ML320 CDI acceleration 0-120km/h
0-100 in about 8.7-9 seconds(pretty good for a diesel SUV that's about 2110
- Riding on R20, 275mm
- sorry for the SRS light being on but it doesn't affect the car's
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2007 Mercedes ML 320 CDI 4 matic avtomatik SPORT pack Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
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Filmed by: Tomaž Kožar Jesenice
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.