Used Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4x4 1998 - 2006 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: What is it like?

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4x4 (98 - 06)
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4x4 (98 - 06)
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4x4 (98 - 06)

What's the used Mercedes M Class 4x4 like?

The Mercedes M-Class was one of the earliest prestige 4x4s and is built with a separate chassis, like a Land Rover. The result is that it has a more equal blend of on- and off-road abilities than many of its later rivals. So, whereas the M-Class isn't as good as the likes of the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90 on-road, it can show them a thing or two away from the Tarmac.

This means that, if you spend a lot of time on the road, you'll be disappointed by its low-speed ride, obvious body roll and cumbersome handling. However, if you want a genuine off-roader, you may be willing to put up with its shortcomings. What there's no doubt about is that the M-Class has one of the most spacious cabins of any of its rivals. It's on a par with the X5 for passenger and luggage space, and much better than a contemporary Land Rover Discovery.