Well-damped ride; richly appointed cabin; firm yet cosseting seats; wide range of engines; impressive turbodiesel fuel economy
No third-row seat; relatively ponderous handling
The ML350 BlueTEC and ML550 have been discontinued, replaced by the ML250 BlueTEC (with a smaller 4-cylinder diesel) and the ML400 (with a twin-turbo V6), respectively.
The high-powered M-Class models are tempting, but our pick is the ML250 BlueTEC. It costs about the same as the base ML350, and its fuel economy and torque are superior.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is available in four variants: ML350, ML250 BlueTEC, ML400 and ML63 AMG.
The base ML350 ($49,225) is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 302 hp. Standard highlights include an adaptive suspension with adjustable settings, LED exterior lighting accents, a sunroof, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, wood inlays, power front seats, synthetic leather (MB-Tex) upholstery, Bluetooth and the COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch central display screen and a knob-based interface.
Opt for the ML250 BlueTEC ($50,725), and you'll get a similar equipment roster along with the diesel engine.
The ML400 ($63,825) pours on the power with its twin-turbo V6, and it adds standard niceties including power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, Harman Kardon premium audio and a navigation system with voice controls.
The ML63 AMG ($99,325) gets you a grunty twin-turbo V8, an AMG body kit, 20-in wheels, an adaptive air suspension with active roll resistance (AIRMATIC), performance brakes and sport front seats. The AMG model's optional Performance package adds more power and torque along with a carbon-fiber engine cover.
Options are plentiful and pricey, as expected from Mercedes. Notable extras include a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone climate control, Multi-contour front seats with extended power adjustments and a rear-seat entertainment system.
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|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2015 BMW X5 -- Comparable to the M-Class in price and equipment, the X5 is more of a driver's car with a stronger emphasis on handling dynamics.
2016 Porsche Cayenne -- Offering the most engaging driving experience in this class, the Cayenne has a relatively cramped interior, but its materials quality is first-rate.
2015 Lexus RX -- The best-selling RX has clearly inspired the direction of the M-Class over the years, and it's not a stretch to call the RX a bargain-priced M-Class substitute with better resale value.
Used Land Rover Range Rover -- Land Rover's certified pre-owned (CPO) program can get you into a plush, fully warrantied Range Rover for about the same price as a loaded ML400, and once you drive the Rover, you might not want to go back.