Car review MercedesBenz MClass 250 driven road test BBC Top Gear

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Finally, Mercedes has sussed the This is the car that started the posh SUV boom with the version back in ’97 slabby one). A year the first BMW X5 came along slabby one), and together began splitting opinion two-tonne cleavers. They’ve equally loved and rebuked, but was always one thing to agree on: the was a total clunker. It cornered a trifle, and it was so poorly made Clarkson once inserted a finger into the gap between the and the bumper. Luckily, the designers a much better effort in and an even better one with shiny new version. That take long, did it?

So this one’s entirely and although it started life on the drawing board as the also-new Grand Cherokee — were part of the same before Fiat relieved of anything Jeepish — the are limited to a bit of sub-frame and some Otherwise, it’s unmistakably a — from the star on the (now a similar size to a head) to the boutiquey cabin. The M-Class outline remains, the wrap-around rear screen and C-pillar, though the whole car is now a bit

The big changes are ones you can’t Let’s start with the ML 250 CDI, because it has a 2.1-litre, diesel engine, and, now, cars like never had those. It’s not as as the 350 CDI V6 diesel, but 204bhp is just to shift the considerable mass without running out of breath, and the ‘box is seamless and smooth. It has tech — urea is to exhaust gases to neutralise fumes — so it’s of the game on Euro emissions and anyone with a clichéd for SUVs will have to up some new argument once see the CO2 figure of 158g/km.

If there’s one thing the last M did it was comfort. This one’s no and it now has active anti-roll bars an optional extra — to it ride even better by choppiness over lumpy You’re better off choosing over the optional active system, because it’s useful more of the time, and you can it smoothing out the tarmac. It also it clamber around rocks and something we tried with on the test route, and when with the optional off-road the M could happily chase a Rover over some weirdness.

But, whatever. You might an occasional interest in getting it but what you really want is a big SUV a correspondingly hefty tax or fuel So keep it simple, and take the Merc hasn’t released yet, but apparently we should it to be quite a lot less than the of a basic £45,055 X5 3.0d SE. but not much poorer.

We like . A shiny SUV with low

We don’t like . It’s a bit in-yer-face

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The verdict . All-new M is and comfy, and there’s a 4cyl SUV-haters, take note.

. 0-62mph in 9.0secs, max 130mph,

Tech . 2143cc, 4cyl, 204bhp, 368lb ft, 2150kg, CO2

Tick this on the options . Active anti-roll bars

And this . Active ride

Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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