The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metric is unique because it is the only car on the market that stands between small and full-size commercial vans. With this, the Sprinter offers enhanced capabilities from a small van but a more maneuverable than the larger full-size vans.
It has a functional and no-nonsense interior and available in two configurations: passenger and cargo. Both configurations are available in different rear door and wheelbase configurations, and the passenger versions can be equipped as five, seven, or eight seats.
The cargo version is available with interior panels, tie-downs and upfitter packages designed for commercial transport tasks. And since it’s a Mercedes, you can add the Metris with a variety of upscale features, including lane departure warnings, blind-spot monitoring, automatic climate control, and simulated leather upholstery.
There is one deal breaker, and that is the price. If you are a fleet operator who is only interested in the bottom line, other, more affordable small vans might suit you. But overall we think 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris gives enough value to justify its price demand.
For 2018, the Passenger van model is now available in extended-wheelbase version. A rearview camera is also standard for all Metris vans this year.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris is available in four versions. The Metris Cargo provides an expansive cargo area, while the Passenger has two rows of seating. There are also Worker Cargo and Worker Passenger versions that cost less but has a fewer list of available features. An extended-wheelbase version is offered for the Metris Cargo and Passenger only.
Standard equipment for the 2018 Metris includes 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, remote locking and unlocking, wheel-mounted shift paddles, air conditioning, Bluetooth and a five-speaker audio system with a USB port.
Depending on the Metris you choose, there are several additional standard features. A 5.8-inch color screen is included on standard models and optional on Worker models, which come standard with a simple monochrome display. The Passenger and Worker Passenger version also get rear air conditioning, a rearview mirror, and a nine-speaker audio system. All Metris vans have sliding rear doors and the Cargo version features 270-degree swing-out rear cargo doors. All others get 180-degree rear cargo doors.
Optional packages for the Worker Cargo is short. The Convenience package adds automatic wipers, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, cruise control, LED cargo area lighting and display color. The Utility package adds roof rails, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview mirror, a driver information display, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, a heated rear window, tie-downs, rails on the cargo floor and sides plus the Convenience package content.
The Appearance package for Worker Passenger adds alloy wheels, roof rails, body-colored bumpers, a heated rear window, a rear liftgate, simulated leather upholstery plus the Convenience package items. The Comfort package adds power-sliding rear doors along with the Utility and Appearance packages content.
For the Cargo and Passenger models, options are broken into more cost-effective packages and allowing buyers to get the features they want. The Cold Weather package adds a heated windshield washer system, heated front seats and an upgraded heater. The Premium Safety package automated parallel parking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, plus Utility package. The Driver Comfort package adds a comfort-tuned suspension and upgraded seats with lumbar support.
Most options above are offered as stand-alone options, as well as rear privacy glass, a trailer hitch, a backup alarm and chrome interior trim. Mercedes’ MasterUpfitter program allows buyers to customize the Metris Cargo vans to their business needs.
Every 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode is standard and sent that power to the rear wheel. In performance testing, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds.
EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg combined (21 city/24 highway). An optional automatic stop-start system should improve fuel economy. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris has a maximum towing capacity of 4,960 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,502 pounds (Cargo) and 1,874 pounds (Passenger).
There is nothing confusing about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris interior design except a pure van. Unlike the Ford Transit Connect or other minivans, the front passenger dashboard and compartments are spacious, upright and finished with mode harder and industrial materials than what you would find in a Mercedes. But it really utilizes many of the same switchgear found in other Mercedes cars, while the optional steering wheel is what you find in a CLA-Class and the window switches are shared with the new C-Class. The infotainment system is not a Mercedes COMAND unit, and its outdated joystick controller makes it a bit difficult to use.
Whether it’s covered in fabric or premium leatherette vinyl, the front seat is comfortable, supportive and adjusts manually in eight ways to make it easier to find the ideal driving position. The Passenger van rear seats are not as luxurious as you find in a minivan, there are also no types of comfort or entertainment options available. This is a commercial van that is most suitable for walking at airports rather than transporting children to school. But there is a lot of space, with a chairlike seating position and lots of headroom that makes movement inside the cabin easy.
There is a plenty of cargo space behind the Passenger van third row. The Cargo vans offer maximum 186 cubic feet of space in a 4.5 foot-tall cargo area and rise slightly to 199 cubic-feet on the extended-wheelbase version.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200 and RAM Promaster City.
Official pricing for the seven-passenger model starts at $34,895 and extra $380 for eight seats. The Worker Passenger Van cost $30,990. The Metris Cargo Van is priced at $30,935, while the Worker Cargo drops to $26,990.