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Pros: Low range
Cons: Very bumpy ride due to short wheel base
Advice: Don't! Buy a Pilot or a Highlander. Wait a year for the new ML to shake downIt's pretty peppy. I like the low range box which I actually use, which is why I chose this. Had one in UK too. Build quality is poor, particularly interior. Poor interior design considerably improved with the latest model. I would not buy another one.
Pros: Engine power
Cons: Certain parts are not Mercedes quality - ceiling, dash board
Advice: Its an excellent SUV, but it is not a true MercedesPlenty of horsepower, and excellent handling, especially on wet surface. The seats are very comfortable. The vehicle size is just right, not too large and not too small. However, the engine is very thirsty, especially in city driving. I am averaging about 12 to 14 in city, but pretty good on highway at 18 to 20 MPG.