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2013 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG If you’re look­ing for an SUV that can of­fer the thrill of a V8 sports car, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is a great choice. True, it doesn’t of­fer the insane 6.2-litre en­gine that MercedesAMG had been drop­ping into its per­for­mance ve­hi­cles in the pre­ced­ing years (and that its name sug­gests), but its 5.5-litre twin-turbo en­gine is ab­surdly pow­er­ful, but a good bit more ef­fi­cient than the 6.2-litre pow­er­plant. The en­gine de­liv­ers 410kW of power and 760Nm of torque, while drink­ing a bear­able amount of fuel. Mercedes-Benz claims around 12 litres per 100km, which seems tremen­dously op­ti­mistic, but still, at least you’re not av­er­ag­ing three or four kilo­me­tres per litre. This par­tic­u­lar ve­hi­cle is in great shape and well priced. You can get it for a hair less than R1 mil­lion, plus it has a full ser­vice his­tory and just 16 250km on the clock.

THE GOOD: Proper V8 sound­track and per­for­mance.

THE BAD: Fuel, run­ning costs and ser­vices will be pricey. Re­plac­ing the tyres will cost a for­tune.

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