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MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER 414CDI L2 DIESEL RWD

4.1t H1 Van 7G-Tronic

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

Background

In many ways, 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 design appearing in 2006 and this third generation model being launched in the Spring of 2018. This time round, the availability of front-wheel-drive extends the available options. Plus there's a range of fresh connectivity choices that business buyers will like, as well as improvements to safety and running cost efficiency.

Driving Experience

Front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive - for the first time the new Sprinter covers all three drive variants, and can therefore be optimally configured for the relevant transport requirement and operating profile. The front-wheel drive especially shows its inherent advantages when the vehicle is lightly loaded or in slippery conditions. Front-driven variants get either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 9-speed automatic 'box, both freshly designed. In the rear-wheel drive variants, thanks to separation of the drive and steering, the classic advantages lie in optimum ride comfort, a smaller turning circle and more agile handling. Rear-wheel drive also allows more control when towing a trailer and at the limits of the maximum permissible gross vehicle weight. The optional all-wheel drive system improves traction, particularly in difficult weather conditions or poor road conditions, thus enhancing driving safety and driving dynamics. Gear reduction is additionally available for demanding operations. As for engines, well not too much has changed here. Most will continue to choose the four cylinder 2.1-litre diesel powerplant. With front or rear wheel drive, it's available with 114 or 143bhp. The top 2.1-litre unit gets 163bhp when rear-driven or 177hp when front-driven. Above that, there's a 190hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 440Nm of torque. The alternative all-electric eSprinter model comes in two variants. One offers standard DC 20kW fast charging, meaning the vehicle can be charged in 120 mins from 10 to 80%. The other eSprinter variant offers DC 80kW charging, meaning it can be charged in 30 mins from 10 to 80%. The eSprinter's driving range is up to 96 miles.

Design and Build

Depending on the variant chosen, this third generation Sprinter features four different front-end designs. Plus there's the option of LED lighting with 'eagle wing' design daytime-running lights. The driver's workplace is uncluttered, practical and designed to meet the relevant transport requirements. The improvements include ergonomically shaped seats, keyless start and an improved air conditioning system. A variable stowage concept ensures that everything has its place. The interior also features a fresh modular dashboard design that allows for maximum flexibility - everything from extra storage, to cutting-edge infotainment and wireless charging is available. The multimedia system has a large, high-resolution touchscreen, fast hard-disc navigation with 3D map display and smartphone integration. For pleasant temperatures inside the cockpit, owners can choose between a semi-automatic air conditioning system or automatic climate control, according to their comfort requirements.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £26,000. The core of the model range remains as before; three wheelbases, four vehicle lengths, three roof heights, chassis, chassis crew cab, Tourers, plus an all-new Tractor Head chassis specifically designed for motorhomes. Four-cylinder and V6 turbocharged common rail diesel engines remain available alongside 7G-TRONIC PLUS (for RWD models) and 9G-TRONIC automatic transmissions (for FWD models). There's also an all-electric eSprinter model priced from around £52,000 ex VAT, before subtraction of the government OLEV grant. The eSprinter only comes in 'Progressive' trim. This current heneration Sprinter range offers the most advanced connectivity solution ever fitted to a van. This is thanks to a 'Communication Module', offered as standard, which has an in-built LTE SIM-card which offers rapid data transmission between vans, drivers and vehicle managers. Mercedes says that this Sprinter also redefines safety in the large van segment. It gets as standard autonomous braking, the brand's 'Active Brake Assist with pedestrian protection' package. Plus, like the Vito, this LCV is also fitted with 'ATTENTION ASSIST' drowsiness detection, to prevent fatigue and encourage drivers to drive responsibly with breaks when they get tired. The Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call system can summon rescue services in the event of an accident whilst Rear Cross Traffic and Exit Alert monitors the rear of the vehicle, and can autonomously brake in the event of an impending collision. In the event of an accident, Sprinter automatically applies its brakes to prevent secondary collisions.

Practicalities and Costs

As usual the main available body variants are the panel van, a chassis with single or crew cab and the Sprinter Tourer bus. Three different wheelbases and tonnages between 3.0 and 5.5 tonnes create further individualisation options. The maximum towing capacity is 3.5 tonnes. The Sprinter founded its reputation on solid practicality and the latest model is no exception. An 80mm lower loading sill makes loading and unloading more convenient. The rear doors can be swung through 270-degrees and latched against the sides. The load compartment also scores with clever detailed solutions. Loadable wheel arches and fully usable load compartment heights increase versatility, especially in combination with front-wheel drive. Plus the payload of the front-driven version increases by 50 kilograms compared to rear-wheel drive. Across the range, the maximum load capacity is increased to a maximum of 17 m3 on the largest version. As for running costs, there's proven BlueTEC engine technology to reduce emissions using Selective Catalytic Reduction technology with the AdBlue exhaust after-treatment process to reduce the proportion of nitrogen oxides after combustion by over 80 percent. The AdBlue tank capacity has increased from the 18 litres of the preceding generation to 22-litres. There will also be a full-electric eSprinter model.

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 this evidence, perhaps its should be. It's as big and practical as any of its rivals, with a refined powertrain. The availability of front wheel drive will enable Mercedes to access a wider band of buyers too. 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. Some things just don't change.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency35.30mpg
Emissions
Emissions211.00g/km

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • ASSYST - Flexible servicing system
  • Comfort overhead control panel
  • Communication module (LTE) for digital services
  • Digital clock
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • PAS
  • Rev counter
  • Speedometer
  • Terminal strip for electrical connection
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 2 speakers
  • Digital radio (DAB)
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electric front windows
  • Headlight assistant
  • Lights for left hand traffic
  • Longitudinal member reinforcement
  • Side marker lights
  • Third rear brake light

Interior Features

  • 2 sunvisors plus shaded windscreen centre
  • Ashtray
  • Cab headlining
  • Compartment under fold-up passenger seat
  • Front door pockets with bottle holder
  • Grab handle at load compartment sliding door partition
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Hinged cover for storage compartment
  • Load lashing rings
  • Locking glovebox
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Pre-installation for switch panel
  • Wooden floor with bonded resin non-slip finish

Safety

  • 3 point inertia reel belt on all seats
  • Attention assist
  • Breakdown management
  • Crosswind assist
  • Drivers airbag
  • Hydraulic Jack
  • Mercedes-Benz emergency call system
  • Seat belt warning for driver's seat

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Double locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • VIN visible from outside

Technical

  • ABS
  • ASR traction control
  • Brake assist
  • EBD
  • ESP
  • Fuel filter with water separator
  • Hill start assist
  • Jump start contact
  • Particulate filter (DPF)
  • Uprated 95Ah battery

Wheels

  • Resistance-optimised tyres
  • Spare wheel bracket below frame end
  • Summer tyres
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2
    211
  • 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
  • EC Combined
    35.3
  • EC Extra Urban
    36.7
  • EC Urban
    32.8

General

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.1
  • Badge Power
    143
  • 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
    N2
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • 0 to 62
    Not Available
  • BHP
    143
  • Engine Power KW
    105
  • Engine Power RPM
    3800
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    243
  • Engine Torque MKG
    33.7
  • Engine Torque NM
    330
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1200
  • 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
    195/75 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/75 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    2365
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    5932
  • Load Deck Height
    566
  • Load Height
    2243
  • Load Length
    3272
  • Load Width
    1787
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1555
  • Rear Door Height
    1927
  • Side Load Door Height
    1899
  • Side Load Door Width
    1260
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    15.7
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    Not Available
  • Wheelbase
    3665
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2345

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    71
  • Gross Train Weight
    6100
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    4100
  • Load Space Volume
    9.9
  • 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
    300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2236
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1864
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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"

"in the last week"

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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