2015 Mercedes-Benz ML350 4Matic

Pros: Good range of engine choices, including a diesel; classy, well-finished cabin; quietness; blistering acceleration in high-performance ML63 model

Cons: Non-diesel models are thirsty for premium gasoline, especially ML63; high prices on upper trim levels; some complicated controls

CG Says: For 2015, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class lineup gets two new models with new engines: The ML250 Bluetec has a 200-horsepower diesel 4-cylinder that replaces the diesel-V6 ML350 Bluetec, and the ML400 has a 329-hp twin-turbocharged V6 that replaces the turbo-V8 ML550 4MATIC model. M-Class is very refined, solidly built, and pleasant to drive. High points include the comfortable, well-finished interior and excellent powertrains. Think of the high-performance ML63 AMG (which boasts a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 with 518 or 550 horsepower) as a suede- and leather-lined cruise missile. It commands a significant price premium, but it is arguably the most well rounded high-power luxury SUV on the market with its admirable blend of performance, comfort, and refinement. The long list of available options can quickly raise the sticker’s bottom line, but M-Class is a fine premium midsize SUV that deserves serious consideration.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices ML350: $48,300
ML250 Bluetec 4Matic: $49,800
ML350 4Matic: $50,800
ML400 4Matic: $62,900
ML63 4Matic: $98,400

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
302
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22-24

Optional Engine
diesel 2.1-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
200
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
329
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
22

2015 Mercedes-Benz ML250 Bluetec 4Matic
2015 Mercedes-Benz ML250 Bluetec 4Matic
2015 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
2015 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG