2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris review: Sharp-dressed van

It’s van time, close friends. Steven Ewing/Roadshow Mercedes’ small Metris retains a unique position in the hearts of many Roadshow editors. We had a single in our very long-time period fleet for a yr — which we inexplicably/lovingly named the Wu-Tang Van — and it was a trusty companion for a […]

It’s van time, close friends.

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Mercedes’ small Metris retains a unique position in the hearts of many Roadshow editors. We had a single in our very long-time period fleet for a yr — which we inexplicably/lovingly named the Wu-Tang Van — and it was a trusty companion for a year’s worthy of of video manufacturing do the job.

The Metris has not improved all that a lot due to the fact we reported goodbye to the Wu-Tang Van, but I think it truly is crucial that we revisit our aged very long-termers from time to time, just to make certain we aren’t just looking back again at them with rose-colored eyeglasses. Just after a handful of days of hauling factors and running errands about Los Angeles, I’m reminded of all the reasons why we liked our very long-time period Metris as a do the job motor vehicle. But I’m reminded of its tech-similar weaknesses, also.


  • Effective two.-liter motor
  • More cargo and payload than other tiny vans
  • Cozy seats
  • Plenty of driver-aid features

Don’t Like

  • More high priced than other tiny vans
  • No adaptive cruise management
  • Laughably aged infotainment tech

You greater do the job

The Metris is compact as vans go, but it truly is not accurately tiny. It’s readily available with 126-inch and one hundred thirty five-inch wheelbases, the longer of which is what I’ve bought here. Stem to stern, this Metris measures 211.4 inches, which is about 5 inches longer than an S-Class sedan. It’s a bit wider than an S-Class and naturally taller, also, so diminutive as it may possibly be in contrast with anything like a Sprinter, the Metris is hardly little.

But at the exact same time, the Metris is quick to maneuver. Its turning circle is about two toes smaller than that of an S-Class, so you can easily whip it about restricted city streets and it truly is a cinch to park in crowded lots. The large seating posture provides you a good look at down the brief hood, and the low beltline signifies side visibility is ample, also. Be certain to purchase your Metris with rear windows for the very best encounter.

You can buy the Metris with side windows and a handful of rows of seats, but this one’s the Cargo Van spec, so there’s nothing at all at the rear of the front chairs. It’s a blank canvas for worker bees: Mount cabinets or storage compartments, tie factors down to various sections of the human body. Like the back again webpage of a standardized take a look at, this place is intentionally remaining blank so you can make the Metris your very own.

There is 199 cubic toes of place in the longer-wheelbase Metris, and with a payload ability of two,370 kilos, there is not a lot this van can’t haul. Even the shorter Metris is quite stout: 183 cubic toes and two,425 kilos of payload. The two vans can even tow 5,000 kilos. The Ford Transit Link is the Metris’ closest competitor, but even the brief-wheelbase Mercedes bests the very long-wheelbase TC in all the aforementioned regions. The Mercedes is much more high priced, certainly, but you get what you spend for.

Loading the Metris is a breeze many thanks to the low ground and 270-diploma swing-out rear doorways. You can get the Metris with a huge hatchback, if you like, but I think most professional purchasers will recognize the double-door versatility. Two factors to be aware, however: You can’t open up the appropriate door all the way if you have the side sliding door open up. You also you should not get a driver’s-side sliding door conventional, so make certain to increase that on if you want obtain to the cargo hold from both of those sides.

Very peppy

No issue the configuration, Mercedes offers the Metris with a two.-liter turbo I4 motor, making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-toes of torque. That is plenty of electric power — way much more than Ford offers in the Transit Link, I need to increase — and the Metris is surprisingly sprightly about town, especially unloaded. The van uses rear-wheel generate, and I am going to admit it truly is quite quick to get the back again end to stage out about a corner if you goose the throttle, not that I might at any time do this sort of a factor.

Commonly talking, the Metris drives… like a van. The steering is light-weight, the brakes are fine. The suspension is properly tuned to retain the Metris snug when you might be driving about with nothing at all in the back again, so it truly is not crashy like a Transit Link or, worse, a Ram ProMaster Town.

More importantly, the engine’s torque arrives on powerful at one,250 rpm, that means the seven-pace automated transmission would not have to rev also large to retain the Metris humming about town. That aids with total gasoline effectiveness, also the EPA states the 2020 Metris need to return 21 miles for each gallon in the city, 24 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. The Transit Link is a bit much more economical, but keep in mind, it truly is also smaller.

Cloth seat design? Rad. Little infotainment screen and aged tech? Not rad.


Very good tech, terrible tech

The Metris has a quite good roster of driver-aid tech. You get a trailer brake controller, load-adaptive stability management, hill-start off guide and a rearview digicam conventional. (I point out the rearview digicam mainly because, whilst this element is federally mandated for all passenger cars, professional autos are exempt.) Blind-location checking, automated unexpected emergency braking, lane-preserving guide and energetic parking guide are all readily available. Only factor missing is adaptive cruise management, truly.

Regrettably, the Metris’ cabin tech is quite terrible. There is a little, 5.eight-inch screen running a stripped-down model of Mercedes’ decade-aged COMAND system, with only a rudimentary navigation interface constructed in. Apple CarPlay or Android Auto? Nope. Wi-Fi? Nah.

This infotainment difficulty is particularly offensive considering Mercedes-Benz offers some of the very best multimedia tech in the earth with its new MBUX interface. The Sprinter van will get this sturdy tech suite, and it truly is a damn disgrace the Metris would not offer anything greater. The new V-Class sold in Europe looks to have a big tech upgrade, so I’m hopeful this’ll trickle about to the US in the sort of an updated Metris.

There is 199 cubic toes of place back again here. Bring anything!


Mercedes high-quality, Mercedes pricing

The 2020 Metris commences at $28,375 for a foundation Employee Cargo Van, which include $one,195 for delivery, and stretches as large as $36,775 for the Passenger Van. In the situation of this Metris Cargo Van, it commences at $32,585 which include place, and adding factors like seventeen-inch wheels, tinted rear windows, heated seats and roof rails delivers the closing selling price to a cool $39,000. Mercedes-Benz has plenty of upfitting associates that can assist you make your do the job van the exact tool for the job, and if you might be all about participate in as an alternative of do the job, the new Metris Weekender looks like a nice companion for camping visits.

Business purchasers on a finances will very likely want to take a search at the Ford Transit Link or Ram ProMaster Town, as both of those are less high priced. But keep in mind, they’re smaller and slower and can’t haul as a lot, and there’s anything to be reported for your staff displaying up to job web-sites in a Mercedes-Benz as an alternative of a Ford or Ram. The extra price of the Metris is mostly worthy of it in contrast with other tiny vans, and as we observed in our very long-time period wrap-up, this Mercedes is a single infotainment upgrade from becoming a best do the job van.

Rosa G. Rose

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