Bahn­storm­ing bruiser

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS -

FOR: In­sane per­for­mance, su­per cool looks, qual­ity, com­fort and lux­ury AGAINST: Fuel con­sump­tion, not re­ally suited for off-road use fort­able or sporty they would like the ride to be.

This is def­i­nitely not an of­froad ve­hi­cle as the huge 295/40ZR20 Pirelli rub­ber is not quite suited to rough ter­rain. How­ever, if ever you re­ally needed to take this ML63 off the beaten track then it is re­as­sur­ing to know that it makes use of Merc’s 4ETS sys­tem, which will in the event of one or more wheels spin­ning au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply the brakes and re­duce throt­tle in­put to al­low the wheels to re­gain trac­tion. It also comes with hill de­scent con­trol and the ride height is elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable.

As for lux­ury, the ML63 cer­tainly comes equipped with all the bells and whis­tles you could ever hope for. In­side you im­me­di­ately no­tice the sporty, yet com­fort­able AMG de­tailed seats cov­ered in black leather. Stan­dard fea­tures on our test model in­cluded an ex­cel­lent sound sys­tem with a front loader CD-shut­tle, a DVD­player, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity, elec­tric seats with seat warm­ers, cruise con­trol and an elec­tric sun­roof. Safety fea­tures in­cluded an ar­ray of airbags as well as ABS brak­ing with EBD and sta­bil­ity con­trol.

Af­ter 78 000km the ve­hi­cle ap­pears to be in very good con­di­tion. It’s also good to know that the Mercedes-Benz main­te­nance plan is still run­ning. As far as value for money goes, this ML63 cer­tainly does de­liver, es­pe­cially tak­ing into ac­count that a new one will set you back a cool R1,2m

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