While the Metris is a Mercedes out and out from behind the wheel Car and Driver feels that behind the two cockpit chairs the 'experience' de the window, kid.
Just because the Metris is garage-friendly doesn’t make the seven- or eight-passenger model appropriate for modern families, especially next to the many cushy minivans on the market. While the driver grips a wonderfully contoured steering wheel and fiddles with classy controls and switches cribbed from the C-class parts bin, from the B-pillar back, the Metris feels like it came from an earlier era when passengers needed only seats and, well, seats. And those flat, hard second- and third-row benches (with a two- or a three-passenger second row) are about as cosseting as those of a city bus. Although they can be removed, they do not recline or fold into the floor. Spend any time in the second row and you’ll realize that armrests are a vastly underappreciated part of any automobile, and the lack thereof forces Metris passengers to brace themselves against the hard, plastic-lined sliding doors during tight corners. Also revealing the Metris’s utilitarian purpose are its fixed rear windows, loud rear-seat air conditioning, and the lack of an available sunroof and leather seats. There’s no center console to hold purses or iPads. Want rear-seat entertainment? Look out the window, kid.