MercedesBenz ML 320 CDI Luxury motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz ML 320 CDI Luxury (November

Excellent diesel V6

Overall 3.0/5.0

Engine/Drivetrain/Chassis: 3.0/5.0

Packaging and Practicality: 2.5/5.0


Behind the wheel:

X-factor: 3.5/5.0

The American-built in its first iteration was a vehicle left a bit to be desired. Although it did many of the virtues typical of products, it was not all that capable The latest generation (W164) first released here in 2005 (more here ), is an better machine and Mercedes-Benz has tweaked the vehicle by adding for the new model year.

Externally, the model — which markets as the ‘M-Class 4MATIC’ can be identified by revised bumpers and a larger radiator and high-contrast lights. For the range-topping ML 63 AMG, has specified redesigned front and aprons and a chrome sump

All variants of the M-Class are now trimmed in leather (a choice of black/cashmere or black/alpaca grey) and a four-spoke steering wheel of a new design is also. Mercedes-Benz has developed a UCI (Universal Communication Interface) to the upgraded telematics system in the new

And for Australian buyers who will their vehicles offroad or even just those who trust space-saver spares Mercedes-Benz is now offering the M-Class an externally-mounted spare wheel as an


There’s a here at the Carsales Network the upgraded M-Class reflects the strength of the Aussie dollar. than reducing the price, has dumped more bits and in each variant of the M-Class to it more appealing, with a relatively small price in each case.

Whether tactic will be sustainable now the local currency has taken a against the US Dollar is presumably an that will be occupying the of product planners at the Great of Mulgrave (Benz’s corporate HQ in outer southeast).

In the meantime, the model range is priced $81,000 for the entry-level ML 280 CDI — an of $615. That extra sum is than offset by the following formerly options, now fitted as five-spoke 18-inch alloy UCI media connection for iPod NTG 2.5 MP3-compatible six-disc audio with five-inch monitor and connectivity.

Standard features for the ML 280 CDI (including new for 2009) are: three power outlets, MP3-compatible CD audio system, Bluetooth front cupholders, 60/40 rear seat, electrically-adjustable seats, reach/height adjustment for column, climate control, artificial leather trim, decorative trim pieces, steering wheel, front and fog lights, auto-on/off headlights, exterior mirrors and rain-sensing

The 200kW/350Nm ML 350 now costs $94,000, an of $3022. A further $3000 that is the 165kW/510Nm ML 320 CDI, is now priced at $97,000 — an of $2844 beyond the price of the model.

The ML 350 and ML 320 CDI are identical in specification. As the entry-level ML, they have upgraded with the following options, now fitted as standard: a new design of 19-inch alloy an electrically-adjustable front passenger with memory function, the NTG 2.5 system (as per the ML 280 CDI’s, but with APS, DVD navigation, SD card four-gig hard disk 6.5-inch colour monitor, Telephone’ operation and Linguatronic activation), UCI iPod integration, camera and upper dashboard in Artico synthetic leather.

making a song and dance it, Benz has effectively launched two new into the ML range with upgrade. Most of the ML 350/320 CDI sold here will be in equipped with ‘standard’ and Sports Luxury packs, but also offers ‘stripper’ to special order — the same equipment level as the ML 280 CDi for a discount from the recommended pricing. That’s $84,500 for the ML 350 or for the ML 320 CDI.

So normally, both the ML 350 and ML 320 CDI are grade variants sharing Package and Sports Luxury over the ML 280 CDI grade.

The Luxury comprises a compass, a memory for the driver’s seat, multi-zone control and the NTG 2.5 system as described This package also 19-inch alloys, electro-chromatic for internal and driver’s-side rear mirrors, fold-in external burr walnut decorative full leather upholstery and trim for the dashboard top.

Based largely on the Luxury the Sports Luxury Package sports pedals, sports sports instruments, aluminium trim in lieu of the burr trim and an Artico/Alcantara trim in place of the full leather.

registering on the retail pricing scale, the 285kW/530Nm V8-engined ML 500 up just $126 and is now priced at Added features comprise a new design of 20-inch alloy wood/leather combination steering Artico trim for upper glass/electric sunroof with function, NTG 2.5 Comand APS entertainment/information as described for the ML 350/320 CDI and UCI iPod

Over the ML 350/ML 320 CDI Luxury the ML 500 gains a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, multi-contour for front seats, aluminium-look rails, bi-xenon adaptive semi-active air suspension with damping, blue-tinted glass, chrome highlights, radiator finished in sterling silver front and rear simulated protection finished in stainless and the upgrade features already above.

At the very tip of the M-Class the 375kW/630Nm ML 63 AMG’s price up $255 (now $167,500). As for the ML the ML 63 gains a new five-spoke design of alloy wheel, although one is supplied by AMG. Other new include the NTG 2.5 Comand APS system, UCI integration, Nappa leather for the upper dash and a digital/analogue TV

Other standard features the ML 500 specification include ergonomic AMG steering wheel with buttons for gearshifting, AMG instruments, AMG front sports seats in Nappa leather, anthracite wood decorative trim, steel decorative trim for door panels, alarm tow-away protection and interior sensor, AMG braking system, exhaust, sports suspension, tailgate, brushed aluminium steps, unique badging, grille in gloss black with chrome highlights, AMG kit and metallic paint.

[Ed: The Palin-branded baby seal driving slippers are optional. ]

offers several option for the M-Class, including the ‘Offroad Pro package which comprises air suspension, an automatic locking diff, centre- and rear-differential modes (two-mode locking for the differential, manually lockable differential), underbody protection, dual-mode transmission (Standard/Manual) and a transfer with a 2.93:1 ratio. This option is not for the ML 63 AMG, but can be specified for the ML 500 at a price of For the lower-spec models, the option costs $6400.

In addition to this option the M-Class can be upgraded with the Package ($4800, but not available for ML AMG), the Premium Package for the ML 63 AMG, $5300 for all other and the Exterior Sports Package available for ML 63 AMG, standard for the ML 500 and for all other variants).

The Vision comprises a Harman/Kardon Logic7 audio system, bi-xenon headlights and a glass/electric sunroof. For the Package, the additional features are and ventilated luxury front Distronic adaptive cruise and Keyless-Go. Features bundled the Exterior Sports Package aluminium-look roof rails, alloys in a five-spoke design, glass, stainless steel and rear underguards, the radiator in Sterling Silver colour and chrome highlights for grille, strips, exhaust tips, sill strips and luggage loading sill.


The generation is not by any means an unknown All the different engines — two V6 a petrol V6 and two V8 petrol engines are mounted longitudinally (‘north/south’) and through seven-speed automatic to a permanent all-wheel drive

Focusing specifically on the 3.0-litre V6 in the ML 320 CDI driven, peak power is occurring at 3800rpm, and maximum of 510Nm is developed between and 2800rpm. Fuel consumption and CO2 figures, based on ADR 81/01 testing, are respectively 9.6L/100km and

The M-Class is underpinned by independent all-around. Steering is a conventional rack-and-pinion system and brakes are discs at the front and solid at the rear.


The ML 320 CDI’s was attractive and airy. There was no of room in the vehicle for adults, but we surprised to note from specs that the luggage was just 500 litres with the seat raised.

Lowered, the seat provided a further litres of luggage volume litres in full). Plainly, the M’ is carrying a lot of gear the floor.

Among that is a space-saver spare. You can upgrade to a spare with an external carrier if you like — but it cost you $4500 extra and you can about the reversing camera almost de rigeur for those who to drive the M-Class in suburbia.

Alternatively, buyers can opt for a full-size that sits under the but that requires a raised Benz tells us that the for this dealer-fit accessory, may vary, will be roughly — including the wheel and This option will diminish the available luggage so that needs to be taken consideration by prospective M-Class

Check out our abovementioned launch for more information.

Active in the ML 320 CDI is something we can confirm from experience (see ‘ON THE below). The vehicle tested as with all M-Class variants was fitted with ABS, Assist, a speed limiter, control, traction control, wipers and auto-on/off headlights.

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On the safety front, the ML boasted frontal airbags, side-impact (for the thorax) in front and side curtains for head ‘Neck-Pro’ active head and Benz’s ‘Pre-Safe’ pre-emptive safety system.

In Euro testing, the latest M-Class five stars for safety, for child safety and just one for safety, the last reflecting the it’s a large SUV and there’s so much that can be done to pedestrians from such a — one that has to be raised for offroad ground clearance.

Somewhat surprisingly, there are a few competitors to the ML 320 CDI. For a start, the BMW X5 xDrive30d, Audi’s Q7, the Jeep Cherokee Limited, Range Sport, Volkswagen Touareg and even the Benz’s own sibling, the GL 320

At a pinch too, if offroading is as your reasoning for buying the ML in the place, you might also the Toyota LandCruiser 200 series, available with a diesel, the Toyota — in top-spec trim — is the one vehicle in crowd that’s actually expensive than the ML 320 (other the GL with the same engine).

are the respective merits and pitfalls of competitors? With the Jeep, you get the engine as in the ML 320 CDI Mercedes, but for about less. The Jeep is the only in this group that by with a five-speed automatic. All the offer six speeds and the two Mercedes are right up to scratch with units.

The LandCruiser (Sahara) costs $10,000 more than the ML 320 but develops more torque its diesel V8 and would be one vehicle in company with resale approaching that of the Mercedes. Not to anything much away the Toyota, but if safety’s a consideration, the ML 320 CDI is ahead on points.

If we consider the ML 63 for a the competitor set takes on a whole, accelerative bent. Look at the list, tick the box for performance add the Porsche Cayenne GTS and you’ll be


Unfortunately, our exposure to the was limited, both in the sense of spent with the vehicle and the environment. Mercedes-Benz had organised a program around Mount to the west of Melbourne, and back to the There were some roads tackled, but other giving us a taste of the ML 320’s on faster ‘rally roads’, was no opportunity to apply offroad for the SUV.

On the road, the ML 320’s V6 proved to be both refined and with a purposeful engine When required to be quieter, it and the seven-speed automatic was a good for the engine. With the paddle-shift it was highly responsive but without shifts or any other untoward The paddles also compensated for the selector, positioned on the right of the steering column.

The transmission is the same as used in the S, CL and R-Class and is not unlike the lever BMW used in its E65 7 Although it worked adequately our time in the vehicle, another on the launch found neutral least expecting it — the car still on the move.

The ML was very over a broad range of surfaces and isolated the vehicle from much of the worst at the vehicle by corrugations and loose on unsealed roads.

As already the drive program didn’t much of an opportunity to test the offroad, but we can state categorically its grip on a dry dirt road was

We discovered this almost by as we approached a blind left-hander on to find a Corolla travelling the opposite direction was occupying 1.8 metres of road width, but it was the 1.8-metre section of the road the centreline. The ML pulled further and braked without even the ABS and avoided the other ‘king-of-the-road’

Our co-driver for the program was also that we could avoid the car without scuffing the alloy on the inside of the corner — was the precise control the M-Class muster in the situation.

The ML’s was well modulated and the vehicle was with a tendency to oversteer on dirt — a handling quickly reined back in by the control, but not too quickly.

There for this reviewer, one particular that let down the ML 320 CDI, the driving position was good with instruments easily and controls placed in the appropriate notwithstanding previous comments the automatic transmission selector but the seats weren’t that contoured.

They were, in rather flat and lacked in the way of support for offroad excursions or faster cornering on-road cornering that the ML is quite of achieving.

That’s a shame, the ML 320 CDI is a very good package, everything else into It’s like one of those that buyers might to ignore or suffer in silence, the rest of the vehicle represents value and acquits itself well in a range of situations.

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Published. Thursday, 13 November

Mercedes-Benz GL 350 CDI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz GL 350 CDI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz GL 350 CDI AT Special Series

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