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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
iPod interface works seamlessly
For 2010, the ML-Class carries over a long list of standard and optional features.
Vinyl seats are standard on the ML350, along with a power driver seat; cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; dual-zone automatic climate control; an AM/FM/CD player with MP3 capability; an auxiliary audio jack; and COMAND voice or knob-driven control for Bluetooth phone and audio controls.
The COMAND system is one of the shuttle-jog-style setups that infuriate most test drivers and take an inordinate amount of time to learn. Given what we've seen from the 2011 Ford Edge and its new touchscreen displays, we're ready to call COMAND-and BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI, too-hopelessly out of touch.
Most ML350s are built with a premium package that includes a hard-drive navigation system with music storage; an iPod connection kit; a power liftgate; a power steering column; a power passenger seat; driver-side power seat memory; a rearview camera; and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Heated front and rear seats, a wood-trimmed and heated steering wheel, and a cargo tray are also available.
ML550s and ML63 AMGs add most of these features to the standard-equipment list. The AMG edition also gets a sport-instrument package with a lap timer, as well as special sport seats with leather and suede trim.
An optional 610-watt digital Harman Kardon Logic7 audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 8-inch screens, wireless headphones, and an integrated DVD player with dual-source capability are also available on 2010 M-Class models. There's also an available towing package for all versions.
COMAND needs to be dishonorably discharged, but otherwise we're coddled by the M-Class' set of luxury and entertainment features.