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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For This is a cheap way into a prestige 4x4 that's also good off-road

Against It's not great on-road, and the quality and reliability are well below par

Verdict It may look attractive on paper, but it's not everything a Mercedes should be

Go for… ML270 CDi

Avoid… ML55 AMG

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4x4
  • 1. The biggest problems are with the suspension and brakes, but faulty seats have also been reported
  • 2. If you can, go for a face-lifted model from a 51-plate onwards, as the cabin is much better
  • 3. The M-Class has one of the most spacious cabins of any of its rivals, on a par with the BMW X5
  • 4. Of all the engines, we reckon the 320CDi diesel is the best bet
  • 5. Every model is well-equipped, but if you can find an SE model, it will come with leather upholstery
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