 litre dual-fuel version that can run on either petrol or natural gas. This model qualifies for an Alternative Fuel Vehicle grant and is exempt from the London Congestion Charge.

Again, manual and automatic options are on offer. The manual now offers six speeds, and there’s the option of a seven-speed auto with the 2.1 litre turbo diesel. Cruise control and a speed limiter are standard on the Sprinter too. There’s an even bigger choice of body styles, including crew cabs and minibuses as well as the usual selection of van styles. Note that some models weigh up to 5.0 tonnes so will require a goods vehicle licence.

Rear-wheel drive is standard on Sprinters, but there are 4x4 versions available, and these are popular with users like utility companies. The Sprinter has a comfortable, well-equipped cab, rides well and is good to drive, particularly when fitted with the 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine. Even the smaller engines are powerful enough for motorway work, though, and the automatic is a good choice for users who spend a lot of time driving in town.


In the cab you’ll find tough plastics and hard-wearing fabrics that will cope well with everyday wear and tear. The single column stalk for lights, wipers and indicators is the same as the one used in Mercedes cars and can take a bit of adapting to. The van has light steering and a tight turning circle, making it easy to manoeuvre in confined situations - it's little wonder Sprinters are so popular with courier delivery companies.

Good sound insulation means it’s a great van to spend a full working day in. There’s storage space beneath the double passenger seat, the backrest of which can be folded down to form a table, making the Sprinter a versatile mobile office. Bluetooth connection is standard, and an integrated sat nav is an option.

In the cargo area, side doors come in different lengths and have the option of electric opening and closing. Rear doors open to 180 degrees, making it easy to load pallets, and there are a number of different bulkhead options, including solid or part-glazed or with a door for access from the cab. Rings for securing loads are standard, and there’s the option of extra rails on the floor, sides and roof to lash loads to if required.

A 2013 facelift introduced a new grille and Euro VI engines, with the most economical models now capable of returning more than 44 mpg. Sprinters from this date also get optional collision avoidance and blind-spot warning systems. These changes paved the way for the current model, which launched in 2014.

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