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2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class was new.


Interior: 8.2

Reviewers write that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class’ cabin is impressively well-made and very attractively designed. They add that both front and back rows are comfortable for adults of all sizes. According to critics, visibility is good and the cabin is hushed. The M-Class lacks standard features that many less-expensive luxury midsize SUVs have, like leather upholstery and a rearview camera.

  • "M-Class interiors have an upscale atmosphere thanks to standard wood trim and high-quality materials. … Taken as a whole, the ML63's cabin feels sportier, but it still maintains a high-end feel." -- Consumer Guide


The Mercedes M-Class comes standard with seating for five, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats and a 60/40 split-folding second row. Higher trims can be equipped with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated multicontour front seats and heated rear seats. Most other SUVs with a near-$60,000 price tag come standard with leather. Reviewers say that both rows of seats are comfortable, and that even in the back row, nearly everyone should have enough space.

  • "Up front passengers enjoy roomy, comfortable seats. … In the back, even larger adults will have good headroom, legroom, and footspace." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats are more than up to the task of holding passengers in place, and the bolsters don't get in the way of ingress and egress. Although the seats have the height adjustment of a barber's chair, even in their lowest position the height of the vehicle still gives a parade-float view of the road." -- Motor Trend (ML63 AMG)

Interior Features

The 2013 Mercedes M-Class comes with standard features that include rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power sunroof, a power liftgate and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Range-topping models like the ML550 and ML63 AMG offer active lane keeping assist, parallel parking assist, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and push-button ignition. Leather upholstery and a rearview camera remain extra-cost options on all trims except the ML63 AMG. The much less-expensive Lincoln MKT comes with both of these features standard.

Though in the past, test drivers complained about Mercedes’ complicated knob-based COMAND infotainment controls, they’ve warmed up to them a bit recently. They say that some of COMAND's functions have a steeper learning curve than some rivals’, but they don’t complain nearly as much as in past years. They also appreciate that the M-Class receives a new layout for its turn signals and cruise controls, one that’s closer to the traditional locations for those switches, rather than the confusing two-stalk system on most other Mercedes models.

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  • "The M-Class is fitted with clear gauges that are easy to read, and while most of the control buttons are intuitively marked, a bit of acclimation is required for some functions. The navigation system uses a combination of touch-screen activation, dash-mounted buttons, and a control knob on the console. Again, some practice is needed to understand all of the system's functions." -- Consumer Guide


With the back row folded, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class can hold up to 80.3 cubic feet of cargo in ML350 and ML550 trims, and up to 71 cubic feet in ML350 Bluetec and ML63 AMG trims. Mercedes doesn’t list the amount of cargo space with the second row of seats in use for 2013 models. By comparison, the Lexus RX 350 can hold up to 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space, while the BMW X5 can hold 75.2 cubic feet of cargo. Reviewers say the cargo hold is plenty spacious and small-items storage is adequate.

  • "Behind the rear seat, the tall cargo bay offers plenty of space. … Cabin storage is otherwise average. There is a glovebox, small bin under the console's ‘bomb bay’ style armrest cover, door pockets, a couple small trays, and seat-back pockets." -- Consumer Guide

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