2008 MercedesBenz ML320CDI Test drive and new SUV review 2008…

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Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

Built for the 42 United States of

If you live in California, Connecticut, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Island or Vermont, stop now. You can’t register a new Mercedes-Benz ML320CDI in your – it doesn’t meet emissions If you live in one of the other 42 United of America, crack open piggybanks. The 2008 Mercedes-Benz starts at $44,650 ($60,090 as with 4 year/50,000 mile and an EPA estimate of 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway/21 Let’s drive.


Larger Exterior Photos: Rear

First, some M-Class facts. The mid-size SUV is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – not the most of cities, by any means. The first of M-Class was a 1998 model. The (second) generation hit as a major for the 2006 model year. The generational change was from construction to unibody, effectively the M-Class from rugged SUV to status. The current Popemobile is on a 2002 ML430 with license plate number 1.”

The ML has a very compact appearance. its wheels pushed way out to the corners of the and a wedge shape, the ML looks it is squished in between its axles. bends in the body sheet accentuate the angularity of the body, and the rear fenders, making look bigger and more than they actually The big wraparound rear glass on like an accessory, leaving a C-pillar to support the roof. a substantial-looking, if somewhat schizophrenic that somehow manages to be all the same.

Mercedes seems to have the fit and finish issues that early MLs that came out of My test vehicle was neatly and constructed, with even and seams and a rich coat of ($710) Alpine Rain

In the Driver’s Seat

Shaped for a

Photo © Mercedes-Benz USA

My family to the US from Germany in the late but I still have a genetic with German cars. I it has to do with seating position and – I must be built like a because I fit perfectly in a Mercedes. The seat in the ML is perfect for my body, and control falls precisely to It fits like the proverbial

One way I must have shed German genes, though, through when I try to navigate the ridiculously complex audio I swear that I only figured out how to change the channels on the by accident – there’s no traditional control on the panel. ML’s audio and navigation system are of the “Premium III” package of ($8,600), which includes a array of luxury and convenience (it had better, for that price). My vehicle also wore the Seating Surfaces Package Wood Leather Steering ($1,975). Though I would not opted for the burl wood and surfaces on the interior, I did love the steering wheel with its materials and textures. It warmed to the with use, and provided a organic interface between me and the

On the Road

Here I am, nearly at the end of review, and I haven’t even the diesel engine lurking the ML320CDI’s hood. That’s praise for the turbocharged V6 common diesel powerplant, which 3.2 liters and produces 215 hp and 398 lb-ft of Peak torque kicks in at 1,600 rpm and stays there 2,400 rpm, typical of performance. In real world the only time you’ll that there’s a diesel is when you pull up to the pump. currently runs about 5% than premium gas, but you still save some driving the CDI. The gas-powered is rated for 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway, 20% than the diesel, and it produces peak torque (258 but more peak power hp). If you’re thinking good for you – but you’ll have to go to the for modifications, and you’ll probably your factory warranty.

In most ways, the ML drives a very good-handling crossover. The is connected to a sophisticated 7-speed transmission, which does a job of smoothing out the power delivery and the engine in the powerband. Full-time drive connects up with independent suspension, rack-and-pinion four-wheel ABS disc brakes, and safety feature under the The ML320 CDI is a solid performer transports passengers and cargo in and style, with a touch of fun in as a bonus.

Journey’s End

Wrap-around glass an accessory look.

Photo © USA

Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

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