2012 MercedesBenz ML350 BlueTec |MotorWeek

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Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

Episode 3112

Over a and a half ago, when announced that they not only start building a SUV, but assemble it here in most people thought were crazy. Well, two generations of setting the pace for utilities, it’s safe to say the M-class has been a success. with an all-new third gen ML, is addressing a few areas they still needed improvement.

One key that the 2012 Mercedes-Benz addresses most notably is the While it has come a long way that first 1998 the ML’s interior has always more C-Class useful S-class posh. So, a big priority was to the new digs up to snuff. How did they do?

Well, the overall quality of is greatly improved. Fit and finish, an bone of contention, is also up a big notch. There’s slightly interior room than but the cabin seems brighter, an airier feel, even at where soft ambient prevails. Seats are initially hard, but prove to be very after extended use. The COMAND system, including for the radio, still leaves us frustrated than satisfied. no reason why dialing a specific station can’t be intuitive. controls however, are much to figure out, and the ML heats up on chilly mornings.

Rear room is plentiful for two, for three and the seats are very there’s no third-row option. capacity behind those seats is up to 36.2-cubic feet, maximum cargo capacity seat backs folded is down a tad to 71-cubic feet. The area is finished exceptionally and we love that the power gate has a very bright red for easy operating at night.

On the road, the ML has an extremely solid it’s quite a comfortable to spend some quality with the family, or your buddies. It does feel heavy, and indeed, like of us, it has put on some weight over year, tipping the scales now at over 5,000 pounds. also impressively quiet likely the quietest in this and very maneuverable in tight

Our ML350 BlueTec sported the 3-liter Turbocharged diesel V6. comes in at 240, but torque is a 455 lb-feet. That’s enough to tow The engine does still Urea injection, but the tank is now out of the trunk and located behind the door. A manual mode automatic transmission, complete flicky column shifter, is

The diesel’s massive torque helped us spring to a 0-60 of just 7.1 seconds. 4matic provides plenty of grip off the With the barest amount of lag, our diesel likes to as it made its way to the end of the quarter mile in at 89 miles-per-hour. Handling feels solid and composed, more a top heavy S-class than an New active anti-roll bars are of the Dynamic Handling Package and can to reduce roll, or loosen to individual wheel articulation. is a full-time system so it too aids and it works seamlessly. Stops 60 were rock solid at a 120-feet. The pedal is firm good feedback.

The 2012 ML’s styling has mildly evolved from generations; though it does less like a minivan before. Sleek and sophisticated is the theme, and our ML’s optional alloys certainly help. length is up nearly an inch height is down almost an


Government Fuel Economy for our ML350 BlueTEC diesel are and 27-Highway. We managed 24 miles-per-gallon in driving. While those are good for a current SUV, honestly, we expected better the diesel. Still, it is 20 percent economical than the base V6. Our diesel’s Energy Impact is fairly high at 17.9 of Oil consumed per year, with a Footprint of 9.6 annual tons of

Pricing for the latest M-Class at $49,865. But, since the BlueTec diesel stickers for more at $51,365, it is easily our choice. V8 and rear drive are also due. As Mercedes-Benz sales have held up despite the recession, the all-new ML is more of a progression than an

The 2012 ML350 is a true SUV. And, even a few quirks, this made in the luxury Ute is one classy ride.

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Engine: 3-liter diesel V6

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