Mercedes-Benz M-Class (05-11) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 17 Apr 2009
4
The M-Class is Mercedes-Benz back at its best. The styling is understated and elegant, the interior is comfortable and attractive, plus it drives well - both on and off-road - the whole package oozes subtle sophistication.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class (05-11)
Stylish looks, outstanding diesel engines, superb interior quality, commanding driving position
No seven seat option

New price range:

£36,375 - £59,015

Used price range:

£7,335 - £29,535

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The M-Class is Mercedes-Benz back at its best. The styling is understated and elegant, the interior is comfortable and attractive, plus it drives well - both on and off-road - the whole package oozes subtle sophistication. There are some cracking engines too, including a whisper-quiet V6 diesel, a very powerful 4.2-litre diesel and a sublime 5.0-litre V8. And if that's not enough, a 510bhp 6.3-litre AMG model which is covered in a separate review. Although the M-Class doesn't come cheap, list prices are close to that of similar off roaders and there's plenty of standard equipment. In October 2008 it was facelifted with slight exterior tweaks (including new headlights) while the diesel models were made cleaner and more economical.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

2 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 The boot size is huge, the ride (adjustable) height and comfort suspension settings great for the potholes of Surrey.  

5 out of 5

Richard Smith ,   10 Jul 2014    ... read more

 Nice big doors but not as heavy for passengers as X5 not that their weight troubled me as the driver. Economy on long motorway trips can reach 40.5mpg if you're really gentle but locally 24 is nornal.  

3 out of 5

chris stocks ,   03 Nov 2013    ... read more

 Boot space is excellent.It's refined and easy to drive. Engine makes overtaking easy. Even when fully loaded, there is always enough power. The car is all about space and comfort. It's good for long...  

4 out of 5

Adrian Judd ,   30 May 2013    ... read more

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