2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon vs. 2019 Mercedes Metris Passenger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Transit Connect Wagon 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 Passenger 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 Wagon’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 Passenger doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Transit Connect Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Transit Connect Wagon and the Metris Passenger 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, front parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Transit Connect Wagon 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Metris Passenger. 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 Passenger ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The Transit Connect Wagon’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Metris Passenger 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 Wagon’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Transit Connect Wagon has a standard 220-amp alternator (240-amp - Transit Connect Wagon Diesel). The Metris Passenger’s 190-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Wagon with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Metris Passenger (24 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/23 hwy).

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

The Transit Connect Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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

Tires and Wheels

The Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Metris Passenger’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

The Ford Transit Connect Wagon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1000 pounds less than the Mercedes Metris Passenger.

The Short Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon is 2 feet, 4.2 inches shorter than the Metris Passenger, making the Transit Connect Wagon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Transit Connect Wagon XLT 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 Passenger doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Transit Connect Wagon’s available third row seats recline. The Metris Passenger’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Transit Connect Wagon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

The Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Transit Connect Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Transit Connect Wagon’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 Passenger’s standard power windows.

Passive Entry/Passive Start standard on the Transit Connect Wagon Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mercedes Metris Passenger doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Transit Connect Wagon has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the Metris Passenger.

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

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

The Transit Connect Wagon’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 Passenger doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

The Transit Connect Wagon has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the Metris Passenger.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium 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 Passenger doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional smartphone integration for the Transit Connect Wagon 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 Passenger doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Transit Connect Wagon. The Transit Connect Wagon’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a navigation system.

The Transit Connect Wagon has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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

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