Review MercedesBenz ML350 Diesel AT Drives

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Review: Mercedes-Benz ML350 AT

Possibly the best thing premium SUVs is that the doesn’t have to cut a few corners in the of profitability. On a mainstream SUV, kind of expected that have to put up with little like rough plastics in the areas, a little power perhaps, and liberal sharing of with the other models in the To top it all off, you have to deal the knowledge that once units have hit the road, driving something exactly the as your neighbor’s.

Not so with SUVs, which are held to a standard. While not exotic by they’re priced in such a way only a relative few can have And the moment you park one in your chances are your equally neighbor will opt for another Ah, the problems of the rich. This iteration of the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class with a sticker price of . Here’s what that buys you.

Forget the homely, loaf-shaped ML that screamed soccer mom or the manlier second generation. third-generation model—especially with the AMG confidence and a bit of bravado with character lines . scalloped panels, sharp angles, and a sprinkling of chrome and LEDs. in the test unit’s gunmetal color and adorned in front by pizza-sized tri-star emblem, it is a that magically clears a among middle-class sedans and PUVs on EDSA, and has security hurriedly raising the gate for you if you don’t have a resident’s since it’s a test It’s a very distinctive that sets it apart all other SUVs without tacky or overwrought. And that’s a good thing.

In the very tradition of a Merc, the interior has an feel that’s modernized by the in driver aids and entertainment Maroon leather upholstery nicely with the dark-gray used for the cabin. Eucalyptus is strategically used on the dashboard, panel inserts, and steering The center stack is mildly at first with so many and dials for the climate control, system and stereo, but everything sorted out after a few drives. the moonroof probably won’t be many times, sliding the back to reveal the glass lets the sunlight in to really up the cabin. One gets the feeling of in an exclusive men’s club, the reek of tobacco.

There is ample space for all including the middle rear-seat While the rear cargo is already big enough for several bags or coolers, tumbling the bottom and folding down the creates a long, flat floor that virtually the ML into a small van.

PERFORMANCE

As the badge denotes, is provided by a 3.0-liter diesel V6 at 265hp and a hefty 620Nm of between 1,600rpm and 2,400rpm. You probably stick that in a and pull that Chinese boat out of Tubbataha. Mated to a automatic transmission, the ML engine about its business with Teutonic urgency and then Even saddled with the weight and friction of all-wheel the Merc accelerates so smoothly and that it’s best to an eye on the speedometer or else you’ll be way the speed limit before you it. My city/highway driving averaged . Real Benz owners don’t mind spending so for fuel like the average SUV does, but it’s nice to how far you can stretch the ML’s fuel on long road trips.

The diesel is also remarkably and at typical cruising speeds the is just a faint rumble and the virtually nil. Although the comes with paddle the computer does such a job managing all those cogs the only time you’ll use them is if you ever have to go a set of tight switchbacks quickly. The AWD works transparently and aids in on less-than-ideal road surfaces. The system puts more to the rear wheels in normal to give the big SUV the feel of a rear-wheel-drive and it seamlessly redirects torque as among all four wheels on surfaces. An off-road switch on the enables better low-speed altering engine, transmission and settings for the rare event which you may actually have to get and dirty.

RIDE AND HANDLING

As big as this feels, it manages to drive a smaller vehicle, thanks to straight-line stability, reasonably turn-in, and a disciplined suspension on the firm side for an SUV. Mercedes-Benz customers will the ride to any of the marque’s sedans, with a taller ride The overall feeling is dignified and rather than sporty the BMW X5. Of course, those who want the bad Merc package will to consider the ML63 AMG . Now, one BAMF Merc.

EXTRA

Where to start? The Merc has the complement of luxe items premium leather and wood auto climate control, and Everybody—and I mean everybody—will the Harman Kardon multimedia with its outstanding sound that turns even the ingratiating pop songs into performances. My personal favorites are the wood-rimmed steering wheel such a pleasure to hold, and the camera, which also the orientation of the front wheels to where the rear end is pointing. hit-and-miss for the engine start/stop which is designed to save by killing the engine in stop-and-go The engine fires up the moment you off the brake, but the slight vibration of the engine on start-up detracts the luxury feel.

Standard safety kit includes assist with ABS, stability program, and blind detection. Depending on how far you want to go the equipment checklist, you can also the Merc with an intelligent system, and Pre-Safe occupant that tightens the seatbelts and the windows in a fraction of a second. also fitted with for the front, knees, sides, and The five-spoke light-alloy wheels, and front and rear aprons are of the AMG Exterior Sports package.

The price may be steep, but the big Benz drives and feels like worth every centavo. are many, many SUVs out that are a third of the price tag and may more space, versatility or for the buck, but that just to the snooty appeal of the ML. It’s in a rarefied field of premium with the likes of the Porsche and the  Audi Q7 . and carves out a personality that oozes a image of success. The fact it can leave a lot of cheaper cars, and trucks in its dust while relatively thrifty at the pump is icing on the cake.

SPECS: MERCEDES-BENZ ML350 AT

Engine: 3.0-liter, 24-valve V6

Transmission: 7-speed automatic

265hp @ 3,600rpm

Torque:  @ 1,600-2,400rpm

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

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