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Mercedes ML320

Mercedes-Benz

Review

FOR many years Land Rover has claimed the title of best 4x4 by far. But there's a fresh generation of on/off-roaders which raise the question: 'Exactly how far is far?'. Mercedes-Benz's M-class appears to be the strongest rival of all, offering a combination of keen pricing, high equipment levels, comfort, good on and off-road handling characteristics, and, crucially in this sector, a classy badge.

The range has just been strengthened with a 2.7-litre five-cylinder common rail diesel engine and all three models have improved handling and specification - without affecting prices of the existing variants. ML270 CDi is the M-class entry ticket from ú28,840 and with similar specification to the ú32,325 ML320 on test. The main difference between the two, apart from the engine, is transmission: the diesel has a six-speed manual, the petrol a five-speed semi-auto. Otherwise they share a robust chassis and hi-tech systems to give the M-class as assured a ride off road as it is on Tarmac.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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