2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van Interiors

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2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van Infotainment, Seating and Interior Features

Updated on: October 12, 2020

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One of the mainstays of the van market, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter aims to further solidify its reputation with the advent of its 2021 model. With many standard safety features and a solid range of engines, the Sprinter Passenger Van offers one of the highest payloads and cargo capacity in its segment. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van dashboard

Being the only passenger van in its segment to sport a 4-wheel drive suspension, the Sprinter Passenger Van aims to hit the right notes with its interior too. It competes against the likes of other industry heavyweights like the Ford Transit 150, the GMC Savana, and the Chevrolet Express. Can the 2021 Sprinter Passenger Van strengthen Mercedes-Benz’s stance among its competition with its practical interiors?

How comfortable is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van?

When you catch a first glimpse of the interior, you can instantly point out that the aesthetics aren’t as catchy enough as other stylish Mercedes-Benz SUVs or sedans. However, functionality is the key goal and the interiors look simple and organized with tremendous amounts of space. Mercedes promises a more futuristic and better-looking dashboard for the 2021 Sprinter. For that, it equips the Sprinter with its savvy MBUX infotainment display.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van front seat

The cargo van influence is heavily distinguishable inside the interiors of the Sprinter Passenger Van. The cabin has a charming aura to it and the ride remains quiet while sprinting on a highway. Its refined interiors make it one of the most popular passenger vans in the market.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van seating layout

The Sprinter has an extensive passenger capacity of 12 with a standard roof height. You can also purchase the longer wheelbase version to get extra seating for 3 individuals, raising the bar to 15. The two front seats feature leather upholstery while the rest seats are comfortable and spacious too on the legroom and headroom. The seats are also well-shaped and comfy and take away the groans and moans of a field day trip.

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van

2021 Ford Transit Passenger Van

2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van

2021 GMC Savana Passenger Van

Seating Capacity

12

15

12

12

Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)

NA

NA

NA

NA

First Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

47.3/67.4/38.9

40.8/67.9/41.3

41.35/68.85/41.35

40.85/68.85/41.35

Second Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

NA

41.1/71.4/33.7

38.42/68.6/36.3

38.42/68.6/36.3

Third Row(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

NA

40.6/67/35.6

38.5/65.75/36.58

38.5/65.75/36.58

Mercedes has only disclosed the front seat dimensions of its 2021 Sprinter Passenger Van. Sprinter Van has always been the scapegoat for their low legroom compared to the competition and the 2021 model will be no different. On the spec sheet, the Ford Transit Passenger features the most generous interior dimensions and should technically be the spaciest cabin among the lot. Its standard passenger capacity of 15 also gives it an edge over its competition.

How good is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van’s infotainment?

The Sprinter supports a standard small LCD screen with an audio system and AM/FM Radio for your entertainment purposes. Alongside these, you also get a USB-C port and Bluetooth connectivity in the tech suite. However, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter grabs the eyeballs with its tech-savvy MBUX infotainment. You can purchase a 7-inch touchscreen with the latest touch controls to access the MBUX system.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van infotainment system

Merc also gives you the privilege of a snappier 10.25-inch touchscreen integrated with intelligent voice control for a more lively user experience. The Mercedes Pro connect feature is also available that grants smarter digital integration with remote access too. Other catchy features such as wireless charging and navigation are also purchasable separately. However, the Sprinter lacks other modern technologies like WiFi, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM that is a downside for the passenger van.

What are the highlights of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van’s infotainment system:

  • AM/FM Radio
  • USB-C port
  • LCD screen
  • Bluetooth
  • MBUX multimedia with a 7-inch touchscreen
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen with intelligent voice control
  • Mercedes Pro connect
  • Wireless charging and navigation

What are the creature comforts in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has a clear objective, to emphasize its practicality rather than indulging in outright opulence. However, Merc’s reputation of a luxury stalwart means that the Sprinter does support some creature comforts for the driver's convenience at extra cost. All these creature comforts are available as accessories or as a combo in a separate package. For starters, you can equip your Sprinter with a Comfort overhead control panel to access vehicle amenities like interior lighting and air conditioning for different seat compartments.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van interior

It also houses other special features like security, windshield, and SOS button. The Sprinter can also sport an electrically heated windshield that helps to remove any unwanted fog or mist on chilly days. For the love of driving, you can also select a multifunction leather steering wheel for the most intuitive driving experience that also feels soft on the touch. Other purchasable features include a 75 mph speed limiter, rearview camera, security camera with interior motion sensor, 115 V socket, heated and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, etc.

What is the cargo capacity on offer?

The 2021 Sprinter Passenger Van grants you the freedom of 78.6 cubic feet of storage to accommodate all the passenger luggage. The Sprinter Passenger Van can also play its part as a cargo van, possessing a maximum cargo volume of 319 cubic feet to load all your cargo. Loading the cargo is also relatively easy, thanks to a safe load height around 30 inches.

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van cargo area

Models

2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van

2021 Ford Transit 150 Passenger Van

2021 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van

2021 GMC Savana 2500 Passenger Van

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

78.6

94.2

92.1

92.1

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)

319

487

218.5

218.5

The Ford Transit leads the way with its humongous interior cargo space. The Sprinter’s standard trunk space lags behind the Transit and the GM siblings but hits back with its maximum cargo volume capacity.

What are the other storage spaces inside?

Small storage options are in abundance inside the commodious 2021 Sprinter. You can equip as many as 10 configurable cup holders for each seat. Small storage bins, nets, and trays are also spread throughout the interiors to store each passenger’s small stuff. This maintains an uncluttered and clean interior throughout the passenger van.

So, is the interior of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van practical enough?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van is a commodious go-to option for tour agents and public transporters. Its interiors fulfill their motive with intent, lending you the best practicality and functionality with its roomy interiors and tremendous cargo space. The optional MBUX technology adds a digital identity to the Sprinter. The interiors are ideal for fun outings and picnics.

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