KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz - Updated Date: 8/22/2014
The 3-pointed star may draw them into showrooms, but the versatility and variety of features really sell the 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV. This year, the V6 diesel and V8 gasoline engine are replaced by smaller, more efficient versions. The 2015 ML250 diesel replaces last year's V6-powered ML350 BlueTEC with a 4-cylinder diesel engine, while the new twin-turbo V6 in the ML400 4Matic all-wheel-drive model replaces the V8 in last year's ML550. Both new models lose a little power compared to the powertrains they replace, but both also get notably better fuel economy, which in today's market may be more important. What's unchanged is the ability of the M-Class to never let its five passengers forget they're riding in one of the world's premier luxury brands.
You'll Like This Car If...
Whether you're looking for a 5-passenger luxury SUV that can sip the least fuel possible, a luxury SUV that can rip to 174 mph, or a luxury SUV that splits that difference one way or the other, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a good bet.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you like the Mercedes M-Class, but can't quite make the stretch on price, check out the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Believe it or not, they're cousins under the skin thanks to the now-defunct DaimlerChrysler, and the Jeep is no slouch off road or when it comes to luxury.
What's New for 2015
Mercedes-Benz sacrifices last year's ML350 BlueTEC and ML550 on the altar of fuel efficiency, replacing them with the 4-cylinder powered ML250 BlueTEC and twin-turbo V6-powered ML400.
Whether it's the fuel-sipping ML250 BlueTEC diesel, the fire-breathing ML63 AMG, or any of the ones in between, the Mercedes M-Class offers up a combination of luxurious appointments, a quiet and comfortable ride, and real-world capability that's tough to find elsewhere. The M-Class is designed to drive exceptionally well regardless of what's pouring from the skies, and if you add the off-road package, and the M-Class is a genuinely capable off-road vehicle, better than you'd expect of a city-dwelling luxury SUV. Yet the M-Class is also an enjoyable driver's car, especially with the twin-turbo V6 or the performance-bred twin-turbo V8 in the AMG model. While not as sporty overall as the BMW X5, the M-Class features an adjustable suspension, allowing you to choose how stiff the SUV rides, though we're guessing "Comfort" is most popular setting. The only downside is the too-light steering, which isn't very communicative.
While not as powerful as the diesel V6 it replaces, the 4-cylinder diesel in the M-Class is an engine we've come to love in other Mercedes-Benz products like the GLK250 and the E250. Smooth, quiet and with a punch that belies its size, the diesel engine is also incredibly fuel efficient.
The convergence of cars and computers continues with mbrace2, the latest Mercedes-Benz telematics system. This cloud-based subscription service connects to the Internet with your smartphone, allowing apps like Facebook, Google and Yelp to be online and at work when the car's in motion. Mbrace2 also downloads system and map updates.
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