“Although we only were able to drive Metris cargo and passenger models a few dozen miles each, it took only a few hundred yards to gather some impressions. The driving position feels rather more like that of a C class than a Sprinter, with the steering wheel dropping low into one’s lap rather than high and flat, à la buslike wheels found in larger vans. And outward visibility is superb.
“Even better, with rear-wheel drive and a fully independent suspension -- uniquely tuned for cargo and passenger applications -- the Metris exhibits surprisingly lively dynamics, offering a taut ride, level cornering, and crisp feel through the steering wheel and the brake pedal, attributes we haven’t felt in a van this size, well, maybe ever. And despite our test vehicles being preproduction models, the Metris is remarkably quiet. This is a stunning achievement, particularly for a cargo van.”