From the driver seat, the ride quality is exemplary, especially when equipped with the Airmatic system, isolating occupants from both road impacts and noise. Active safety feature and drivers' aides are what really push the Mercedes-Benz vehicles beyond the competition. Driving Impressions The 2015 M-Class' standard gasoline V6 engine gets fairly frisky if you're willing to take it to redline, but acceleration can feel a little pokey in normal driving conditions. The cabin experience is tight, quiet, and isolated. And thanks to much-improved aerodynamics—and a spoiler at the trailing edge of the roof—the interior is noticeably quieter than prior versions of the M-Class, as well as most other utility vehicles with this kind of profile. Introduction In the premium midsize crossover sport-utility segment there are a couple of athletic entries that feel as if they could give a sport sedan a run for the money on a deserted, curvy road. What a beautiful car with all the bells and whistles.
Comfort provides more of a traditional luxury-car ride, while with Sport you get a somewhat crisper feel at turn-in, with a little more road noise and coarseness. Powertrains are strong and responsive; handling is secure; and roadholding is confident. The 2015 M-Class's proportions will look and feel familiar. Still, it has that proper, semi truck-like clattering one expects from a diesel, giving this kid hauler a much-needed dose of toughness. Highway passing power is as expected with a diesel lazy , towing the rated 7,200lbs seems like it'd be a stretch in mountains but I haven't tried.
The Premium 1, Lighting, Lane Tracking and Parking Assist packages are standard as well, while the Driver Assistance package is optional. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a luxury vehicle above all else, and materials, ride quality and comfort are superb across the board. What I find most pleasant is the quick response of the 4 cylinder diesel and the motor silence at 80 mph. The 302-hp V-6 engine remains the M-Class's base gas option; it's the latest version of the brand's 3. There's even a rear-drive version with the base V-6 for those who don't even need to pretend to have capability they likely won't use. In the way there I was speeding and still got 519 miles on one tank.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class carries on the same basic look of the prior two generations, although in this latest iteration it has been refined to blend the rugged concept with a somewhat wider, road-oriented stance. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? A rearview camera is optional, as is the Surround View camera system, which shows an overhead view of what's around the vehicle for true parking ease. But for the greater majority of people shopping for a practicality-minded luxury crossover, that will be a non-issue. Follow and , along with RideApart on Instagram. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. While it is a pleasure at very low speeds and turns effortlessly, it's a little too light at highway speeds for my liking. Its roadholding is confident, handling is secure, and the powertrains are willing and responsive.
All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Mercedes Benz. Opt for the off-road package, and you get an automatically detaching sway-bar system, which provides more wheel travel off-road while keeping the ride and handling civil the rest of the time. Controls are logical and easy to understand. There's a rather wide difference between the two modes Comfort and Sport of the available air suspension and adaptive damping system, which play a major part in pairing isolation and control. And there's an available iPad docking station, positioned between the front seats and in view for rear passengers. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. Gone is the twin-turbo V-8 and in its place a twin-turbo six that makes slightly less power and torque—329 hp and 354 lb-ft.
Complementing the look is a 'power dome' center stack. Standout options include a heated and cooled cupholder that can heat up to 141 degrees F. A panorama glass roof can also be added, as can heated rear seats, front-seat ventilation, and ambient lighting. OverviewWell, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! Seats comfy, fit and finish excellent, materials high end, ride soft but firm on highway, turns effortlessly. It works in concert with the seven-speed automatic transmission and sings all the way up the rev range with no rough edges.
The downside is that it is all too easy to pump up the already hefty price by another five figures if you're not careful while checking boxes. There's also a Collision Prevention Assist function, which uses radar to warn the driver if they're approaching a vehicle too quickly and can ready full braking power from the moment when the driver hits the pedal. Attention Assist, which keeps tabs on driving style to help identify the signs of drowsy driving—triggering a coffee-cup icon and some warning beeps—is a standard feature on all M-Class models. My only complain is the navigation which is minor since I primarily use Waze. Rear seatbacks are also now adjustable for rake, and there's more than 36 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats. The only thing that I am not used to is the electric variable steering.
Powertrains and Performance All 2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class models come standard with a seven-speed automatic. A little disappointed in the tires lasting only around 50k miles due for replacement now , but otherwise very dependable and reliable. The 25 gallon fuel tank allows an 800 mile range at 70mph. You will see it is outstanding. Some features include a heated or cooled cupholder that can heat up to 141 degrees F. Mercedes certainly gives you a wide range of engine options to choose from. It also addressed a quirk that's been an annoyance to some for years, repositioning the turn-signal lever from the 8:00 position to the 10:00 position.
Thankfully it does include a couple of programmable shortcut buttons. The 2015 M-Class is no exception. Well-controlled firm but not too firm ride and handling, nice interior and exterior details where good engineering is apparent. On a flat highway I get about 32 mpg. The M-Class also features a full complement of air bags, including driver and passenger front and side airbags, curtain air bags for both rows, and a driver's knee air bag. I average 25 for daily driving. VerdictMercedes Benz appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal.