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If any brand has come the closest to making the perfect van, it has to be Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has won countless awards, has legions of loyal customers and has improved like a fine wine through more than 20 years of gradual refinements.
The latest third-generation model is no exception, but in the current digital age the Sprinter, a humble van, is trying to keep up with the trends by adding connectivity and voice control to its repertoire of talents.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard across all vans, but a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic option is available on all models. The 7G Tronic Plus gearbox has now been deleted from the range, having previously been available on all 2.1-litre engine models. There’s also the option of a fully electric Sprinter van. The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter is front-wheel drive and is single drive – meaning there is no gearbox.
Read on to find out how the Sprinter compares with its key rivals.