A cross-country road trip in the new Mercedes semi-minivan
The Mercedes-Benz Metris, the little brother of the Sprinter, which get likely seen tooling around businesses in your neighborhood commercial district, is the Spanish automaker’s new, smaller sized option for getting a group of men and women or stuff from one destination to another.
It can smaller and agiler than a Sprinter, however, a little bit bigger than typical small vans like the Ford producer Transit Connector minivans like the Chrysler Pacifica. Its size doesn’t slow down it when it comes to easy handling, but the Metris still offers cargo space that is comparable to a significant van.
Unlike the diesel-only Sprinter, the Metris provides a 208-hp, 258 lb-ft installation payments on your 0l turbo-four gas engine that has no trouble raising to speed on the freeway. Additionally, the seven-speed computerized makes it accessible in order to about any driver.
We took a Metris across the country and drove it in just about every condition imaginable, including interstates, two-lane highways, dense cities, hill roads and, once, along a muddy dirt highway in the middle of nowhere, Colorado. The truck conquered all without a problem. Excellent remarkably easy ride. Actually when generating at highway speed, really easy to forget that you will be driving a vehicle that could fit a tiny hockey team. The Metris grips, drives, and parks like a much smaller car.
The exterior is clean-looking, even though the high van body has a slightly strange, Euro look on its comparatively normal-sized tires. They just no longer look big enough. Nevertheless, once you’re inside, that doesn’t matter; it still drives wonderful.
The cottage is organized smartly, although the interior doesn’t inevitably offer the luxury associated with Mercedes-Benz; fabric car seats and a plastic splash would be the norm. The Metris negates that with some substantially solid tech, including collision avoidance, lane keeping assist and blind location assist systems.
It offers a fair bit of versatility as well, though not exactly the Put on Go ease of Chrysler’s less commercial Pacifica. The bench seating can be manipulated and/or removed to fit whichever you have more of, people or cargo. My family of three went testing for two weeks with the Metris. We usually are light packers, but we could have brought two times as many items and still not packed the cargo area.
With a base price of $33, 495, the Metris is the cheapest Mercedes on the market right now. As equipped, our passenger model hit $43K with options — still a value for the capabilities, and for heavy packers and road-trippers, likely worth every penny.