‘DIAL M FOR MASTERFUL’
Added 26th June, 2015
, updated 19th June, 2015
By Car & Driving
Let's summarise what this car won't do: stride across the Gobi desert quite like a Range Rover Sport. Or power round Brands Hatch quite like a BMW X5. But that's not a problem: this third generation M-Class, after all, intentionally set out to offer more of a middle ground between these two extremes and it's a place in which this model feels far more comfortable. Find a used example specified for off road use and it'll deliver mud-plugging prowess expert enough to suit any right-minded user. Get one specified with AirMATIC suspension and it'll ride like a Rolls Royce. Or find an example specified with the clever Active Curve System and you'll get a luxury SUV able to corner like a grown-up hot hatch.
All these things are possible from a car that shows just how far the modern luxury SUV has come - not least in its eco-friendliness. Mercedes set the standard when it came to running cost efficiency with this MK3 model and it was one that caused plenty of head-scratching amongst the brand's closest rivals. There are sportier, more dynamic-looking models of this kind you could buy. But we're struggling to think of a better all-round package. Refined, practical and luxurious, this model at last became a benchmark among its peers. And that makes it a very strong used car buy.