Merc the mer­ci­less

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$178,200 X5mjust $300 more than an ML63 AMG.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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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