Review

Mercedes M-Class SUV

Price  £48,190 - £86,920

Mercedes M-Class SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Broad range of engines
  • Impressive luggage space
  • Luxurious fit and finish yet has proper off-road ability
Cons
  • Could do with more rear legroom
  • Standard 19-inch wheels look too small
  • Some may find the standard ride too firm

At a glance

The greenest
ML 250 BlueTEC AMG Line 5dr £50,850
The cheapest
ML 250 BlueTEC SE Executive 5dr £48,190
The fastest
ML 63 AMG 5dr £86,920
Top of the range
ML 63 AMG 5dr £86,920

"The Mercedes M-Class is a luxurious and capable SUV that can compete with the class leaders from Audi, BMW and Porsche."

The Mercedes M-Class is currently in its third generation, having been one of the first premium SUVs and an inspiration for the likes of the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 when it initially appeared on the market. The latest model is bigger than ever before, measuring nearly four metres long and sporting a massive boot no matter which model you choose.

The M-Class has only two trim levels, which keeps things simple. They’re called SE Executive and AMG Line and neither is badly kitted out. The latter AMG Line really looks the part with a sharper, sportier exterior and an even plusher cabin.

The ML 250 kicks off the range with a 202bhp 2.1-litre diesel engine, which is also the most economical option, returning 46.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km – not bad at all for such a big, burly SUV. Then there's the best-selling ML 350 with its 255bhp V6 diesel, which is fitted with Mercedes’ BlueTEC technology and is also the model we’d recommend to buyers.

If it's speed rather than efficiency you’re after, then there's always the ML 63 AMG, which is a real performance car complete with a 518bhp 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine.

Engines and looks aside, the M-Class is fitted with technology that helps it to travel over rough surfaces and up and down steep hills, such as the Downhill Speed Recognition system. Combine that with proper four-wheel drive and you’ve got an SUV that's actually capable off-road, though most of those sold probably won’t leave the tarmac.

All versions are well kitted-out with luxurious equipment and accessories, and have a superb fit and finish as well. You get power-adjustable leather seats and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment and sat-nav system in the cabin, so it's a proper luxury 4x4. On top of that, it's quite an intimidating presence on the road, so it does the trick if you’re after some real visual impact.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.9 / 5

The entry-level Mercedes M-Class SUV is capable of 46.3mpg

Engines, drive & performance

3.4 / 5

The Mercedes M-Class SUV’s two-tonne weight is well disguised

Interior & comfort

4.1 / 5

The Mercedes M-Class SUV It feels very luxurious inside

Practicality & boot space

3.6 / 5

Despite its size, the Mercedes M-Class SUV is easy to live with

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

The Mercedes M-Class SUV is well screwed together and clearly a premium product

What the others say

3.2 / 5
based on 3 reviews
3 / 5
“The Mercedes M-Class boasts imposing design, an upmarket image a spacious interior.”
3 / 5
“The Mercedes M-Class is one of the more affordable luxury SUVs, but it's let down by its disappointing drive and interior.”
7 / 10
“Luxurious, now more efficient and precise.”

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What owners say

4.0787234042553
4.1 /5 based on 47 reviews
57%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
8 Dec 2014
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