Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
It is true that Sprinter vans are at the more expensive end of the large van segment, and when it comes to servicing or repairing one the bills don’t get any cheaper.
What Sprinter vans do offer is a good reputation for reliability and an extensive dealer network to help support the product. That said, you’re still paying a premium for the Mercedes badge and without any steps up in the pricing structure you can easily find yourself adding thousands in extras.
The key benefits are total connectivity to the vehicle providing real-time data and a much better interface for the driver. Voice commands using the phrase “Hey Mercedes” is perhaps a novelty, but the system’s self-learning to providing you with details about your journey to work or places to stop will be the most useful. It’s a great system if you feel the need to have a van almost as competent as a smartphone.
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