The Mercedes-Benz Metris is a midsize utility van that bridges the gap between compact city vans and full-size monsters. The Metris is a great commercial van, but if you're expecting a luxurious family (or cargo) hauler, you might be disappointed.
Small vans are a relatively new phenomenon in the United States, and the Mercedes-Benz Metris adds a new twist to this developing story. It's more of a midsize van, with more interior space than city vans like the Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200, and yet it's more fuel-efficient and easier to maneuver than big vans like Mercedes-Benz's own Sprinter.
It should come as no surprise that the Mercedes-Benz Metris is a bit more expensive than other small vans, but the price difference isn't that high and you're paying for space rather than prestige. In fact, for those who equate Mercedes with luxury — and who doesn't? — the Metris' industrial-grade interior may come as something of a shock. This is a hard-working van with a hard-wearing interior, available in both passenger and cargo versions. It's a smart choice if you need a tough van that's efficient and easy to drive.
Current Mercedes-Benz Metris Mercedes-Benz sells the Metris in passenger and cargo versions, each in Worker and standard trim levels. Worker models are fairly rudimentary, with limited color choices, a basic stereo, and only one seating option (seven seats) for passenger versions and a few simple option bundles. Many of those options are included on the standard Metris models, such as an upgraded stereo and rear air-conditioning for passenger versions. Mercedes-Benz has a Master Upfitter program for buyers who want a Metris kitted out for the needs of their specific business.
All versions of the Mercedes-Benz Metris are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 208 horsepower to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Power is stronger and smoother than most small vans, and yet fuel economy (22 mpg combined, according to the EPA) is similar.
If you're considering the Mercedes-Benz Metris as a luxury hauler for a big family, think again. The dashboard is attractively laid out, but its hard plastic surfaces are designed for the rigors of hard use and are anything but luxurious. The commercial-grade rear seats are not well cushioned; they are designed to resist wear rather than to coddle their occupants. That said, if you're in the business of hauling people to airports, you'll appreciate the ample cargo space behind the rear seats. The cargo models are equally commodious, and it's worth noting that both versions of the Metris have a 2,500-pound payload capacity and can tow up to 5,000 pounds — and with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of over 11,600 pounds, the Metris can tow a 2-ton trailer and still safely carry well over a ton of people and stuff inside the van.
Used Mercedes-Benz Metris Models The Mercedes-Benz Metris was introduced for the 2016 model year, and 2017 brought the addition of the lower-spec Worker models.