The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec is a safe vehicle that offers many standard features such as solid wood accents, thick leather on the seats, and memory buttons to save your seating position. The ride is comfortable as it has ample room for both passengers and cargo. The ML350 runs off of diesel fuel, which offers better fuel economy than its gasoline competitors. The vehicle comes with the Mercedes COMAND system which includes controls for the radios, navigation, along with other technological features.

Key Features

The ML350 comes with a 3.0 liter turbocharged diesel V6 that offers 240 hp. The torque is 455 pounds-feet and can tow up to 7,200 pounds. A seven speed automatic transmission comes standard on this vehicle. Other features include a video entertainment system, MP3 connectivity with iPod integration, heated/cooled seats, all-wheel drive, Bluetooth phone, cruise control, storage for 10GB of music, a Harman Kardon audio system, and antilock brakes.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec comes with upgrades interior creating a luxurious atmosphere for the cabin. The length of the vehicle has increased almost an inch while the height has decreased almost an inch.

What We Like

While on the road, the ML350 BlueTec offers a quiet and comfortable ride. It can maneuver into tight spaces while still having large amounts of cargo capacity. The power lift gate is a nice feature for taking emptying out the cargo area with ease. Handling is solid and the vehicle has no problem taking corners. In addition, the pedal is firm yet still provides good feedback. The blind spot detection and lane departure warning prove useful both in the city and while driving on the highway.

What Concerns Us

There is no third row option, so if you need to fit more passengers in your vehicle, you may need to look at other options. The ML350 BlueTec is a heavier than it has been in the past, now weighing over 5,000 pounds. While the vehicle does have cruise control, it is not adaptive like the previous models, which is kind of a disappointment.

Available Models

There are no other models in this class.

Major Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec.

Common Issues

Common complaints include electrical problems, unreliable, poor build quality, poor acceleration, bad telephone quality, engine hesitates to start when it’s cold, and it misfires on a regular basis.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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