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2012 Mercedes M-Class ML63 AMG SUV

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Review

(0 Stars)  A mild-mannered mid-size SUV

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Overview
The ML350 BlueTec's turbo-diesel engine boasts impressive output numbers (240 hp and455 lb-ft) and respectable fuel economy (20/25 mpg) but is crippled by a narrow band of usable thrust. The engine is laggy on the low end and wheezy in the upper registers, so passing requires forethought and attention to what gear you're in. The traditional gasoline V-6 responds much more quickly and has a broader torque peak near the top end, which makes it far more enjoyable to drive. Both cars use a revised version of the seven-speed automatic transmission, which contributes to the ML's fuel-economy improvements. Handling is merely mediocre for the class, with the 5000-pound diesel taking its time to change directions and settle into a turn. The $5150 dynamic handling package adds air springs and a hydraulically actuated antiroll bar that results in improved handling in sport mode, but it still allows an unusual amount of body roll. If you're buying for comfort, however, the ML delivers with a smooth and quiet ride that stands up to its rivals'. The new M-class also makes a number of concessions to American frivolity with optional heated and cooled cupholders, hands-free parallel parking, and available iPad docking stations for rear-seat passengers. Like the outgoing car, the new ML offers seating for only five, but Mercedes-Benz representatives say a third row is in the works.

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2012 ML63 AMG SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 5.5L V eight-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 14 MPG city, 18 MPG highway, 15 MPG combined and 369 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
24.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 518 hp @ 5,250 rpm; 516 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm

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'12 Mercedes ML63 AMG SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Knee Air Bag
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Rear Side Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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DVD Entertainment
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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