Drive MercedesBenz ML350 Review

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Bill McKinnon

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You want to go where?

It could be that the luxury four-wheel-drive is a exercise based on an absurd Does anybody who buys one it into the bush?

Of course It will get dirty. There’s no phone reception and you can’t get a in Innamincka.

The second-generation M-Class is out to class leadership and customers, mainly to BMW’s X5 but also to the RX330 (now 350), XC90 and Range Rover

The 200kW, 3.5-litre V6 ML350, at is complemented by the ML320 CDi, runs a 165kW, 3.0-litre V6 engine, priced at $82,900.

The 5.0-litre V8 ML500 is $116,900.

M-Class is considerably larger the original and rides on a unitary chassis, rather than the steel ladder-frame in the model it

The greater on road bias more like the X5) is also in the absence of a low-range transfer

If you want genuine off-road in the new M-Class, you pay extra for it as an option a whopping $10,150 on the ML 350/320.

Off-Road Pro Engineering Package adaptive dampers and air spring (already standard on the ML500, so the 4WD costs $4900; the ML350/320 conventional steel springs and with variable ride-height, gearing, underbody protection and centre and rear differentials.


It also has electronic aids as hill descent control and hold on steep gradients, specific settings for anti-lock traction control, gearshift and pedal responsiveness.

Pick of the engines is the 3.5-litre V6. It gives little to the V8 in the breadth and strength of its is just as refined and uses fuel.

The V8 produces only more than the V6, which is here nor there as far as on-road is concerned.

Its higher torque (460Nm instead of 350Nm) it stronger in the 2000rpm-3000rpm range but the V6 is by no weak here, or anywhere

The V8 is about one second quicker to reaching this mark in 7.4

There is no conventional gear on the seven-speed automatic. A wand on the of the steering column performs function, and all connections are electronic.

It weird at first but you soon get to it. You can change gears manually buttons on the back of the steering spokes.

Left to its own devices, shifts are segued in Drive, though kickdowns require you to push the into the floor.

Dynamics and have improved markedly on the new

The conventionally suspended ML350 has — in the context of two tonnes handling at speed and a compliant

It’s particularly composed and on rough country roads.

the M-Class is still more and top-heavy than the rival X5, remains by a clear margin the handler in this class.

The air can be set to Sport mode, which disciplined body control and cornering, albeit with a firm, jostling ride.

mode is the opposite: soft, and sloppy. The Auto setting the best ride and handling in 99 per cent of driving conditions.

The use 235/65 tyres on 17-inch wheels; the ML500 gets tyres on 18-inch wheels.

A spare is standard. Local management has persuaded its German office that Australia a full-sized spare, which is an expensive one.

Rack and pinion steering is indirect, though accurate and tactile for a 4WD.

The brakes, larger discs on the ML500, are and fade free and the anti-lock effectively on dirt.

Ground can be raised up to 291mm with the air fitted to the off-road option .

Fit and quality in the cabin, much in the original M-Class, are satisfactory

The driver faces a bulging, American-style dash. As usual, on the base versions are easier to than those fitted the complex, distracting COMAND with its colour screen.

position adjustability includes seat-travel, a height and reach steering wheel and wrap-over seat head restraints for vision.

On the steering wheel, link to audio and trip functions, the status of which is between the instruments.

The driver’s is typically firm, well and supportive.

When it comes to upholstery, Mercedes just bring itself to use the word

It has tried several euphemisms the years — MB Tex being the obscure — in a pathetic to hide its stinginess.

Man-made leather is standard on the The cow-made variety is — you it — optional.

The ML350 and 320 CDi also have front and parking sensors, roof rain-sensing wipers, a six-stack CD cruise control with limiter, automatic air-conditioning, head restraints and Pre Safe, a protection system which tensions the seatbelts when the control is activated.

The ML500 COMAND with satellite upgraded audio, power seats, leather upholstery and rear-seat air-conditioning controls.

In the the back-seat cushion is steeply so you sit wedged against the back-rest.

it’s comfortable and well with lots of headroom and to stretch your legs. The child restraint anchors are on the of the seat.

Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

Load space is now far than the X5.

The long, low floor is to load. It is extended by folding the rear-seat forward and front-seat remains uncompromised and the head stay put.

There is a outlet and load cover but no net or barrier.

The M-Class and X5 comparison is now a run thing.

The Range Rover and Lexus RX350 are also a try before you make a decision.

The X5 and the Lexus take the handling on bitumen. Off-road, the Range is unbeatable.

However, all round, at model ML350/ML320 CDi level, the (as a drive and a deal) is now the class

It’s polished, powerful, spacious and refined.

However, difficult to see $35,000 worth of value in the ML500 V8, let alone for the Off Road Pro Engineering Package

Only a German car company have the audacity to sell you a then charge you another for the bits that actually you to take it off-road.

Price and

Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

All the electric are there, as you’d expect in a car costing upwards of 80 grand. can be expensive, though, and it’s that real leather standard on base models. The and 320CDI include front and parking assistance, roof rain sensing wipers, a CD, cruise control with limiter and automatic air condioning. The adds COMAND with upgraded audio, power seats, leather upholstery and rear seat venitlation

Under the bonnet

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

The 3.5 litre V6 is the of the petrol engines. It gives little to the V8 in the breadth and strength of its is just as refined, and uses fuel. The diesel is better with great performance and

How it drives

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

The feels top heavy in tight but has tidy – in the context of two tonnes roadholding at speed and a relatively ride. It’s particularly and comfortable on rough country

Comfort and practicality

Rating: 3.0 out of 5

The ML has firm, comfortable seats plenty of back seat and space. However you have to pay for many features which be included as standard.

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