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.
City MPG / Hwy MPG
M-Class 4MATIC 4dr ML 250 BlueTEC
$49800 / $46314
4 Cylinder Turbo
22 / 29
7-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML 250 a Safe Car?
In addition to its solid construction, the M-Class protects occupants with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, advanced stability control, a driver drowsiness monitor and 9 airbags (front, front-side, rear-side, full-length side-curtain and driver-knee). The front seats have active head restraints to minimize whiplash in a crash.
Additionally, the standard mbrace2 emergency telematics system features automatic collision notification, roadside assistance and a stolen vehicle locator.
In government crash tests, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class earned the top 5-star rating in all test categories. Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the M-Class its top rating of Good across the board.
2015 Mercedes-Benz ML 250 vs the competition
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.
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