Driving a Mercedes-Benz M-Class can be a sign of success in life. The vehicle is luxurious, offers a reasonable amount of cargo space, has a turbodiesel engine and 4Matic all-wheel drive. It also comes in a number of trim levels to provide something for everyone.
If you’re thinking about purchasing an M-Class as your next used car, you probably wonder what positive and negative aspects you can expect. We will look at that so you can make a knowledgeable decision based on what you want from your next used vehicle.
As we mentioned above, there are four different trim levels and each will appeal to some more than others. The base model is the ML350. It offers a V6 engine and basic features. The next step up is the ML350 BlueTEC which comes with the turbodiesel engine, a V6 engine, and excellent acceleration and fuel efficiency. The ML550 offers several extra features and comes with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The last trim level is on the ML63 AMG which is produced by the Mercedes AMG racing sector and offers track-tested fast acceleration.
Reasons to Buy an M-Class Used Vehicle
- High-Performance. The M-Class SUV, regardless of model, has a decent fuel consumption rate, although you can expect the V8 will suck up more gas. The ML350 BlueTEC gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The ML350 base model offers 18 mpg city and 24 mpg on highways.
- Stylish Interiors. The interior of the M-Class is hard to beat. You can expect suede and leather to offer a comfortable environment to drive or ride. There’s plenty of legroom, and there are features like the infotainment center to provide video, audio, and communication capabilities.
- Cargo Space. One unique aspect of this model is that it has a high center stack with a steering column gear lever, giving space for a large container for storage. In addition to that, there are 2 cubic feet behind the back seats, and 80 cubic feet behind the front seats.
- Smooth Ride and Outstanding Brakes. All in all, the M-Class is a vehicle that is steady and well-centered. There is a small bit of a body roll, however. When it comes to drivers, the strong brakes make stopping simple. It’s actually one of the quickest stopping SUVs ever to be test driven.
- Seven Speed Transmission. The seven-speed automatic transmission helps with handling and driving. Transitions between gears are nearly impossible to feel, which works well with the rapid acceleration features. There is also non-jerk slowing and stopping when sudden braking has to occur.
- Powerful Powertrain. With many engines, it’s surprising that each has a decent amount of power and torque. The V6 has 273 lb-ft of torque, while the turbodiesel has 455 lb-ft. The twin-turbo is just below that at 443 lb-ft of torque available.
- All-Wheel Drive. With the all-wheel drive, you’ll experience better performance and safety when turning sharp corners or driving on roads marked with water or ice. The all-wheel drive also allows immediate transfer of torque when a wheel slips, offering rear or front grip, as needed.
Disadvantages to Buying a Used M-Class
- Problem Areas. There have been some complaints about issues with the steering wheel and console controls. However, most people don’t find this to be overly problematic.
- Transmission Shifting. Some people have noted that the transmission shifting can be erratic. They may also hesitate at the fourth speed and below, which might lower the vehicle performance.
- Other SUV models may have additional features. For instance, the Acura MDX has three rows, elegant leather upholstery, and a multi-view backup camera standard, which the M-Model does not.
All things considered, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class has a lot going for it. Yes, it has some things that make it less than perfect, but that’s true for any used vehicle. You’ll find plenty of performance and sophistication by choosing the 2014 M-Class vehicle. If you’re interested in a luxury SUV that will turn heads, even years later, this is a solid option for you. Others may find that the number of features don’t justify the cost and may want to consider a less-expensive used SUV.