I have had my ML320 for a couple of months now and its the best car i have ever owned. It is so comfortable it makes long journeys a pleasure. The engine is so refined and powerful you couldnt want for more.
It tows so well it feel no difference with the caravan on the back. I have never had a car that I could say that about before.
It's a big car - wider, longer and taller than the previous model and does feel big to park. Inside is very nice, with lots of subtle lighting and very comfortable seats. In the back is very comfortable too with lots of legroom. I think the car is very well put together with no panel gaps and secure fitting.
Test drove most of the 4x4s and the only one that came close was the X5, but the suspension seemed very hard. I don't need 7 seats so never had that as a main consideration.
MPG not bad: in the 25s which is what i expected. Running costs will be higher than first expected as you will need a service every year now, but that's the only complaint i have about it.
Overall, I'm a very happy person.
I have had my ML for 11 months now and find it difficult to fault. Prior to buying it, I had also considered a Range Rover Sport, but found the ML had far better for room for our Great Dane.
The ML would knock spots off the Range Rover when it comes to performance, too. Acceleration for such a large vehicle is astonishing. Unfortunately, most of my 7500 miles have been on short runs, so I can only achieve a bit over 30mpg on the few motorway journeys I have made.
Due to the bad press 4x4s have been getting of late, I dread to think how this has reflected in its resale value. Do I regret it? Not a bit!
I have been driving my ML320 CDI Sport since May 2006, and found it to be an excellent drive. It has fantastic pulling power, especially uphill. It has a very quiet engine and new the new 7G auto gearbox is seamless. It's very roomy, both front and back, and has a large boot.
It gives a fantastic drive on the motorway - it's very smooth and powerful for such a big car. It's like driving a big saloon and it's nearly as smooth. It feels very solid and safe at high speeds, and has good grip and cornering. There's virtually no wind noise either, and no problems with build quality. The sports interior looks good and is wearing well. There have been no problems yet with the drive, interior or quality.
Optional extras are quite expensive, though most of them worth having. I got satellite-navigation, a hands-free kit, a Harmon Kardon sound system, Parktronic system, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Airmatic suspension, the off-road Pro Pack, electric sun roof, and CD auto changer.
I have had differnet Mercedes models over the years and feel this is the best so far. It's a practical 4x4 with the ride and comfort of a saloon car. It's much better than expected. The only downside is the fuel bill, but that goes with the territory. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a big 4x4 but with the drive of a car.
Have been running this car - when my wife lets me - for 4 months now.
My initial impressions of a spacious, comfortable, high-quality, and safe family car have not changed during our short period of ownership. Parking takes some getting used to, particularly in NCP car parks, as this car is huge.
Decided to go with the sport model, as opposed to the SE, due to the higher stance, and interior detailing, which in my opinion, suits the car better. Had some reservations about the half leather/alcantara interior, and in particular how it would cope with two young kids, but no problems to report so far.
The 280CDI, which I think is the least powerful version, has more than enough take up for most drivers, and has a decent amount of urge should you need it. Fuel economy is ok for a car this size. Standard spec delivered all the equipment I needed - cruise/speed limiter( make use of this my friends, I do - it could save your licence ), CD, i-pod friendly, etc.
Make sure you take advantage of the Mercedes Driving Experience, which is complimentary when you buy a new ML, as it is a complete hoot! Very well run, great fun, and gives you tremendous confidence if everything should go pear-shaped.
Originally considered Range Rover Sport, BMW X5, and Volvo XC90, but decided the exclusivity of the Benz a key factor - so why I'm writing a positive review I don't know!
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