2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class - Road Test Specs

2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV

(3.5L V6 AWD 7-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2006
MakeMercedes-Benz
ModelML350
StyleN/A
Base MSRP$39,750
As-tested MSRP$48,825
Drivetrain
Drive type4WD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)268@6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258@2400
Transmission type7-speed automatic
Chassis
Suspension, frontDouble wishbone independent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearFour-link independent w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelRadial XSE
Tire size, front235/65R17
Tire size, rear235/65R17
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ ABS
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)8.2
0-75 mph (sec.)12.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.13@87.98
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32.30
60-0 mph (ft.)128.89
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)57.7
Sound level @ idle (dB)41
@ Full throttle (dB)69
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsThe 3.5-liter V6 is an impressive engine in terms of horsepower efficiency, but its not powerful enough to move the ML with real punch. The 7-speed automatic shifts on its own, even when the driver tries to shift manually. Low end torque is particularly lacking for an SUV
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsThe ML is about average in terms of ABS noise and vibration (you can feel it but its not obtrusive). We noted some front end dive, but its acceptable for an SUV. There seems to be more tire squeel necessary. No fade was apparent and the stops were relatively short for a large SUV.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsThe stability control program is frustrating, as it continues to invervene while slalom testing even when its supposedly turned off. We were also aggrevated that the transmission wouldn't hold a gear, meaning it upshifts during slalom runs when we manually shift it to second or third. Steering feel and feedback are decent and body roll is well controlled, but the overall impression was that this is an average performer at best in the slalom.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1025
Temperature (F)81
Wind (mph, direction)0
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 City 20 Highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)25.1
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)6239
Length (in.)188.5
Width (in.)75.2
Height (in.)69.8
Wheelbase (in.)114.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)41.9 cu. Ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)75 cu. Ft.
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years / unlimited mileage
Roadside assistanceLifetime
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemStandard
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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