Mercedes-Benz says that the 2016 Metris Cargo van will "best the competition for cargo carrying." I decided to take a look at the competition to see fit his was indeed the case. Strangely enough, rivals also claim best-in-class cargo capacity, and I also question exactly how some of these companies are measuring what their cargo capacity is. Let's take a look.
Here is a list of the listed cargo capacity of the Metris and a number of its rivals according to their websites.
Mercedes-Benz Metris - 186 cu feet
Ford Transit Connect - 149 cu feet
Nissan NV200 - 122.7 cu feet
Ram ProMaster City - 131.7 cu feet *advertises best-in-class cargo capacity for small commercial van segment*
Chevy City Express - 122.7 cu feet
So from what we see here it appears that the Metris does have the best cargo capacity, and that is by quite a bit. I find it strange that the Ram ProMaster City also advertises best-in-class cargo capacity. I find that strange because as you can see from these figures, it falls behind not only the Metris, but also the Ford Transit Connect. Perhaps Ram isn't including a few of these in the same segment or something, but it seems like something fishy is going on here.
Anyway, when it comes to cargo capacity, if that's the most important thing to you in your buying decision, then it looks like you should go with the Mercedes-Benz Metris.