Merc the merciless
$178,200 X5mjust $300 more than an ML63 AMG.
Mercedes is using the lower cost proposition at purchase and the filling station to get more people into its high-riding off-roaders. Fuel use is down across the ML range; power and standard gear are up.
The headline act, the 2.1-litre turbo diesel, is expected to account for up to 50 per cent of sales.
Its official time for the 0-100km/h sprint is 9.0 seconds, helped by the slick seven-speed auto that keeps it in what is a fairly narrow peak torque band.
Pick from the top end of the ML tree and there’s no shortage of hi-tech fruit. The ML500’S default gear lists air suspension with adaptive damping and active stabiliser bars, tyre pressure monitoring, adaptive cruise control, active
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