Mercedes Benz ML Class is a highly acclaimed luxury SUV in the market. It is available with two diesel and one petrol engine option for the customers to choose from. The Mercedes Benz M Class ML 250 CDI is one of the variants equipped with a 2.2-litre diesel engine. This trim is capable of reaching a top speed of approximately 210 Kmph, while reaching the 100 Kmph mark from a standstill in just 9 seconds. This luxury trim is available with several sophisticated comfort features including ambient lighting system, electric sliding sunroof and a rear seat entertainment system. It features a DVD player along with two 20.3CM displays and wireless headphones, all of which together provides brilliant picture and sound quality. This trim is equipped with an active curve system that features active stabilizer bars. There is an intelligent light system, which provides optimum visibility irrespective of the road conditions. This vehicle is placed against the likes of Audi Q7 in the market.
Despite being a sports utility vehicle, it comes with an urbane body structure and cosmetics, which makes it look somewhat different from other SUVs. Its front profile is fitted with company's signature radiator grille with three louvers. This is surrounded by a curvy headlight cluster, which is equipped with projector style adaptive Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights . Its front body colored bumper has a bit of unusual design with a large perforated air dam and a pair of air ducts. The car maker has equipped the air ducts with chrome strips that are further incorporated with LED fog lights. The front bumper is also fitted with a chrome plated under-guard, which protects the vehicle while giving a distinct appeal to the front. The overall look of its front profile is complimented by a chrome plated company's insignia fitted on to the grille. Its side profile has a sleek body structure that comes fitted with several eye-catching cosmetics. Its wheel arches have been fitted with a classy set of 18 inch alloy wheels. The door handles have been garnished in chrome, while the ORVM caps are in body color. Furthermore, it has silver satin roof rails and glossy black B-pillars, which gives a signature style to the side profile. Its rear end is something that represents the design language of Mercedes Benz with precisely crafted cosmetics. The taillight cluster is pretty large and is equipped with LED light pattern. It surrounds a sleek boot lid that has a lot of chrome inserts in the form of company's insignia and a thick appliqué. The rear bumper is also fitted with a chrome plated protective strip, which gives a magnificent look to the vehicle.
The interiors of this trim have been done up with Burr Walnut color scheme in combination with Dark Graphite Poplar wood finish. The car maker is offering this trim with an option to choose between three leather upholstery colors including Black, Almond Beige and Alpaca Grey. This premium quality upholstery is used for covering the seats, which are electrically adjustable. The company has installed Ambient lighting system that features three different lighting colors including Neutral (White), Solar (Amber color) and Polar (Ice blue), which further helps in achieving desired lighting mood. Its cockpit section is fitted with a stylishly crafted dashboard that has an eye-catching central equipped with COMAND online system, automatic AC unit and several other sophisticated functions. The company used has a lot of metallic inserts inside the cabin, especially on the central console, steering wheel, instrument cluster rings and on air con vents. The rear cabin has a lot of storage space, which can be increased further by folding the second row seats.
Engine and Performance:
The Mercedes Benz M Class ML 250 CDI trim is equipped with an advanced 2.2-litre diesel engine that has common rail direct fuel injection system. This DOHC based engine is equipped with 4-cylinders, 16-valves that makes 2179cc displacement capacity . It is further equipped with a turbocharger, that enables it to churn out a maximum power of 203.2bhp at 4200rpm in combination with a maximum torque output of 500Nm in the range of 1600 to 1800rpm. The car maker has skillfully coupled this diesel mill with an advanced 7G-Tronic automatic transmission gearbox that distributes the torque to all the four wheels in AWD layout and produces a maximum mileage of 15.26 Kmpl.
Braking and Handling:
The car maker has equipped this SUV with a sophisticated disc braking mechanism, which are further fitted with high performance brake calipers. Its rear wheels have been fitted with conventional disc brakes, but the front wheels have been equipped with superior ventilated discs. The car maker has also integrated anti lock braking system , electronic brake force distribution and brake assist system for reinforced braking performance. This 250 CDI trim is blessed with a superior steel suspension system that takes care of all the jerks caused on roads. Its front axle is fitted with double wishbone type of suspension system, while the rear axle is equipped with four link type of suspension. It is further loaded with stabilizer bars and spring struts for enhanced suspension mechanism. On the other hand, this sophisticated SUV is blessed with direct steering system that reduces the efforts required in case of parking or large steering angles.
This Mercedes Benz M Class ML 250 CDI trim is blessed with sophisticated comfort features including THERMOTRONIC climate control system with three climate control modes and zones that regulates the air temperature and keeps the cabin cool. It also has a list of features that include direct steering system, temperature controlled cup holders, power adjustable front seats, cooled glove box compartment, key less GO, rear seat entertainment system COMAND online system and several other advanced aspects as well.
This luxury trim is introduced with crucial safety aspects including airbags, attention assist system, tyre pressure monitor, active parking assist including a reversing camera, anti theft protection package, intelligent lighting system, and active curve system . Apart front these, it also features several other pre-safe and traction control programs including electronic stability program, which improves its safety standards.
1. Eye-catching body design is a big plus.
2. Innovative comfort and safety features adds to its advantage.
1. Presence of authorized service stations needs to improve.
2. Cost of spares and maintenance is expensive.