Mercedes M-Class SUV: luxurious and capable

What the motoring press is saying about the Mercedes M-Class SUV

LAST UPDATED AT 09:18 ON Thu 2 Aug 2012

Price: £45,380 - £48,490

Pros: Powerful, impressive luggage space, luxurious fit and finish

Cons: Wheels look too small, some may find the standard ride too firm, could do with more rear legroom

4/5, Carbuyer
"The latest generation of the Mercedes M-Class was introduced in late 2011 as Mercedes lifted its game against rivals that have emerged in the decade since it spawned this segment: the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5. The M-Class is nearly four metres long and has a massive load area, regardless of which model you choose. The ML 250 starts the range with a 202bhp 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, then there's the volume-selling ML 350 with its 255bhp V6 turbodiesel. If it's power you’re after rather than efficiency, there's the ML 63 AMG complete with 518bhp 5.5-litre twin turbo V8 – the most powerful Mercedes 4x4 ever sold. All offer luxurious equipment levels, fit and finish as well as an imposing road presence."

4/5, Auto Express
"As you’d expect from a Mercedes, the M-Class is also superbly quiet and refined. The ride is smooth, even on those sporty 19-inch alloys, while the engine makes only a muted roar under acceleration and fades into the background when cruising on the motorway. The M-Class is a great long-distance car."

4/5, What Car?
"The Mercedes M-Class can’t challenge BMW's X5 for agility or driver involvement; instead it focuses on comfort and refinement, and it does that very well. It's particularly impressive at motorway speeds, when it feels extremely stable. The price you pay is that the car is prone to quite a bit of body lean, and its suspension does pick up on small bumps at low speeds, but this isn’t nearly as noticeable as it is in, say, a Range Rover Sport."

4/5, Parker's
"Mercedes has not skimped on the amount of safety kit fitted to the ML. Leaving aside the four-wheel drive for extra traction, the car comes as standard with ABS with brake assist, electronic stability control with skid control that can also monitor any towed trailers, hill start assist, traction control and ISOFIX fitting points for child seats." · 

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