2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Test Drive – Popular Mechanics

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Drive

Mercedes-Benz’s revamped van gets a new front-end design, and safety features. The Sprinter more impressive than even if we’re not crazy that new face.

On-Sale Sept. 1, 2013

Base (est.): $34,000 to $40,000

Turbocharged 2.1-liter diesel 161 hp, 265 lb-ft; turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, 188 hp, 325 lb-ft; seven-speed or five-speed automatic, RWD.

EPA Economy (city/hwy): N/A

What’s A new 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is now the standard engine. The power drops compared to the previous but that decline is offset by the increased flexibility of the new seven-speed transmission. Also new are four safety systems: Lane Assist, Highbeam Assist, Prevention Assist, and Blind Assist#151;the latter three of are firsts in the Sprinter’s class.

A new Crosswind Assist is standard in sold outside the U.S. but have to wait for it to arrive the 2015 model.

The front-end of the 2014 Sprinter is new as well, a wider, lower grille and bumper. Inside, the Sprinter a new radio that is compatible factory navigation systems. The nav is a standalone module, so fleet can buy one unit and swap it between Sprinters.

Tech Tidbit: Highbeam already available on several passenger cars, uses a embedded in the front windscreen to the road ahead. The system can moving vehicles coming the Sprinter and distinguish moving from stationary ones. At above 22 mph, Highbeam automatically lowers the highbeams the road is clear before them back up.

Driving The hydraulic power steering in the Sprinter is intuitive, with the opening only when the is needed. The number of turns is about what you’d in a van, but the feel of the steering is good. Credit the lack of an setup here.

Thanks to the steering feel, the low position in the chassis, and the excellent it can be easy to forget how big the Sprinter is.

The interior in the 2014 Sprinter is far what you’d expect a van: Bluetooth connectivity, a screen, and nicely bolstered are all standard.

Favorite Detail: We drove the version of the four-cylinder 2014 not the 161-hp of the one we’ll see on sale in the States. Even with output, the small diesel doesn’t lack for pickup, to a wide torque range allows access to its full 265 from 1400 rpm. help from the seven-speed Mercedes claims an 18 percent in fuel efficiency for the Sprinter the 2013 model with its gearbox.

Driver’s Grievance: than the new brake-oriented Crosswind not being available in the U.S. the 2015 model, the biggest we had with the 2014 Sprinter is its end. The wide, low-slung with the headlights crammed the space on either side of it, to give the Sprinter the face of a The fascia’s saving grace is compared to the alternate Freightliner focusing on the three-point star can you from everything else on.

Bottom Line: The 2014 is a commercial vehicle to be sure, any Mercedes-like plushness. But we still one.

The battery of safety and stability along with the newly interior and impressive driving put the Sprinter at the head of its class and the 15,000-mile service interval draw in an audience on its own. four- and six-cylinder diesel options and a new seven-speed automatic fitted to the former, you might be to find that the 2014 performance has improved as much as its efficiency. With clever and wide torque ranges, the feels more like a than a cargo van on the road.

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