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Parkers Van Deal of the Week 05/12/2014

  • Good build quality and high resale values
  • Very practical and lots of kit
  • Priced at just £17,776 plus VAT

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter quickly made a name for itself upon its launch in 1995 through solid build quality, and today boasts some of the highest residual values in the business.

This example from buyanewvanonline.co.uk is priced at just £17,776 plus VAT - over £4,000 less than the list price and almost £3,000 cheaper than an equivalent sister van, the Volkswagen Crafter. The cost can be spread over four years, with finance rates as low as 6.8 percent.

Value for money

Unlike most of the competition, there is just the one trim level which includes a generous amount of kit as standard, including variable speed limiter, MP3 player with Bluetooth connectivity for phones, twin side-loading doors, multifunction steering wheel and a trip computer.

Productivity

As this is the lighter 3t van, the maximum permissible payload is just 912kg. For those who need to carry more weight, it may be worth upgrading to the next nominal GVW, 3.5t, where payloads are just under 1.5 tonnes.

Despite it being the short wheelbase version, there’s still 2.6 metres of load length, meaning there’s plenty of room for an 8x4 sheet. There’s 1,350mm between the wheelarches, so a standard Europallet will fit through lengthways, too.

Engine and driveline

Under the bonnet is Daimler’s renowned 2.1-litre turbo-diesel unit, designed to meet Euro-5 emission standards. It’s the entry level 95bhp / 250Nm variant and is coupled to a smooth six-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy is officially rated at 33.2mpg on the combined cycle.

Sales are aftersales

The deal from buyanewvanonline.co.uk is one of the best on the Parkers ‘For Sale’ section. The Sprinter comes with a three year, unlimited mileage warranty and service intervals are set at 37,500 miles or two years, although the ASSYST flexible service system is a standard feature. Click here to view all the later deals.