The 2006 M-Class Mercedes is a work of art. Unlike its truck-like predecessor, the new M-Class is sporty, trendy, and a whole new animal. The new interior and exterior could catch any eye at a glance....
The 2006 M-Class Mercedes is a work of art. Unlike its truck-like predecessor, the new M-Class is sporty, trendy, and a whole new animal. The new interior and exterior could catch any eye at a glance. The sleek, sexy look has finally rivaled the more "car-like" SUVs on the market. The very first aspect of the new M that is noticed--besides the look--is the handling, acceleration, and performance. The new 7-speed automatic transmission provides a smooth ride, ridding the truck stereotype.
The first time I drove this beauty, I made sure to test and rate the handling. I accelerated out of the dealership parking lot, ran it up to 60mph and then more or less slammed on the brakes and whipped around a corner at a dangerous speed of 35mph. Much to my surprise, the handling was phenomenal; no roll-over in this 4-star (roll-over rating) SUV.
Obviously the new chassis provides a much more pleasant ride, but the look must not be forgotten. The exterior makes the M-Class appear not like a tall truck, yet a long, fast, and agile SPORT Utility Vehicle. BMW, Porsche, VW: watch out, there's a new racer in town. Lexus, your comfort ride may have been matched.
So which is better? The exterior, so your car is envied? Or a lush interior? Regardless of your preference, the interior's new look fits the exterior proportionally and perfectly. The speedometer and RPM gauge have been updated to look like other Mercedes, and the GPS makes the interior look as tempting as an AMG.
Yet, what aspects need IMPROVEMENT? Personally, the exterior is nearly perfect. Maybe a new redesign of the exhaust pipes to make the car look sleeker. And on the inside, those two handles on the center console next to the cup holders need some work. They grow dirty VERY fast. But oh well, right?
Please remember, Mercedes is not a high-tech Japanese company. The bells and whistles will be options. But they are NOT out of reach. New features which make the car more enjoyable include: power rear hatch, cargo rods and more depending on the package you buy.
Enough is enough; I suggest taking a look at the M-Class if you want a luxurious and true SPORT utility vehicle, unlike its rivals, Mercedes-Benz has finally made the ultimate multifaceted vehicle, providing the luxuries in all Mercedes, and the agility of a BMW.