Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 6×6 vs. Unimog 4×4

Their environment begins where sealed roads end. The Sprinter 6×6 and the Unimog 4×4 are true all-terrain vehicles and tackle extreme terrain in our clip.

Unimog – at home on every terrain

The “Universal Motor Platform” Unimog is a problem solver par excellence. Developed for agricultural usage 70 years ago, the all-wheel drive vehicle has developed into a popular universal talent for a vast range of different jobs. Yet all of the model variants have one thing in common: they can handle difficult terrain, treacherous surfaces and are at home beyond the bounds of sealed roads. The Unimog reigns supreme where other vehicles fail. The U 5030, modified by Hellgeth, provides even more performance, comfort and terrain capabilities than its standard counterpart and can handle even the most difficult conditions.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog takes a corner at full speed.
Profile – Unimog U 5030 powered by Hellgeth engineering
Body manufacturer Hellgeth engineering
Drive system 4×4 all-wheel drive
Gearbox 8 forwards and 6 reverse gears, permanent all-wheel drive
Engine 6-cylinder diesel engine with a 7.7 l displacement
Service 220 kW (300 hp), 1,200 Nm
Technical maximum speed 90 km/h (electronically governed)
Wading depth 120 cm
Ground clearance below the axles 50 cm
Equipment Available as a camper van with exceptional all-terrain capabilities, a robust expedition vehicle or as a rally vehicle
Driving slope angle up to 50°

Sprinter 6×6 – the versatile exotic

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 6×6, built by Oberaigner, is almost unstoppable. Permanent all-wheel drive, a raised air intake and special off-road tires make the van a true all-terrain vehicle. The entire underbody around the exotic 6×6 powertrain has been redesigned and is robust enough to handle the demanding conditions of even the most difficult terrain. The increased payload of up to four tonnes enables the van to be fitted with almost any imaginable body design – from a classic flatbed with a high payload to a fully equipped fire-fighting vehicle for inaccessible regions.

The Sprinter 6x6 drives over a sand hill at top speed.
Profile – Oberaigner Sprinter 6×6
Body manufacturer Oberaigner
Frame Original Mercedes-Benz frame reinforced by Oberaigner
Drive system 6×6 all-wheel drive
Gearbox 5-speed automatic transmission, permanent all-wheel drive
Engine 519 CDI, 6-cylinder diesel engine
Service 140 kW (190 hp), 440 Nm
Technical maximum speed 100 km/h (electronically governed)
Wading depth 65 cm
Ground clearance below the axles Unloaded: front 322 mm, rear 257 mm; loaded: front 256 mm, rear 257 mm
Equipment Two different wheelbases, available with a double cabin
Driving slope angle Between 32° and 44°, depending on the wheelbase
Payload Increased payload up to 4,000 kg
Permissible nose weight max. 140 kg

A duel between the superlatives

Shooting this extreme test takes the camera team to an off-road park near Germany’s capital of Berlin. The location features sand, steep inclines and mud pits, creating a challenging environment in which vehicles can demonstrate their capabilities. Pyrotechnics experts create a powerful atmosphere along with an impressive backdrop using smoke effects. After dark, the team illuminates the scene with Bengal fire and flares so that the vehicles can keep on driving. The vehicles create an entertaining show as they tackle steeper and steeper inclines. Roaring engines echo through the otherwise quiet forest.

A camera on a tripod films the Unimog as it drives over an earthen mound.

The king of the hill

After two days of shooting, both vehicles have a real “off-road look”: the hoods, windscreens and wheel arches are covered in dirt and mud. But despite their hard-use look, neither the Unimog nor the Sprinter submit to the difficult terrain. In the end, the true winners are the drivers themselves, who tested their vehicles under these extreme conditions.

Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you'll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.