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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For This is a great package: a fine drive, excellent refinement and good space

Against The M-Class has no seven-seat option, and some of its plastics are below par

Verdict This is an M-Class that can really compete with its rivals on equal terms

Go for… ML320 CDI

Avoid… ML500 Sport

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4x4
  • 1. With the optional air suspension, it has a better balance of ride and handling than a BMW X5
  • 2. The M-Class has more legroom front and rear than rivals such as the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90
  • 3. Unlike some of its rivals, the M-Class doesn't have a seven-seat option
  • 4. The quality is much improved over the previous model, but it's too early to tell of any reliability issues
  • 5. The 320CDi diesel is our favourite engine, while every trim level is well-equipped
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