Van profile: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 CDI

In 2002, the Sprinter was upgraded with additional, more efficient functions including the automatic start-stop function.


Daimler-Benz AG

Production period

2000 – 2006

Loading volume

1,060 kg

Or the underlying model

Sprinter (T1)

Successor model

Sprinter II (NCV 3)


Panel van, crew van, flatbed (various wheelbases) and camper vans


Various gasoline and diesel engines – basic diesel engine: OM 612, 2.4 l, 5-cylinder, 120 kW (163 hp)


5,926 mm


2,663 mm


3,000 – 4,025 mm

Maximum speed

161 km/h (with OM 612, 120 kW/163 hp)

Mercedes-Benz 316 CDI

At the beginning of the year 2000, the Sprinter undergoes numerous changes as part of the model update. The Mercedes star is now integrated into the bonnet while the headlights and indicators are more streamlined.

The interior features a newly designed dash panel with an integrated gearshift lever along with a new instrument cluster. As part of the second facelift in autumn 2002, the radiator grille receives a frame in the same color as the vehicle and the tail lights a two-color design. The front is extended, improving the crash safety.

The various designs and the large cargo area can fulfill almost any customer requirement. In addition to their revised appearance, all Sprinter Crew Van and Panel Van models up to a total weight of 3.5 tonnes are the only vehicles in their class available with ESP® in combination with ABS, ASR and BAS. The low consumption of 6.8 l/100 km is an economical advantage.

Mercedes-Benz 316 CDI

Photos: Kai Knörzer