Mercedes has continued its trend for including controls for the indicator, windscreen wipers and more on one stalk on the left hand side with no stalk on the opposite side, which takes some getting used to. Take the seatbelts as an example. The power is transmitted by a 6 speed Manual gearbox with Rear wheel drive. Safety has also been emphasized through the introduction of standard front and rear airbags and the Mercedes-Benz TeleAid system which automatically alerts rescue teams in the event of an accident. Mercedes has wisely opted for two decent-sized seats in the rear rather than a cramped bench arrangement.
Fuel tank capacity is 62 liters. The build quality remains excellent inside with plenty of dampening to isolate you from road noise. However it cruised effortlessly on the motorways and the responsiveness of the engine was good for overtaking. In order to allow plenty of room for rear passengers to get into the car, the seatbelts for the driver and front passenger have to be mounted a long way back. Rear side airbags are optional. Automobile weight is 1575 kg with 455 liters trunk loading capacity. The engine has a Euro 4 standard.
That impression is carried throughout the package. As part of the optional packages, cars can be geared with ventilated front seats, a keyless antitheft ignition system and obstacle detection sensors placed at both ends. The three-litre diesel covers an average of 44mpg and the three-litre petrol manages 30mpg. The petrol options include a 1. Our test model was the 2.
The front seats were awkward to adjust, particularly because some of the controls were on opposite sides. Only the hand element of the parking brake felt a little flimsy and is it really necessary to have separate levers for applying and removing the parking brake? It is expected to consume 41 percent more fuel than factory data in real conditions and during test drives. It is just a little unspectacular and there were a couple of minor irritations. So when the driver turns the key in the ignition, the belt buckles automatically slide forward towards them. . The lack of decent-sized cupholders in the front was unusual for a car so well adapted to long-distance driving.
The boot space is more than adequate for a car of this size and quite easy to access. The interior is luxurious, organised and very well put together with quality materials and no rattles. It comes with a choice of seven different engines, the most potent of which pushes the asking price from £30,000 to almost £100,000. With 2148 cc engine size it produces 150 horsepower and 340 Nm torque. It may lack central pillars but the doors feel hefty and thick — and look it too, if you take a peek at the metal where the doors join. The three-litre V6 diesel engine has 224bhp.
Consumption in city is 8. Our diesel averages 44mpg combined and will exceed 50mpg on the motorway — even with the automatic gearbox. It still splits and folds forward, or can seat two adults in reasonable comfort. . . . .
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