2012 Mercedes M-Class Review - Mercedes-Benz Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-28-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
Site Sponsor
Date registered: Jul 2010
Posts: 31,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
(Thread Starter)
2012 Mercedes M-Class Review

Changes to latest ML seem small, but are significant

Luxury SUVs are so ubiquitous now that you’d think they’d been around for decades. But our obsession with leather-lined wagons-on-stilts only dates back to the late ‘90s, a brief blip in automotive history. The Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and the Lexus RX300 were at the genesis – two radically different takes on the same formula, one car-based for better in-town manners, the other a rough-and-tumble near-off-roader with a German accent.

Despite the ML’s less-than-glamorous reputation for poor reliability and questionable assembly, Mercedes-Benz stuck with the project, investing billions of dollars into the Alabama facility. The follow-up in ’05 was a redemption in terms of design, dynamics and overall quality. Mall parking lots full of the luxury SUV are the loudest confirmation it had the right combination of style, power and safety.

After another seven years, the ML is up for replacement, but with heavy competition coming from both established players in the segment and high-profile new entries, Mercedes-Benz won’t have it easy. In 2012, it’s no longer enough to just have the three-pointed star on the grille – it has to deliver much more than that.


The result is an SUV that’s slightly longer and wider, but shorter than before. The exterior seems less dramatic, but does carry over the sharper eyes, LED running lights and wide rear arches from MB’s latest sedans and coupes. The rear treatment mimics the new E-Class Wagon, but brushed-aluminum skidplates front and rear help butch up the design. The thick, sharply angled C-pillar is carried through for the third-gen too.

The standard 19-inch wheels with high-profile 255/50-series Continental tires look positively tiny stuffed into those big arches. For now, no up-sized options in the hope of sharpening up the steering. The ML now uses electric assistance for its power steering – as opposed to a hydraulic pump that leeches power from the engine. Besides the small gain in fuel economy, its main benefit is a new active parking system that automatically scans the street sides for a suitable spot, and guides you in without having to touch the wheel. The downside? No steering feel, although the effort is well judged.
Read the complete review at AutoGuide.com
AutoGuide.com is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-28-2011, 05:40 PM
BenzWorld Newbie
Date registered: Jul 2011
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Saw it in person for the 1st time last week. Huge improvement! The inside is beautiful.
DjCHili is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz News & Polls > Mercedes-Benz News

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode

    Similar Threads
    Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
    2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, S-Class Get More Powerful and Efficient Engines AutoGuide.com Mercedes-Benz News 0 05-12-2011 03:00 PM
    2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, S-Class Get More Powerful and Efficient Engines AutoGuide.com AutoGuide.Com News 0 05-12-2011 06:10 AM
    2012 Mercedes B-Class Lukeluk W245 B-Class 3 11-01-2010 11:23 AM
    2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Review and Prices oris642 W245 B-Class 14 10-11-2009 01:26 AM
    Mercedes C-Class Estate review torres W204 C-Class 1 09-04-2007 06:45 PM

    Posting Rules  
    You may not post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is On
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On


    Title goes here

    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome