Make / Model Search

Car reviews - Mercedes-Benz - M-class - ML350


The latest Mercedes M-Class SUV competes better with the BMW X5 than ever

20 Jul 2012

FINALLY, Mercedes-Benz is at the pointy end of the luxury SUV segment with the third-generation M-Class, offering significant upgrades and improvements pretty much across the board.

Mercedes has also upped the value-for-money quotient in a big way, to match the palpably more impressive quality that now permeates Daimler’s US-built wagon.

A few minor foibles still exist, however, while we wonder whether the cheaper diesel might be the more desirable offering compared to the ML350 Blue Efficiency under the spotlight here.
Model release date: 1 May 2012 to 1 August 2015

Previous model


Released: Sep 2005
Ended: April 2012
Family Tree: M-class

HANDSOME, with more space, better dynamics, improved refinement and far nicer road manners, the second-generation American-made M-Class was a much more convincing rival to the runaway success BMW X5.

Until fuel prices started to skyrocket, the 200kW/350Nm 3.5-litre DOHC 24V V6 petrol proved to be popular, driving all four wheels (known as 4MATIC in Merc-speak) via a sweet and responsive 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Some quality glitches, however, soured the ownership experience for a few buyers, while the Mercedes still trailed its Bavarian SUV rival in terms of steering, handling and agility.

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

GoAuto can help you buy a new M-class

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Motor industry news

GoAutoNews is Australia’s number one automotive industry journal covering the latest news, future and new model releases, market trends, industry personnel movements, and international events.

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here