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314 CDI L2 H2
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With its well-regarded Sprinter series, Mercedes-Benz is aiming to mark the latest state of the art in full-sized vans. Over a long time, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was a byword over quality and success in the full-size van market. The new range builds dramatically on performance and health, adds some elegance inside and outside but remains based on sheer practicality. The Mercedes Sprinter has come to define the large-van sector with over 2 million vans built. It is by far the best-selling LCV across Europe, dating its history back to 1995, with the introduction of a second-generation model in 2006. Back in 2014, it was also the first vehicle in the world to reach the Euro5 emissions requirement, which gave this vehicle an edge over direct rivals, large van contenders such as the Vauxhall Movano / Renault Master concept and the Peugeot Boxer / Fiat Ducato / Citroen Relay partnership, and of course the Volkswagen Crafter, a model that shares most of its basic design with this one. It is also worth noting that the Sprinter was first to bring a V6 engine into this category, first to implement cost-cutting Stop-Start technology and is a pioneer in promoting natural gas power as an alternative. This new model, though adding ever cleaner diesel power plants, seeks to greatly improve health and performance.
All this adds up to a van that is sure to deliver something to suit you – although the 3.5-ton gross vehicle weight (GVW) payload is smaller than in certain (older) competitors, the highest amount you can legally drive on a regular UK car licence. Under the limit, consumers can choose from the doughty 2.1-liter four-cylinder common rail diesel models of Mercedes, an engine that has built up a strong reputation for its combination of performance , reliability and elegance and is fitted with vibration-free balancer shafts. The machine comes in four tuning states-with options 112, 129, 140 and 163bhp. We would avoid the single-stage turbocharger unit that was used in the 95bhp base version and stay further up the spectrum with the twin turbo power plant installed. Unusually for a van in this market, there is also a 190bhp V6 diesel option that offers a massive 440Nm torque slug so powerful that it needs to be channelled via a redesigned 6-speed manual gearbox version. The ‘316 NGT’ Sprinter model comes with a Euro VI-compliant supercharged four-cylinder natural gas engine with direct injection, as an alternative to the diesel engines. This 1.8 litre engine produces 156bhp. For Sprinter buyers, transmission option is between either a six-speed ECO-Gear manual gearbox or a seven-speed 7G- Tronic Plus automatic with lock-up clutch, which is the only mechanism of its kind to be found in a vehicle.
Through the production of this new edition, Mercedes’ passion for creativity is clear, most noticeably through the fitting of the kind of safety features that were the domain of luxury saloons not so long ago. The Sprinter comes with standard Crosswind Assist and Accident Avoidance Assist and Blind Spot Assist, both available. Highbeam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist are two main safety features. In addition to the new safety features, you also get more standard features such as ESP stability control with ASR Acceleration Skid Control on all models, plus ABS with Brake Assist and electronic brake force distribution to optimise its performance, an indication of bulb failure and a useful feature that flashes the rear lights to alert motorists in emergency stop.
On the run, handling will rely on the load you are carrying as normal, but traction is certain and can be improved if your business uses off-tarmac tracks, by selecting the 4×4 system that is an option on 313 and 316 CDI derivatives as well as 319, 513, 516 and 519 derivatives.