2019 Ford Transit Connect Van vs. 2019 Mercedes Metris Cargo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Transit Connect Van has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Metris Cargo offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

To help make backing safer, the Transit Connect Van’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Transit Connect Van offers optional 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Transit Connect Van and the Metris Cargo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Transit Connect Van 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Metris Cargo. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Metris Cargo ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The Transit Connect Van’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Metris Cargo runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Transit Connect Van’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Transit Connect Van with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Metris Cargo (24 city/27 hwy vs. 21 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Transit Connect Van uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Metris Cargo requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Transit Connect Van has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Transit Connect Van, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Metris Cargo.

Suspension and Handling

The Transit Connect Van has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Transit Connect Van flat and controlled during cornering. The Metris Cargo’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis

The Ford Transit Connect Van may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 650 pounds less than the Mercedes Metris Cargo.

The Transit Connect Van is shorter than the Metris Cargo, making the Transit Connect Van easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Transit Connect Van

Metris Cargo

SWB Van

174.2 inches

202.4 inches

LWB Van

190 inches

211.4 inches

The front grille of the Transit Connect Van offers available electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Transit Connect Van has 7.3 inches more front headroom and 6.5 inches more front legroom than the Metris Cargo.

Ergonomics

The Transit Connect Van XLT offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Transit Connect Van has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Transit Connect Van’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Mercedes does not offer a locking feature on the Metris Cargo’s power windows.

In addition to the right side sliding door, the Ford Transit Connect Van has a driver’s side rear sliding door. This door simplifies loading and unloading passengers and it allows parents to easily secure two children into child seats. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a driver’s side rear door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Transit Connect Van offers an optional rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper optional on the Metris Cargo only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Transit Connect Van detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Transit Connect Van XLT offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Transit Connect Van’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Transit Connect Van XLT offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional smartphone integration for the Transit Connect Van allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones so they can stay connected without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Transit Connect Van’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Metris Cargo’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

The Ford Transit Connect outsold the Mercedes Metris by almost four to one during 2018.

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