MercedesBenz ML SUV Review | 2013 ML350 CDI Bluetec | Reviews…

28 Мар 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »
Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Special Series

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Vehicle Style: prestige SUV

Price: $101,400 on-roads), $110,500 (as-tested)

3.0 litre turbodiesel V6/seven-speed automatic

Power/torque: 190kW/620Nm

Economy claimed: 7.3 l/100km | 9.3 l/100km

Mercedes-Benz now has an SUV worth about.

While previous of the M-Class were saddled an underwhelming interior and lacked for feel compared to other in the Mercedes stable, the new ML is vastly in virtually every metric.

grown up, gone to finishing and adopted a more polished It’s classy, sensible and very refined.

It’s so in fact, that we were reminding ourselves that our ML 350 tester was, indeed, a Toorak tractor? Toorak: Tractor: not at all.

Quality: shutlines, premium plastics and switchgear abound in the ML’s It’s solid, that’s for and the only negative we could was a slightly squeaky lid on the centre box.

The use of leather is also a Not only is the seat upholstery but the application of stitched leather to the dash and door trims a premium feel to the cabin.

No complaints about the driving Many drivers will the deletion of the foot-operated parking (it’s now electrically-actuated by a small button to the right of the steering and the seating position is high and a commanding view of the road

The instruments are clear and easily and the migration of the 17.8cm infotainment to the top of the dash makes it easier to an eye on things like the sat-nav and

The electrically-adjusted front seats are a little lacking in side-bolstering, but are and offer good lower support.

There’s plenty of for two adults to sprawl in the back. also space for a third but the sculpting of the rear bench it’ll be less comfortable for sitting in the middle.

However, generous legroom, plenty of a big fold-down centre armrest and a of rear air outlets, the back of the ML is certainly accommodating.

Equipment: As on the ML 350 Bluetec, you get powered front a power-adjustable steering column, electric wing mirrors, climate control, leather cruise control, a speed trip computer, parking and a reversing camera.

Bi-xenon with automatic high-beam are standard on the ML 350 Bluetec.

The COMAND APS system incorporates a radio, player, sat-nav, internet and a 10GB onboard music drive. Bluetooth telephony and streaming is also standard, as is a USB input for portable music

COMAND, it must be mentioned, is to look a little dated and is the outright intuitiveness of systems by Lexus, BMW and Audi. It is perhaps the one of the M-Class’ interior that still do with improvement.

Space is not a problem in the ML 350’s

Seats up, there’s a sizable 690 of available luggage room. up the rear squabs and fold the down, and you get a flat-floored area in at a huge 2010 litres.

You get a retractable cargo blind in-built cargo-net.

Driveability: The ML 350 3.0 litre turbodiesel V6 is perfectly to hauling around a 2.2-tonne

Laden with torque and with 190kW of power, the diesel six is muscular enough to it to triple digit-speeds in just 7.4

Like many diesels a bit of turbo lag to contend with, but plenty of urge once the passes 1800rpm.

The seven-speed automatic is a slick unit Shifts are smooth and slur seamlessly during normal and the ratios keep the engine within its comfort zone.

There’s a pair of shift behind the steering wheel you feel the need to take of the gearchanges, but don’t bother. no point trying to second-guess transmission, it’s that

Refinement: We were surprised nay, amazed — at the of the ML 350 Bluetec’s powertrain. Modern are rapidly getting quieter and but this V6 is less coarse even some petrol

From the cabin and with the idling, there’s only the hint that there’s combustion happening on the other of the firewall.

Give the engine revs and there’s no gravelly either.

But what’s most is that it’s a similar outside. Lots of modern diesels are muted from the cabin, but trucklike when from outside. The ML is quiet inside and out.

Wind and tyre noise is also also impressive considering the ML has the area of a hayshed and rolls on alloy wheels.

Suspension: Our was equipped with the optional air-suspension package ($3300), and in or comfort mode the ride was and pliant. Whether on the highway or on back alleys, the ML ironed out the surface and was well-isolated from bumps.

But that also means a certain disconnect between the and the chassis. Although grip the 20-inch tyres is commendable, lots of body roll corners and little in the way of steering

The Airmatic suspension can be tightened up by Sport mode, but that a sharper edge to the suspension’s bump response and makes the just a bit too firm than want.

Braking: A slightly pedal, but good stopping from the ML 350’s all-disc hardware.

ANCAP rating: stars

Mercedes-Benz ML 350 CDI AT Special Series

Safety features: The ML 350 has an impressive suite of standard equipment. There’s the usual control, traction control, EBD and brake assist, but it’s by active cruise control, keep assist and blind assist.

All occupants get three-point and Benz’s Pre-Safe system is to sense of loss of control and tightens seatbelts, closes and moves seats to best passengers in the event of a crash.

A of nine airbags are standard as — dual front side airbags for both and rear, full-length curtain and a knee airbag.


Warranty: Three years, kilometres.

Service costs: intervals are set for every 25,000km or 12 whichever occurs first. your local dealership for pricing.

BMW X5 xDrive30d ($92,600) — The BMW X5 has a few things going for it. Not only is it cheaper, but the X5’s on-road is much sharper.

The xDrive30d’s turbodiesel inline six isn’t as grunty as the Benz’s engine and the ML 350 has the edge in outright refinement. X5 reviews )

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI ($90,000) The Q7’s interior looks a bit in comparison to the X5 and ML, but it reeks of quality and plenty of sprawling space.

180kW and 550Nm from its 3.0 turbodiesel V6, the Q7 is down on both and torque compared to the ML 350 Bluetec, but its price advantage of $11,400 up for it.

If you’re after seven the Audi should also be at the top of shopping list — the ML and X5 are five-seaters. (see Q7 reviews )

Rover Sport SDV6 — With 180kW and the SDV6 variant of the Range Sport doesn’t lag all that far the ML 350 Bluetec.

However, with an fuel consumption of 9.2 l/100km, a much thirstier beast.

It rather well for a vehicle its but the Range Rover Sport much tighter inside. At over $100k the Range Sport SDV6 is at the pricier end of its (see Range Rover reviews )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.


The ML has trailed the X5 in sales for a while but since the latest M-Class’ 12 months ago we wouldn’t be surprised if the were to soon reverse

In diesel form, it’s as with torque and driveability as it is refinement.

For day-to-day driving, hard to fault the ML 350. W ith a cabin and an enormously practical it certainly ticks the important for luxurious family travel.

it is relatively expensive compared to of its peers, you get what you pay for.

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