The car is beautifully crafted with subtle elegance. The AWD worked superbly in snow and ice. The vehicle is quiet, responsive, and thoughtfully designed, inside and out. The voice command system is a marvel and requires little more than a quick read through the manual. Like other buyers, I would have expected leather at this price. That is the one area where MB falls short.
Superb handling -- safety at its best - - exceptional control in snow and ice - - reasonable (23 mgp avg.) gas mileage.
MB - go with leather and don't make it an unreasonably expensive option.