2019 Mercedes Metris Passenger vs. 2019 Ford Transit Wagon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Metris Passenger offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Transit Wagon doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Metris Passenger offers optional Parktronic™ to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Metris Passenger and the Transit Wagon 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Metris Passenger has a 190-amp alternator. The Transit Wagon’s standard 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 1 place higher in reliability than Ford.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Metris Passenger gets better fuel mileage than the Transit Wagon with its standard engine (19 city/23 hwy vs. 14 city/18 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Metris Passenger’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Metris Passenger offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes Metris Passenger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Transit Wagon.

Tires and Wheels

The Metris Passenger’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Transit Wagon’s standard 65 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Metris Passenger has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Transit Wagon.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Mercedes Metris Passenger has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Transit Wagon has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

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

For better maneuverability, the Metris Passenger’s turning circle is 6.5 feet tighter than the Transit 150 MWB’s (36.4 feet vs. 42.9 feet). The Metris Passenger’s turning circle is 11.6 feet tighter than the Transit 350’s (36.4 feet vs. 48 feet).

Chassis

The Mercedes Metris Passenger may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 2350 pounds less than the Ford Transit Wagon.

The Metris Passenger is 1 foot, 3.4 inches shorter than the Transit 150 MWB Medium Roof, making the Metris Passenger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Metris Passenger is 5 feet, 1.5 inches shorter than the Transit 350HD LWB-E.

The Metris Passenger is 5.4 inches narrower than the Transit Wagon, making the Metris Passenger easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The Metris Passenger is 7.8 inches shorter in height than the Transit Wagon, making the Metris Passenger much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

The Metris Passenger’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Transit Wagon’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.

Towing

The Metris Passenger’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Transit Wagon’s (5000 vs. 4700 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 57% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

The Metris Passenger’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Transit Wagon’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

If the front windows are left open on the Metris Passenger the driver can close them from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Transit Wagon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Metris Passenger’s standard sliding doors can be opened with less than three inches side clearance. The Transit Wagon’s standard rear double doors are clumsy and make loading in tight spots difficult.

In addition to the right side sliding door, the Mercedes Metris Passenger 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 Transit Wagon doesn’t offer a driver’s side rear door.

The Metris Passenger’s optional power side sliding doors make it much easier to load and unload kids and cargo. One touch opens the door, before you even get to the van. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer a power rear door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Metris Passenger to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Metris Passenger offers an optional rear wiper. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Metris Passenger has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Transit Wagon only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Metris Passenger’s optional 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. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Metris Passenger’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Metris Passenger’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Transit Wagon doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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