The most spectacular Mercedes-Benz all-terrain vehicles

A Unimog on a slope surrounded by wild countryside

No obstacles, no limits: all-terrain vehicles like the Sprinter 4×4, the Vito 4×4 and the Unimog are reliable companions off the road.

Vito 4×4: the best off-road scenes

Thanks to all-terrain drive, the Vito 4×4 struggles through the thickest forest, makes its way through gravel, mud and puddles and even the most extreme conditions can’t stop the van: even in the dusty Sahara or on ice and snow, the Vito 4×4 is a reliable partner. Need some proof? Here you’ll find five of the most impressive off-road scenes with the all-wheel van.

Through forests and fields in a Vito 4×4

The Vito 4×4 turns resolutely onto a narrow trail. The steep gravel path is a synch for the van that belongs to the Austrian Alpine Association. The fact that gravel and stones are gradually covered by uncontrolled growth is not a problem for the Mercedes-Benz van. For the Alpine Association’s nature lovers, who, equipped with their spades and shovels, reforest the protection forest up here on North Tyrol’s Obernberg with countless seedlings, the Vito 4×4 is the perfect all-wheel drive to take care of their important tasks: avalanche protection and stabilizing the ecosystem.

The Vito 4x4 parks at the edge of the forest in front of a mountain hut.

In every season and on any terrain

Mercedes-Benz vans perform brilliantly and not just on tarmac. Snow, gravel, sand or even mud are no obstacle to the all-wheel transporters. Not least because of its powerful engine, the Sprinter 4×4 is a real off-road all-rounder in every weather and on every kind of surface.

Over hill and dale: the Sprinter as a mobile measuring station

A white Sprinter in the woods

Fields, mud and narrow forest trails – his work as a geologist takes Walter Beck into regions that are by no means easily accessible. He gets to them thanks to his all-wheel driven Sprinter 311 from Mercedes-Benz. It offers enough storage room to accommodate his entire equipment. This way, Walter Beck can travel from spring to spring to fulfil his mission: which is to ensure an optimal quality of the water.

Into the wild thanks to all-wheel drive – the Sprinter 4×4 from Outside Van

The Sprinter 4×4 drives rapidly across a field, freed of thick forest. Mud sprays up as the transporter crosses puddles hidden by the reeds. The driver accelerates now again, fueling up with adrenaline. At the wheel: the nature boys from Outside Van. Their goal: an exciting off-road trip into the wild. Their perfect companion: a Sprinter 4×4, which not only defies the contrary surface, but serves as a roomy motor home. The outdoor athletes can safely stow away their mountain bikes and even motocross bikes in addition to their gear.

Forest rangers rely on the all-wheel vans from Mercedes-Benz

The forester easily stows away his power saw in the respective fitting in the side wall of the Sprinter 4×4 and removes his orange helmet – work is over. The ranger’s way home, at dusk, takes him through the thick forest of the Swiss mountains, not necessarily the easiest route. Good that the foresters from Lucerne can rely on their all-wheel transporters from Mercedes-Benz.

Sprinter 4x4 parked behind a forester who is felling a tree

The vans with the star defy ice and snow

And when conditions get even frostier, the Sprinter is still the right choice. This is proven in the Swiss Heubergen region, a 90-minute drive from Zurich. The region here is known for its toboggan run – the longest in Switzerland and a paradise for tobogganists and sled fanatics. But that’s not all: the many downhill curves of this course, covered with snow, is the same route that the Sprinter 4×4 has to take when it drives up to the mountain cabins from the valley. There is no other access route to the ski resort, not even a cable car lift. But the all-wheel drive Sprinter makes sure the sled drivers get up the mountain safely.

Hymermobil based on the Sprinter: safe through the winter

In the 3,000 soul community of Sölden, the Unimog snowploughs are clearing the streets. The morning sun is gradually climbing over the peaks of the “BIG 3”. That’s what the three-thousanders, Gaislachkogl (3,058 m), Tiefenbachkogl (3,250 m) and Schwarze Schneide (3,340 m) are called here in the Austrian Ötztal Alps. In the Mercedes-Benz 4×4 Sprinter mobile homes from Hymer on the campsite close to the top station, the first lights are being lit. A wonderful winter sports day awaits. But right now it’s still bitter cold. But hold on: camping amongst ice and snow? Why not? Hymer makes this possible.

The Hymer drives along snow-covered roads

An unusual combination: Sprinter meets sled dog

What does a Siberian husky have in common with an all-wheel drive Sprinter? When the temperature is sliding well below zero, the dogs are what you need – powerful, resilient and tough – just the same as a Mercedes-Benz 4×4 van. That’s also why the sled dog driver, Michael Hess, relies on this combination for the icy cold conditions in Sweden.

Through sand and dunes: Desert rallye with Sprinter and Vito

Dusty sand as far as the eye can see, high rising dunes that confuse your orientation: the women-only Moroccan Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is not an easy one to tackle. It demands total concentration of the drivers of the Sprinter 4×4 and the Vito 4×4. Because: at this unconventional race, it is not just the fastest participant who wins, but the driver who has passed all of the desert checkpoints and covered the least number of kilometers. In terms of navigation, only a compass and a map are allowed. Good that these women can rely on the all-wheel vans from Mercedes-Benz for every situations. They not only get to defeat the desert but the competition too.

The Sprinter 4×4 supports motorbike adventures in the Sahara

A vehicle for all extremes: the Sprinter 4×4 won’t be stopped, not even by the hostile conditions of the Sahara, the largest arid desert on earth. This makes the all-wheel van an ideal companion for the three motorbike adventurers from Spain, who have set out on this off-road trip with their dirt bikes – of their own construction. Because: No matter whether it’s the desert sun, ice-cold nights, low fuel quality or even unrelenting sandstorms – with the robust Sprinter 4×4, the “Desert Wolves” from the motorbike manufacturer, El Solitario, champion every challenge.

In the middle of the desert, the Sprinter 4x4 drives together with the three motorbikes

The Sprinter 6×6 as a fire truck in the mountains of Austria

When the phone rings in the alert center in Linz, responses must be swift. But the terrain in this area of Hinterschiffl is extremely challenging: the paths wind up and down and are rough and stony. While many vehicles are forced to park away from the site of operation, the local fire brigade always get right to the target thanks to their Sprinter 6×6: the impressive fire truck can access even the remotest country and forestry sites, thanks to its all-wheel drive. The three-axis Sprinter 6×6 is quite a sensation in the village – and always the firefighters’ first choice.

A Sprinter 6x6 fire truck drives down a mountain

The Oberaigner 6×6 – a Sprinter for rough terrain

The Sprinter 6×6 opens up its throttle. A cloud of dust is whirled up behind it, while in front, an obstacle suddenly appears: a huge area of water is seemingly blocking the trail. But the driver of the van remains composed. He doesn’t even consider slamming on the brakes for a moment – and crosses the water with ease. No wonder: the Sprinter 6×6 has been converted by the specialist, Oberaigner, into a veritable off-road beast with six individually driven wheels – ready for all kinds of adventure. Thanks to a variety of developments, the Oberaigner Sprinter 6×6 is also suitable for all imaginable kinds of assignments in rough terrain. You can find more about the technical qualities of the six-wheel van here.

A Sprinter 6x6 from Oberaigner crosses a muddy water hole

Unimog vs. Sprinter 6×6: The great off-road battle

The Unimog is the born off-road vehicle and a legend among all-wheel drive vehicles. But: the competition is tough from the Sprinter 6×6 from Oberaigner. This van also masters the greatest of obstacles and most difficult of terrains thanks to its all-wheel drive. We’ll put them to the test in a direct one-on-one fight: Unimog vs. Sprinter 6×6. What are the difference between these all-round talents? Decide yourself:

The Unimog – an exceptional talent for extreme situations

We’ve now come to a legend among all-wheel vehicles: the Unimog. It’s unstoppable taking its driver through mud, water, over rocks and even up the steepest of inclines. No wonder that to date some 400,000 vehicles of 30 series have been sold. There are now two types of Unimog: the equipment carrier and the highly off-roadable vehicle. Both make the impossible possible and are absolutely convincing with their numerous areas of assignment – both on and off road. There is more to find out about these unusual working heroes and their history right here.

By Unimog to the bees on an English moor

Honeybees and the Unimog – how does that fit together? The beekeepers at Woldgate Honey say very well! The beehives at this English company are sometimes located up to five miles from the road on the North York moors. Only a very few vehicles can make it there. The sunny yellow all-wheel talents and their excellent all-terrain qualities are key when it comes to resettling the beehives from one site to another. That’s why the beekeepers are sure: once Unimog, always Unimog.

Two Unimog, loaded up with beehives

DLRG water rescue drives Unimog

A vehicle that can master any terrain can sometimes be a life saver: the closer the rescue teams get to the scene of the accident, the greater the chances of survival of the missing people. For this reason, the rescuers of the German Life Saving Organization (DLRG) in Stadthagen have opted for two Unimog 1300 as their rescue vehicles. On their way through sand and undergrowth, nothing can stop the all-wheel vehicles, and the DLRG rescuers together with all their gear are taken right to the bank.

A Unimog rescue vehicle drives along the road

The Unimog as a life saver in Madagascar

Virtually no infrastructure. Instead, bumpy roads that are closed down due to huge waterways during the rainy season: for the paramedics of the hospital, Hopitaly Zoara in the south west of Madagascar, it was always difficult to reach the remote villages in this poor region. But now a Unimog ambulance ensures quick and safe transport. The all-wheel vehicle masters the deep puddles and bumpy roads without a problem – and is a life saver.

A Unimog rescue vehicle drives along a river

Brewing coffee in the wild?

In the middle of the wilderness of the north west of the US, all of a sudden you catch the smell of a Viennese coffeehouse and people are warming their hands over steaming hot mugs. Huh? The delicious coffee specialties are thanks to the team from Motofish Koffee – who conquer even the most difficult terrain with their Unimog from Mercedes-Benz. The Unimog as an all-wheel driven coffeeshop proves that it is a true all-rounder.

A Unimog drives along a muddy trail

The Unimog as food truck amidst snow and ice

Long cold winters, rugged countryside, seemingly endless forest: who could seriously think of setting up a food truck here? Against all odds, the Finnish food photographer, Sami Repo, has done just that and provides his mobile BBQ for all kinds of company events, birthday parties or other occasions in the High North. This is all possible thanks solely to the outstanding durability of his Unimog U 318: in the depths of winter it still courses a secure path to its hungry customers.

Three people stand inside a converted Unimog food truck