Mercedes ML350 CDI review and travelogue

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Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

Mercedes ML350 CDI review and

Photography: Bunny Punia Nag

Its noon and we are chewing up miles at a pace, gaining altitude as we the 9000 feet mark. The already shows 0 degrees and the errr, white paths we are on are filled with snow and ice, turning NH-22 nothing less than a ice skating highway. The conventional Mercedes ML350 CDI has no less 8 people on board (don’t ask how we that) and the brilliant 4MATIC along with a million technologies shields us from ‘tough’ driving environment. of torque does come and before we know, we are in Narkanda, by the magical white Himalayas the road biased tyres in a foot of fresh soft

The Mercedes-Benz M Class is the most luxury SUV in India. If you want wait for months, stretching to as as 4-6! It is assembled right at the Mercedes plant outside and this also means you can the entry level ML250 for as Rs 50 lac though if you have deep the version you see here, the ML350 CDI is the one to go The first 100 units imported India got the AMG treatment with alloys and body kit and as far as we know, is the first current generation M to do a sub-zero Himalayan expedition. eight people on board.

Being based out of New Delhi, we ourselves lucky. You see, the of the Himalayas is just a 4 hour away and with the last of this season due on the 15-17th Feb we thought of making it special. We had been looking forward to the M for a now in Delhi and thankfully, the good at MB decided to give us a go ahead for white trip. With just outside Shimla our base, the first 355km Delhi were dispatched off ease in under 8 hours, breaks.

The NH-1 leading to has now taken up shape of a good 4-lane highway and this is SUVs like the M can stretch legs and impress its occupants pure refinement. Haryana is for speed patrolling and hence the control was set at 95km/h and finer of the inside enjoyed. When you over 60 lac (ex-showroom) on a vehicle, you forward to the best of leather and The M justifies its price tag while delivering attention to detail simply cannot be found in its especially the BMW X5. The M simply pampers you high detailing and that feel. The typical Mercedes shift lever on the steering also frees up space the front two seats and even a person like yours up in the driver’s seat, there is space at the rear for 3 well adults. The updated COMMAND looks and works well and its easy to play with the even on the go (for the driver).

The hills on the Shimla route just before Parwanoo. The new Expressway, though short in of length, does deserve The 4-lane hill stretch is fab and a delight and though the M’s steering over-assisted, switching to the ‘sports does take care of to an extent. The last 80 odd km to Shimla are a lane affair and a quick at the driver info display a fuel economy of 11.5kmpl here – this including a of 150km/h+ bursts on the empty We enthusiasts live for grinning and the heavy (2175 kilos) this, thanks to its 255 Bhp engine.

The leading to Shimla and beyond is good in terms of tarmac apart from a few rough The Sport mode, inspite the suspension, still absorbs pretty well. The comfort though turns the M into less than a comfortable No really! Past Shimla, Day 1 turned out to be lucky for us with the Gods showering us with flakes as we drove up the steep to our secluded hotel in the middle of The small town enroute in the had every soul taking of the big M.


SUVs like the M are seldom to adventurous drives. And this is a pity. isnt just the case owners but most of the automotive that simply takes SUVs to a highway, shoot a few drive down a rough and voila, their so called is done. Now that’s a shame, when SUVs like the M can into a serious adventure while cocooning its passengers the harsh environment outside. Day 2 bringing along more we decided to leave behind one of the two cars that had come This also meant crunch but the big M generously accepted 8 including me, the driver. With two comfortably sitting in the huge with soft pillows for support, the M started its journey paradise.

Dhalli is perched at 7250 feet. Now this in is 75% higher than most hill stations in West and India, for example, Mahabaleshwar. The 10km itself took us to at 8000 feet and already, the we were driving on was all white. The simply wasn’t visible and the kept kissing hard ice and snow all the way. The only I could sense were the biased tyres but again, 90% owners would never the way we did. The 4MATIC, as mentioned worked well and the M pulled up the hills even with the load with just the traction control warning flickering on the display ahead.

The Shimla-Kufri stretch video

60km from Dhalli and at feet was our destination. We even up the snowed out narrow road to the Circuit House to meet and later, the M also pulled out our car on slippery inclines – all this 8 on board! The confidence levels the M gives you is tremendous but on tricky have to practice caution braking. As wheels lock, the ABS keeps lifting off the brake This along with the of the M means that braking increases a lot on icy roads. Even at brake hard and the car simply going ahead. the ABS does its but in such areas, this aid becomes a scary issue. wrong with the vehicle but environs which call for and 100% attention all the time.

The drive back to our hotel was 60km in 90 mins in sub zero does call for appreciation. It also be noted that so and refined the M is, both the boot didnt complain of nausea at inspite of being belly after our Narkanda lunch Kudos!

The Narkanda – Circuit stretch video

The drive to Delhi the next day was uneventful, for a quick drive with a British sedan with power but less weight. The M past the ton in under 8 seconds and the 200 km/h mark pretty for a SUV. The diesel engine is in its NVH levels and hardly makes felt during general

This 900 drive on the weekend not revealed the secrets of the M’s success, it shattered the notion that expensive SUVs have tails between the legs in driving situations. The M behaves a big luxury sedan during drives and changes its character asked to. The adjustable air suspension for lets you go off the road easily driving aids like DSR speed regulation) and off-road give it an edge in this band. And then, there are the bits to help our environment. The ECO for example shuts off the engine at bringing it back to life the brake level is released. airbags and Attention Assist you safe and the big three pointed on the grille ahead simply the cake away.

The likes of the Audi Q7 4.2 might more power, the Porsche better agility and the BMW X5 that edge but as a complete package for a SUV can play different roles and importantly, offer you the best for your money, the M Class, the ML250CDI, simply walks with the crown.

Enjoy pictures in the meantime!

Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base
Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base
Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base
Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

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