Mercedes M-Class SUV
Price £48,190 - £86,920
- Broad range of engines
- Impressive luggage space
- Luxurious fit and finish yet has proper off-road ability
- 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 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.
The entry-level Mercedes M-Class SUV is capable of 46.3mpg
The Mercedes M-Class SUV’s two-tonne weight is well disguised
The Mercedes M-Class SUV It feels very luxurious inside
Despite its size, the Mercedes M-Class SUV is easy to live with
The Mercedes M-Class SUV is well screwed together and clearly a premium product