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STYLING | 8 out of 10
its hole-punched chrome makes the ML look modern and kind of aggressive
interior design and quality may be its most outstanding feature
Mercedes has given its new ML550 the AMG styling treatment
Car and Driver
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class doesn’t get a complete redesign, just a few nips and tucks here and there that altogether give it a slightly fresher look.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has gone from brickbats to bouquets. Back in the late '90s, the car featured what Car and Driver describes as "minivan-like styling." In 2009, Mercedes-Benz combats that image by sharpening the exterior lines and imparting a certain degree of toughness to its luxury SUV, resulting in "more aggressive styling," according to Edmunds.
MotherProof says, “Like its siblings, the ML320 wins me over in the looks department… The grille is an interesting feature; its hole-punched chrome makes the ML look modern and kind of aggressive. It’s a nice balance with the rest of the car, which is smooth and lean-looking. The ML320 looked like it had a lower profile despite the doors being nice and tall.” Kelley Blue Book remarks that "the sleek 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML looks particularly menacing wearing the new ML550 trim." Other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com agree with this sentiment, praising the aggressive, new AMG-influenced styling of the ML550.
When it comes to the cabin, Edmunds says “the Benz's interior design and quality may be its most outstanding feature. Compared with the rival Lexus RX 400h, the ML320 feels (and is) thousands of dollars more expensive.” The inside styling of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is luxurious, but the car's capabilities as an off-road vehicle are not ignored. Kelley Blue Book is quick to point out that the "padded rails at the bottom of the center console...are more of an off-road touch than [they] expect from the more street-friendly" M-Class.
The basic shape of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is a handsome SUV silhouette with an arcing roofline.