2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow 

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July 28, 2020  at 9:04 AM

Extravagance is the word we’d use to describe Mercedes-Benz, but its line of Metris city vans swaps a bit of pride for practicality. It's available as a cargo van with a short or long wheelbase and a passenger van with adaptable seating that will hold up to eight people. Although the Metris isn't as refined as the company's most attractive offerings, it's still one of the most sophisticated and capable vans on the market.

Mercedes-Benz revealed its refreshed Vito van in Stuttgart, Germany, the 2021 Metris van is also due to arrive later in the U.S. There’s a somewhat modified face, and there are multiple updates everywhere. But, the renewed Metris is more of an evolution than a revolution. 

What's New with the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van?

The 2021 Metris comes with a few vital changes and the majority of the updates are technology-based.

  • 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
  • Updated in safety features with Blindspot, Crosswind Assist, and Active Brake Assist coming as Standard on all 2021 Metris models.
  • A 16- and 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires.
  • A nine-speed automatic transmission.
  • Redesigned Grille, improved vent nozzles, new seats

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van

The all-new 2021 Metris Cargo Van is expected to get priced around $34,000 and although the updates are rolling out on the Europe-market as Vito and e-Vito vans first, Mercedes says the updated Metris lineup will be available to U.S. buyers later this year.

What to expect in the engine department of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van?

All Metris vans are propelled by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Along with this robust engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission is introduced this year, which transmits torque to the rear wheels. 

Compared to the 7-speed transmission of the 2020 model, the new 9-speed transmission enables rapid acceleration of the van and renders smooth gear shifts, reducing fuel consumption. The day-to-day transporting will be handled quickly and swiftly with its robust engine.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van (Expected)

GMC Savana Cargo Van

Ford Transit Connect

Ram Promaster City 

MSRP

$34,000

$33,795

$24,275

$24,430

Engine

2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder

4.3-liter V6

2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder

2.4-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automatic transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed automatic

Power

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

276 hp @ 5200 rpm

162 hp @ 6500 rpm

178 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

258 lb-ft. @ 1250 rpm

298 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

144 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm

174 lb-ft. @ 3800 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

7.9

7.8

10

8.2

Quarter Mile (seconds)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Even though the Metris is priced higher than its rivals, it does give a decent power and torque ratings against the Ford Transit Connect and Ram Promaster. Eventually, in this comparison, the GMC Savana takes the lead because of its heavy-duty engine. As per the acceleration, the Metris picks up the pace rapidly than those of the rivals. 

The 2021 Sprinter van shines when it comes to towing and payload capability. The Metris can tow up to 5000 pounds. For comparison, the Ford Transit Connect has a towing maximum of 2000 pounds. The Metris can also manage a payload of up to 2425 pounds, while the Transit Connect can sustain 1550 pounds.

How good is the ride and handling of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van?

The Metris Cargo has excellent steering and handling abilities, making it easier to maneuver around on crowded city streets. The steering is brisk in the city and even remains stable while on the highway, and the handling is also smooth. 

With the introduction of the new Transmission, the 2021 Metris will be fun to drive in the city and on highways, with much more agility and comfort. The ride quality will be smooth and inviting as it is getting one of the most significant upgrades ever with the availability of optional Mercedes air suspension.

How many miles to the gallon will 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van deliver?

As the new Metris Cargo is going to get a new 9-Speed transmission, the mileage of this van is going to increase further than that of the 2020 model. 

As of now, neither the EPA nor Mercedes has announced fuel-economy ratings for the 2021 Metris. The current 2020 Metris Cargo models return EPA estimated 21/24 mpg city/highway with a tank capacity of 18.5 gals and these ratings would increase further due to the new transmission.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van (Expected)

GMC Savana Cargo Van

Ford Transit Connect

Ram Promaster City 

MPG (City)

22*

N/A

24

21

MPG (Highway)

25*

N/A

27

28

MPG (Combined)

23*

16.7

25

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

31

15.8

16

Range (City/Highway) (miles)

389/444*

N/A

379/427

336/448

*2020 figures used for reference

With a huge tank capacity, the Metris Cargo Van does a respectable job offering a profuse range than the opponents. However, the Ford Transit Connect’s 24 mpg in the city is the best-in-class EPA fuel-economy ratings while the Ram performs best on the highway with EPA estimated 28 mpg. The 2021 Metris might enhance those figures much more as Mercedes has concentrated on the transmission part.

What to expect from the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van Interior?

The Metris passenger van can seat up to eight passengers, one more than the Transit Connect. The second and third rows can be reconfigured or eliminated to include various numbers of people and volumes of cargo. The cabin isn't as luxurious as that of the conventional Mercedes, but the layout is attractive, and the adjustments offer a reasonable level of comfort. The seat quality is also improved and updated black seat covers and a new plastic floor covering keeps the floor smooth and easy to clean.

The Metris Cargo Van offers a ton of interior space and a reasonable degree of comfort is exhibited by the van. The van has a decent suspension with crosswind assist that detects strong wind gusts and automatically applies. It then applies braking pressure to the correct side of the vehicle to gently swing back on course. This increases convenience inside the cabin for both the driver as well as cargo.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van (Expected)

GMC Savana Cargo Van

Ford Transit Connect

Ram Promaster City 

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.6/62.2/35.8

40.85/68.85/41.35

45.1/58.5/37.6

46.0/59.3/40.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

183

239.40

104.8

N/A

The Metris Cargo Van offers more comfortable shoulder room space than that of the Ford Transit and Ram Promaster. Whereas the headroom space is good with Ram Promaster. When it comes to the cargo, the GMC Savana Cargo Van takes the lead with a massive volume of 239.40cu.ft. and the Metris races up second than its rivals. 

Its interior is quieter than that of other vans in this class during highway travel. While the passenger van has up to 38 cubic feet of cargo space behind the seats, the cargo van boasts up to 199 cubes on the long-wheelbase version.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The new Metris trades in its old 5.8-inch central display for a new 7.0-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration. The digital interior mirror switches from conventional to display at the push of a button via camera imaging. It works with an improved rearview camera. The old bland central console is replaced with a high gloss black trim. It gets standard smartphone integration i.e., Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It also features groundbreaking radio reception and built-in navigation with live traffic information. Other regular specs are AM/FM radio, USB and AUX port, and also Bluetooth. 

Will there be any changes to the exterior of 2021 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van?

Definitely, yes. Mercedes has officially announced a few significant changes to the exterior, which add glamour to the Van. The 2021 Metris Cargo is going to get a new redesigned grille and a choice of 16 or 17-inch wheels. 

While the base design characteristics are about to remain the same, Mercedes wants to give the 2021 model a fresh outlook. There could be upgrades in the front fascia, auto headlights, and bumper. A couple of new color options are also possible.

A full-sized spare wheel. The Metris Worker Cargo Van has rear doors that open 180-degrees, while the Metris Cargo Van offers options for a rear liftgate or 270-degree opening back doors.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van (Expected)

GMC Savana Cargo Van

Ford Transit Connect

Ram Promaster City 

Curb Weight (lbs)

N/A

5,093

3581

3498

Length (Inches)

202.4

224.05

174.2

187.1

Width (Inches)

75.9

79.25

84.1

72.1

Height (Inches)

75.2

84.75

72

74.2

Ground Clearance (Inches)

4.4

N/A

N/A

5.2

Wheelbase (Inches)

126

135.15

104.8

122.4

Metris has a decent size, offering less turn radius than the Ford and Ram Vans. Ford has comparatively less wheelbase whereas GMC Savana occupies large parking space and also weights high. Overall, with less turn radius and optimum dimensions, the Metris Cargo is easy to swift through the busy City roads.

Will the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Cargo Van be worth my money and time?

The Mercedes Benz Metris brings a new flavor to this boring boxy segment. With the redesigned 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris loaded with a long list of new technology, it’s worth paying. The new 2021 Metris model is coming with a slender share of changes both externally and internally. 

Everything is all convivial with the Metris, though it costs a few thousand dollars more than the Ford, GMC, and Ram Promaster you get way more functionality and safety for the extra dough.

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