MercedesBenz ML Review | CarAdvice

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Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Base

Mercedes-Benz ML Review

It will be before Australia sees the ‘BLK’ and mid-sized GLK SUVs, so for now the Mercedes-Benz ML i s the most affordable into a 4WD from the world’s car manufacturer.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has the lack of smaller SUVs for neck of the woods – the GLK has been for years in left-hand-drive markets – as a tool with Daimler HQ in to be even more aggressive the new ML’s pricing.

At $81,400, the new ML range starts nearly cheaper than the previous – and thousands more in overall terms when you take the standard equipment lists account.

Mercedes is hoping the iteration of the model that was the first luxury SUV will it clamber back up the large SUV sales chart. The market-leading BMW X5 is worried, though, having been given a significant upgrade .

There’s no radical departure for the new Mercedes-Benz ML, with the styling headlined by the angled with wraparound-style rear arrangement that Mercedes now sees as a trademark for its luxury

However, there are some interesting creases here and for the bodywork, keeping in line the other latest Benzes, the is higher, and there are plenty of detail changes – including LED optic tail-lights and LED daytime lights now standard across the

Underneath, too, is an all-new – shared with the Jeep Cherokee as a result of the now defunct alliance.

The Mercedes-Benz ML grows in – 23mm longer, 15mm – though there’s a bigger to the front and rear tracks widths) to improve stability.

A and front quarter panels from aluminium contribute to a saving of about 35kg, the ML is an SUV that still hits the at well over two tonnes.

The luxury car brands, though, are to prove that good efficiency and heavy SUVs always mutually exclusive.

for the entry-level Mercedes-Benz M-Class – the that is expected to account for up to of the model’s sales – is so low, it’s just a tenth of a behind the Lexus RX450h 6.3L/100km.

With Australian of the Mercedes-Benz ML incorporating fuel that are 93 litres in size as compared with 70 litres in that gives the ML250 a fuel range of 1453km.

That’s helped by the first diesel to feature in the ML – the 2.1-litre fuel injection turbo engine that’s already service in other Mercedes

Fuel economy improves by up to 20 per across the entire Mercedes-Benz ML though, which includes the Bluetec with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, the ML350 BlueEfficiency an older (3.5-litre) V6 turbo as well as the V8-powered ML500 and AMG that arrive later in

Four out of five MLs sold are to be either the ML250 or ML350, so useful that we got to test diesels on the official launch.

model you choose, mechanical is excellent. Even the four-cylinder diesel that can be noisy in the and E-Class is less prominent in the ML, the ML350 hums along so that you’ll notice and wind noise more – even then the cabin is quiet even at freeway

The engine stop-start system is one of the most subtle we’ve re-engaging quietly – and quickly – as as pressure is released from the pedal.

The ML250 is far from with 150kW and 500Nm – power and torque to the bigger and diesel six-cylinder of the ML300 CDI it replaces.

That torque peak between 1600 and 1800rpm, the ML250’s low-end response is no for the terrific immediacy of the ML350. The Bluetec, which costs $99,900, also feels stronger through the range its extra 120Nm, maintained for 600rpm (1600-2400rpm).

In the kickdown for stakes, for example, it’s a far effortless experience in the ML350.

The characteristics of the engines also the V6 is a better mate for the smooth-shifting auto, which is calibrated a bias towards fuel and the early upshifts can occasionally the ML250 feeling a bit laboured.

To try to the four-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz ML is the Great Luxury SUV, the German set the launch route along famous Great Ocean

The seemingly infinite number of bends revealed that the new ML isn’t going to challenge the BMW X5 for involvement, it does seem to struck a decent balance ride and handling.

We’ll to wait until we drive the ML in and our own chosen roads before a more definitive verdict, as the few of poorer surfaces we encountered on the suggested there could be some unwanted jiggle the firmer-than-before suspension.

Mid-corner bumps definitely the ML’s composure, however, the steering weighting is biased towards luxury than and there’s some body through corners, but the Mercedes still be enjoyable enough for owners.

A so-called Active System is optional (at $4900) on the (standard on upcoming ML500 and AMG), though none of the cars were fitted this technology.

ACS is claimed to lateral body control active anti-roll bars are divided into two pieces than the typical single-piece with oil-filled chambers hydraulically on the left or right depending on corner direction.

says the system’s ability to for twisting on one particular side of the also allows for better ride comfort, though without Active Curve the ML along with terrific and serenity.

Vision front and is mostly excellent, with the negative the A-pillar that can hinder the view around corners.

Looking inside the ML the comfortable driver’s pew, chrome trim surrounds do few for the perception of luxury though there’s no denying the quality of used throughout the cabin.

Most dials and switches are from other Mercedes though the stalks are a new design – but familiar functions – shared only with the B-Class.

The that displays audio, and other menus, plus the from the standard reversing is positioned more ergonomically, to eye level.

While the rival Q7 is a seven-seater and the BMW X5 offers an optional row, the Mercedes-Benz ML remains a only.

Generous shoulder however, ensures you can genuinely fit adults in the rear – on a bench offers plenty of space for knees and heads, as well as under-thigh support.

There’s no of cubby holes or compartments for smaller items, while in the scheme of storing things the sizeable (although not class-leading) boot expands to 2010 when the rear seats are (completely) flat.

A full-diameter spare wheel sits the boot floor.

There’s no lack of options, even if the Mercedes-Benz ML is loaded with of features such as 19-inch wheels, reverse-view camera, airbags, parallel parking Comand multimedia system and parking brake (with the lever in the same spot as the foot-operated versions so Mercedes are familiar with its position).

Among a multitude of packages for extra cost, there’s an package that brings a transfer case, variable modes for adapting to different centre differential lock, guard and additional underbody

Mercedes-Benz admits only per cent of buyers of the previous ML for the Off-road pack, and even it was chosen more for towing venturing deep into the

But for the vast majority of SUV buyers who to the bitumen, the Mercedes-Benz ML is not only value than before, also better to drive.

It be two years before Mercedes trouble either the BMW X1 or BMW X3. but for now the BMW X5 faces its challenger yet.

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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