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

Despite its the M-Class seems less than might be expected. not to say it is actually cramped, but because it was designed when clever seats and modular loading were still a twinkle in a car designer’s eye. The second row seat can cater for three and has a 67/33 split. The two elements can be 80mm fore-and-aft either or together to increase either or luggage space. A pair of forward-facing rear seats can be from the options list.

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Car security


From 2001, Mercedes the M-Class’s safety by adding two impact window airbags to the four driver and passenger Front and rear seats are with three-point inertia seatbelts and good-sized head Rear seats are reinforced sheet metal to protect against sliding cargo but side airbags are an optional (standard on ML55 AMG).


Accomplished and entertaining off the M-Class demands more when on asphalt. Drivers to be keenly aware of its dimensions and visibility is generally good, of braking distance needs to be as the brakes lack bite. On other than a … road, this high-sided displays a tendency to roll side to side. Execute a and you’ll soon see what we It’s no coincidence that the is built in the US, where transcontinental are more the norm than rat runs. If you do see a straight, the awesomely ML 500 and ML55 AMG will eat any boy racer for

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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 boot are but open wide and allow access before closing a satisfying clunk. Though not the interior design in the world, you’re taking along for the will be within easy and there’s always plenty of capacity.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

the most obvious betrayal of the ancient origins is the provision of a player with a paltry speakers. You have to go to the top of the range for the of a CD player. Having spent in of GBP40,000 for an ML 500, that’s not good enough. The available is a BOSE nine speaker A DVD screen can be installed into the for entertaining back seat

Off-road ability will you almost anywhere

Colours and

The standard kit list is okay but at prices you should expect a specification as standard, and there are notable omissions. For example, need to step up to the ML 500 model to get an dimming rear view trip computer and leather wheel. Only the ML55 AMG has paint as standard. Compared to a RX300 or Volkswagen Touareg, it of stinginess.


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

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