The Sprinter has always been good to drive, while the cabin is airy and functional with decent levels of storage and good-quality materials.
But it is the pioneering safety features that really caught the eye when this model was launched in 2013.
Take the Crosswind Assist system, which works within the van’s electronic stability programme to keep the vehicle in a straight line if hit by a sudden gust that the driver doesn’t react to.
It comes as standard on all Sprinter panel vans.
Meanwhile, optional safety tech includes Blind Spot Assist, which provides extra peace of mind when changing lanes; Lane Keeping Assist, which uses a camera to film the road ahead, identifying the contrasting markings; Highbeam Assist, which switches the headlamps from full beam to dipped depending on the traffic situation ahead of the van or the oncoming traffic; and Collision Prevention Assist, which prevents or reduces the severity of rear-end shunts.
Such developments help to make the Sprinter a very good large van, although Merc has claimed the third generation will lead the sector into a new era when it comes to market in the first quarter of 2018.
Sample model: 311 2.1 CDI medium H/Roof
Engine size 2.1-litre
Load volume 10.5m3
Combined mpg 36.2mpg
Price (ex VAT) £30,920