Mercedes-Benz ML-Class ML 400 4Matic Review
Pace and comfort

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
3 Apr 2015
 

Like BMW and Porsche, Mercedes-Benz started on making a SUV of their own around the early 90s. Since the beginning, the M-Class has been built in Alabama. Starting with the first generation W163 in 1997 and followed by the W164 in 2005. After some initial falter steps, the latest third generation has been vastly improved and is deserving of a spot next to the BMW X5 and Audi Q7.

While Porsche, BMW and Audi have pushed for a sportier SUV, Mercedes-Benz placed greater emphasis on luxury and comfort. That’s not to say the ML400 can’t pick up the pace when needed. Being second only to the flagship ML63, underneath the bonnet, hides a twin turbo V6 which churns out 329bhp with 480Nm of torque. Even with its 2.1 ton kerb weight, the behemoth takes only 6.1 seconds to complete the century sprint.

From what we can tell from behind the wheel, Mercedes-Benz didn’t bother with curbing the waywardness of its heft. Believing instead that perhaps not everyone behind the wheel wants to take an apex like Hamilton.

The ML is more cruise liner than Donzi here. It gently dips, rolls and bobs like one too. It’s easy to coax it quickly round bend if you literally ‘roll with it’ with gentle smooth inputs. But the necrotic steering feel and lack of any real resistance does make it feel as if you’re in an arcade simulator. At lower speeds, the steering seems to be devoid of any resistance at all which would bode well for the soccer mom crowd. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2996cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 6
Power 328bhp
Torque 480Nm

Performance

Acceleration 5.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed TRONIC PLUS
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4804 x 1926 x 1796) mm
Wheelbase 2915 mm

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs