by Michael Butler
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van is a 5-door minivan with a touch of class. This German people carrier is currently in its third generation internationally, although the current model is the first available in the US. While in other markets it can be specced to truly luxurious levels, stateside it's a little more blue-collar in the way it goes about delivering its practicality and versatility. We're not saying the 2020 Metris Passenger Van isn't capable; its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine develops 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to haul 5,000 lbs. More than this, there's an abundance of cargo space on offer. Unfortunately, it isn't the most fuel-efficient on the road, and that three-pointed star carries a hefty price tag, which is where competitors such as the Ford Transit Connect claw back some lost territory.
There aren't many changes for the 2020 model year of the Metris, and the model carries over from 2019 mostly the same, except for a new package and five new exterior colors.
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Under the stubby hood of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van, there is a single engine option. You get a turbocharged 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 motor that develops 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Outputs from the gasoline engine might not sound like much, but they best its main competitor, the Ford Transit Connect, and the motor pulls hard through each gear. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with power deployed to the wheels via a slick 7-speed automatic transmission. A review of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van's mechanical specs reveals a class-leading towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
The Metris is an excellent choice for businesses looking for a quality fleet vehicle with excellent cargo space, towing capacity, and capable of carrying either 5, 7, or 8 passengers depending on the seating configuration. It's versatile, too, and the 2nd and 3rd rows of seating can be arranged to face one another. Alternatively, the third row can be removed entirely for more cargo space. In base form, the Metris Passenger Van is as rudimentary as any of its competitors and offers all the basics needed for a comfortable daily trip (just ignore the outdated infotainment system), but can be upgraded to provide a convincingly refined experience. This, of course, will push the already steep asking price up even more. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine delivers excellent performance but is let down by a bad drinking habit, which could be a deal-breaker in a class where the miles are usually racked up quickly. It is a capable machine, and generally scores well for reliability, but the competition offers similar capabilities for much less money.
The Metris Passenger Van will most likely end up being an airport shuttle or employee taxi, and in that case, the base Worker should do just fine. Adding the Comfort Package does raise the bar in terms of refinement and features but does push up the price considerably. If you plan on carrying your family around in one, we'd suggest adding the Premium Safety Package, which adds features such as blind-spot monitoring and park distance control. Be careful of how you spec yours, though, as the asking price of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van can easily cross the $40k mark.
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