Overall, the Practical Caravan tow car test team rated the ML280 CDI as a luxurious and practical 4×4. But, it only has five seats.
From Towcar Awards 2008
List price: £39,485 (when tested) Kerbweight: 2185kg85% Match: 1857kgMax towing weight: 3500kgTowball limit: 135kg
IT MAY NOT have seven seats, and it’s not the quickest car here. But the ML is a very accomplished all-rounder.
The ride is softer and more forgiving than the Audi Q7’s or BMW X5’s. Even so, it still coped well with the lane-change test, thanks to quick-witted steering and good body control. The 30-60mph time of 14.4 seconds was respectable, too, and engine noise stayed in the background.
The ML barely broke a sweat on the 1-in-6 test hill. The footbrake held the outfit steady before the torquey engine and 4WD hauled car and caravan up the hill.
The boot took all the luggage and had a 12V socket; the extension mirrors fitted with ease. The £39,485 price tag isn’t cheap, but it is good value.
Towing: 4/5 Solo: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Buying & owning: 4/5
Braking 30-0mph: 11.8m
The ML is a very accomplished all-rounder
|85% KW||1857 kg|
|Towball Limit||135 kg|
|Maximum Towing Limit||3500 kg|