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Mercedes M-Class vs rivals - specifications

 Mercedes ML 350 CDI BlueTEC SportPorsche Cayenne dieselLand Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 HSE
On-the-road price/total as tested"£48,490/£65,720""£46,744/£60,380""£51,220/£56,035"
"Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000)""£27,348/56.4%""£24,821/53.1%""£32,832/64.1%"
Depreciation"£21,142""£21,923""£18,388"
Annual tax liability std/higher rate"£2,974/£5,949""£2,842/£5,684""£3,525/£7,049"
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)"£3,378/£5,630""£3,204/£5,340""£3,637£6,061"
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost38/£863/J/£250"41/£1,173/J/£250"41/£744/L/£460
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£240/£394/£240£420/£550/£420£397/£567/£408
Length/wheelbase"4,804/2,915mm""4,846/2,895mm""4,829/2,885mm"
Height/width"1,796/1,926mm""1,705/1,939mm""1,837/2,022mm"
Engine"V6/2,987cc""V6/2,967cc""V6/2,993cc"
Peak power "255/3,600 bhp/rpm""242/4,000 bhp/rpm""251/4,000 bhp/rpm"
Peak torque "620/1,600 Nm/rpm""550/1,750 Nm/rpm""600/2,000 Nm/rpm"
Transmission 7-spd auto/4wd8-spd auto/4wd8-spd auto/4wd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel70 litres/space saver85 litres/sealant82 litres/sp. saver
Boot capacity (seats up/down) "690/2,010 litres""670/1,780 litres""543/2,558 litres"
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight"2,175/775/3,500kg""2,080/760/3,500kg""2,583/657/3,500kg"
Turning circle/drag coefficient11.8 metres/0.32Cd11.9 metres/0.36Cd11.5 metres/0.40Cd
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (unlimited)/4yrs 2yrs (unlimited)/2yrs 3yrs (unltd)/3yrs
Service intervals/UK dealers"15,500 miles (1yr)/136""20,000 miles (2yrs)/34"15k miles (1yr)/130
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.8th/10th^9th/5th^20th/19th^
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./points96/75/60/5 starsN/AN/A
0-60/30-70mph7.2/7.0 secs7.2/7.3 secs8.7/8.4 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th/kickdown N/A/N/A/2.8 secs3.1/3.8/2.9 secs3.4/3.8/3.4 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th/kickdown N/A/N/A/4.2 secs4.8/5.8/4.4 secs5.4/6.9/5.2 secs7.2/7.3 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph "139mph/1,800rpm""137mph/1,800rpm""112mph/1,600rpm"3.1/3.8/2.9 secs
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 51.4/36.4/10.1 metres54.4/39.8/10.8 metres**47.7/35.1/9.2 metres4.8/5.8/4.4 secs
Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph64/45/54/63dB64/43/54/64dB63/53/58/65dB"137mph/1,800rpm"
Auto Express economy/range23.9mpg/368 miles25.2mpg/471 miles22.2mpg/400 miles54.4/39.8/10.8 metres**
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 34.4/42.2/39.2mpg33.2/43.5/39.2mpg28.8/34.9/32.1mpg64/43/54/64dB
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 7.6/9.3/8.6mpl7.2/9.4/8.6mpl 6.3/7.7/7.1mpl25.2mpg/471 miles
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket317/189g/km*/31%300/189g/km/31%341/230g/km/35%33.2/43.5/39.2mpg
7.2/9.4/8.6mpl 300/189g/km/31%
Airbags/Isofix/reversing cameraSeven/yes/£420"Six/yes/£1,044"Eight/yes/yes
Climate control/leather/heated seats"Yes/£1,075/£355"Yes/yes/£295Yes/yes/yes"Six/yes/£1,044"
Hill descent/cruise ctrl/adapt cruise ctrl"Yes/yes/£2,350^^""Yes/yes/£1,384"Yes/yes/yesYes/yes/£295
Metallic paint/xenons/air suspension"Yes/£1,630/£1,775""£696/£1,165/£2,379"Yes/yes/yes"Yes/yes/£1,384"
Sat-nav/USB connection/BluetoothYes/yes/yes"£2,157/£77/£534"Yes/yes/yes"£696/£1,165/£2,379"
"£2,157/£77/£534"
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