When it comes to reliable and powerful commercial options, Mercedes-Benz may not be the first brand that springs to mind. However, Mercedes-Benz vans like the Sprinter and the Metris are some of the best options in the market, well able to go tow-to-tow with other heavy hitters designed for fleets and small businesses. In this 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris vs 2016 Ford Transit Connect comparison, we are going to pit these two smaller vans against each other to see which comes out on top.
Both of these vans are available in either cargo or passenger configurations, but we are going to focus on the cargo and transportation-optimized models, and the base trims. It is immediately apparent that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris offers a significant advantage when it comes to interior space. Compared to the 2016 Ford Transit Connect, the 2016 Metris is more of a midsize van than a minivan, which means that it can hold up to 186 cubic feet of cargo, while the 2016 Transit Connect has just 103.9 cubic feet in the short wheelbase version and 128.6 in long wheelbase configurations.
|2.0-L Turbo 4-Cylinder (208 hp)||Base Engine||2.5-L 4-Cylinder (169 hp)|
|186||Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)||103.9 (short wheelbase), 128.6 (long wheelbase)|
|Available Parallel Parking||Parking Features||Available Parking Sensors|
While the 2016 Metris offers significantly more interior space than its Ford rival, that is not the only advantage it brings to this 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris vs 2016 Ford Transit Connect comparison. The lone powertrain option on the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This system is rated for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. While the 2016 Ford Transit Connect offers a choice of two engines, neither the base 2.5-liter (169 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque) nor the available 1.6-liter four-cylinder (178 horsepower and 184 pound-feet) can come anywhere close to matching those numbers. The 2016 Ford Transit Connect has a slight advantage when it comes to mileage, but the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van easily overmatches it when it comes to capability, offering a maximum payload of 2,502 pounds, or also 4,960 pounds of maximum towing capacity.
In this comparison, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris has a higher starting price than the 2016 Ford Transit Connect, but it offers significantly better interior space and hauling ability. For the small business owner or fleet buyer looking for a competent midsize van, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris easily stays in the lead.
For more information on this comparison, or learn more about the 2016 Metris at Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City, contact a member of our sales team today.