2012 MercedesBenz ML350 Test Drive and Review

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M-Class Competes with a Arsenal of Goods

Since its in 1997, the Mercedes-Benz ML-series has rather well for the German Over a million of the midsize SUVs have sold so blazing a trail in a segment seen a veritable dogpile of competitors. In fact, sales of the model were up 15% in the first of this year—impressive for an aging

The all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz starts at $48,990—the same as its predecessor—boasting a slew of improvements and a standard equipment list. its fuel economy of 17/22 mpg and a 4 50,000 mile warranty, the takes on its competitors with a arsenal of goods.

How does it To investigate, I drove the new ML across the passes of Montana’s Continental

First Glance: Gutsier, Slipperier

The Mercedes-Benz ML-class receives a re-working for 2012, with every aspect of the SUV updated and Starting with its chassis, the new ML higher tensile steel for strength and reduced weight, and more generous noise The body is now slightly longer, and lower, and additional poundage has trimmed from areas the axles and suspension components. a more extensive list of items, the ML is only 22 pounds than the 2011 model.

comes from a gutsier horsepower, 273 lb-ft) 3.5 liter V6 which also achieves fuel economy than the mill. Available for an additional is a 3.0 liter diesel with horsepower (240) and more (455 lb-ft.) The transmission is a new unit, while steering is with an electromechanical rack and arrangement, and power is distributed all four wheels via Mercedes’ system.

New standard items an extra airbag (bringing the number to 9), heated front and a power liftgate. Also is the ML’s updated exterior which incorporates a flatter that helps it achieve a coefficient of only .32, this the most aerodynamic SUV on the The 2012 ML also offers new items and driver assistance like Attention Assist, as as active and passive versions of Keeping Assist and Blind Assist—everything you’d find in the S-Class sedan is available A new Dynamic Handling package active ride height and is also optional.

To find out how Mercedes-Benz has updated the interior, check out In the Driver’s .

In the Driver’s Seat: Upscale and For Your Cruising Comfort

Mercedes-Benz ML350 cabin.

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The 2012 ML is as new on the inside as it is on the outside. Standard wood trim ornaments a more expensive feeling that features a tall of lumber across the dashboard and bits of aluminum trim The center console incorporates a that controls the COMAND with two favorite buttons on the a seven-inch screen displays and menu information.

Climb aboard the ML, and you’ll a pleasant, spacious cabin familiar to fans of the triple-pointed Interior materials feel and there’s an aura of conservative to the M-Class, from its comfy to the way an optional package offers multicolor ambient lighting. A few make the ML more appealing to buyers: larger cupholders are with built-in heating and iPad mounts for rear can be ordered at the dealer with a into the audio system, and the seats now recline. Third row are also coming soon.

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Despite its longer list of equipment, decking out an ML will you: Premium Package 1 a rearview camera, navigation, and goodies runs $3,600. Premium Package 2 includes the heated and cooled cupholders, a surround system, keyless go, and lighting for $5,450, and the Dynamic Package with air suspension and 20 wheels will run you $5,150. leather seats aren’t expect to spend $1,620 for basic luxury.

On the Road: Smooth and Quiet Cruiser, Not Carver

The world looks from behind the wheel of the you’re riding high in an nicely appointed sport ute a commanding view of the road and of amenities at your fingertips. The is closer to piloting a GL-Class. larger SUV—and that’s good or bad, depending on how you love driving.

You see, the diesel-powered ML350 accelerates with steady, thrust that won’t any land speed records. The is surprisingly quiet, especially at when the diesel clatter is entirely absent, and the cabin deliciously isolated from noise. But when the road it did in those sinewy Montana passes—the ML doesn’t quite with the twists. Turn-in reluctant, and I found myself down more than in order to stay in control of the dynamics. Although my tester was with the optional active body roll was still (though a bit less pronounced the non-active setup); I’d against the $5,150 package, helped contribute to my test surprisingly lofty $65,015 price.

The gasoline-powered iteration spunkier acceleration, which in handy during off-the-line and passing maneuvers, with shifting from the 7-speed An off-road trail revealed an ability to soak up ruts, and uneven patches. Though comfortable on pebble-strewn stretches, MLs are candidates for boulevard cruising trailblazing in nature.

Journey’s End

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Photo © Basem Wasef

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