Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van

The Mercedes-Benz Metris comes in two basic body styles, taking the form of either an 8-seat Passenger Van or a Cargo Van. The Cargo Van eliminates the rear side windows while increasing the maximum payload, while the Passenger Van offers three rows of seating for up to eight people. Both vans are powered by a fuel efficient 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission. The Metris is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, with a payload of 2,500 pounds.

The Metris starts out simply equipped with 17" steel wheels, manual mirrors, dual sliding rear doors, a USB and Bluetooth-equipped radio, remote keyless entry and air conditioning. Standard safety features include driver and front passenger airbags, 3-row curtain side airbags, anti-lock brakes and Mercedes' Crosswind Assist that helps keep the vehicle on track when strong side winds threaten the taller van's stability.

The options list on the Metris is extensive, and include a choice of vertical or twin horizontal opening rear doors, power-operated sliding side doors, a navigation system, a multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats and automatic climate control. The Metris is designed for city drivers and appropriately, Mercedes offers several options that take much of the stress out of driving in the city. An optional start/stop function helps save gas, while parking sensors, a rearview camera, or a full parking assistant makes parallel parking in even the tightest spots a snap. In addition, the Metris features the tightest turning radius in its class.

Safety is aided by standard stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes, while six standard airbags help keep the driver and the passengers safe in the event of a collision. The Passenger Van comes standard with additional airbags for rear seat passengers. Optional safety features include blind spot and lane keeping assist functions, a collision prevention assist system, an alarm and a reverse warning device.

Editors' First Take

In February, Mercedes-Benz announced the Sprinter Worker, a single-configuration cargo van built with price and utility in mind. Six months later, Mercedes has brought its Worker badge to its smallest US van, the Metris, and in the process, it's created the most affordable Mercedes you can buy in the States.

The Metris Worker starts at $25,995, undercutting the CLA-Class luxury sedan by a few thousand bucks. Like the standard Metris, the Worker is available in both Cargo and Passenger trims, the latter coming with a removable seven-seat configuration. While the Cargo trim is meant for the working person, the Passenger is meant for limousine companies and the like.

As with the Sprinter Worker, your plate of standard equipment is rather sparse. The body is available only in white (for Cargo; Passenger can be black or silver, too), the floor comes in a bare-metal finish, and standard tech includes just Bluetooth, a 3.5mm aux input, a USB port and five speakers. While standard equipment is low, options are numerous, including rain sensors, blind-spot monitoring, body-colored bumpers and electric sliding doors.

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