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When it comes to finding an affordable luxury vehicle, there are actually several compelling cars and SUVs on the market. But there’s one model that might surprise you. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris isn’t a car or an SUV––it’s a van. 

The interior dash view of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris with the three-pointed star on the steering wheel.
2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris | MB USA

Whether you want a passenger van or a cargo van, the Metris van has you covered. Car and Driver places it at the top of its class. It also tips its hat to the 2021 Mercedes-Benz on its list of affordable luxury vehicles. 

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris worth it? 

OK, so this is still a Mercedes. It’s no shocking truth that it’s more costly than its competitors in the small cargo and passenger van class. In fact, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris starts at $32,630 for the cargo version and $36,840 for the passenger van, according to the Mercedes-Benz website

On the other hand, the 2021 Ford Transit Connect starts at $24,655 for a cargo van and $27,400 for the passenger version, according to Ford. However, compare the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris to virtually any other luxury SUV that can accommodate up to eight passengers and you’re looking at a much pricier luxury vehicle. The Metris combines versatility and luxury in a way that other affordable luxury cars just don’t do. 

Is it worth it? Of course, that depends on the buyer. But overall, it outshines others in the class and offers drivers a luxury vehicle that is part minivan and part premium passenger car. 

What engine does this small Mercedes cargo van have? 

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris runs a turbocharged 2.0 liter 208 hp 4-cylinder engine that manages 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Car and Driver reports that this is a cargo van that clearly stands out. 

The powertrain offers stout acceleration, enabling the Metris van to move people and things with robust confidence. In addition, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris provides handling that Car and Driver says reaches “a higher level of refinement than is typical for this class.”

“Its steering was light, and we could easily maneuver into tight spaces. Plus, the van was very controllable at highway speeds. The optional air suspension allows for adjustable ride heights and should proffer an even smoother ride.”

Car and Driver

How much can it tow? 

A Mercedes-Benz Metris towing a camper in a parking lot
Mercedes-Benz Metris Towing | Metris Forum

The Metris van can tow 5,000 lbs and it has a payload capacity of 2,425 lbs. Being both a cargo van and passenger van, it’s important that prospective buyers gain an understanding of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris’ capabilities. 

The other star contender in the class, the Ford Transit Connect, tows up to 2,000 lbs and hauls up to 1,550 lbs. So, it’s easy to see that the Metris van is a class leader, making the higher price more forgivable. 

The Mercedes-Benz Metris van is an affordable luxury vehicle

A white Mercedes-Benz Metris cargo van on display at an auto show.
Mercedes-Benz cargo van | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris is an affordable luxury vehicle starting at $32,630. It’s not a car or an SUV. In fact, there’s really nothing conventional about the Metris van when it comes to buying luxury-branded transport. Still, it’s worth considering if your primary goal is to carry lots of people and stuff in a vehicle with some premium accouterments.


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