2013 MercedesBenz ML350 BlueTEC Test Drive and Review

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Mercedes-Benz 2013

The Not-a-G Mercedes SUV

The alphanumeric of Mercedes-Benz SUVs has gotten a bit with the elimination of the R-Class, but one still hangs in there: The I got a chance to drive the 2013 recently, and I’ve finally got a on this not-a-G Mercedes-Benz The 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4MATIC carries a base of $51,270, a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty and EPA economy estimates of 20 mpg city/27 mpg Let’s drive.


Before we burn some let’s review. Mercedes-Benz’s SUV for 2013 looks like The GLK-Class is a compact, two-row available with just one (a 3.5-liter gasoline V6). The is a large, three-row SUV, with three powertrain (a 3.0-liter diesel V6; a 4.6-liter gas V8; and a version of the V8). The G-Class is great big, boxy that looks like it right out of the German Army’s through a chrome shop and the showroom floor.

Which leaves the M-Class. its redesign for the 2012 model I would have called the Mercedes’ minivan, but a sleeker, sculpted M-Class has emerged. than the GLK, smaller the GL, the ML now fits in nicely with the sharing some design from each sibling.

ML is in four flavors, from the gas ML350 and V8-powered ML550 to the high-zoot ML63 AMG, burns hundred dollar and produces a zillion horsepower. I got to the ML350 BlueTEC, powered by 3.0-liter diesel V6.

In the Driver’s

2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350

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I don’t love Mercedes-Benz’s interior but I completely understand and appreciate On the plus side, everything is put together, with high materials and tight tolerances. knob and button is precisely and operates with solid On the minus side, I could asleep trying to count the and knobs on the ML’s dash. are arranged with indisputable and order — but they are in a sea of sameness. I found that I had to my eyes off the road in order to the right button to push or to twist. I’d prefer a less order, and a little attention to how a driver will interface with the dash.

As far as comfort goes, though, I had no ML’s cabin is sized right, and I never felt or fatigued while driving. I spent enough time in the generation of Mercedes-Benz SUVs now the steering column-mounted gear seems natural, and its placement up space in the center console for a set of cup holders, concealed by a tambour when not in use. Also, always liked the placement of the controls on Mercedes door up high with a shape mimics a seat.

Second row were somewhat less with their praise for the ML, of cramped leg and foot room and a lack of thigh support. I I could have moved my forward a bit while driving, but would have been

ML does hit the sweet spot in the department, with 38.2 feet of luggage space the second row. Fold the seat, and a cavernous 80.3 foot space opens up the first row. If that’s not room for you, the ML is rated to tow up to lbs.

On the Road

If you’ve reading carefully, you’ll that my test vehicle was an BlueTEC — a diesel-powered I’ve barely mentioned fact, because it’s much transparent in operation. The engine doesn’t announce as different under power or idling. I’d bet that the passenger would never that they were in a SUV. As a driver, I certainly the 455 lb-ft of peak torque the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel pumped out 1,600 rpm to 2,400 rpm. a lot of torque, which makes the ML off the line, as much as a 5,000 lb SUV can It takes about 7.5 seconds for the BlueTEC to get to 60 mph from a dead — the same interval the gasoline-powered V6 ML350 needs to the feat. Not fast when against sportscars or V8-powered but still plenty impressive for a And you never catch the ML working either. The 7-speed automatic delivers a smooth, comfortable up and down the speedometer.

Mercedes-Benz 2013

All that mass cannot be though, and when it comes to around curves, ML feels a portly. Standard AIRMATIC and 4MATIC all-wheel drive things pretty well, but ML hard and it feels like directions is the last thing on its You’d have to do something crazy to roll your ML, its low center of gravity, 5.4 of ground and a host of electronic nannies to keep you from having fun.

Mercedes-Benz bundles into optional packages, and my vehicle had a few of these bundles including the Premium 1 Package which is pretty much luxury vehicle stuff navigation, rearview camera, voice control and driver’s seat with power steering column. The Driver Package ($2,800) is one I could do even though I recognize the advantages of Active Blind Assist and Active Lane Assist, along with PLUS cruise control. I start out using these and within a few hours of driving, driven me insane and I turn off.

Journey’s End

2013 Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC

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I myself a little bit split on the BlueTEC. I’m almost to make a bad metaphor in order to how I feel about it, but I’ll say it outright — fantastic in an okay SUV. There’s big wrong with the ML as an SUV, but I get too excited about it, either. The not overwhelming at the base level, you add a few expensive optional packages. Low clearance means that never want to stray off even with standard drive and air suspension. That engine, on the other hand, is to die Great power, smooth and exceptional efficiency, delivering on the that diesel has held out for so

If you’re set on diesel, however, has the longest history in the US with power. If the ML appeals to you based on and function, the diesel might the deal for you. I wish more luxury features included at the base level, but not wants power everything and a system. I get it, but I expect more for

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Mercedes-Benz 2013
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