Very good first impression with a few minor outages
By alex171 on
Vehicle2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class ML550 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
ReviewBought it from MB London (ON) Nov-12, with good discount: I didn't plan on 550, but it turned out it was hard to find a bargain 350 with the upscale interior - genuine leather, cooling seats, leather dash (plastic seats as basic can be practical - but shame to have it on a luxury SUV !) I test drove 2011 ML 63 AMG prior to that - got somewhat puzzled/disappointed with it, but 2012 upgrade seems to make a good performance difference: it's so smooth & powerful, quiet engine, good steering.. It's just flying on highway speeds, great to do maneuvers.. Just 3K km on odometer - cannot comment on reliability yet
Best FeaturesBrand:), it looks very nice, in - & out- side; I paid extra 7$K for the set of genuine AMG rims w. summer tires It has the largest room among medium-sized SUVs - important for tall driver like myself Driving/performance Stereo (premium) Drivers/front seats Active driving assistance, blind-spot warning, back-up camera No maintenance for the 1st year/20K km
Worst FeaturesThere's no front windshield heater: with a snow fall I have to blow at max which makes it very hot inside (and not very effective anyway) 17 lit/100 km - but can we expect less from a performance SUV? power comes with price.. Back seats leg room - could be bigger: the reclining back seat doesn't change anything, when I max my driver's leg's room, it's too tight in the back even for my kids Color: really wanted white (practical & esthetics), but MB's whites (both regular & premium) have some yellowish/greyish shade - looks just untidy to me, comparing to other brands gorgeous sparking whites spectrum Power-assist doors closure: comes in 2013 as an option - I wish I had: shame to slum
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