2019 Ford Transit Van vs. 2018 Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

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Safety

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The Transit Van has standard head airbag curtains that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Sprinter Cargo Van.

The Transit Van’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Transit Van offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sprinter Cargo Van 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 Van and the Sprinter Cargo Van have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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The Transit Van’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sprinter Cargo Van 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 Van’s warranty.

Reliability

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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.

Engine

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The Transit Van’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 149 more horsepower (310 vs. 161) and 135 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 265) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s standard 2.1 turbo diesel.

The Transit Van’s 3.2 turbo diesel produces 24 more horsepower (185 vs. 161) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 265) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s standard 2.1 turbo diesel. The Transit Van’s 3.2 turbo diesel produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 325) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Transit 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 Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Transit Van’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sprinter Cargo Van:

 

Transit Van

Sprinter Cargo Van

Front Rotors

12.1 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11.7 inches

The Transit Van stops shorter than the Sprinter Cargo Van:

 

Transit Van

Sprinter Cargo Van

 

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

193 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Transit Van’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s standard 75 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Transit Van has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sprinter Cargo Van’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front suspension of the Transit Van uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sprinter Cargo Van, which uses leaf springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Transit Van is .8 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sprinter Cargo Van.

For better maneuverability, the Transit Van’s turning circle is tighter than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s:

 

Transit Van

Sprinter Cargo Van

LWB Van

48 feet

51.5 feet

Extended Van

47.8 feet

51.5 feet

Chassis

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

 

Transit Van

Sprinter Cargo Van

SWB Van

219.9 inches

233.3 inches

LWB Van

237.6 inches

274.1 inches

Extended Van

263.9 inches

289.8 inches

The Transit Van is 11.3 inches shorter in height than the Sprinter Cargo Van, making the Transit Van much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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The Transit 150 MWB has 2.4 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 144” WB Standard Roof.

The Transit 150 LWB has 2.4 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” WB High Roof.

The Transit 250 LWB-E has 2.4 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more front shoulder room than the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” WB EXT High Roof.

Cargo Capacity

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The Transit 150 MWB has a much larger cargo area than the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 144” WB Standard Roof with its rear seat up (246.7 vs. 220.1 cubic feet).

Payload and Towing

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The Transit Van’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s (5400 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van 3500 is only 7500 pounds. The Transit Van offers up to a 7500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Transit Van has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Sprinter Cargo Van:

 

Transit Van

Sprinter Cargo Van

150 Van

3670 lbs.

n/a

250 Van

4070 lbs.

3215 lbs.

350 Van

4570 lbs.

3916 lbs.

The Transit 250 has a much higher optional payload capacity than the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 144” WB (4070 vs. 3512 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The Transit Van 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 Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Van’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Transit Van’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Transit Van has standard power remote mirrors. The Sprinter Cargo Van only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Transit Van allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Transit 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 Sprinter Cargo Van’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Transit Van offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its October 2015 issue and the Ford Transit 150 LWB won out over the Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 144” WB.

The Ford Transit outsold the Mercedes Sprinter by almost five to one during the 2018 model year.

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