Despite the fact that the ML has grown in size, the vehicle managed to stay relatively unchanged on the scales. However, the 350 diesel version now brings serious extra pulling power, so we were really determined to hit the open road and see how this was translated into forward momentum.
If you use trees to make paper, then the new ML is significantly faster than the one it replaces, but if you pass by the trees sitting behind the wheel, you won't actually feel any speed. In fact, the ML wasn't built for this purpose.
The car has no problem in covering distances regardless of the journey's length and speed, but the attitude is relaxed, so it's best if you use the same language.
The revised suspension and the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system offer predictive handling and while they don't return a natural feeling when being asked to deal with great speed, they can do this while keeping the car balanced.
Use the ML as a cruiser and you'll be happy with it - we're oscillating between "very happy" and just "happy" as the air suspension seems to have troubles getting along with some types of roads.
The spacious and luxurious - if the list of optionals is visited- interior will allow you to relax, the engine and gearbox can sustain any speed you like and the handling is there to keep you going, mainly thanks to the Active Curve system, which plays with the stabilizer bars to mimize body roll.
The ML hasn't changed too much, it's only enhanced its long distance travel abilities, but if you feel the need for any driving emotions, you'll have to look elsewhere.
What's that? a cliff that seems to hide a road to a river? let's see where it leads to. Off the road, the vehicle feels capable, but not all that pleased with being pushed hard on rough terrain.
We have to mention that our test vehicle didn't come with on & off road package that offers six driving modes and thus it lacked the locking center and rear differentials.
Now that we got the car all wet and covered in all sorts of natural body treatments, it was time to return to the road, have it washed and see what's it like when the "chauffeur
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Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
When somebody asks me about the car I am being driven in and the answer contains the M and L letters together, faces suddenly lighten up, so why wouldn't I like this car?
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