Mercedes-Benz ML 250 blue tec sport 2013 review
Overall towcar rating
Superb comfort, economical & effortless long distance cruiser. We tow at 1500 kgs so would expect to hardly know there's a van behind. Manual paddle shift great for downhill engine breaking assistance on extreme roads. Cruise control really excellent for motorway work. Just completed a 3100 mile towing trip to Croatia via Austrian Alps and various exciting mountain passes - just superb and 29.5 mpg round trip.
It's took some time to get up to speed with all the technology from our old car a W163 ML ! Very pleased took the time to learn but was a bit challenging.
Would you recommend it?
How well does it tow?
Very very good. 7 speed auto with Eco,sport & manual paddle shift modes. Fitted an aftermarket bosal oris detachable tow bar which is oe , £620 plus vat in 2015. Have had the pleasure of pulling a Motorhome out of a muddy field with it also !
What's it like without the caravan?
Well we find it very good. A common moan on the web is that the 250 is sluggish. This is mainly due to drivers using the Eco setting which I was told uses 2nd gear to set off, for Economy, so yes it's sluggish. In heavy traffic I sometimes switch to the sport mode, handy when in traffic or towing for more rapid set offs.
Anything to look out for?
We searched long and hard to find one of the early 2013 / 2012 cars with a decent high specification and a bonus sunroof at a price we could stretch to. Factory tow bars very very rare. You cannot get merc mud flaps for the w166 sport with the usual running boards. We eventually found some in Hong Kong at a bargain price, a great fit but the back ones have MB spelt wrongly ! If buying a new one then it's the spec of the one in stock or get ready for the price climb steeply with the extras.
Is it easy to live with?
Yes but it's a big car for regular around town driving, perhaps too big. Eats all the gear and more we put in. Good flexible rear seats for folding down. Electric boot option is a good option to look out for.
Did you buy it new or used?
Where did you buy it?
What was the seller like?
MB main dealer. Car was actually reasonably priced compared to others as mileage was high for a 2 year old car. Car had loads of extras as private / business user had ticked all he could thankfully.
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