2019 Nissan NV200 vs. 2019 Mercedes Metris Cargo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The NV200 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the NV200 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 and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The NV200 comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Metris Cargo’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

The NV200’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 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the NV200’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 3 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the NV200 gets better fuel mileage than the Metris Cargo (24 city/26 hwy vs. 21 city/24 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan NV200 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Metris Cargo requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The NV200 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Metris Cargo doesn’t offer a CVT.

Chassis

The Nissan NV200 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 pounds less than the Mercedes Metris Cargo.

The NV200 is 1 foot, 4.1 inches shorter than the Metris Cargo Standard WB, making the NV200 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The NV200 is 2 feet, 1.1 inches shorter than the Metris Cargo Long WB.

The NV200 is 7.8 inches narrower than the Metris Cargo, making the NV200 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The NV200 has 2.1 inches more front headroom and 6.8 inches more front legroom than the Metris Cargo.

Ergonomics

The NV200’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children 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 Nissan NV200 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.

Optional NissanConnect for the NV200 SV allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities 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 NV200 SV’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 Nissan NV200 outsold the Mercedes Metris by over two to one during 2018.

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