The diesel-sipping ML is as refined as its siblings, quick enough to stay in the pack and more frugal than any of them.
But a week with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC – days that featured a good many lazy highway miles during which the fuel-gauge needle barely budged – reinforced the essential appeal of civilian diesels. And the ML is one of the nicest. Accounting for a meager 15% of M-Class sales in the US, the ML350 BlueTEC may be the automaker’s best-kept secret.
There are currently five versions of Mercedes’ middle-sized sport-utility vehicle: rear- and all-wheel drive gasoline V6 models, two all-wheel-drive V8 models, and an all-wheel drive diesel V6 model. It is this last variant, the ML350 BlueTEC, that may be pick of the litter. It is not as hushed as the gasoline-fed ML350, or as sonorous as the V8-powered ML550, or as brutally swift as the 518-horsepower ML63 AMG. But the diesel-sipping ML is as refined as its siblings, quick enough to stay in the pack and more frugal than any of them.
While the smelly blue smoke of diesel’s olden days has cleared, thanks to a variety of emissions-reducing technologies, the characteristic noise of Rudolf Diesel’s creation persists. Considerably more “diesel-sounding” than the 2.1-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel in the new GLK250 BlueTEC, the ML350 BlueTEC’s V6 presents a muted, but unmistakable, diesel clatter at idle. And at full-throttle, the 5, 038lb SUV does a fairly cunning imitation of one of its 18-wheel corporate siblings from Freightliner. The noise is never obnoxious or overbearing however; it emerges, in fact, as one of the nostalgic charms of the diesel ML. Mercedes-Benz and diesel engines go back to the 1930s, and over the decades the company’s “oil-burners” have earned a reputation for indefatigable reliability. The clatter-roar of a spooled-up ML350 BlueTEC imparts a sense – real or imagined – of peerless fortitude and utter indestructibility.
Like most diesels, the ML350 BlueTEC is all about torque. The engine produces a modest 240 horsepower (the least of all M-Class models), but churns out a hearty 455 pound-feet of torque – a figure that tops the V8-powered ML550’s 443lb-ft, and tickling the beastly ML63 AMG’s monumental 517lb-ft. Unfortunately, the diesel ML’s prodigious oomph does not equate to prodigious speed; its 7.5-second dash to 60mph is equal to that of the gasoline-powered six-cylinder ML350, and more than two seconds behind the V8-powered ML550. Nor does it equate to greater towing capacity: all ML models are rated to tow 7, 200 pounds, save the odd-duck rear-wheel-drive version of the ML350, which manages only 6, 600lbs.
Where the ML350 does achieve heroic status, however, is on the open road. Diesel-powered models are any automaker’s most long-legged offerings, and the ML350 BlueTEC 4Matic is no exception. Returning 28mpg on the Interstate (handily topping the ML350 4Matic’s 23mpg and the ML550 4Matic’s 20mpg), the ML350 BlueTEC, equipped with Mercedes’ familiar 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission, makes the most of its 27.7-gallon fuel tank.
Range between fill-ups exceeds 700 miles — that amounts to Washington DC to Chicago on a single tank.
The cabin of the new ML is a very fine place to while away the miles. When the first generation of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama-built M-Class debuted for the 1998 model year, all was not well. The interior was atypically cheap in spots, and the driving experience was decidedly minivan-like – which, for those unfamiliar with minivan driving dynamics, is not a good thing. In two subsequent generations, the latest arriving as a 2012 model, the ML has fully remedied what ailed it. Interior quality is on par with that of the E-Class – which is to say, marvelous – and the SUV manages the neat trick of feeling both nimbler and burlier at the same time. The experience is, in the words of Goldilocks, just right.
As a footnote, it bears mention that the ML350 BlueTEC’s engaging engine is available in the larger GL-Class SUV, a vehicle that recently earned Motor Trend magazine’s 2013 SUV of the year award. It, too, is a very fine vehicle, doing everything the ML does, but with a third row of seats. Then again, the GL350 BlueTEC (the GL’s base model) starts a not-inconsequential $11, 130 higher than the ML350 BlueTEC. To put that figure in more workaday terms, $11, 130 is equal to roughly 100 tanks of fuel – or some 70, 000 highway miles.ver good deeds online good deeds videos free online movie good deeds good deeds website mr good deeds walt disney good deeds good deeds tyler perry dvd jesus good deeds good deeds tyler perry redbox news good deeds 9 11 good deeds good samaritan deeds five good deeds bible verse about good deeds broadway show where boy gets accolades for doing good deeds good deeds thrift store drunken irish soccer fans who rampaged all over france doing good deeds good deeds soundtracks what good deeds can i do doing good deeds makes you happy police officers doing good deeds 2020 small good deeds xenoblade 2 good deeds music types of good deeds it takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. tyler perry movie trailer good deeds 5 good deeds watch free good deeds do not do your good deeds good deeds filthy rags good deeds streaming online free good deeds soundtrack time after time good deeds in school no good deeds movie 2014 house of good deeds nyc good deeds for toddlers attempting to earn salvation through good deeds is offensive to god. 15 good deeds ramadan good deeds chart zoroastrianism good thoughts, good deeds good deeds to do tyler perry's good deeds movie quotations on good deeds good deeds free movie online what does the bible say about doing good deeds in secret __ “good deeds” is a major theme no good deeds soundtrack good thoughts good words good deeds quote good deeds for child tyler perrys good deeds review tyler perry good deeds ending song will good deeds get you to heaven good deeds full movie megashare mr good deeds full movie watch the good deeds online free good deeds filming locations stories about good deeds good deeds movie images good deeds and bad deeds gif film good deeds tyler perry good deeds dvd release good deeds 2012 download good deeds free movie online good deeds list for advent good deeds good songs klingon doing good deeds in islam all good deeds 2020 tyler perry good deeds review good deeds scripture good deeds llc trailer no good deeds do good deeds think good thoughts good deeds feedback good deeds video what the bible says about good deeds quote punishment for good deeds do good deeds in private tyler perry trailer good deeds 4chan good deeds no good deeds reviews bible good deeds abigail mac does good deeds! no good deeds go unpunished good deeds will not get you to heaven definition of good deeds one sin and a hundred good deeds choir good deeds thrift shop tyler perry good deeds soundtrack list let them see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven good thoughts good words good deeds quote no good deeds putlocker good deeds cast tyler perry