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Mercedes Sprinter vs. Opel Movano: panel van + camping modules

the Desire for customization is increasingly finding its way into the camping industry. What used to be a matter for skilled craftsmen has long since become a trend. On social media channels such as Instagram, professionals give tips and instructions on how to convert your van into an individual motorhome that exactly suits your needs. In addition, the market for ready-to-use and ready-made camping modules is growing – and those that can be screwed together in just a few steps.

Mercedes Sprinter in the AUTO BILD used car market

Either way, every beginning is an empty van. And they come up here for comparison. The Mercedes Sprinter drives up with the new 170 hp engine. He meets the Opel Movano from the PSA group. A comparison of the unequal? Not even close! The basic price of the Mercedes is even 102 euros cheaper than the Opel.

Mercedes Sprinter: digital and comfortable

He rightly bears the star: This is a highlight in the Sprinter high processing quality. Not only the cockpit looks valuable and noble. Also the The wooden paneling of the load compartment (602 euros) is backed with thin felt on the outer sheet. This prevents annoying noises from the cargo area when driving. The Sprinter also scores with its optional nine-speed automatic (2243 euros). The transmission changes between the various gears gently and barely noticeably. Another technical delicacy is revealed in the cockpit. It goes by the name MBUX.
Mercedes Sprinter

The loading volume of our test sprinter is 10.5 m3. Extras: entrance (173 euros) and wooden floor (620 euros).

And listening is the right keyword because that Infotainment navigation system can be controlled by voice without any problems. Above all, this is an important safety aspect, as the driver can concentrate fully on the traffic. In addition to fast computing capacity, the digital assistant scores points with artificial intelligence and learns the driver’s habits in the background.
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The list of special equipment for the Sprinter is long and expensive. If you want to be comfortable, you have to dig deep into your pocket. A well-known problem with earlier generations of Sprinters was rust. With the current series there is Mercedes 30 year guarantee against rust perforation.

Movano: safe and sophisticated

When it comes to the basic price, there is hardly any difference to the Sprinter. However, one or the other detail separates the two vans on the test track. The Movano accelerates with its 150 hp engine faster to 100 km / h and brakes better with a ton of payload. The Sprinter, which only needs 13 meters thanks to rear-wheel drive, scores with the turning circle. The front-wheel drive Opel is just under 15 meters in this discipline.
Opel Movano Cargo

A lot of space for expansion. The loading space of the Movano is 10.5 m3. The wooden floor is part of the “Cargo Pack Pro” package (1547 euros).

When it comes to the interior, the Movano remains Commercial vehicle in the classic sense With numerous plastic components, many shelves, few frills, but with a powerful diesel as a drive. Opel cannot keep up with the extensive networking of the Mercedes. For that he has useful everyday details, such as an inductive mobile phone charging cradle that is easily accessible for both the driver and the front passenger in the middle. Or the large, pull-out glove compartment including a table.

Opel Movano in the AUTO BILD used car market

The biggest drawback is the background noise. In addition to the wind noise when driving, which start to get annoying from 110 km / h, the many rattling noises from the body are annoying. When it comes to the overall impression, the Movano works more filigree and not so high quality like the sprinter.

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The right camping modules are available for every budget and almost every craftsmanship. You can see more about this and about the two box vans in the picture gallery!

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Do-it-yourself sprinters in comparison

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