If you're looking for a cargo van to haul up to eight people or 199 cubic feet of cargo, you probably aren't thinking of a Mercedes-Benz. That's unfortunate, as Mercedes offers a vehicle that's larger than your average minivan, but smaller than a full-size commercial van, and it's called the Metris. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Metris-Class is a comfortable work vehicle that's available in a few well-equipped trims. Depending on what kind of line of work you're in, the Metris is offered as both a cargo van and a passenger van.
What's New for 2019
The Mercedes-Benz Metris-Class carries on unchanged for the 2019 model year.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz Metris
Regardless of whether you go with the passenger or cargo option, the Metris-Class is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The motor makes a modest 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and is paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Despite the fuel-efficient powerplant, fuel economy figures for the Metris aren't spectacular. The most fuel-efficient model is capable of getting up to 21 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, and 22 combined, according to the EPA.
Fuel economy, though, isn't what draws people to work vans, but payload and towing capacity are, and that's where the Metris shines. The Metris Cargo Van is rated to have a payload capacity of roughly 2,500 pounds, while the model has a 5,000-pound towing capacity.
In addition to being able to tow and hold a decent amount of cargo, the Metris also has an expansive cargo area that can expand to a dizzying amount to ensure you can take everything on the go. With a van full of eight people, there's 38 cubic feet of available cargo space behind the rear seats. Take all of the seats out, except for two, of course, and you have a total of 199 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Metris is available in two trims – Worker and base – and two styles – Cargo and Passenger van.
While pricey, the regular Metris vans are worth the higher cost. It may be a work van, but it's still a vehicle that wears a three-pointed star at the front, and that badge carries a lot of weight with it. With so many options and configurations to choose from, it would be impossible for us to give you a tip on what would work for you, as every job is on a case-by-case basis. We do, though, recommend skipping over the Worker trims, as the higher ones can be fitted with some high-tech features that make them easier to live with – especially if you're going to be spending a lot of time in them.