2014 Mercedes Benz ML250 Bluetec
Mercedes claims an unprecedented fuel consumption of 6,0 litres/100 km in the combined cycle, which provides a theoretical range of over 1 500 km. A run on our fuel test route netted a more realistic, but still very impressive, 8,1 litres/100 km. As can be expected of a car that weighs nearly 2,3 tonnes but propelled by 150 kW, performance isn’t sterling. A zero-to-100 km/h dash of 9,19 seconds isn’t necessarily poor but lags behind larger-engined rivals. Mercedes’s M-class has traditionally fulfilled the dual roles of off-roader and people carrier, with a slant towards the latter, with aplomb. This car very successfully continues in that vein. For those who judge a car first by its badge, then its merits, the ML250 BlueTEC will be just the tonic. However, if the size of your monthly repayment plays a large role in your decision-making matrix, there are more complete options in the market, including Merc’s own ML350 BlueTEC, that have all the plus points of the ML250, and then some.
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