If you’re thinking of purchasing a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, you may be wondering how many people you can seat comfortably inside it for those long vanpool trips. We will answer all your questions about seating and traveling with several passengers in your Sprinter van.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van can seat up to 12 passengers, including the driver, though some builds are modified to fit up to 15. 12-passenger vans come in both standard roof and high-roof, while the 15-passenger vans come only with high-roof specifications and have extra cargo space.
To learn more about passenger capacity in a sprinter passenger van compared to other sprinter vans, continue reading!
Passenger Capacity in Sprinter Passenger Van
If you’re looking for a large van that has pre-installed seating and that can fit more passengers than your standard mini-van, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter passenger van is a great option for you. In the Sprinter passenger van, you can fit up to 12 passengers, including the driver, for the standard and high-roof 12-passenger builds. There are other builds, however, that have high-roof specifications and added length for extra cargo space that can seat up to 15 people.
Each seat in any Sprinter passenger van is car seat compatible, with ample room to fit car seats next to each other. Keep in mind that your standard roof 12-passenger van is going to be the most affordable option, but if you’re looking for a van that your passengers can stand up comfortably in, the high-roof builds are going to be your best option.
When ordering a brand new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter passenger van, you can make these customizations based on your needs and preferences, which will be made to your standards by the manufacturer. Otherwise, if you’re going to buy used or pre-manufactured from the dealership, ensure that the height and passenger capacity of the van fits your needs.
Other Sprinter Passenger Van Specs
There are many other reasons customers love the Sprinter passenger van other than just the high passenger capacity. In the table below, we will go over all the van specs for the latest 2022 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van.
|Specifications||1500 Standard Roof Wheelbase 144″||1500 High Roof Wheelbase 144″||2500 Standard Roof Wheelbase 144″||2500 High Roof Wheelbase 144″||2500 High Roof Wheelbase 170″|
|Passenger capacity||12 ft||12 ft||12 ft||12 ft||15 ft|
|Height||233.5 in.||114.2 in.||102.8 in.||114.2 in.||113.5 in.|
|Length||233.5 in.||233.5 in.||234 in.||234 in.||274.3 in.|
|Width||92.3 in.||92.3 in.||92 in.||92 in.||92.3 in.|
|Engine||4 Cylinder Gas||4 Cylinder Gas||4 Cylinder Diesel||4-6 Cylinder Diesel||4-6 Cylinder|
|MSRP (Starting price)||$45,300||$48,300||$49,900||$52,900||$57,940|
|Payload Capacity||3,082 lbs||3,082 lbs||3,307 lbs||3,219 lbs||3,285 lbs|
|Max Towing Capacity||5,000 lbs||5,000 lbs||5,000 lbs||5,000 lbs||0 lbs|
Sprinter Passenger Vs. Sprinter Cargo
A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van is different from the Sprinter Passenger Van because it’s designed to haul loads of items, tools, or supplies rather than people. It has only two seats, the driver seat and the passenger seat next to it, and no seats in the back, so it’s only designed to seat two people. This is to allow room for owners to haul whatever they please, whether that be a load of moving boxes, a load of lawn care tools, art supplies, or whatever their hauling needs are.
On the other hand, the Sprinter Passenger Van has 12-15 seats, as it is meant to have a lot of passengers in it at a time.
Many people purchase a Sprinter Cargo van to live out of for long-distance road trips or simply as a temporary home because the van is tall enough to stand up in and has room enough for a full-size bed and all their basic living needs.
The cargo van can be custom-built to have a standard or high roof, 144″ or 170″ wheelbase, with or without an extended length for added cargo space, various powertrain engines, and various payload capacities. The interior space behind the front two seats is flat and open to allow plenty of cargo space and has built-in floor tracks, plus wall and ceiling anchors to hold items in place better. This allows for greater customization of the items you want to hold in your cargo van.
Can I Install Seats in the Sprinter Cargo Van?
While the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo van has floor tracks that allow you to install and secure various types of cargo, these tracks are generally not designed to allow you to install extra seating in the back of the cargo van, though it is possible. If you decide to install seats in your cargo van, they must be properly installed (you can even get a professional to do this) to meet federal and state car seating regulations.
A professional will know a lot about these regulations and how to properly install seats in the back of your cargo van, though they likely won’t be able to install more than 6 seats. So, if you want to haul more people in the van, you’re better off purchasing (or renting) a Sprinter Passenger van, which will already have these seats installed and up to standard so that you can avoid all the hassle of installation. If you want extra cargo space in your Sprinter passenger van, you can easily uninstall some of the back seating to allow extra room, be sure that when you reinstall the seats, they are installed properly and securely.
The process of installing seats to the floor tracks of your Sprinter cargo van is more than just screwing in a few bolts, especially because you want it to be safe and secure for your passengers, as well as legal to seat those passengers while you drive. The rules and regulations that meet the law standards of car seating are going to be even more strict for children, and some states require seating in all vehicles to meet the standards for all ages, regardless of whether or not you’re going to be traveling with children.
If you don’t meet all the state and federal regulations when installing additional seats in your cargo van, you won’t be able to pass inspections to meet registration requirements or resell requirements. These requirements are put in place to ensure that all passengers are as safe as possible in the event of a car accident. Just as the law requires you to wear your seatbelt while sitting in a moving car to keep you safe, car seating must also meet safety regulations to ensure you stay safe.