For The Mercedes M-Class is available with some smooth and strong diesel engines, plus it comes well equipped and is available with big discounts.
Against It doesn't ride or handle as well as a modern SUV should, and the cabin feels a bit cheap.
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The Mercedes M-Class is one of the more affordable luxury SUVs, but it's let down by its disappointing drive and interior.
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There are 5 Mercedes-Benz M-Class versions available
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The Mercedes M-Class range comprises a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel (badged ML250), 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel (ML350) and the 5.5-litre turbocharged V8 petrol ML63 AMG for those performance junkies with very deep pockets.
All models come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and a generous specification as standard, but there's no shortage of extras to add to the car. Be warned, though: some of the options are expensive, so it's easy to add significant sums of money to your bill if you get carried away.
Fuel economy and emissions are good for a car as big and heavy as the M-Class, but if you want to spread the cost of servicing, consider taking out a Service Care package. Pay a monthly fee and this covers the cost of regular maintenance in a Mercedes dealership.
Reader test team says:
I traded in my SL350 for the ML250. The ML is the most brilliant car. Yes in full Eco mode it can seem sluggish bit if you switch to sports mode or…
I have not tried this car off road , but on road its better than my previous S class lots of room, fast enough, good economy easy to clean My travels…