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MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS 4x4 2005‑2011

4.4
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Mercedes M-Class 4x4

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juanconnorea

Does what it says it will....

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML320 CDI Sport 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 7th April '14)

4

Bought car in October and have covered 10k miles since then.

+ Points

Superb comfort

Great vision

Practicality

Unbelievably torquey for overtaking on A roads

Cheap to buy against the competition (X5, RRS, etc)

- points

Plan and a bit 'dark' inside

Not cheap to run (but you don't buy one for that)

Very much recommend one of these...

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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davidhoy

Fantastic car motorway driving this is the king sports car handling

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML420 CDI Sport 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 29th March '14)

4.8

This really is the most fantastic car, holds the road like glue but on the motorway the acceleration is awesome it just leaves others getting smaller in the rear view mirror, tyres can be expensive but go with premium lesser known brands, put a pair on the front car drives so much better and the difference in wear is incredible fuel economy is better than my Honda CRV 2ltr petrol, had it for over a year only faults are service items and brake pads engine is big and strong, treat it to special oil that is recommended the boot is big with seats down it is like a van, the xenon headlamps are fantastic as are the heated seats, don't hold back on buying one I have owned over sixty cars this is the most fantasic car I have ever owned and the neighbours hate me.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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slammer

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BUT JUST AS MUCH FUN

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML450 CDi SE 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 16th February '14)

4.5

When your partner tells you that holidays abroad are a thing of the past while the dog is alive then you have to start considering yourself more and get something that will keep the smile on your face.

Enter the ML450 CDI.

I have just sold a Jaguar XKR that was a fantastic sports executive coupe which had all the tricks and was fun to drive on a daily basis. Before that my favourite car ever, the Mercedes E55 AMG.

In for a penny in for a pound and endless miles later how surprised I have been to find this recent acquisition a joy to own.

More tricks than you need and comfort to match the cabin is a great place to be.

Amble along and achieve surprising mpg or put your foot down and experience the the rapid torque of the V8 diesel engine.

Right, now the tow bar and then the caravan.

Hopefully I can go just as fast with the van on the back lol

Why are there not more of these cars on the road? Enjoy.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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s50rpy

Now on my Second ML

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML350 CDi BlueEFFICIENCY [231] Sport 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 27th January '13)

5

Having had a 2006 ML 280 Sport for 2 years I was in the process of

Of a change. Had test drives in Range Rover Sports and Audi Q7 but I'm afraid neither could live upto the all round drive and daily user friendly feel of my previous ML. I hence bought a late 2011 350 Sport

This is a even better model than my last. Smoother gear changes, better milage, more power and cunfy to boot. Great all rounder. If your looking for a family bus but still want that youthful sporty feel this is a great acquisition. When buying go with eyes wide open knowing it's not the best on fuel around 27 to the gallon on diesel. Only had 6 months but no problems at all then again never had any with my last.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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roymerc1

ML300 CDi BlueEFFICIENCY Sport 5dr Tip Auto

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML300 CDi BlueEFFICIENCY Sport 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 11th January '13)

3.5

Very nice luxury car to drive but at a cost. I owned this car for just under 3 years and sold with 2 months remainder of manufacturers warranty to assist the sale.

The car was a pleasure to drive, very comfortable, quiete and only a few problems from new that had to be checked by garage. Faults were 1, rear seatbelt would not retract and had to be repaired. 2, Tyre pressure warning would come on for no apparent reason and often had to be reset. apart from these faults it was generally trouble free but expensive driving.

Some essential advice; If you have selected the 20" low profile tyres do not expect this car to handle well on ice or snow, this may be a 4x4 but the car does not handle well at all in winter conditions, at least not in the 36000 miles i have driven. Infact it cannot be classed as an offroader at all and do not be fooled by anyone who says otherwise. My second car is a Toyota Hilux Invincable and the hilux will run rings around the ML when it comes to offroad or winter driving.

Expect to pay £460 road tax, high insurance, high running costs (fuel) and high servicing costs. Expect to have your brake fluid changed every 2 years as well as dust filters etc whether needed or not as it is part of service.

You tend to get a jirk or jolt when selecting reverse or forward on initial take off but this is not a problem just an annoyance. If you want to impress the neighbours, have a luxurious drive and school run & you have the finance costs to run this car then you will enjoy it well. If you purchase the car on a 3 year lease be very carefull and ensure you know everything involved with a 3 year lease or the agreement will bite you hard at the end of the deal.

This is a Luxury car, nice to drive but definately not an offroader or anything close. I am replacing with another Hilux and will now own 2.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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aromero

Mercedes-Benz ML320 Auto. Superb performance; great luxury

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML320 CDI Sport 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 12th June '12)

5

I love this SUV. It has stylish looks, an outstanding diesel engine, superb interior quality, and gives the driver a commanding driving position. It is very practical, spacious and comfortable, yet elegant and luxurious.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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narked

Better option than a Range Rover Sport - to me anyway!

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML320 CDi Sport 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 13th March '12)

4.8

I've just sold this car after a couple of years of trouble free motoring, I decided I no longer needed the bulk or carrying capacity of the 4x4 and replaced it with a sporty saloon. The car is a great all-rounder and was used to work and back as well as the family run around. I bought it when I was looking for a Range Rover Sport, as I was disappointed with the handling and performance of the RRS on two test drives. So I kind of bought this on the bounce, but it was no mistake. As soon as I got it out the car park I knew it was a far better drivers car than the RRS, perhaps does not have the same credentials, but unless you are going to be doing a lot of off roading it's the better daily use car for me. I had no problems in the 20k miles I had it for, it was even good on tyres still having 3mm on the original ones I bought it with when I sold it. It is a very solid car and never rattled, bigger than normal cars, but in line with an Audi Q7, Land Rover RRS etc. so it's bulky to handle in small spaces, but you would not notice the bulk so much when driving, far sportier (if you can say that of this type of car) than the RRS I tried a couple of times. It's also fairly quick, under 9s 0-60mph and holds its speed well, you don't notice the difference with it loaded with the family in normal driving. So overall I would recommend this car to those who are looking for a large 4x4 either for safety, carrying ability or just because you like big cars. I used to get around 27mpg overall, 32 on a motorway run, and it never missed a beat. It's got good looks, a great pedigree, and was smoother and more comfortable than a Merc CLS 320 that I tried when swapping this for my new car. If you’re looking for a car like this then the only downside I can think of is that if your partner drives it and does not like large cars. My wife liked it, but physically could not fit it into the parking bays at work as they seemed to assume everyone drives a supermini! These are not cheap to run, but if that is an issue you need to look at something else. They are great in the bad weather, 2 years of snow were just shrugged off while my wife’s BMW 1 series could not even get off the drive.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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charnics

practical luxury

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML320 CDI Sport 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 28th February '12)

4.3

Bought whilst still under Mercedes warrranty in August 2010 with 23k on the clock and I have been delighted with the car over the last 18 months and 12k miles.

More of a luxurious estate than an off roader but drives brilliantly in all road situations and conditions.

Despite its size, it's the easiest car to drive I have ever owned with excellent all round visibility which makes it feel very safe at speed and easy to park.

Wheel bearing failed just out of warranty but Mercedes repaired with a 30% contribution from me. Only other fault was 2 glow plugs were giving notice and were changed at service.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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dave1

Fantastic ML, super performance and capability,great to drive and own.

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML320 CDi Sport 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 23rd January '12)

4.3

Compared to the Discovery and RR Sports we considered as an alternative the ML was every bit as capable for the horse box and trailer work and is a great drive in all environments. Bought as a 24mnth old ex-lease car with 23k miles and dont think it had ever seen a muddy yard previously. Great value for money from the main dealer. Used daily for work commuting as well as weekend horse duty it is comfortable and super practical. Not bothered that it is only 5 seat, boot is huge and easy to access.Economy is not good but I knew that before I decided to buy, averaging 25mpg on local roads and 33mpg on a motorway run. Good looking car and not as common as the boxy LR and RRs.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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andymerc

Fantastic

MERCEDES-BENZ M CLASS ML320 CDI Sport 5dr Tip Auto (Review date: 19th January '12)

4.5

Great build quality, cosy cabin. Quiet at motorway speed. Pulls our twin axel caravan without any problem

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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