CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Devon Life today CLICK HERE

Miraculous M-Class - you sexy thing!

PUBLISHED: 16:19 15 January 2015

The marvellous Mercedes M class

The marvellous Mercedes M class

Archant

Andy Cooper faces a battle of the sexes in his own mind as he takes a rather special car for a test drive

The marvellous Mercedes M classThe marvellous Mercedes M class

How do you like your Ms – male or female? That’s a question I have been pondering of late.

No, I’m not talking about the single letter boss in James Bond movies and whether you prefer Judi Dench or, in the future, Ralph Fiennes. My mind is on matters of far greater import.

All cars are male or female, right? I’m not the only one, I hope, who drives a vehicle and immediately gives it not only a name but a gender. In my time I have had Myrtle the Mini, Max the Mondeo, Bella the BMW and Rita the Rover, among others. And best we draw a veil over Ivana the Ital…

My predilection for ‘sexing’ cars was front and centre in my mind after a most enjoyable five days driving the new Mercedes-Benz M Class. At first approach, this solid, step-on-board vehicle could only be masculine, surely? But once inside, the elegance, light handling and attention to detail, made me wonder whether a female moniker might be more appropriate.

But enough now of my whimsy as to whether the elegant, stylish ML 250 AMG Line model I drove should be called Max or Marlene and let’s get down to some hard facts. This is a seriously stylish vehicle.

A trip to the Cotswolds was the perfect opportunity to test it on the open road and a few tighter tracks and it didn’t let me down on either. For motorway driving it was relaxation personified. Click on the cruise control and from your high driving position you truly feel like a king of the road. Hit the inevitable M5 jams and the automatic gearbox handles the stop-start traffic elegantly and without fuss.

And when it came to those Cotswold hills, this marvellous M-Class took them with ease, smoothly and efficiently selecting its way through the gears.

The spacious ride we enjoyed up front didn’t mean if we’d had company the back seat passengers would have suffered either. Plenty of legroom and comfort in the back meant the M-Class could easily be described as a family vehicle. Add in oodles of boot space and you don’t really need to be looking beyond its capacious acres for a weekend away – or even a longer family holiday.

The boffins have been vigilant on the fuel economy front too, meaning you get more miles for your buck than might have been expected. And the permanent four-wheel drive means handling and manoeuvrability are a delight.

All too soon s/he had to go back…with me still undecided as to the gender I’d give to ‘it’. And there, in the brochure – the Mercedes-Benz marketing folks as good as admit the dilemma themselves, describing the car as “muscular yet elegant”. Couldn’t have put it better myself…and saves me from a tricky decision!

To find out more or to book your own test drive call Mercedes-Benz of Exeter on 01392 822700 or Mercedes-Benz of Plymouth on 01752 720199 or e-mail info@mercedes-benzsouthwest.co.uk

More from Motoring

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The new DBS Superleggera is the fastest and most powerful car that Aston Martin have ever produced

Read more
Monday, October 22, 2018

Historic farm buildings in Essendon have undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment to host a different kind of animal – heritage Aston Martin cars. Richard Burton visits the state-of-the-art showroom and workshops

Read more
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Classic cars come to Cheshire

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Gamekeepers and the ‘ton up’ boys learned to live in harmony – and for a time they somehow made it work!

Read more
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bolesworth Castle was once again home to Carfest North, hosted by Warrington-born Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans.

Read more
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Swansway Garages compares two of the hottest electric cars on the market.

Read more
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Camper vans are fast becoming the preferred way to get away from it all... and Suffolk’s a perfect place to try it | Words: Nick Cottam

Read more
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Dick Lovett Aston Martin Bristol is perfectly placed just up the M5 from Devon so you can easily take an incredible DB11 on a test drive through the beautiful scenery of Dartmoor

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search