Fundamentally a commercial van, the Metris can be configured as a near-windowless delivery van or a passenger-hauling shuttle.
Approximately the same length as a minivan, the Mercedes is taller and wider, with generous head room and available seats for eight.
The sole powertrain is a responsive 208-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four that drives the rear wheels.
Handling is relatively nimble, and the tight turning circle is terrific.
However, the ride is on the stiff side.
The high payload rating is impressive and the low load floor helps with cargo access.
Despite its Mercedes badge, the Metris is rather Spartan and far from plush.
The long options list includes power sliding side doors, auto climate control, and a rear camera, but lacks minivan mainstays like a rear entertainment system or easy-folding seats.
Forward collision warning is available.