Mercedes-Benz Sprinter from 2006 2nd generation
One for all
When it comes to 3.5 ton vans, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter represents the entire vehicle class and is found on roads everywhere due to parcel and courier services, tradesmen and company vehicles. The second generation Sprinter, which was introduced in 2006, proved its reliability in the DEKRA Used Car Report 2018 and gained victory in the van class. The inspectors’ conclusion: “The second generation Sprinter is one of the best vehicles in its class and scores higher than average in every category.”
Whether as a load transporter, estate, flatbed or chassis, the Sprinter is available in an almost unmanageable range of variants. With a total weight of three to five tons, three wheelbases, four lengths, a loading capacity of 7.5 to 7 cubic meters, three roof heights, three rear axles and a countless number of optional extras make configurations designed for individual purposes possible. Only taking bodywork, weight and power unit into consideration still results in more than 1,000 basic models to choose from.
The second edition of the bestseller in approximately 130 countries has been equipped with a powerful four and five cylinder CDI diesel engine with 2.1L and 2.7L capacities, which has direct fuel injection and common rail technology. The spectrum of outputs ranges from 84 hp/62 kW to the V6 three-liter diesel engine with 184 hp/135 kW and a torque value of 400 newton meters. Alongside this, a V6-3.5 L petrol engine with 258 hp/190 kW is in the mix. In 2009 new, powerful, long-stroke four-cylinder diesel engines in the Euro V emission category moved in to the Sprinter which provide between 95 hp/70 kW and 190 hp/140 kW.
Since the extensive further development in 2013, the entire model range is available with engines in the Euro V emission category. At the same time, gearboxes and rear axles containing powertrains are streamlined for efficiency. On vehicles with Blue Efficiency Plus packages, this reduces standard consumption to 6.3 liters for estates and 6.9 liters for vans. The new, switchable four-wheel drive 4 ETS with variable power distribution was launched at the same time.
Since then, the 2.1 diesel engine has been available in three performance levels between 90 hp/70 kW and 163 hp/120 kW. The three liter, six-cylinder diesel engine functions as the most powerful engine with 190 hp/140 kW with a torque value of 440 Newton meters. Mercedes-Benz also offer a 1.8 L four-cylinder petrol engine with direct fuel injection, which makes 156 hp/115 kW available and is also available in natural gas and petrol versions.
The comprehensive safety equipment was further expanded in 2013. Crosswind Assist, which almost completely cancels out the influence of wind gusts on the vehicle in as far as this is physically possible, celebrated its world van debut in the Sprinter. As a function of the Adaptive ESP it is a standard feature which includes, amongst other things, ASR, a braking assistant, load-dependent adjustment and understeer controls. The optional distance alarm system, the blind spot assistant, the high-beam assistant and the lane departure warning system are also new.
The second-generation Sprinter is one of the best vehicles in its class. The DEKRA inspectors have little to complain about here as the Sprinter ranked higher than average in every category. Mercedes has resolved its predecessor's weaknesses in this car. Once in a while the parking brake lever's travelling distance is too large and, now and then, cracks are found on the windscreen. At higher mileages, have a look for worn-out track rod ends and oily differentials.