2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Mercedes‑Benz M‑Class. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Diesel engine's torque
  • Highway poise
  • Forward visibility
  • Rich-looking interior

The Bad

  • Feels wider than it is
  • Air suspension's modes could be more distinct
  • Nonlinear brake feel
  • Dated seat-folding design
  • Real leather not standard

Notable Features of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

  • On- and Off-Road Package
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Available air suspension
  • Available SplitView monitor

2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class midsize SUV seats five and competes with the Audi Q7, Land Rover LR4 and BMW X5.

Mercedes also markets the ML63 AMG, a high-performance version of the M-Class powered by a 518-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8. There's also an available all-wheel-drive diesel variant called the ML350 Bluetec 4Matic.

(Skip to details on the: ML63 AMG)

New for 2014
Little has changed on the M-Class for 2014. The exception is the company's SplitView center dashboard screen; it is now available as a special-order option on M-Class. This screen allows the driver and front passenger to see different images. For example, the driver could view navigation information while the passenger can watch a DVD movie.

Exterior Highlights

  • 19-inch wheels; 19- and 20-inch AMG-style wheels available
  • Power liftgate
  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Lightweight aluminum hood and fenders
  • Available running boards
  • Available bi-xenon headlamps with washers
  • Available tilt-sliding panoramic glass roof

Interior Highlights

  • Color instrument-cluster display
  • 7-inch screen part of Mercedes' Comand system
  • Available massaging seats for driver and front passenger
  • Heated front seats
  • Available heated rear seats
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • CD/DVD player
  • Auxiliary and USB inputs
  • Available premium surround-sound audio system
  • Available hard-drive-based navigation system
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system

Under the Hood

  • 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 302 horsepower and 273 pounds-...
Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class midsize SUV seats five and competes with the Audi Q7, Land Rover LR4 and BMW X5.

Mercedes also markets the ML63 AMG, a high-performance version of the M-Class powered by a 518-horsepower, twin-turbo V-8. There's also an available all-wheel-drive diesel variant called the ML350 Bluetec 4Matic.

(Skip to details on the: ML63 AMG)

New for 2014
Little has changed on the M-Class for 2014. The exception is the company's SplitView center dashboard screen; it is now available as a special-order option on M-Class. This screen allows the driver and front passenger to see different images. For example, the driver could view navigation information while the passenger can watch a DVD movie.

Exterior Highlights

  • 19-inch wheels; 19- and 20-inch AMG-style wheels available
  • Power liftgate
  • LED daytime running lights and taillights
  • Lightweight aluminum hood and fenders
  • Available running boards
  • Available bi-xenon headlamps with washers
  • Available tilt-sliding panoramic glass roof

Interior Highlights

  • Color instrument-cluster display
  • 7-inch screen part of Mercedes' Comand system
  • Available massaging seats for driver and front passenger
  • Heated front seats
  • Available heated rear seats
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • CD/DVD player
  • Auxiliary and USB inputs
  • Available premium surround-sound audio system
  • Available hard-drive-based navigation system
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system

Under the Hood

  • 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 302 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque (ML350)
  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel that makes 240 hp and 455 pounds-feet of torque (ML350 Bluetec)
  • Twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 that makes 402 hp and 443 pounds-feet of torque (ML550)
  • Available On- and Off-Road Package
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Agility Control adaptive damping
  • Available Airmatic self-leveling air suspension includes Sport and Comfort modes

Safety Features

  • Attention Assist driver-drowsiness detection
  • Collision Prevention Assist
  • Mbrace2 communication system
  • Pre-Safe, which prepares the cabin for a potential impact or rollover
  • Available lane departure warning and prevention
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available adaptive cruise control with automatic braking
  • Available front and rear parking sensors
  • Available parking assist with backup camera

ML63 AMG
Buyers looking for power can choose the high-performance ML63 AMG. It's powered by a 518-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that produces 516 pounds-feet of torque. If 518 hp isn't enough, there's an available AMG Performance Package that adds 32 hp for a total of 550 hp. With the package, the claimed zero-to-60-mph time is just 4.6 seconds, and the top speed is 174 mph. The V-8 teams with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and the SUV comes with all-wheel drive.

  • Leather interior
  • Flat-botton AMG performance steering wheel
  • Aluminum- and leather-trimmed dashboard
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • More aggressive front bumper
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Chrome quad exhaust tips

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable and luxurious car I owned

by dynarpt from Colorado Springs, CO on September 24, 2018

Luxury car; plenty of leg room; lots of storage space, I love how you hardly feel bumps, drive is a breeze; fast and lots of power. Read full review

(5.0)

Does Everything You Want

by All in on Bluetecs from Chicago on July 29, 2018

I currently own the ML350 Bluetec. Hard to imagine another car as peppy while getting 23-24 mpg. This car blows away my MKS from a gas mileage perspective. The infotainment system is a little ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Small overlap front
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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