The Sprinter van is available in several body styles. It is also available as a four-wheel drive, a rear-wheel drive, and a front-wheel-drive.
The vehicle is also available in four lengths and three heights. In this section, we will focus on the Sprinter van length. The van is available in four body lengths known as L1, L2, L3, and L4.
These L codes are used to indicate the relative length of each Sprinter van. L1 means short length, L2 means medium length, L3 means long length, and L4 means extra-long length.
It is important to note that body length means the length from the front bumper to the back bumper.
Sprinter van length in feet
So how many feet long is a Sprinter van? Well, the L1 Sprinter van measures 17.2 feet in length, the L2 measures 19.4 feet in length, the L3 measures 22.6 feet in length, and the L4 measures 24.1 feet in length.
The difference between the shortest (L1) and the longest (L4) Sprinter van is approximately seven feet. The Sprinter van length is closely related to its length. This is because the longer the wheelbase, the longer the length.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van is available in three wheelbase lengths – 144 inches, 170 inches, and 170 inches extended.
The 144-inch wheelbase Sprinter is known as the 144 Sprinter, while the 170-inch sprinter is known as the 170 Sprinter. The 170 inches extended Sprinter is known as the extended 170 Sprinter.
Generally, when people refer to the length of a Sprinter, they talk about the 144 and the 170 Sprinter.
This roughly equates to the short and the long sprinter because most do not know that there are actually four sprinter sizes in terms of length (the aforementioned L1, L2, L3, and L4).
Sprinter van wheelbase length: the 144 vs. 170
In terms of length, the 144 Sprinter measures 19.5 feet bumper to bumper. The buildable space (the space between the back seat of the driver and the back door) is 10.5 feet. It is shorter than the bumper to bumper length.
The high-roof height of this vehicle is 6 feet 4 inches. This means even persons just under six-foot can stand comfortably in it. While the regular roof height is 5 feet 5 inches.
In contrast, the 170 Sprinter is 22 feet 10 inches from the front bumper to the rear bumper. Its interior length is 14 feet. The high-roof height of this vehicle is 6 feet 4 inches.
From the above two paragraphs, it is easy to note that the Sprinter van length of the 170 Sprinter is 3.5 feet longer than the 140 Sprinter. Therefore, it is obviously much more spacious and comfortable to use.
Why choose the 144 Sprinter?
You should choose the 144 Sprinter if you intend to be going on off-road adventures frequently.
This is because this Sprinter’s shorter wheelbase makes it more suited for going over uneven surfaces, ramps, earth mounds, and rocks.
You should also choose this Sprinter if you intend to be traveling long distances or you expect to spend a lot of time driving within cities.
This is because this van has a great MPG making long-distance trips and city-driving more affordable (because it consumes less diesel per mile).
Lastly, you should choose this Sprinter if you want a van that is easy to maneuver and park. The 170 is also easy to maneuver and park but the smaller model is easier because of its smaller size.
Why choose the 170 Sprinter?
Despite the 144 Sprinter being the easier Sprinter to drive, many people usually prefer the 170 Sprinter. This is because it is more spacious. When people choose an RV home, they usually look at stuff such as space and comfort.
For most people, space and comfort are much more important than drivability. After all, being a Mercedes-Benz, the 170 Sprinter is not exactly hard to drive. Driving it is something you need to get used to but once you get the hang of it, you will love it.
In addition to space and comfort, the 170 Sprinter is liked because it can be built as a camper to have extra storage for toys.
Many people going for an RV adventure of trip usually like carrying toys such as dirt bikes, mountain bikes, or surfboards. If you are such a person, you will be happy to know that there are 170 Sprinters that have ample storage for such toys.
One more thing about the 170 is that it has more space for luxury features such as a bathroom, a decent kitchen, and a big bed.