Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Luton vs Mercedes-Benz eSprinter Luton
Diesel vs electric is a recurrent consideration when deciding which van model is right for you. Diesel vans boost powerful engines capable of copying with heavy payloads and make up the majority of vans on UK roads. However, electric vans are often a cost-effective and environmentally-conscious option, and have surged in popularity in recent years. While there are benefits to both, you need to weigh up which option would be most beneficial for your business.
Today we’ll be discussing the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Luton and comparing it with its electric counterpart, the eSprinter Luton.
A high-tech masterpiece that ensures a reliable drive, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter model remains the large van all other large vans are measured against. Readily available in multiple variations, it is a highly versatile vehicle that is suited to a variety of different commercial uses. The Luton model is fitted with a tail lift, making it a perfect choice for loading purposes.
If you’re seeking to reduce negative environmental impact, consider the eSprinter Luton. The technology is unrecognisably better in this van than the electric vehicles of five years ago – this vehicle is capable, reliable and the future of large payload vans. Better still, you’ll minimise your carbon footprint.
If you’re curious about whether to stick with diesel or switch to electric, read on to find out which model is best suited to you and your business.
Engines and Spec
The largest member of the Mercedes Sprinter family by far, the Luton bodystyle offers heightened storage space for those who regularly haul sizable and large amounts of cargo.
The 2022 Sprinter models are fitted with 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, replacing the 2.1-litre options of the 2018 generation. There is little change to power and torque output, which continues to range from 114hp to 190hp and 300Nm to 440Nm, but, being much smoother and quieter, the comfortability of the driving experience is significantly improved.
Featuring a series of large batteries, the motors of the eSprinter Luton can perform at an outstanding level. However, the eSprinter’s biggest immediate downside is its driving range on a full battery charge – full loads and motorway speeds can make intercity work challenging. While the new eSprinter doesn’t quite match the petrol alternative for motorway cruising speeds, the torque of its electric motors grants it considerable off the line speed and allows it to tow large weights even with a full payload at the back.
Mercedes has worked hard to improve safety features, adding both standard and optional cutting-edge safety equipment to give drivers some peace of mind. From rain-sensing Wet Wipers to high-tech active safety systems designed to reduce accidents, you’ll know you’re in safe hands when driving the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Luton or the eSprinter Luton.
Mercedes Sprinters are ultimately built on practicality. However, their interior features do offer some perks. The MBUX infotainment system debuts in the new Mercedes Sprinter. It offers a wealth of features via a high resolution 7-inch touchscreen, including optional voice control and What3words, a geocoded map system. The steering wheel features a large number of buttons plus touch-sensitive pads for controlling the screen on one side and scrolling through the menus in the instrument cluster on the other. These take a little getting used to, but fundamentally work as they should. The dashboard is also a little less well put together than those of rival cars. Yet with a commanding view of the road ahead, you can rest assured you’re in for a safe and comfortable ride.
Famous for their storage capacity, the eSprinter boasts impressive storage capacity like its Diesel counterpart. As for the rear cab you’ll have plenty of space and even more so because of the Luton configuration. While the eSprinter may lack the flashy leather interior you might see on some of the smaller electric van models, it showcases comfortable seats that offer premium support. Overall, the interior of both the diesel and electric model of the Mercedes Sprinter ensures it remains a robust and capable vehicle that is perfect for tackling big jobs.
The Verdict/Snap shot
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is undoubtedly a technically advanced and versatile van that stands out from its competitors. While running a Mercedes vehicle is never going to be cheap, the high reputation of this best seller speaks volumes about the reliability of this car. With its smooth drive, comfortable driving position and large load capacity, you’re in for a safe journey with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Luton and its electric counterpart.
If you’re interested in either of these popular options, get in touch with Van Sales UK today. We’re proud to offer low-cost options that we’ll direct to your door thanks to our simple order process.