How does the full-size 2015 Sprinter 4×4 van handle on and off the pavement? TFLtruck wanted to find out.
First, you immediately appreciate at the raised height of the 4×4 version when climbing into the driver’s seat. The grab-handle near the a-pillar comes in very handy. Once in the driver’s seat, the tilting and telescoping steering wheel and the multi-adjustable seat allow to get into a comfortable position. Obviously, there are miles of space in every direction.
The 4×4 Sprinter only comes with the V6 turbo-diesel and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-liter engine produces 188 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharger took a little time to spool up (we were driving above 6,000 feet of elevation), but once it’s going the acceleration is adequate.
Does the 4×4 system affect the turning radius and road handling? I was impressed with a tight turning circle. There appears to be no loss of maneuverability from the driver’s seat. These commercial vans really know how to turn in a tight spot. The 4×4 does have a lean during highway cornering, but it feels under control and confident.
The four-wheel-drive system is finicky to engage and disengage. There are two buttons to the right of the steering wheel. You need to be rolling at about 5 mph, the steering wheel needs to be straight, and you shift to neutral in order to shift in or out of 4WD. This van also had low range. The little red light blinks to let you know the shift is in progress.
The 4×4 system is a $6,500 option on the Sprinter. If you want the low range, the whole system is $6,800. It’s only $300 extra for the gear reduction, so you might as well get it.
If you have a rough construction site or inclement weather deliveries, the Sprinter 4×4 can the ticket to getting the job done.
Here is the 2015 Sprinter dealer ordering guide with all the options and pricing information.
Check out the video for all the details and so see the van surrounded by cows.