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Mercedes Benz Sprinter review

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Here at Tradesure, we know that as many of our customers are tradespeople, having a reliable van is crucial.

There are so many vans on the market and it can be confusing to know which one is worth the investment.

We thought we’d take a look at the new Mercedes Benz Sprinter so you have all the facts you need if you’re looking to upgrade your van.

The Basics

The Mercedes Sprinter has been around since 1995, and was in need of a review, as the model had not been updated since 2006!

The 2018 upgrade was released in February this year, with the latest technology in tow.

There’s a Sprinter to suit most large van jobs, with nine body sizes on three wheelbases, plus four body lengths and three roof heights, meaning you can really tailor the van to suit your needs.

With a towing capacity of up to 2,000kg adding to the appeal of the Mercedes, and ESP stability fitted as standard on all models, it’s sure to impress.

Mercedes has a reputation for the durability of its vans, and was ranked among the top three for reliability. The interior of the cab in the Sprinter is well laid out, and features durable plastics and fabrics. It’s built to cope with the wear and tear of everyday use – although it does have less storage options than the Renault Master and Vauxhall Movano.

The Technology

The German engineers have included a BlueEFFICIENCY package to make your driving more eco-friendly, and save you fuel. This brings stop-start technology, which cuts the engine as you select netural when the van is stopped, then restarts it when you depress the clutch, or lift off the brake pedal in automatic models.

Also included is a gearshift indicator in the dash, this lets the van do the talking and will signal when to change gear to minimise fuel consumption.

The Positives

One of the main stand outs of the Mercedes Sprinter is that it has one of the most powerful engines on the van market, in the shape of the 190bhp 3.0-litre V6 CDI diesel. The engine is a strong performer and will drive well even when fully loaded at motorway speeds.

The fuel economy of this van is also fantastic with the BlueEFFICIENCY features giving the Sprinter an eco flair.

A big bonus for tradespeople is that the Sprinter is sold through Mercedes truck dealerships which provide extended and, in some cases, 24-hour service and repair.

This means you can have your van looked at overnight and not have to lose a day’s business.

It’s definitely a van to consider if you’re looking to upgrade, but we’re always interested to hear what our customers think in comparison to the others on the market.

In the meantime, for all of your motor trade insurance needs, call us today on 0121 248 9300.


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