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2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris First Drive Review

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/13/2015 Manufacturer, Megan Stewart

Following the success of the Sprinter in the United States, Mercedes-Benz has decided to introduce a midsize van to our market. Called the Vito in Europe, the Metris, as it'll be named here, will debut for the 2016 model year. The design is reminiscent of a minivan, but Mercedes has made it clear that it'll market the Metris to commercial and fleet buyers.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris First Drive Review

According to Mercedes-Benz, the midsize van segment will see real growth over the next few years, and with the new van's just-right dimensions, the automaker expects the Metris to meet the demand. It features luxury amenities such as crosswind assist that you'd more likely find on a premium sedan than in a commercial van. Available features include eco start/stop, active parking assist, and collision prevention assist, among others.

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Commercial customers want an upright van, so while it's only a half-inch longer than an Odyssey, the Sprinter is 6 inches taller and 0.7 inch wider.© Provided by MotorTrend Commercial customers want an upright van, so while it's only a half-inch longer than an Odyssey, the Sprinter is 6 inches taller and 0.7 inch wider. The Metris doesn't use the range of diesel engines found on the larger Sprinter but instead gets power from a turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that produces 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The simple interior recalls the Sprinter and unfortunately has the same outdated infotainment screen and manually adjustable seats. Unlike the Sprinter, though, the Metris has a more secure stance on the road.

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image The Metris' handling is much better than the Sprinter's because of its smaller dimensions, but the steering feel could be sharper. Naturally, it doesn't corner like a car at high speeds, as the Metris has a lot of weight behind it, but you don't feel but you don't feel as top-heavy as some other commercial vans. The ride is about as smooth as you would expect from a Mercedes-Benz passenger car; most road imperfections are merely minor disturbances.

Although the Metris weighs more than 4,200 pounds, acceleration feels strong. The touchy brake pedal takes some getting used to, however. Sudden braking can be challenging, as the weight plays a big factor, much like it does in the larger Sprinter. We'll wait to get one in for a more extensive evaluation before we make a final judgment. MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
Base Price $29,945 -$33,495
Vehicle Layout Front-engine, RWD, 2-8-pass, 4-door van
Engine 2.0L/208-hp/258-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Curb Weight 4,250-4,850 lb (est)
Wheelbase 126.0 in L x W x H 202.4 x 75.9 x 74.4-75.2 in
0-60 MPH 9.5-10.0 sec (MT est)
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ Not yet rated
On Sale in U.S. October

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