Far from the sexiest vehicle in the Mercedes lineup, the Metris is a practical midsize van that means business. Slotting underneath the Sprinter, the Metris comes in passenger and cargo variants, with the latter offering short- and long-wheelbase options to accommodate a wide range of professional needs. For 2021, the Metris receives a thorough update that includes mechanical and technology upgrades.
When we drove a 2017 Metris on a 1,600-mile trip along the Gulf Coast, we appreciated its people-hauling capabilities. Entry is easy, but once you're inside, don't expect your typical Mercedes interior. The no-frills cabin has lots of hard plastics, a basic 7.0-inch touchscreen, and spacious seating accommodations. Large windows provide excellent visibility for the driver.
The Metris' four-cylinder engine makes sufficient power and gets up to speed smoothly. Strong brakes add to the van's confident road manners.
A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the Mercedes-Benz Metris. All models are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Cargo vans are rated 19/24 mpg city/highway; passenger vans are slightly less efficient at 19/22 mpg.
Standard safety features include attention assist, which gives an alert if it detects the driver is drowsy, and crosswind assist, which provides automatic braking intervention on the wheels on the side of the vehicle facing the wind during gusty conditions. On the options roster, buyers can get blind-spot assist, lane keep assist, active brake assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The Metris cargo van offers a whopping 183 cubic feet of cargo space, or 199 cubic feet with the long-wheelbase variant. On the passenger van, there's 37.4 cubic feet behind the third row and 97.3 cubic feet behind the second row. Compare this to the 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan, which has 32.8 cubic feet behind the third row and 88.8 cubic feet behind the second row.
The Metris comes standard with a new 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Navigation comes with live traffic information for the first time. With digital services from Mercedes Pro Connect, businesses can monitor their vehicle fleets.
Previously called the Metris Weekender, this camper van has the essentials for traveling off the beaten path. It offers an 8-foot awning, a tent for the rear liftgate, roof racks, and bug screens for the rear hatch and sliding doors. These features are complemented by off-grid power and integrated solar panels. To make things feel a little more like home, there's a pullout kitchen. We recently reviewed the Metris Weekender and found that it maintained the level of quality expected of a vehicle with the Mercedes badge.