When we test an automobile, we are very serious about the methods we use to test them. Sometimes the process gets a little ridiculous. For an example, we flew all the way to British Columbia to drive the 2015 Sprinter 4x4 of Benz on surfaces having a two-track logging, and miles of rugged roads.
But Mercedes was eager to show us how the off-road 4x4 perform on these roads with its capabilities, but we wanted to see how this elevated, 4x4 full-size van fare on these roads when it has a cost of $40k plus. Both the aspirations were fulfilled after traveling to the remote Revelstoke, a ski town after cruising 115- mile on the highway. Once we reached were given some briefing and logistics of the van and were also warned that there are local bears in the area that are coming out of hibernation, so we keep put inside the van. Our next instructions were not to venture into single roads lined with trees because fully loaded logging trucks may not be able to apply the brakes descending.
The distinct capabilities of the 4x4 were made obvious on the craggy logging roads of Mica Creek, and we used to radios to get alerts of oncoming log laden trucks. The road was bumpy and had been inflicted with deep ruts by the huge logging trucks, and poses a serious challenge to the Jeep Wrangler. There was mud, snow and both mixed, but the Sprinter went through the quagmire as it is an everyday ride.
The Sprint 4x4 had the standard diesel V-6 engine producing 188hp and a reasonable five-speed automatic and the four-wheel-drive of part-time setting, and the van waded through and made it light work surprisingly. However, you should resort to two-wheel drive while driving on dry roads. The van also had winter tires on which are mandatory to have British Columbia from October 1 to March 31.