‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single (or married) man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a Mercedes-Benz.’   And the new M-Class is one he should have a serious look at!

There is little chance of the M-Class going unnoticed!  This is a big, bold, brute of a machine, but cleverly styled to disguise its bulk, but the overriding impression it makes is one of extreme comfort, huge power and agile handling for one so large!

We had the perfect combination of traffic and road conditions to test its abilities recently, with a weekend in the West Country, from edging along in a Friday evening traffic jam, to driving it along tortuously narrow country roads in Devon, including right across Dartmoor, to putting it through its paces on the motorway.

In all these situations it was firm, responsive, and we felt extremely safe viewing the world from such an exalted position.


Mercedes M 350 posing on the shore line

We drove down to stay with friends in a tiny Devon village on Friday night, and it turned a few heads as we edged along the Devon lanes, and the next day had the same effect in Dartmouth where we visited an old publishing friend of mine, who has never felt the need to obtain a driving license, so it was of little interest to him, but much more so to his neighbours!

We then drove back up to Buckfastleigh on the southern edge of Dartmoor, and right across Dartmoor from south to north negotiating miniscule country lanes, narrow stone bridges and the tiniest of tracks, as we passed several magnificent Tors, ending up at ‘Two Bridges’, and finally descending back to civilisation in the form of the Endsleigh Hotel, north of Tavistock, where we had arranged to stay on Saturday night.

Mercedes M 350 off-road

Even as we arrived, the M-Class turned a few more heads, having just performed like a ‘chamois’ on Dartmoor, or whatever the Devon equivalent is; deftly negotiating the twists and turns in the road, it now relished being parked in a courtyard full of beautiful cars where it certainly held its own in the ‘good looks’ department.

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013