2008 MercedesBenz ML320 CDI Review

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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML320 CDI

DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD

CAREY RUSS

2008 ML320 CDI

The question is: how to get decent economy from a capable A hybrid system, perhaps? not — gasoline-electric hybrids are efficient in low-speed city and driving, and a hybrid system, perfectly adequate for a civilized that will never see dirt than perhaps the parking lot, is not really for real off-road use. So else would work?

Case in point: on a 400-mile trip in the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CDI that was my test vehicle for the week, I averaged 24.5 This was with four aboard, at speeds up to 75mph in the slow lane on California’s 5), and in temperatures over 100 degrees F. We had no for any off-road excursions, but I’ve had in dirt in other MLs, and work very well

Recalibrate your thinking diesel power. In its newest not only is Dr. Diesel’s compression-ignition fuel-efficient and powerful, it’s clean, quiet, and civilized. of worldwide emissions and fuel requirements, diesels are now undergoing evolution comparable in effect to occurred with spark-ignition in the 1970s, but without the mistakes. in materials and electronics mean of the kludgey devices that engine performance in the automotive Ages, sometimes with dubious gains in emissions

Credit is also due to diesel itself. It’s being in order to reduce emissions, to what happened to gasoline years ago. Analogously to the for unleaded gasoline for use with a converter, ultra-low sulfur fuel is required for the oxidation and particulate filter in the ML320 CDI to properly. There’s more to as for 2009 the ML, and Mercedes-Benz’s GL- and R-Class will get the Bluetec technology available only in the E 320 D sedan. will make them cleaner, and also 50-state Currently the ML 320 CDI is not available in California-emissions

My front-seat passenger was familiar diesels, being the owner of a Sprinter van. He didn’t that the ML was a diesel until the morning, when he heard it from outside. From It’s very hard to unless you’re driving, and only the low engine revs averaging just over — offer a hint. response is immediate, helped by the 398 of torque available from to 2800 rpm. Towing? Of — up to 7200 pounds, more than any crossover or that might get equivalent The ML diesel has all of the (considerable) comforts and features associated with Drawbacks? Diesel fuel is expensive than gasoline, the improved efficiency and mileage of the engine is still better that difference. And if you may need to a little harder to find you’ll look less


APPEARANCE: Other than the ML 320 CDI looks like any other Mercedes-Benz ML. Which means while its shape and proportions are recognizable, being similar to of the first-generation, the details are very It’s larger, but not by all that and has much more complexly-sculpted and especially on the sides. What gentle curves on the old ML have more angular and better-defined, and the slopes more, for lower drag. The front styling is more car-like, with a wide perforated grille displays the Mercedes-Benz tri-star, and is by complex, faired projector-beam The sides feature large arches and a broad C-pillar hints at the shape of an S-Class sedan roof line. An character line helps a look of motion. At the rear, the tail lights have corners, and twin rectangular hint at performance.

COMFORT: The ML’s interior is as as its exterior, but form does not function or comfort. The increased and width of the second-generation ML translates to more interior space. and controls are generally well-placed, but controls exhibit the quirks for German cars are famous. In you will mistake the cruise lever for the turn signal at least once, and then is the electronic Direct Select lever on the steering column, for basic P, R, N, and D selection, with over-ride by rocker switches on the of the top steering wheel spokes. Select is a bit strange at first, but you quickly adapt, and it frees on the console for extra-large American-spec The COMAND system interface, for the and navigation systems, has its own learning The CDI comes is well-equipped in standard although leather seating and trim are options. Driver is good, and the seats allow drives with minimal The climate control system dual-zone standard, triple controls) optional — is one of the I’ve experienced, with air almost immediately, even the car sat parked outside in 90-degree for a couple of days. The rear has room for six-foot adults, and the 60/40 split and flip-and-fold-flat and seatback make cargo easy.

SAFETY: M-Class passengers are by a strong central safety and front and rear crumple Good four-wheel disc are aided by a four-channel antilock and Brake Assist. The standard four-wheel drive system traction control, and the ESP electronic enhancement system is standard Dual-stage front airbags, and rear side airbags, airbags and a roll-over sensor are all equipment.

RIDE AND HANDLING: The M-Class was one of the best-handling SUVs, and has only improved upon With a lighter and more unibody chassis structure, and fully-independent double wishbone multilink rear suspension, it is the most car-like of SUVs in its and handling abilities on the road. The time it’s easy to the ML is not a luxury car is over highway joints and other sharp when the mass of the large and tires (here 255/50 HR 19 on rims) makes its presence And even that is subdued to many other SUVs. to aerodynamics not only benefits economy, it also results in low of wind noise and good in strong winds.

PERFORMANCE: Modern diesel are neither slow nor noisy, and the ML 320 CDI is a example. With a 0-60 of 8 seconds, it won’t hold up and, except for a subdued when cold, it could be another gasoline-powered SUV. of soot are absent, thanks to the catalyst and particulate filter. of the 3.0 liter V6 is little different a modern gasoline engine, aluminum alloy dual cam heads with four per cylinder and an aluminum alloy with iron cylinder The variable-nozzle turbocharger and air-to-air could also be used in a engine. But a 16.5:1 compression and high-pressure (22,700 psi!) fuel injection with fuel injectors are high diesel style. Ceramic plugs are used for starting in weather; with temperatures below 70 even at night my time with it, the CDI started as as any modern gasoline vehicle. If the rating of 215 at 3800 rpm doesn’t any better than an older 3.0-liter V6, the 398 lb-ft of torque from 1400 through rpm provide strong acceleration and ability. EPA mileage is 18/24, and if I the trip computer, I got around 20 in and over 24 at a steady 70 or so on the open Passengers may want to stop the ML needs to. The seven-speed automatic uses adaptive logic to the driver’s style and shift and works perfectly well in D. the transmission has multiple shift for use in off-road and when towing. The four-wheel drive system torque 50/50 front/rear in operation, with more to the axle that can best use it, and control via the ESP logic and engine and brake modulation.

CONCLUSIONS: With clean power, an off-road capable SUV can be and civilized. Best example the 2008 Mercedes-Benz ML320

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2008 Mercedes-Benz ML 320 CDI

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