Mercedes-Benz can rightfully claim quite a bit of credit for the current luxury SUV boom with their first model, the ML or M-Class, beating most other soft-roaders to the tills. Two decades later, I test-drove one of its direct descendants.
The right ingredients
Mercedes-Benz has been a pioneering brand from day one of the car and it’s not often that this German outfit is caught napping. Perhaps they were dozing slightly when sales figures of medium-sized luxury SUV’s shot skywards; led by the BMW X3 and Audi’s Q5. Mercedes’ answer, the GLC, only arrived last year.