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2013 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI review

helps you find out if the new 2013 ML 350 CDI is THE premium SUV you should buy.

ML 350 CDI

Or is it. Moving up towards the premium car the situation gets even confusing. The car in question here is the ML350 CDI. And it has a bloody job. It not only has to hold a against the other SUV’s, but against some fantastic, to refuse premium sedans, offer similar comfort, safety and desirability as the ML. Our job now seems as tough.

Mercedes Benz has had its in India for over 50 years Starting off as a commercial vehicle with TATA, it has now come a way in associating the Three Pointed as a symbol of supreme luxury. For the M Class has always been Premium SUV flag bearer the G Wagen and the GL Class was launched). The ML 350 CDI is a comfortable 5 seater. It is designed to be at home on smooth silky or on potholed, out of city limits But what else does the ML and is it good enough to take top position amongst some well engineered vehicles? finds out..

2013 ML 350 CDI three quarters

For me, the first Mercedes M Class (W163) has the ugliest Mercedes Benz car to go on sale in India. The design, I took inspiration from a wax elephant, and this made the car not only ugly, but out of proportion as The front greeted us with a grille but weirdly designed units, a mushy looking that was not butch or masculine, that the typical SUV owner expect. Its also about presence, isn’t it? The tail units too were bland, and the rear look rather But it was supremely comfortable, and like all cars made at that built really well. No you still keep seeing once in a while on the road, what it does best, 5 in supreme luxury and still them feel special. I prefer the interior designs of the generation luxury cars, is an element of timelessness to it, something just is missing on most generation cars.

2013 ML 350 CDI front

Things got way with the next generation ML, the This looked like a SUV, with strong muscular wheel arches and features all over. The headlight looked fantastic, the grille was a of art, and those AMG style on the bonnet looked sexy. also gave the ML a young and looking, keeping in time the wider audience Mercedes was targeting. The front bumper was as well. And the same treatment was over to the back. Although the lights were slightly the overall design of the rear was way than the previous generation, and the car really well. I still that this car too felt it was designed properly starting the front, and then when reached the back the designers got and unimaginative. And this reflects, the of the car definitely does not look it belongs to the front. But as a package, it was It could hold its head when compared to the BMW X5 and the Audi Q7.

ML 350 CDI side profile

And now welcome to the and the latest ML, the W166, and here the ML350CDI. And what a thing of it is! Mercedes has upped their by many notches, given how the competition has become across all from BMW and Audi, and also a by Land Rover. This is the best looker amongst all its and definitely in itself an amazing vehicle. I could not find one angle, cut or crease in the entire and there is no quirkiness carried on its predecessors. The designers have to make it look imposing, yet sophisticated and young all at the same and yet carry over all the family cues in perfect harmony. The car is well proportioned, and although the lines from the previous are missing, its highly unlikely negative adjectives would be to describe its design. The car has also in size than the previous gen and now 4804mm (23mm longer) and (15mm wider). The decrease in by 19mm (now at 1796mm) has the car a sportier stance than A walk around the car will make you appreciate the design more, and I came out very with all the finer details.

2013 ML 350 CDI front

The front of the car is a of well designed individual and they look really together. They manage to the car the right amount of off road as well as enough city

2013 ML 350 CDI front details

The on the car are curvier units than The double barrel design of a projector with xenon for the low beam, and a multi-reflector halogen for the high beam. The indicators the bottom of the headlight.

2013 ML 350 CDI grille

The grille on this one too is a of art. Its a mix of three horizontal slotted lines, each its own outer chrome lining. The pointed star takes stage, but is not too big as seen on some models. It blends in just commanding the perfect amount of

2013 ML 350 CDI A piller

The front consists of three XL size air The two side ones house the and the center one has a large slotted insert which runs to the bottom forming a classy guard. The DRLs themselves are by a chrome casing, and this mix of paint and chrome gives the a dual personality that the car is all sporty theme continues on the It is angled and chiselled at the right with two leading to the AMG style The vents lend the bonnet an more sporty touch.

ML 350 CDI side

The increase in length and in height have resulted in the ML more city-centric than all out off The large 20” AMG wheels (we were here the Edition1, the first 100 with the AMG body, and wheels) up the wheel arches really

2013 ML 350 CDI front wheel

The arches are large yet subtle. The that run along the sides of the car the car well and also make it sporty. The window behind the C wraps around the body

The roofline slopes towards the slightly, adding to the overall intent. The spoiler too adds a needed chink to the rear and it works well to make the look sharp. Roof Ski racks with usable not only look good, but work well too.

ML 350 CDI rear three quarters

has always been the weakest of the ML. But now, just look at it. has been the biggest improvement, The wide tail light with LED strips, look And they work well The tail light is a split and spills on to the tailgate. The tailgate is well and looks good after losing the visible 5 th mounted on it.

The tailgate also now has the one touch closing, because ofcourse, you it. Also because shutting the otherwise would take effort, as the tailgate does well built and heavy. The also opens up nicely to get it as much luggage as you want 690 litres of it) with ease.

The windows wrap around

The rear bumper, like the bumper, feel like the blend of paint and chrome. The strip with the mesh works well to give it a look.

Overall, I think the rear looks manly yet and gives a very robust to the car.

Interiors: 8/10

ML 350 CDI interiors

Sitting inside any Benz car, the first you would notice, is how luxurious it And feels. And the story here is no

2013 ML 350 CDI steering wheel

And the sitting part, the special seats that came the test car were classy. leather, cross stitched black piping, more a well designed fasion

2013 ML 350 CDI Dashboard

The package extends to the arm rest, door and the dashboard, and makes the interior more special.

2013 ML 350 CDI Seats

And the seats not only good, theyre very too. They fit around the with a nice snug and the electric adjust takes sure you get the perfect seating

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2013 ML 350 CDI driver side controls

The car is also equipped 3 memory settings, that you can set to get your perfect seat and wheel position.

2013 ML 350 CDI key and headlamp switch

The 4 steering wheel is of the right and chunk, and is a good mix of leather, and plastic. It does have buttons on it, to control the telephony as as the COMAND system, but still to look clutter free. the wheel, one can find various including the DIRECT SELECT selector amongst your ones.

2013 ML 350 CDI center

The meter console looks and simple, and the display in the middle of the and tacho displays a variety of Its good to see a premium car still the full temperature dial than just an overheating

2013 ML 350 CDI driver-co-driver mirrors

The also gets the wood and treatment, and it looks fantastic. The 1 gets black wood the black leather (with stitching).

2013 ML 350 CDI infotainment

The center console and the air vents, are now trapezoidal (the older car had ones) get a touch of silver, not only breaks the monotony, but sporty as well. The 7 inch screen displays everything the COMAND as well as the infotainment that plays from USB, SD cards and also an 10GB hard disk. The ML gets COMAND Online, you can access the internet as well as use services from Mercedes

2013 ML 350 CDI goggle holder

The USB can be found by opening the front armrest. The center armrest has pads for the driver and front and opens in a nice split

The car also comes with a angle reversing camera, displays feed to the COMAND and makes parking a hell lot I cannot imagine parking car alone without making use of the camera.

2013 ML 350 CDI rear AC vents

The car is equipped with THERMOTRONIC climate control, which in to the two-zone climate control, a display and temperature control for the seats via an individual unit AND seat cooling/ heating for the and front passenger.

2013 ML 350 CDI B AC vents

AC vents can also be on the B pillars, and overall, the ML has a really climate control system. Its and cools the large cabin

2013 ML 350 CDI rear seats

The seat in the ML is honestly designed for You may want to squeeze in the third one in the but he/she will miss out on the comfort that the other two The seat is constructed in a way that two get their individual bucket while quietly sipping on drinks held securely by the arm rest (also known as the passenger seat back This provides maximum and comfort for the people who MB knows buy this car. Why they missed out on audio controls in the armrest really puzzles me.

ML 350 CDI front arm rest

Behind the seats is a humungous 690 litre which can be increased to a whopping liter by folding down the seats.

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