Ford Transit Or Mercedes Sprinter: Which Van Suits You?

The Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter have always been two of the most favoured options amongst business owners for refrigerated transport. Here at CoolKit, we’ve got two high-quality variants amongst our refrigerated vehicles, so we thought it was worth taking a quick overview of the key differences between them, helping you to make a well-informed decision as to which one best suits your business.

The Ford Transit Refrigerated Van

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One of the first things to note about the Ford Transit is that it has a marginally greater payload than the Mercedes Sprinter van, partially thanks to its slightly higher (H3) roof height and long wheelbase, both of which afford slightly more loading space within the van. It also comes with a base-level car trim included, as opposed to the Mercedes’ standard trim, and its temperature range is between 00C to +80C.

That’s not all though – there are a couple of extra features, too. The first of these is its ABS braking, a safety measure designed to prevent wheels from skidding against the road in the event of sudden braking, helping drivers to maintain control when trying to avoid an accident. As well as that, its twin passenger seat allows two more crew members to accompany the driver, allowing two or three-man deliveries to be completed with a minimum of effort, while its remote central locking and Bluetooth connectivity grant drivers even greater convenience in its operation.

The Mercedes Sprinter Chiller Van

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With a temperature range of 00C to +80C, its H2 roof and Medium wheelbase means that although the Mercedes has a slightly lower payload than the Transit, it still perfectly embodies all the hallmarks of quality that has come to be associated with the brand, such as its tireless reliability and smart, minimalist interior. The cruise control gives drivers an extra bit of control on long-distance journeys, and a start-off assist allows the vehicle to start up smoothly even on reasonably steep hill gradients. Crucially the Mercedes also allows access to its loading space through both rear and side doors, which means that it can be loaded up even faster and more conveniently than similar panel vans in its class.

Both vehicles are diesel-fuelled with a GRP interior surface and a reinforced resin floor. Aluminium floor-edge tread plates provide extra grip for drivers and employees, helping to cut down on the number of slips and falls when loading the vehicles. While both have their own unique features, neither is inherently ‘better’ than the other, so it’s worth visiting each van’s respective page before making a final decision!

Here at CoolKit, our expert team are always happy to help, and have years of knowledge behind them that give them the expertise to answer any question you might have about a refrigerated vehicle in our range. You can give us a call on 0845 459 5418, or, if you’re looking for something a little different, you can browse our full range of fridge vans here.

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