Car Reviews MercedesBenz MClass ML 500 The AA

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Styling has up remarkably well Brilliant ability Image among the in the business Driving position powerful


Some build quality is questionable size and too-light steering for uncomfortable city driving to roll around corners carbon dioxide emissions

its age (launched in 1997), Mercedes’ has lost surprisingly little of its Classy and gritty in equal it remains among the front of luxury 4×4 vehicles.

high-grade SUV market is a much crowded and varied one that it was the M-Class first appeared. competitors such as the BMW X5, Volvo and Porsche Cayenne all offer different takes on the premium ownership experience personified by the and Range Rover. Therefore it is surprising that in some the Mercedes’ simple formula of a car interior inserted into a 4×4 frame is less than it used to be.

Nevertheless, the M-Class’s design has the test of time surprisingly That’s partly down to the that some of the funkiest SUVs owe a design debt to its mixture of elegance and aggression. The Land Cruiser, Kia Sorento and CR-V all borrow elements of the look in their efforts to ‘premium’.

As is frequently the case 4x4s, the interior has dated more quickly than the Though made from materials, it looks a little by modern standards and lacking in space utilisation features. The is built in the USA, and the standard of fit and attention to detail is sometimes of such an expensive vehicle.

has rather underplayed the M-Class’s off-road abilities, no doubt they are perfectly happy well-off suburban families to use them for school runs and trips. In truth, buying an for such purposes reveals a misunderstanding of what this is all about, as it is at its worst in a crowded environment. Similarly, owning an without ever exploring its potential is a complete waste.

Our verdict on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML 500

The pointed star on the front and counts for a lot. This is a classy vehicle and one that the owner a rosy glow time he climbs into the With a replacement pencilled in for the end of now could be a very good to secure a discount on a car that makes such concessions.

Fuel costs will be on all models bar the relatively frugal 2.7 diesel. Bear in mind the 19mpg figure quoted for the ML 500 be significantly reduced once and boot loads are added and high carbon dioxide make the M-Class unsuitable for use. Servicing costs are considerable but thanks to the onboard system, service intervals are The car tells the driver when it another visit to the garage, Mercedes claims reduces by a third.

Space and practicality

its bulk, the M-Class seems roomy than might be That’s not to say it is actually cramped, but it was originally designed when tumbling seats and modular bays were still a in a Japanese car designer’s eye. The row bench seat can cater for passengers and has a 67/33 split. The two can be moved 80mm fore-and-aft separately or together to increase legroom or luggage space. A of removable forward-facing rear can be added from the options

Controls and display



Car safety

From 2001, upgraded the M-Class’s safety by two side impact window to the existing four driver and bags. Front and rear are fitted with three-point reel seatbelts and good-sized restraints. Rear seats are with sheet metal to passengers against sliding but rear side airbags are an extra (standard on ML55

Driver appeal

Accomplished and off road, the M-Class demands wariness when on asphalt. need to be keenly aware of its and while visibility is generally plenty of braking distance to be allowed as the brakes lack On anything other than a straight road, this vehicle displays a tendency to from side to side. a U-turn and you’ll soon see we mean. It’s no coincidence the M-Class is built in the US, where highways are more the norm urban rat runs. If you do see a straight, the powerful ML 500 and ML55 AMG will eat any boy for breakfast.

Family car appeal

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Quality and image

Having a badge is a boon, and the more models look more with their chrome and extra body parts, but its best efforts the M-Class quite match the E-Class or for perceived quality. But it does to gain respect from snobs and serious off-road in equal measure, a rare indeed.


Doors and are heavy but open wide and easy access before with a satisfying clunk. not the cleverest interior design in the anything you’re taking for the ride will be within reach and there’s always of spare capacity.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

Perhaps the obvious betrayal of the M-Class’s origins is the provision of a radio/cassette with a paltry four You have to go to the top of the range for the luxury of a CD Having spent in excess of for an ML 500, that’s simply not enough. The available upgrade is a nine speaker system. A DVD can be installed into the roof for back seat passengers.

ability will take you anywhere

Colours and trim

The kit list is okay but at M-Class you should expect a comprehensive as standard, and there are numerous omissions. For example, you’ll to step up to the ML 500 model to get an automatic rear view mirror, computer and leather steering Only the ML55 AMG has metallic as standard. Compared to a Lexus or Volkswagen Touareg, it smacks of


Spare wheel

fairly common practice for off-roaders to have a full spare wheel in order to with the strain wheels are to in the wild. So it comes as something of a to learn that all models in the come with a temporary saver. Don’t get a puncture you’re on a nice flat

Mercedes-Benz ML 270 CDI W163
Mercedes-Benz ML 270 CDI W163
Mercedes-Benz ML 270 CDI W163

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