There are so many revised models and different options available that it is difficult to list the possible specifications of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter exhaustively. The key points, however, are as follows:
there are a number of four- and six-cylinder engine options available. These include 2.2 litre four-cylinder and 3.0 litre six-cylinder diesel engines, as well as a dual-fuel petrol and compressed natural gas option delivering power roughly equivalent to the mid-point of the diesel options.
The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual. However, bucking the common trend amongst van manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz also offers an automatic option for the Sprinter. This takes the form of the same seven-speed automatic box used in the brand's Mercedes cars. As standard, the Sprinter is rear-wheel drive. There is also a four-wheel-drive option.
The Sprinter essentially fits into the large van category. However, with nine body size options, four different lengths and three choices of roof height all on three different wheelbases, listing specifics is probably less useful than simply saying that there is an option to suit most needs as far as load capacities go.
The range of body styles is as almost varied as the range of sizes. The Sprinter comes in a panel van option, pick-up, minibus and the versatile Sprinter Chassis Cab.
Positives and Negatives
One of the major positives of this van model is the sheer versatility. Most van operators will be able to pick a set of options that suits their needs more or less precisely due to the simple size of the range on offer. All of the body options are at least reasonably generous in terms of loading capacity for the Sprinter's general van class.
The various engine options are respectably powered and perform well, only beginning to struggle when fully loaded. Mechanical quality is good, partly because of the heavy re-use of parts and principles found in the famously high-quality Mercedes cars. Ironically this was likely a way to economise as much as anything from the brand's point of view, but its impact on their commercial vehicles is decidedly positive nonetheless.
The van's cab is spacious and comfortable. Depending on the model you opt for, it may also be equipped with a range of nice features such as built-in hands-free calls and media ports for USB and SD storage.
The lack of front-wheel-drive options is something of a negative, as this leaves a hole that many van owners and operators would likely have preferred to see filled. Fuel economy is another area that fails to shine as strongly as most of the Sprinter's features. It is not exactly bad in terms of economy, and of course it depends on which of the multiple engine options you choose, but it is average at best.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a very strong large van, and the range of options on offer is nothing short of dizzying. It has its weak points, but they are relatively few and relatively minor, and high prices are somewhat offset by the van's ability to hold its value. It is an excellent choice for any individual van owner or fleet.