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Mercedes-Benz ML II 350

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz ML 350

Ray Leathern ponders the enigmatic that make a great experience just so, well…

“Oh my gosh, being a motoring is the best job in the world!”, or so I’m told time I meet someone at a This seemingly inescapable is reinforced to me repeatedly, as it was yet again night at an art exhibition opening I “So all you do is drive a new car and write an article it?”, a wafer-thin, trust-funded, pronounced with just sarcasm for it to be noticed by everyone in the vicinity.

“Yes”, I replied, at the same time not wanting to across as an egotistical prick the keys to a big, luxurious M-Class, as it so happened to be on this I inevitably try quelling such backhanded adulation by saying like, “well, the pay is s#!t”, or but the car market has kind-of leveled out Which it hasn’t really, but depends on which manufacturer asking. Even my gracious, riposte rarely seems to the enthusiasm, but shall I let you in on a little Mr. wafer-thin, trust-funded, hipster… right, absolutely f#!king Motoring journalism is the best job in the

Sure, the pay is as described above, the air travel can be brutal, on occasion you can criticism from manufacturers of one over the other, or for not featuring affordable cars, or environmentally cars, etc, etc. It can get but despite these occasional it’s all completely worth it on that rare occasion, you yourself at the top of a deserted mountain next to a low slung sports car ticking itself cool a merciless thrash and the sun is rising a sleepy city.

That’s my kind of motoring is all about; the to move and appreciate metal in expression. Not just in shape and but in sound, power and presence. the conductor at the helm of a whirling, symphony, however good or brutal or comfortable it may be. Savouring the rather than the destination; finding somewhere pleasant at the end of the always helps too.

It is this enthusiasm for driving I’ll admit, that both as a blessing and a curse reviewing cars. While helps dissect a product on one level, it also goes to separate my experience from of the everyday man on the street. I’ve well over 111 vehicles in alone and I’ll admit I’m you’re atypical motorist. My of things I absolutely adore on a which if present and correct allow me to overlook any unredeeming is short and quite peculiar. A steering wheel, a manual tightly grouped pedals and a light switch within stretch of the gear lever. it. It’s no wonder that the car I’ve driven in the last years is probably the Honda

This is where the job gets Mr. hipster, because of course one let a fondness for such critically tastes get in the way of the job. Like you find a Mercedes-Benz ML 350 4Matic parked in your driveway for It is a car that has none of the features make a perfect car in my eyes. In you may have noticed by now how far you’ve down this page and I haven’t discussed the car yet. is no accident. The Mercedes-Benz M-Class nothing for me on any level. I’m not being of it. I’m just admitting that I get it .

Okay, I do get that customers a tall driving position and want the size and effortless of a big SUV. What I don’t get is how a 4 800 mm long, two-ton-plus SUV like the isn’t offered with Yes, you might be saying to but the BMW X5 doesn’t have seven-seats Correct, I don’t get the BMW X5 either. For all its length and girth, the ML is no more than a Mercedes-Benz B-Class on the

I know the new ML 350 will be more faster and more efficient the old M-Class it replaces. Great, is something I can work with in my My test unit was fitted a normally aspirated, direct-injected, V6 petrol engine, a seven-speed Plus transmission and permanent all-wheel drive. The engine 225 kW and 370 Nm of torque. Mercedes-Benz claims it consume just 8.8 L/100 km and the CO2 is 206 g/km. The engine is 25% more than the previous ML 350 petrol I should probably confess at juncture that I never saw the consumption drop below 14 km during my test drive. torque starts from 3 500 and peak power arrives at a 6 500 r/min.

The relatively high power means you’re encouraged to your foot planted the carpet a lot of the time to keep it on the The fuel consumption, allied to all-wheel drive, suffers as a The on-paper performance figures are pretty healthy though, a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 7.6 seconds and a top of 235 km/h. Despite this, I I would’ve been better on the worthiness of the M-Class if I’d had the 350 BlueTec V6 or the lighter, 4-cylinder 250 BlueTec to test drive.

Misgivings the engine aside, what surprise me was the on-road civility of the Mercedes-Benz rarely struggle in regard and the silky smooth all-wheel drive system, with the 7G-Tronic Plus moved the M-Class around and with utter sophistication. The power steering felt and tactile as you wafted along,and the control also allowed you to how firm you wanted the ride to be, and ‘sport’ being your with the ability to raise the height at speeds below 70 – 80

Mercedes-Benz ML II 350

The biggest issue with the ML 350 BlueEfficiency for me though, is that it is so It feels to me like just car in the car park. I also genuinely understand why anyone who wants a all-wheel drive SUV would it over a Land Rover 4. The Land Rover SDV6 has 600 Nm, a row of seats and will drive Africa with all the drama of a man his thumbs. I know because I one 2 500 km through Malawi and Tanzania to the earlier this year. The may not have a 6-cylinder petrol but the R809 900 Land Rover SDV6 HSE works out cheaper the ML 350 after you add the necessary toys to its 000 starting price. It’s an no brainer.

What we like…

More than the old ML 350 petrol.


Good height, ride quality and steering to ease the tedium of the commute.

What we would

Something a little more on the styling front, inside and I think the older model had presence.

Seven seats and thirst.

Mercedes-Benz ML II 350
Mercedes-Benz ML II 350
Mercedes-Benz ML II 350

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