If you and your mates want to rock up at an event looking like Beyonce and her entourage, Mercedes-Benz has the van for you.
Mrs. Knowles-Carter’s van of choice is once again available in a 12-seater minibus variant called the Sprinter Transfer. That also happens to be an ideal name for an ideal vehicle for airport transfers.
While the sprawling Sprinter range is available with either front-, rear- or all-wheel drive, manual or automatic transmissions, and multiple engines and wheelbase lengths, there are just two 12-seater Transfers for 2020.
Both feature the medium wheelbase length, rear-wheel drive, and twin-turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, though the 416CDI produces slightly more power and torque.
The 416CDI is also more befitting of Queen B with its chrome grille, alloy wheels, LED headlights and power sliding door.
As with the rest of the redesigned Sprinter range, the Sprinter Transfer features Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX multimedia system which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There’s a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen or an optional 10.25-inch one.
The seating layout is 3-2-3-4, with each row featuring reclining seats, adjustable armrests, and USB outlets.
- 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Transfer 414CDI: $72,479
- 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Transfer 416CDI: $87,926
A high roof is a $2255 option.
All prices exclude on-road costs.
All 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Transfer models use the aforementioned twin-turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and powering the rear wheels.
In 414CDI guise, the 2.1-litre produces 105kW of power and 330Nm of torque. The 416CDI produces 120kW of power and 360Nm of torque.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Transfer measures 5932mm long (with a 3668mm wheelbase), 2578mm tall, and 2020mm wide.
The current generation of Sprinter has yet to be tested by ANCAP.
All 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter models come standard with autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and anti-lock brakes. There are also dual airbags up front and curtain airbags, albeit for the first row only.
The 414CDI comes standard with the following equipment:
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Auto stop/start
- Proximity entry with push-button start
- Climate-control air-conditioning
- Cruise control
- Reversing camera
The 416CDI adds:
- Alloy wheels
- Front fog lights
- Chrome grille
- Automatic headlights
- Rain-sensing wipers
- LED headlights
- High beam assist
- Power sliding door (passenger-side)
Mercedes-Benz offers a huge array of optional equipment. This includes:
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation
- Adaptive cruise control
- 360-degree camera
- High roof
- Traffic sign assist
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Transfer requires servicing every two years or 40,000km.
In addition to a five-year, 250,000km warranty, Mercedes-Benz offers three years of capped-price servicing. The total service cost over three years is $3785.