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MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER 211CDI MEDIUM DIESEL

3.0t BlueEFFICIENCY High Roof Van 7G-Tronic

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Mercedes-Benz looks to mark the current state of the art in full-sized vans with its well regarded Sprinter range. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

With over 2 million vans produced, the Mercedes Sprinter has come to define the large van sector. It's by far the best-selling LCV across Europe, tracing its lineage back to 1995, with a second generation model appearing in 2006. Back in 2014, it was also the world's first van to meet the Euro5 emissions standard, which gave this vehicle an advantage over direct rivals, large van contenders like the Vauxhall Movano/Renault Master design and the Peugeot Boxer/Fiat Ducato/Citroen Relay collaboration, plus of course the Volkswagen Crafter, a model that shares much of its basic design with this one. It's also worth pointing out that the Sprinter was first to introduce a V6 engine to this segment, first to introduce Stop-Start technology to cut costs and is a leader in promoting natural gas power as an alternative. This current model looks to improve on safety and efficiency markedly while introducing ever cleaner diesel powerplants.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, customers get to choose from versions of Mercedes' doughty 2.1-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel, an engine which has forged a strong good reputation for its combination of performance, economy and refinement and is fitted with balancer shafts to eliminate vibration. The unit comes in four states of tune - with 112, 140 and 163bhp options. Unusually for a van in this sector, there's also a 190bhp V6 diesel option offering a massive 440Nm slug of torque so potent that it must be channelled through a redesigned version of the 6-speed manual gearbox. Transmission choice for Sprinter buyers is between a either an 'ECO-Gear' six-speed manual gearbox or a 7G-TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic with lock-up clutch, which is the only system of its kind to be found in a van. On the move, handling will as usual depend on the load you're carrying but traction is sure and can be boosted if your business habitually uses off-tarmac tracks, by choosing the 4x4 system that's an option on 314 and 316 CDI derivatives, as well as on 319, 513, 516 and 519 CDI Sprinter models.

Design and Build

Today's Sprinter gets a bold three-slat radiator grille with a distinctive frame around it, giving it a clear Mercedes identity. The angular headlight are also very brand-specific and Sprinter regulars will recognise the high bonnet, the double-segmented tail lights and bumpers which have chiselled lower edges similar to those found on SUVs. The interior feels of better quality than most other large LCVs in this segment, something emphasised by the thick, chunky steering wheel, the classy gear shifter knob and the high quality seat coverings. The air vents are even finished in chrome if the customer opts for a multifunctional steering wheel. The Sprinter is also fitted with a radio system that equips the van not only with state-of-the-art electronic entertainment features and Bluetooth telephone equipment (including a telephone keypad and phonebook), but also the Becker MAP PILOT navigation system.

Market and Model

As you would expect for a van range like the Sprinter, customer choice is virtually limitless, but this LCV encompasses an approximate panel van price range of between £23,500 and £42,500, which is a little more than what you'd pay for the likes of a Ford Transit, or Vauxhall Movano, but experience has shown that the Sprinter tends to make up for this over its whole life due to better reliability and beefier residuals. In choosing your Sprinter, you've first to decide on your bodystyle. As well as the standard Panel Van, there's also a Traveliner minibus option that can seat up to 17 people, plus the usual Chassis Cab, Crew Cab and Dropside options. Here, we're going to assume you want a Panel Van. A choice of Standard, High or Super-High roof heights you might expect but more unusual in this class is the provision of up to four body lengths - Short, Medium, Long and Extra-long. Then, depending upon the kind of use you have in mind, you'll need to decide upon a Gross Vehicle Weight - 3.0, 3.5, 4.6 or 5.0-tonne. The 3.0-tonne models are badged with a number starting '2' - so 211CDI, 214CDI and 216CDI, depending on your choice of engine. The 3.5-tonne models use a similar structure but have badgework starting '3', the 4.6-tonners start '4' and the 5.0-tonners start '5'. Hopefully, that's not too complicated to grasp. Mercedes' appetite for innovation is apparent in the development of this current version, most notably in the fitment of the sort of safety features that not so very long ago were the preserve of luxury saloons. The Sprinter is available with Crosswind Assist, which is fitted as standard, and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and Blind Spot Assist, which are both optional. Other key safety features are Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. On top of the latest safety functions, you also get more commonplace features such as ESP stability control with ASR Acceleration Skid Control on all models, plus ABS with Brake Assist and electronic brakeforce distribution to maximise its effectiveness, a bulb failure indicator and a useful feature that flashes the rear lights to warn following motorists in emergency stop.

Practicalities and Costs

The Sprinter founded its reputation on solid practicality and the current model is no exception. The rear doors can be swung through 270-degrees and latched against the sides and the rear door aperture is 1565mm in width, while its height is either 1540 or 1840mm, depending upon your choice of roof height. Ultimate loading capacity does of course depend upon your choice between four body lengths. There's the Short one that has a loadspace length of 2600mm, the Medium version that boosts this to 3265mm and the long or extra long options with their extended overhangs that boost total loadspace length to either 4300mm or an enormous 4700mm. The compact and long options sit on a standard wheelbase of 3,250mm or 3665mm but the lengthiest 'long' or 'extra long' models get an extension between the wheels to 4,325mm. Near vertical interior walls and levelled-off wheelarches mean that you can make the very most of the space on offer. Running costs will depend on your choice between either standard or 'BlueEFFICIENCY' engine options, the latter giving you a stop/start engine system, plus various eco tweaks. As a result, a typical 'BlueEFFICIENCY'-spec Sprinter variant should be able to regularly return around 45mpg on the combined cycle, an impressive reading in this segment. All Sprinter models also come with the ASSYST maintenance calculation system as standard and owners can bank on intervals being as widely spread as 37,000 miles apart, helping cut operator maintenance budgets significantly.

Summary

Despite its European success, this Sprinter still isn't one of the first vans that many British business think of when their looking for a really large LCV. Yet on the evidence of this test, perhaps its should be. It's as big and practical as any of its rivals, with a very refined powertrain. Plus, crucially, if you specify your vehicle correctly, you'll be buying into a set of running cost figures that are difficult to better in this segment. Yes of course there are cheaper rivals. Some of them feel a little more avant garde too and have cleverer cabs. But when it comes to the things that actually matter when it comes to running a vehicle of this kind, the Sprinter ticks most of the important boxes with the kind of thoroughness that you'd expect from something bearing the famous Three Pointed Star on its grille. All of which means that whatever your business, this could be your righthand van.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • ASSYST - Flexible servicing system
  • Cruise control and variable speed limiter
  • Digital clock
  • PAS
  • Rev counter
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 2 speakers

Exterior Features

  • 2 large exterior rear view mirrors with seperate wide angle lenses
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Intermittent front wash/wipe

Interior Features

  • 2 sunvisors plus shaded windscreen centre
  • 4 cupholders
  • A4 oddments tray on centre of dash
  • Ashtray
  • Cab headlining
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Compartment under fold-up passenger seat
  • Door mounted armrests
  • Front door pockets with bottle holder
  • Grab handle at right hand door pillar
  • Heater and demister
  • Interior shelf above windscreen
  • Load area light
  • Load lashing rings
  • Locking glovebox
  • Map reading lamp
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Passenger grab handle
  • Recirculating air switch and 4 speed fan
  • Shelves to left and right on instrument panel

Safety

  • 3 point inertia reel belt on all seats
  • Drivers airbag with belt tensioner and belt force limiter

Security

  • Immobiliser

Technical

  • ABS
  • ASR traction control
  • Brake assist
  • EBD
  • ESP
  • Particulate filter (DPF)
  • Uprated 95Ah battery

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    Yes
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2143
  • Cooling System
    WATER
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Codes
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    No
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    Yes

General

  • Alternator Amps
    90
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.1
  • Badge Power
    112
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Battery AH
    95
  • Battery Volts
    12
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Clutch
    SINGLE DRY PLATE
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Front Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Front Suspension
    LEAF SPRINGS
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR WHEELS
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Rear Brakes
    DISCS
  • Rear Suspension
    PARABOLIC LEAF SPRINGS
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Steering
    PAS RACK AND PINION
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • 0 to 62
    Not Available
  • BHP
    112
  • Engine Power KW
    84
  • Engine Power RPM
    3800
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    221
  • Engine Torque MKG
    30.6
  • Engine Torque NM
    300
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1400
  • Top Speed
    Not Available

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    Yes
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/75 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/75 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    1004
  • Height
    2820
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    5926
  • Load Deck Height
    636
  • Load Height
    1940
  • Load Length
    3265
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1350
  • Load Width
    1780
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1565
  • Rear Door Height
    1840
  • Rear Overhang
    1240
  • Side Load Door Height
    1820
  • Side Load Door Width
    1300
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.6
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    13.6
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    Not Available
  • Wheelbase
    3665
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1993

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    75
  • Gross Train Weight
    5000
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3000
  • Load Space Volume
    10.5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Roof Load
    150
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2060
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    940
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    1800
  • Plated Front Axle
    1650
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  • Price Match Promise

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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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