This comparison guide details the 2018 Ford Transit Connect and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. There are two important notes to make. First, the Transit Connect is the compact version of the larger Ford Transit. It's meant to be smaller than the Sprinter. Second, despite what it sounds like, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is no sports or luxury car. In fact, it is strictly utilitarian and quite boxy actually. With that out of the way, let's see how they stack up next to each other and which if right for your business needs.
Price: Ford Transit Connect
The 2018 Ford Transit Connect has an affordable $24,416 starting price. That's comparable other compact commercial vans, meaning you'll save money from the get-go.
On the other hand, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter comes with a cringe-worthy pricetag of $33,995. That's $9,500 more for those of you keeping track at home. While that's on par with larger commercial vans, you have to wonder if that extra space is worth that extra cost.
Handling and Maneuverability: Ford Transit Connect
A distinct advantage of being small is maneuverability. The 2018 Ford Transit Connect isn't exactly sporty but it can be fun to drive for what it is. If you're driving it all day, its cornering, agility, and responsive steering can smooth the work day. It comes standard with a 2.5-liter I-4 engine that churns out 169 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter doesn't have enough horsepower to make up for its size and isn't maneuverable relative to the smaller Ford Transit Connect. The Sprinter comes with a 188-horsepower turbodiesel V-6 paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. As you might imagine, it has a greater payload than the Transit Connect but loses the contest of maneuverability and handling.
Size and Storage: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Again, the Ford Transit Connect is a smaller vehicle by design. Naturally, it'll store and haul less. It fits about 149 cubic feet of storage space and, when properly equipped, it can haul up to 2000 pounds.
Those numbers don't hold a candle to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which holds 530 cubic feet of storage and hauls up to 5,507 pounds. It's a bit apples to oranges but those are the numbers. Bear in mind that size like this means poorer fuel economy and less garageability.
At the end of the day, it's a decision between small and large. While the Sprinter can haul more, the smaller Ford Transit Connect gives you superior fuel economy and maneuverability with a lower sticker price.