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Mercedes Sprinter

The Mercedes Sprinter has been available as a van, chassis cab, minibus and pick-up truck. It was voted International Van of the Year in 1995, and improvements since then that have made it even better.

Is it practical?
The Mercedes Sprinter ticks all the boxes for virtually everyone; it’s made a name for itself around the world as a television production vehicle, is used as an ambulance across western Europe and is a favourite for conversion to allow it to carry wheelchair users, while there are plenty of variants specially designed for passenger transit (with seating for up to 12). But it’s often best as a cargo van. After all, the Mercedes Sprinter offers 4.1m3 of space in the back, which is enough for three pallets, and won’t bat an eyelid with load weights of up to 1360kg. Finally, it’s still a Mercedes, offering luxury and technological extras that most work vans simply cannot compete with.

How does it drive?
The Mercedes Sprinter was originally released with a series of V6 engines. The second generation, released in 2006, focused more on four-cylinder engines, all of which included Mercedes’s BlueEFFICIENCY kit to keep fuel consumption and emissions low. They fare well in the long term, allowing the Mercedes Sprinter to take a place in the medals for the best van alongside the Ford Transit and Volkswagen Transporter. The Mercedes Sprinter is extremely safe, with the most recent model even including cross-wind stabilisation and lane-departure warning technology.

The verdict 
This is a van that offers everything. Make sure you bid for your used Mercedes Sprinter at CarsOnTheWeb.

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