The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter represents a total reboot, both inside and out, with particular attention paid to adding safety features and tech upgrades not normally associated with the world of square-edged, work-duty vans. And while it’s highly unlikely that a Sprinter customer cares much about design, one added bonus is that the latest model happens to be relatively good-looking, too. (Well, at least in the world of vans it is.)
A narrower grille, slimmer headlights and available LED exterior lighting add a touch of class to the Sprinter. Don’t get us wrong, this is no AMG GT in terms of come-hither exterior design. But, believe it or not, during our test-drive in the Netherlands, which took us between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Sprinter got more than a few thumbs-up and nods of approval. Granted, they were all from dudes hauling plumbing supplies or gardening gear, but that’s the target market here, folks.
In range-topping models, which were in ample supply during our drive, the dashboard is dominated by either a 7.0- or 10.3-inch touch screen. This wide screen sits upright from the dash and is within easy reach for either the driver or front passenger. This infotainment system handles everything from radio and navigation functions to a variety of voice commands that work with the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX, for short). Ironically, this system proved reluctant to cooperate with non-native English speakers, as proved during a demonstration by Mercedes-Benz engineers before we were let loose onto Dutch roads. The rest of the interior technology is far less unnerving, thankfully. There are multiple USB outlets, available onboard Wi-Fi, 12-volt and 115-volt outlets and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And don’t worry, despite all the added tech and handy plug-in points, there are still plenty of cupholders for XL-sized caffeinated beverages.