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Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

Mercedes-Benz ML: Launch Review

ML250 CDI and 350 CDI

Outstanding price/value


Not so much

Low-speed drumming

Firm ride head-shake

Still no third-row


New cut-price four-cylinder diesel to cover for AWOL GLK

the next-generation GLK and an even smaller new SUV at least two years away Australia, Mercedes-Benz still has no for many of the nation’s top-selling in the booming luxury SUV sector, the X1 and X3 from BMW and the Q3 and Q5 from its other arch-rival, Audi.

To compensate, Australia has introduced the third-generation M-Class range with a starting price of $81,400 on-road costs, making the new BlueTEC diesel – the first ML — $4380 cheaper the old six-cylinder ML300 CDI it replaces at the of the M-Class range.

Now available alongside the new ML350 BlueTec the ML250 BlueTec will be in local showrooms within by the 3.5-litre V6 petrol-powered ML350 which costs from — the same price as the ML350 — and the range-topping ML63 AMG (from which packs Mercedes-AMG’s 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8.

Completing the new range around October be the MkIII ML500, which is by a new 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 and — at $119,900 ORCs — will undercut equivalent 4.4-litre X5 xDrive50i ($134,000) by more than


New base ML250 is no stripper

its attractive pricetag, the new ML250 not skimp on safety or equipment. features include nine stability/traction control, Attention drowsiness detection, 19-inch alloy wheels, selective a reversing camera, Parktronic reversing guidance, the COMAND APS system including a single slot, a 40GB hard-disc with 10GB for music, Artico seat trim, a 17.8cm hi-res colour Nappa leather steering with shift paddles, audio streaming, an electric brake, electric power and Active Parking Assist function.

For an extra $18,500, the diesel gains full upholstery, Artico dash 20-inch 10-spoke alloys, Package and Driver Assistance PLUS, but the bargain of the new M-Class could well be the base BlueTec with Exclusive which for $92,300 ($7600 than the ML350 diesel) 21-inch AMG five twin-spoke Airmatic suspension, an AMG Exterior body kit, memory, mirror package, heated seats and privacy glass.

the ML350 BlueTec diesel with an identical equipment to the ML350 BlueEfficiency petrol, upstream the ML500 offers AMG five-spoke alloys, Airmatic Active Curve System active swaybars), an Easy-Pack tailgate, electric glass Keyless Go entry/starting and metallic

Apart from its larger, powerful and more efficient V8 and AMG Speedshift Plus transmission, the ML63 AMG adds 21-inch twin-spoke alloys, AMG sports a twin-outlet chromed AMG exhaust AMG body kit including specific quarter guards with ‘V8 lettering, AMG brakes, AMG instruments, AMG leather steering wheel, and ventilated AMG sports front a Harman Kardon Logic7 system, illuminated front sills, dark-tinted privacy TV tuner, Thermatronic climate stainless steel pedals, Nappa leather armrest and trims, dark graphite wood trim, Dinamica headlining and Designo floor The ML63 AMG undercuts its direct BMW – the $178,200 X5 xDrive M – by $300.

Among a host of optional is a $2500 Vision package for the which is standard on the ML500/63 and a sunroof and Easy-Pack tailgate and the Convenience Pack (standard on including sunroof, Easy-Pack and Go. From October, the AMG’s kit and wheels (plus Airmatic will be available across the for $6900 ($4200 for ML500

Once again an off-road will be available for the M-Class (63 AMG comprising low-range gearing, a 100 per centre differential lock, reinforcements including a sump revised stability/braking control and six selectable drive modes no full-size spare; a space-saver standard across the range, dealers expected to offer spare wheel/tyre solutions).

All change for new M-Class engines

seen in 2008 and also to the C-Class and E-Class, the new ML250 2.1-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces the same of power and 500Nm of torque. all M-Class diesels and the ML63 comes standard with a idle-stop system. Like all models, it is matched with seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic and permanent 4Matic all-wheel

Despite weighing some (35kg less than thanks in part to the fitment of an bonnet and front wings), the returns small car-like fuel consumption of just 6.4 per 100km, making it 30 per cent efficient than both a Corolla and the ML300 CDI six (9.2L/100km) it equating to a fuel tank of at least 1450km.

And despite emitting 168 grams of CO2 per (down from the ML300 249g/km) and meeting tough new 6 emissions standards not due in Europe 2014, the ML250 offers the power output as the previous opener (150kW at a slightly 4200rpm) and identical peak of 500Nm, albeit over a 1600-1800rpm speed range.

The BlueTec, meantime, achieves a 23 per efficiency reduction, from 9.5 to via its revised 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6, now produces 190kW and some while the ML350 BlueEfficiency employs a revised V6; this Benz’s trusty 3.5-litre petrol six, which now 225kW/370Nm and returns 8.9L/100km – from 11.5L1/00km.

The new ML500 is marginally more efficient before – and like the ML350 lacks stop-start — at but now packs a 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 300kW/600Nm, while the ML63 AMG consumes less petrol at – despite packing some from its twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8. while the ML350 and ML500 95 RON premium unleaded, the AMG drinks 98 Overall, Mercedes says the new ML is 25 per more efficient than the it replaces.

All new M-Class models an unbraked towing capacity of (3265kg braked) except for the which can tow 3000kg. Unlike in all Australian M-Class models come with a 93-litre tank, while both V8 come standard with air


New M looks smaller, but slightly

Despite looking smaller its predecessor, the new M rides on the same wheelbase and is narrowly larger at long (up23mm) and 1926mm (up 15mm), as well as being slipperier with a drag of 0.32Cd (down 0.02Cd).

unlike the previous M-Class, it has been engineered to accommodate a row of seats, which is expected to an option globally soon, the larger seven-seat GL-Class – will itself be renewed year – one less point of


Outstanding standard kit, backed by cutting-edge

No less than nine (including full-length window and a driver’s knee airbag) are across the new M-Class range, with electronic stability/traction LED daytime running lights, collision preparation, adaptive lights, an active bonnet on ML63 AMG), rain-sensing Hill Start Assist and Speed Regulation.

There are optional safety items, including tyre pressure ($850 for non-V8 models), View Assist Plus vision ($3500), for which buyers will also to purchase the $2000 Light comprising bi-Xenon headlights, and Assistance package PLUS, is standard on all but the ML250 ($4900) and Distronic radar cruise Pre-Safe collision preparation brake function, Brake Plus and active blind-spot and warning systems.


New ML has X5 and Q7 in its sights

The ML250 BlueTec new ground as the only four-cylinder luxury SUV and it’s likely at BMW will eventually follow with a turbocharged four-cylinder and/or diesel X5 to slot its all-six and eight-cylinder SUV range.

about $6500 more flagship versions of the smaller X3 and Q5, the undercuts its most direct by about $10,000, with cheapest X5 (the $92,100 priced $10,700 higher and $90,500 Q7 3.0 TDI costing $9100


Number of cylinders says Benz

Mercedes that few of those who buy it will or care that the new ML250 is ‘just’ a four-cylinder and, two days of thorough testing on Great Ocean Road and all of roads between Melbourne and Strait, we’re inclined to

No, the 2.1-litre ML250 doesn’t the same creamy wave of at all roads speeds as the 3.0-litre BlueTec, its slightly narrower torque band making the seven-speed auto a little around town and during overtaking manoeuvres. And yes, more diesel ‘drumming’ the 1500rpm mark as the four-pot its presence felt at low engine

But just as it does in the C-Class and – despite hauling around 600kg of extra bulk the former – Merc’s brilliant twin-turbo diesel four satisfying performance in the classy new which makes such strides in refinement that diesel clatter is virtually with the windows up.

Indeed, giving almost a litre of away to the old ML300 CDI, the new feels quicker and quieter, and no denying its fuel-sipping ability, in part to one of the most intuitive systems we’ve ever To prove it, we averaged less 7.0L/100km during the final hard drive from to Apollo Bay then Melbourne via which is outstanding for a 2.1-plus vehicle capable of transporting adults and their luggage in comfort.

Ride quality was also in both the ML250 and 350 diesels on the patchier surfaces, dispensing mid-corner corrugations like didn’t exist – despite fitted with optional rubber and standard steel that resisted body with aplomb. The combination almost sportscar-like levels of but the trade-off was pronounced ‘head-shake’ as the big SUV did its to defy the laws of physics pushed too hard into tightening turns.

The new ML’s steering could feel light to some and certainly less sporty than the in the X5, which along with Cayenne continues to set the dynamic for large luxury SUVs. But the new M-Class’s stand-out design, and efficiency, and the all-new ML250’s value, only the lack of a seat prevents it from the best all-rounder in its class.

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Published. Tuesday, 8 May

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

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