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2018 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: What’s the Difference?

  • The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is all-new for 2019.
  • A new turbocharged gas engine option is now available for the Sprinter.
  • New technology makes the new Sprinter safer and potentially better for your business.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a trendsetter for full-size commercial vans. The standard used to be just putting a van body on a truck frame and calling it a day, but more and more, manufacturers are changing the design of their commercial vans to look more like the tall, space-efficient Sprinter.

Some Sprinter imitators were getting arguably better than the Sprinter, so Mercedes-Benz has given its big commercial van a thorough update for 2019 with a new look, new tech and a new engine to keep it at the top of its segment. Let’s take a look at the differences and similarities between the 2018 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

018 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter exterior

Exterior

The overall shape of the Sprinter is largely unchanged for 2019. Mercedes took the "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it" approach and kept the tall, boxy design that yields so much space efficiency, which is exactly what people and businesses love about the Sprinter. However, the front end of the van has been updated to look much more modern and premium, giving a classy look to a utilitarian van. See the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter models for sale near you

The Sprinter carries on with two different wheelbases, three overall lengths and two roof heights so you can customize your van to be perfect for your business. Obviously, a smaller Sprinter will be more affordable and more maneuverable, but a bigger one will have more precious interior space. There’s also a chassis cab option for both generations of the Sprinter. See the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter models for sale near you

018 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter interior

Interior

Not only do you have a lot of configuration options for the exterior of your Sprinter, but it’s just as customizable on the inside. On top of the two obvious options of passenger van and cargo van, there’s also a crew van option, which has two rows of seats with the rest of the van dedicated to cargo space. The crew van is a nice happy medium between just having two or three seats in the first row and having up to 15 seats throughout the van.

The interior design is a bit more modern and refined in the 2019 Sprinter than it is in the 2018 model. The interior dimensions are very similar to the previous Sprinter, with a maximum of 532.6 cu ft. in the cargo van and an interior standing height of up to 79.1 inches.

018 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter mechanicals

Mechanicals

The 2018 and 2019 Sprinter are both available with a turbodiesel V6 engine. A new gas-powered turbocharged engine is also available.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Engine

  • 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 with 188 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque

2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Engines

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with 188 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque

  • 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 with 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque

The 2018 and 2019 Sprinter both come standard with rear-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive optional. However, on the 2019 model, you can’t get 4WD with the gas engine and need to opt for the turbodiesel V6 if you want that option. 4WD is something that not a lot of the Sprinter’s competitors offer, making the Sprinter one of the better choices for businesses that require reliable traction in bad road conditions, particularly in snowy climates.

018 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter tech

Technology

There’s also a lot more modern technology in the cabin of the 2019 Sprinter compared to its predecessor, most notably the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system. The MBUX system is a touchscreen that also uses voice controls, with optional navigation and wireless charging.

There’s also a lot of safety and driver assistance technology available for the new Sprinter. Some of that tech includes active brake assist, a blind spot assist mirror, attention assist, which monitors your driving patterns for signs of fatigue, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign assist, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera and more.

Another cool feature available in the 2019 Sprinter is Mercedes Pro Connect. This is for keeping your drivers, managers and vehicles connected with technology that can help improve productivity and drive your business forward. With Mercedes Pro Connect, you can control vans remotely and digitally log their trips so you have an accurate view of the activity of your fleet. It can also help you increase safety, improve navigation and optimize maintenance planning.

018 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter pricing

Pricing

The 2019 Sprinter has a starting MSRP of $33,790 and can get all the way up into the low-$60,000 range, with a lot of room in between depending on how yours is configured. Pricing is similar for the 2018 Sprinter, which starts at $33,995, but its price ceiling on the high end isn’t quite as high as it is in the new model.

018 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter conclusions

Conclusion

Both the 2018 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter are outstanding work vans that will get the job done, but the all-new 2019 model is a big improvement. We love the new technology that not only makes it more pleasant to drive, but can actually help your business in a big way. We also like the addition of a gas engine option and the new look inside and out, which all help attribute to making the Sprinter more modern. Find a 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for sale or Find a 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for sale

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