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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5
Mercedes-Benz M-Class (98-04) - rated 2.5 out of 5
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PROS

Refinement, space, image.

CONS

Minor niggles.

At a glance

New price £31,640 - £54,747
Used price £485 - £5,035
Fuel economy 19 - 30 mpg
Road tax cost £265 - £325
Insurance group 38 - 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Refinement, space, image.

CONS

Minor niggles.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class rivals

BMW
X5
4.5 out of 5 4.5
Lexus
RX
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Volvo
XC90
4 out of 5 4.0

M-Class looks good, but isn't the status symbol it once was unless you crave the Mercedes-Benz badge above all else. It can't match up to the current Range Rover in terms of ability or ride quality, but is a true rival to the previous model. It's lavishly finished and fitted with the kind of electronica expected in this class. However, it's built in the USA, not Stuttgart and there have been criticisms over quality - especially on early models.

The 2005 replacement puts M-Class back to the top of the class.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class rivals

BMW
X5
4.5 out of 5 4.5
Lexus
RX
3.5 out of 5 3.5
Volvo
XC90
4 out of 5 4.0