To help make backing safer, the Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Transit Connect Wagon and the Metris Passenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.
Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Transit Connect Wagon 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Metris Passenger. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Metris Passenger ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.
The Transit Connect Wagon’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Metris Passenger runs out after 100,000 miles.
There are over 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Transit Connect Wagon’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 17th, below the industry average.
On the EPA test cycle the Transit Connect Wagon gets better highway fuel mileage than the Metris Passenger (27 hwy vs. 23 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Transit Connect Wagon uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Metris Passenger requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Transit Connect Wagon has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Metris Passenger’s 55 series tires.
The Transit Connect Wagon has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Transit Connect Wagon flat and controlled during cornering. The Metris Passenger’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Ford Transit Connect Wagon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1200 pounds less than the Mercedes Metris Passenger.
The Short Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon is 2 feet, 4.5 inches shorter than the Metris Passenger, making the Transit Connect Wagon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Transit Connect Wagon XLT offers available electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Transit Connect Wagon’s available third row seats recline. The Metris Passenger’s third row seats don’t recline.
The Transit Connect Wagon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
The Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Transit Connect Wagon has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
The Transit Connect Wagon’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Mercedes does not offer a locking feature on the Metris Passenger’s standard power windows.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Transit Connect Wagon has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Metris Passenger only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Transit Connect Wagon offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Transit Connect Wagon Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
The Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.
Optional smartphone integration for the Transit Connect Wagon allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones so they can stay connected without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.
To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Transit Connect Wagon XLT/Titanium. The Transit Connect Wagon’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Metris Passenger doesn’t offer a navigation system.
The Ford Transit Connect outsold the Mercedes Metris by over five to one during the 2017 model year.