2007 Mercedes ML 320 CDI 4 matic avtomatik SPORT pack Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
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What's the most sought-after item on a Mercedes M-Class? The
wood-and-leather interior? The latest diesel engine? Or maybe it's just the
badge on the bonnet that says you've made it.
Oddly enough, none of these is on the 'wanted' list of our long-term ML270
CDI. Instead, four tiny pieces of metal regularly attract attention in the
car parks. They're the dust covers on the valves of the chunky off-roader's
tyres. And, for some reason - much like the craze for Volkswagen badges,
thanks to the Beastie Boys rock band in the Eighties - the Merc's metal
protectors are the target of the thieves.
So far, around a dozen caps have been swiped while the M-Class has been
parked. But it's not only the big Merc that's suffered from this. We've had
more caps nicked from a new E-Class - while it was being tested during a
week long stay with the magazine's road test team.
When I called the local Mercedes dealer for replacements, this wasn't a
surprise. "It happens all the time," the parts manager said. "People like
the metal covers, and steal them to replace their own plastic ones." Ruddy
cheek! Is there nothing they won't take these days?
I've been driving the Merc for a few months now and, with its class-leading
boot space, it has proved a popular choice for a host of chores... it's
been subjected to rent-a-van duties, transporting student belongings to
university, while several trips across to the south of France and beyond by
other staffers have been completed without a hitch.
It's on these longer hauls where the M-Class's turbodiesel engine shows its strength. Despite
having only 163bhp on tap, there's plenty of torque to shift such a hefty
vehicle. And the 2.7-litre unit is a first class motorway cruiser.
Around town, though, the five-speed automatic gearbox is constantly hunting
for the correct gear, making smooth progress tricky and over-use of the
brake pedal a tiring reality. It's much better to switch to the Touchshift
manual function and do the cog-shifting yourself.
The engine, however, has a taste for oil which, on one occasion, caused an
emergency call to the local dealer. A red light on the dash had warned that
we should stop and seek immediate assistance, but it proved nothing more
serious than an oil top-up. "It's a common problem to watch out for on
these engines," commented the breakdown man in attendance. But it was a
surprise nonetheless, after only a few thousand miles. A steering lock
which refused to free itself on the key led to another, later callout. On
both occasions, however, the response from the local dealer was
Meanwhile, fuel economy so far has been around 25mpg across a mix of
driving conditions - that's good for the class. A petrol version returns
less than 20mpg. Inside, the M-Class is generally comfortable, although the
seats could do with better support, particularly as the 4x4 wallows its way
round corners. And, in a vehicle which costs the better part of £30,000,
you would expect reach as well as rake adjustment for the steering wheel.
But there's plenty of other kit in the cabin, with climate control, a CD
player and curtain airbags all standard (and our test car also features an
excellent satellite-navigation system from the options list). We expect the
first service warning sign to light up any mile soon (it's due at around
15,000, we reckon), so watch out for further reports including service and
runningNorway completely ruined my bladder. Normally I can drink a pint or
so without needing to visit the lavatory, but up there among the elk and
the permafrost it was so damn cold that an above-average dew point was
enough to keep me at the urinal for up to six hours at a time.
And I don't want to lower the tone over your breakfast table, but it wasn't
only my bladder that shrank in the chill. This makes life difficult when
you're wearing long johns, jeans and heavily padded waterproof overstrides.
This is the weird thing about Norway. On the surface it appears to be a
monochrome and rather chilly version of Britain. There's the same northern
European efficiency, the same things make us laugh, and the town centres
are full of vandals who like to key your car. I was there 10 days and liked
it a lot.
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Jeremy Clarkson roadtests the Mercedes-Benz M-Class (also known as the
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23rd April 1998
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Outside the change isnt so evident; the new M looks a lot like the old,
re-rendered in hi-def. The corners and bodyside lines are a little more
creased; the trim and sparse chrome bits a little more defined. The
saw-tooth grille insert is reminiscent of machined industrial equipment.
Jeweled taillamps and HID headlights complete the high-tech theme. One
thing hasnt changed, thoughthat oversized, tri-pointed star on the grille
is still suitable for Flava-Flavs accessory drawer.
Under the skin, the M has grown up, too. Engine choices are mostly new or
updated, from the bread-and-butter V6 ML350 to the tested ML500, with
prices increasing concurrent to horsepower. Weve driven the
268-horse ML350 model (at around $39,000 to start), and found it to be
smooth if not exactly powerful. Zero-to-sixty acceleration is claimed to be
an utterly adequate 8.4 seconds. In other words, its entirely sufficient
for the soccer mom stereotype that we often see behind the wheel of these
And then theres that V8. The heart of the $48,500 ML500, weve enjoyed this
same motor in a number of Benzesand even in this second-heaviest of
applications (the new R-Class non-minivan is just a smidge stouter), its a
beaut. With 339 lb.-ft. of torque, theres no shortage of off-the-line
gruntand the 302 horsepower rating means the
M pulls to way beyond our own limits on public roads (self-imposed
restraint is prudent when piloting somebody elses spanking-new luxury
vehicle, especially a tall one). Even more go is available with the 510hp
AMG ML63, but we figure in an SUV, enough is enough. The ML500 hits 60
m.p.h. in under 7 seconds, which even we never found lacking. (For sciences
sake, we will reveal that the 0-60 time of the ML63 is said to be 5 seconds
flat, with top speed limited at over 155 m.p.h.)
In true over-engineered Mercedes tradition, the rest of the greasy bits are
more than up to the job of harnessing all that go. 255/55 rubber on 18-inch
rims give grip suitable for sports-cars; 50-series tires on 19s are
optional. Vented disc brakes of 13.8″ and 13″ diameter front/rear
provide plenty of contrasting whoa. The transmission is that famous
7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic, which reacts quickly yet serenely to
driver inputs, never really feeling stressed. And the suspension, comprised
of double wishbones up front and 4-link coils out back, plus gas-charged
shocks, is softly compliant on rough roads, yet far from tippy or floaty
We didnt go too far off road, but weve tested MLs before and found them
more than capable of traversing rougher terrain than most owners will ever
see. Still, Mercedes outfits the ML500 with 4MATIC full-time
all-wheel-drive, so the truck can at least back up the claims its rugged
shape makes for it. For extra off-road prowess, Mercedes further fits a
standard hill-ascent/descent control system, ESP and Traction Control, and
four-channel ABS with off-road programming for better stopping on loose
Of course, your average Benz pilot probably never pops the hood, much less
investigates the hardware under the car. For these folks, the true allure
of a vehicle like thisbesides the status afforded by that aforementioned
badgeis the opulence to be found inside. And as youd expect, the new ML
doesnt fall short.
Youd expect leather seats and wood trimand you wouldnt be disappointed. But
you can feel the difference between Nappa leather from Italian bulls and
leather from, say, Flints finest milk cowsMercedes hides feel twice as
thick and yet twice as pliant as your average cow skin. The wood, too,
feels not so much like an appliqué as a structural part of the dashboard.
Even the interior bits your average driver doesnt often touch are
high-class; the dashtop, for instance, has more give than some cars
For a mid-size SUV, the ML is pretty roomy, too. Clever packaging gives
this new model more passenger space than the outgoing soft-roader,
especially in critical areas such as leg-room and elbow-room. An 8-speaker
standard stereo, tilt/telescope multi-function steering wheel, automatic
climate control, auto up/down windows, rain-sensing wipers and ambient
lighting round out the best of the M-Class standard fare. Throw in the
coffee table-sized sunroof, power everything, and full gauges with a
gorgeous backlighting glow, and you get a truck that imparts a serious
feeling of wealth to the drivereven if its just a loaner.