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Mercedes-Benz ML 400 CDI W163

Mercedes-Benz ML review

The third Mercedes-Benz M-class is nicer to more comfortable and more Photo Gallery

Glenn road tests and reviews the new Mercedes-Benz ML at its official launch in

It’s bigger, more more economical and more than ever on and off the bitumen, but the job the new Mercedes-Benz M-class SUV will when it arrives in Australia is customers that a small-car is acceptable in a 2.1-tonne SUV.

The ML’s headline act is the very 2.1-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder in its most affordable model, the BlueTEC. It’s an engine to Australians in the C and E-class passenger car but this diminutive donk is to challenge perceptions in a 2.1-tonne SUV in a where only small are supposed to have such engines

An expected entry around $80,000 will no attract attention, as will the anticipated fuel economy of just 6.3-litres/100km. But still a four doesn’t sound prestigious or impressive, does it? The new will launch March in three mechanical guises, most attention focused on the BlueTEC thanks to its leading economy figure teamed an emission rating of just better than Corolla and

The second diesel model is the which employs a more 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged engine, petrol duties will be left to the ML350CGI and its 3.5-litre V6. In 2012 a new 4.7-litre V8 model is to join the fray, and will be by an ML63 AMG powered by a 5.5-litre V8.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has not settled on for the third-generation M-class, but we’re to expect the ML250CDI to come in the $83,500 ML300 that it 350CDI diesel and 350CGI models should carry price tags to their namesakes ($90k and $87k thus representing improved because of the new equipment and efficiency All models have a 7-speed transmission, four-wheel drive and a of active safety systems ESC and brake assist.

Many of the Mercedes-Benz is trumpeting at the launch be optional extras in Australia. Curve System uses an stabiliser bar to keep the vehicle and more stable in corners, but is available with the optional suspension. The OnOffroad package is to Land Rover’s Terrain which has six settings that the vehicle’s ride height, 4WD electronic stability control and air to suit different terrain But it is also optional, and Benz less than 10 percent of to pay the extra.


Benz has coined the ‘transparent efficiency’ for the third-gen ML, and easy to see the changes focused on fuel economy. For example, replaced the hydraulic steering with a new electric system is claimed to save around 3 fuel use. The standard transmission and various drivetrain have been revised to friction which in turn fuel use by another 5 percent. But by far the contributors to the ML’s impressive economy figures are the new engines.

The 2.1-litre turbodiesel four more power and torque the old ML300, and Benz claims it to 100km/h almost a second yet carries a significantly lower economy rating (6.0 v on the European combined cycle. can expect a figure closer to but that saving still up to a 550 litres ($750) in a 15,000km of driving.

The 350CDI also make strides in performance and economy, not as dramatically as the 250CDI. This V6 turbodiesel has 190kW and 620Nm, up 165 and 510 respectively. It has the performance to sprint rest to 100km/h in just 7.4 In real world driving it effortlessly and can even surge a robust V8 when pressed.

preferring petrol engines have just one option the 350CGI. This direct 3.5-litre V6 does not employ like its diesel brethren, so its look anaemic by comparison 225kW and 370Nm — and a 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds, is not as as the 350CDI. It’s also thirsty, consuming 8.8 L/100km to its European fuel rating. on that it’s easy to see why Australian buyers are expected to diesel over petrol, if it will cost a few grand

Mercedes-Benz is confident the new M-Class earn a five-star safety from EuroNCAP. All models are with front, side and airbags, stability control, control and brake assist and as as Benz’s drowsiness detection Attention Assist. Active systems like Lane Assist and Blind Spot will be optional on some

There’s no arguing the comfort or the in the well-equipped M-class models we at the European launch. None of luxury features like suspension and the offroad package be standard in Australia, but the M-class’s refinement and quietness will. The surprise for us is how capable the small turbodiesel engine really is.

Mercedes-Benz ML 400 CDI W163

On such a small capacity should struggle to move a wagon, but in reality its 500Nm of teams well with the automatic to give this affordable model performance should cope well Australian driving conditions. no firebrand, but it has enough acceleration called on, and doesn’t struggle on or freeway situations.

We couldn’t get the European economy rating of nor the expected Australian figure of but our result of 7.9L/100km after a day of in cities and on autobahns is still for a car capable of carrying five and luggage in comfort. The interior has updated for a more contemporary while retaining the levels of and refinement typical of Benz.

The seats are supple and comfortable, are plenty of storage options the cabin, and the rear seats legroom to cope with without needing compromise the front seats. Luggage is generous. We drove MLs fitted the steel spring suspension all models will have as in Australia, and the optional Airmatic air And, while it’s to feel the difference the Airmatic has suppleness and bump soaking and feel a touch more the steel-sprung model is no slouch, it does feel busier the bumps.

The third generation M-class is nicer to drive, comfortable and more powerful. also significantly more so Benz has ticked the right It’s a shame Aussies to pay extra for some of the headline systems, but it’s also to dispute the value in a luxury four-wheel drive wagon lots of trimmings for around The real question is: Are Australians for a future where cubes are no king? A tiny 2.1-litre will challenge perceptions, but it has torque than a petrol V8 and fuel with a small-car As car companies continue to exploit the of turbocharging, cubes are becoming and less relevant.


Price: $80,000 (est.)

Warranty: 3

Safety: 5 stars (est)

2.1-litre, 150kW, 500Nmd

Mercedes-Benz ML 400 CDI W163
Mercedes-Benz ML 400 CDI W163
Mercedes-Benz ML 400 CDI W163
Mercedes-Benz ML 400 CDI W163

Mercedes-Benz ML 400 CDI W163
Mercedes-Benz ML 400 CDI W163


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