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Review: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CDI Test Drive

Mercedes’ CDI midsize diesel SUV combines with outstanding fuel Careful with adding though, as they can really up the price.

by Lawrence Ulrich

Bad news first: If you live in Maine, Massachusetts, New York or you can”t buy the Mercedes-Benz ML320 or for that matter, any diesel car (as of 2007). Those states set their own, stricter rules, so even Mercedes” diesels, the world”s cleanest, pass muster.

The good is that situation will beginning in late 2008, new technology “” and a new, ultra-clean fuel “” will open the to a wave of high-mileage, 50-state diesels from not only but Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Jeep, Nissan, Volkswagen and others.

Until then, in 45 states can choose diesel as an option in Mercedes” M-, R- and GL-Class its E-Class Sedan; or in the Jeep Cherokee, which borrows technology. (Diesels are also in heavy-duty, work-centric pickup from Ford, Dodge and

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For any of these diesels, the icing on the cake is outstanding 20 percent to 40 percent better a comparable gasoline model. In our of the ML320 CDI, we saw a frugal 27 mpg on the and 24 mpg overall, compared to 20 mpg highway and 18 mpg in the gas-powered V6 ML350. (The EPA the diesel version at 21 mpg city/27 mpg and the ML350 at 17 mpg city/21 mpg highway).

on the fuel-economy numbers we got during our drive, the diesel ML would a typical driver about a year in fuel “” and that”s accounting for the fact that fuel typically costs than premium gasoline.

with current hybrid those savings don”t at a huge premium: The ML320 CDI just $1,000 more the ML350.

A typical owner hit the break-even point in about 2.5 from then on, the owner pocket the savings. He or she would make fewer trips to the The ML320 CDI can travel more 600 highway miles on a single

Released in 1998, the first of the Alabama-built M-Class was not a high for Mercedes, with its staid styling, poorly finished and truck-like ride and handling.

But the second-generation model, which for 2006, is dramatically better: more solid, stylish, and well-crafted.

The new body still to mix-and-match elements of an SUV, wagon and minivan, but it also like a genuine Mercedes. a pronounced wedge shape, angled windshield, and of course prominent three-pointed star on the handsomely sculpted grille.

the new M-Class adopted the unibody of a typical car, rather the previous heavy, truck-style That reduces weight, ride and handling and makes the less prone to squeaks and

The new version is nearly six inches three inches wider, and lower than its predecessor. most luxury SUVs days, the Mercedes M-Class a good balance between height and easy ingress/egress, for shorter drivers and passengers.

The mystique continues inside, the M-Class is as serene, luxurious and as one of the automaker”s sedans.

The back is strictly for two adults, with a center perch for a third that’s best reserved for trips. To expand cargo tug the rear seat cushion then flip the seatback (it”s split 60/40 for versatility) to create a relatively load floor and about 72 feet of storage, which is for this class. Side and (curtain) air bags are standard, and a sensor can cinch the seatbelts and the curtain airbags in the event of a

A few issues came up during our drive: Mercedes” cruise stalk remains too close to the signal, leading you to grab the one at times. The COMAND system manages navigation, audio and functions remains a bit cumbersome, rows of tiny buttons its display screen.

That slides open to load CDs the six-disc changer.

Despite its hefty price, the M-Class exactly bursting with luxury gear; even seats and the six-disc CD player extra. Our tester had some in options, bringing the total tab to

The biggest upsell, an $8,600 package, added most of the that luxury buyers are including a Harmon/Kardon audio with Sirius satellite DVD navigation; rear back-up sunroof; power liftgate; connectivity; Mercedes” TeleAid a power steering column; settings for the front seats; climate control; and power-folding

A $1,450 exterior appearance added 19-inch alloy blue-tinted glass, special lenses and chrome on the door and exhaust pipes. Throw in like leather seats the six-disc CD player ($440), and a with heated steering and heated front and rear ($1,360), and the ML”s price

Skip the Distronic adaptive control, it”s way overpriced at

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If you haven”t experienced the kind of high-tech diesels that are a of European roads, you”re in for a big While old diesels were for their chug-chug sound and smelly exhaust, the new breed is quiet, clean and powerful. not a trace of smell or smoke. In several passengers who rode in the Mercedes models we”ve were completely unaware “” and to discover “” that they actually in a diesel vehicle and not a car.

While diesels are to overcoming their chief vice “” high levels of and smog-forming nitrogen oxide “” they actually produce less global-warming greenhouse than gasoline engines.

And some people grouse diesel fuel is hard to the fact is that diesel is being dispensed at about 40 of U.S. fueling stations, and number is steadily growing. the big rigs and contractors” pickups to fill up somewhere, too. So diesel may not be on the street corner in neighborhood, it”s likely to be at the one down the road.

Bottom we”ve found that the of finding a diesel pump is exaggerated.

Like most diesels, the Mercedes 3.0-liter V6 turbo-charging and fuel-injection at extremely pressures. The engine creates 215 compared to 268 hp for the V6 gas model. But wait: The ML trump card is massive the pulling force that you when you tromp on the gas from a and at city-driving speeds. The diesel”s 398 pound-feet of torque compares to 258 pound-feet for the gas model.

Acceleration from 0-60 mph is at 7.9 seconds. Mercedes” new seven-speed transmission is outstanding, and a permanent system is standard. There”s a “hill-holding” function for starting off on and a downhill assist that the car creep down steep without the driver having to the gas or brake pedal.

The diesel is a bit louder at idle than the gas but it”s not at all obtrusive.

Regarding the Mercedes M-Class veers comfort. It”s not as sporty and on the curves as a BMW X5, but it rides beautifully and feels accurate and confident on the

At nearly $60,000, this CDI”s price becomes a bit especially when the outstanding and larger GL-Class “” quite the best performing, best-packaged SUV on the market “” can be had for roughly the same

But going easier on the options can the ML”s out-the-door tab closer to Consider the money you”ll on fuel as icing on this cake.

Is the Mercedes-Benz ML320 CDI for

Buy the ML320 CDI if

You want to save save money and reduce emissions while still a powerful, luxurious SUV.

Looking if

You live in California, Massachusetts, New York or Vermont emissions rules preclude the of diesel passenger cars; you less about mileage, and rather stick with the version; although it emits greenhouse gases, the higher of smog-forming particulates from vehicle”s exhaust give you you need three rows of in which case the Mercedes is worth considering.

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