Mercedes ML 270 CDI | Auto Express

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Mercedes-Benz ML 270 CDI W163

What#039;s the most sought-after on a Mercedes M-Class? The wood-and-leather The latest diesel engine? Or it#039;s just the badge on the that says you#039;ve it.

Twitchy steering, bouncy unsupportive seats, (oh, and valve covers!)

What’s the sought-after item on a Mercedes The wood-and-leather interior? The latest engine? Or maybe it’s the badge on the bonnet that you’ve made it.

Oddly none of these is on the ‘wanted’ of our long-term ML270 CDI. four tiny pieces of regularly attract attention in the car They’re the dust covers on the of the chunky off-roader’s tyres. for some reason — like the craze for Volkswagen thanks to the Beastie Boys band in the Eighties — the metal protectors are the target of the

So far, around a dozen have been swiped the M-Class has been parked. But not only the big Merc that’s from this. We’ve had caps nicked from a new — while it was being during a week long with the magazine’s road team.

When I called the Mercedes dealer for replacements, wasn’t a surprise. It happens all the the parts manager said. like the metal covers, and them to replace their own ones. Ruddy cheek! Is nothing they won’t these days?

I’ve been driving the for a few months now and, with its boot space, it has proved a choice for a host of chores. been subjected to rent-a-van transporting student belongings to while several trips to the south of France and beyond by staffers have been without a hitch.

Mercedes-Benz ML 270 CDI W163

It’s on these longer where the M-Class’s turbodiesel shows its strength. Despite only 163bhp on tap, plenty of torque to shift a hefty vehicle. And the 2.7-litre is a first class motorway

Around town, though, the automatic gearbox is constantly for the correct gear, making progress tricky and over-use of the pedal a tiring reality. much better to switch to the manual function and do the cog-shifting

The engine, however, has a taste for oil on one occasion, caused an emergency to the local dealer. A red light on the had warned that we should and seek immediate assistance, but it nothing more serious an oil top-up. It’s a common to watch out for on these engines, the breakdown man in attendance. But it was a surprise after only a few thousand A steering lock which to free itself on the key led to another, callout. On both occasions, the response from the local was impressively swift.

Meanwhile, fuel economy so far has around 25mpg across a mix of conditions — that’s for the class. A petrol version less than 20mpg. the M-Class is generally comfortable, the seats could do with support, particularly as the 4×4 its way round corners. And, in a which costs the better of £30,000, you would expect as well as rake adjustment for the wheel.

But there’s plenty of other kit in the with climate control, a CD and curtain airbags all standard our test car also features an satellite-navigation system from the list). We expect the first warning sign to light up any soon (it’s due at around we reckon), so watch out for further including service and running

Mercedes-Benz ML 270 CDI W163

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