Handsome, understated looks and a well-built interior define the Mercedes M-Class. It has an extensive range of engines, including some excellent diesels, all of which are powerful. Running costs are quite high across the line-up but while the Mercedes M-Class isn’t cheap, it's priced competitively next to prestige 4x4 rivals like the BMW X5.
- Broad range of engines
- Impressive luggage space
- Luxurious fit and finish yet has proper off-road talent
- Could do with more rear legroom
- Standard 19-inch wheels look too small
- Some may find the standard ride too firm
Now in its third generation, the handsome Mercedes M-Class features a raft of improvements designed to give better off-road performance and improve fuel efficiency. Cabin quality has improved too. Engine choices include a 3.0-litre diesel, called the ML 350, plus the range-topping 5.5-litre petrol found in the ML 63 AMG. Mercedes is also introducing a new 2.2-litre four cylinder engine to the range, called the ML 250 CDI, later in 2012. The updated styling means the M-Class is longer and wider than before, and although it doesn't have seven seats like a Land Rover Discovery, or drive as well as the BMW X5, it remains a very spacious and capable five-seater SUV.