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Mercedes ML 63 AMG

2012 Mercedes ML 63 AMG vs Jeep GC

July 20, 2012

Super slug it out

By Shahzad Sheikh

is not the first time I’ve these two cars together. For a in a previous life on CAR Middle magazine we pulled together all the SUVs on the market at the time 0-100kph in around 5 seconds). were only three, the generations of these two and the old Porsche Turbo S.

Today there are (BMW X5M/X6M), but there’s a to bringing just these two again. Apart from the previous history, there’s a shared DNA – hey? Oh yes, the Jeep Grand Cherokee got the Mercedes’ ML platform (which now underpins the new Dodge Durango and be the basis for the Maserati SUV, immediately endows that some cred too).

No then that when we types first tested the new Cherokee we heaped praise on it and how Chrysler had managed to apparently an entire generation of development to go something relatively crude but to something very refined and desirable.

In that previous the Jeep felt very simplistic and crude compared the other two super-SUVs. Although, said that, the Mercedes ML really that much That old version still the legacy of a difficult birth for the generation ML and its widely publicised woes. The Jeep was crude but the Merc had felt crude but

The Jeep won easily – it was just as much cheaper and fun.

forward to today, and it’s not déjà vu. With the basic Cherokee being so vastly surely it’s game for the Merc, even before the have begun? Well in years Mercedes has rediscovered which was its forte in the old days.

And it turns out that Jeep is not the one that’s dramatically taken a stride forward in development, the new ML is a car it turns out, a very car indeed. Game on.

Jeep’s 6.4-litre HEMI V8 with and 459lb ft of torque is beaten by the 5.5-litre V8 with 525bhp and ft, plus it has a 7-speed transmission the old five-speed in the Jeep (to be replaced in a of years). And yet the 0-100kph times are identical at around five although the Merc is fractionally at 4.8seconds, but with the ML’s top pegged at 250kph, the SRT8 it just slightly.

Both are drive family-sized SUVs is any good for actual off-roading in set-ups – though the regular will do a very decent job of and their length, width and are almost identical.

Where is a massive disparity, it’s in the – the Jeep undercuts the AED365k Mercedes by AED115,000 ($31k). So the not quite half price but you could still have an and a Toyota 86 for the Price of a Merc. And the ML 63 doesn’t take into all the extras that you just to add onto it, for example the AED6650 AMG Pack (extra horsepower, 21-inch wheels, more noise) and the costly entertainment

With a load of extras, particular test car’s was actually AED481,824 ($130,926), means you could have the and possibly even a Ford Mustang GT500 too – gulp!

So you climb aboard you expect the to be sublime, and it is indeed beautifully and exquisitely finished, with a build and classy materials. The isn’t the most exciting, but all sensibly presented. The seats are comfortable and the rear is a nice to be, particularly with the optional DVD system and the panoramic sunroof.

a strong sense of well-being and exuded in this cabin, and something to be said for paying all extra for the privilege of being in that makes everything right with the world, and strongly suggests indestructibility.

On the hand, the Jeep’s interior exactly disappoint either. Ok, the are clearly not quite in the same and despite the remarkable similarity in the panels, the Grand Cherokee’s has a old-skool display. This doesn’t benefit from the nicer information display on the that a Dodge Charger or 300C has, and in this the Mercedes too.

But it’s all laid out, and also a meaty flat-bottomed steering like the Merc, Plus space is good and the seats are nice, and really if you didn’t see the ML beforehand, you’d want for and find the Grand Cherokee acceptable.

The Mercedes first. It a great noise and feels grunty. It dispatches its huge of speed with remarkable feeding in the torque just so.

mind-bogglingly quick, but things seem as warped as when I drove a 5-second SUV, I we’ve now grown accustomed to existence and their absurd

What’s more remarkable is how barge handles. It stays and grips tightly, body is well contained through the and the steering is surprisingly responsive and The ride is slightly compromised probably from those big but really, that’s just picky, it’s still comfortable.

Switching to the Jeep master wheelman Fraser now taking over the Merc and the pace, it’s didn’t at all difficult to stay with The SRT8 may be down slightly in on paper, but it didn’t show it in the world. In fact subjectively it livelier, friskier, more and definitely more punchy, the being unleashed more

All this accompanied by a great note.

The ride is perhaps better, but this thing corners astonishingly flat. And this straight after the ML me realise that the big Merc was to initial understeer before the drive caught, whereas Jeep is more faithful at the on initial input. It’s a keener car that seems to direction changes, although may have less grip the Merc.

On choosing between

And then there’s the looks. The big ML is elegant, refined and Merc-like it’s ever been in its two generations. It’s a handsome car commands respect and looks prestigious and dignified.

You respect it.

But you in love with the Jeep. got a Nascar stance, a confident and demeanour, and it just looks if not quite as classy as the Merc.

So performance and quality wins go to the and handling and looks are taken by the with space and comfort as good. Throw in the price and it sounds like another triumph for the Jeep yet again. ‘triumph’ yes, but ‘easy’ no.

In to a conclusion for this twin I was far more torn than I thought I’d be. Mercedes has done an job with the ML, it’s a far improved and car than its previous two iterations. And the that the AMG brings almost the extra dosh, particularly time you notice the three-pointed on the steer boss, which something again.

Truth be if you’re in that sort of and the Merc prices (with – which are necessary in this to make it resaleable) don’t you balk at all, then go up an ML63, I really don’t you’ll be disappointed.

But if you’re just one car that serves as a family wagon for around work, plus is a massively distance crusher, and somehow to double up as a fun-to-drive sporty too, that you could even take to a track then pick the great SRT8. You’ll end up grinning as as that grille on the front.


Price: AED365,425 ($99,300)

5.5-litre, V8, 525bhp @ 5250-5750rpm with AMG performance pack), ft @ 1600-4000rpm

Performance: 0-100kph 4.8 top speed 250kph, 11.8L/100km

Seven-speed auto, four-wheel

Weight: 2345kg

Jeep Cherokee SRT8

Price: ($67,900k)

Mercedes ML 63 AMG

Engine: 6.4-litre, HEMI V8, @ 6250rpm, 459lb ft @ 4100rpm

0-100kph 5 seconds, top speed 14.1L/100km

Transmission: Five-speed four-wheel drive


Jeep Grand Cherokee

Second Opinion

By Fraser

This’ll be the third time I spent time in a Grand SRT8, and I still think it is a

I drove the launch car in California on must be the worst-surfaced race in the world, at Willow Springs outside Los Angeles, and then at the local ‘launch’ at Dubai during the Chrysler Power event, where I was honoured to be with delivering High Passenger Laps in it for the entertainment of the company (an myself, of course!). It is the most flattering car when hard, even when you are on three wheels.

Grip is and off-the-line acceleration in Track would put some supercars to thanks to permanent four-wheel-drive. acceleration is mighty strong too and is excellent considering the high of gravity and the fact that car weighs over two tonnes.

And selecting the Auto Mode on the drive knob just to the of the shifter, will result in an which is almost ordinary. The Cherokee, in SRT8 guise, is a in sheep’s clothing: it will along quite happily in low in traffic and drive almost a standard Grand Cherokee, one that is straining at the leash a

Economy, as long as you don’t try too is quite acceptable too, as and I discovered on a run to the North of the country, for the photoshoot for his Motoring Middle comparison test with the Benz ML63.

When the latest Grand were announced, the spokesmen in the US got coy about admitting that an version would be available, but were hiding a very light under their at the time.

There are no less five pages-worth of detail the safety and security heading in the catalogue from Adaptive Control and Child Seat System to adaptive Anti-Lock and Stability Control, so there has no expense spared in the toybox. And a posh stereo too!

that there are 6.4 litres and a 470bhp tucked under the and vented bonnet, there is little room for much so this particular Jeep does not feature a conventional case; there are no low gears for crawling, and with the aerodynamic kit, you can pretty much bashing through the sand

But when it comes to squirting Jeep along a twistier of tarmac than you’d find in these parts, I you’d be hard pressed to up with a well-driven example in about anything else

To add insult to injury, the SRT8 at about half the price of things you’d consider and it is one of the most handsome SUV buys out

There are few of them around in the – and that’s because demand has far supply in the home territories. Now why that not surprise me?

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