2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Trims and Specs

Air Conditioning Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Dual front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear · Side-curtain airbag rollover sensor
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Armrests: rear center · Center console trim: alloy · Dash trim: alloy · Door trim: alloy · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats · Shift knob trim: alloy
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders · Front power outlet · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Reading lights: front · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: paddle shifter, phone, audio · Storage: cargo tie-down anchors and hooks, door pockets, cargo net, seatback, grocery bag holder
Doors Liftgate window: fixed · Rear door type: liftgate
Driver Seat Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Power adjustments: 8
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 3.90
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Clock · External temperature display · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off, auto delay off · Rear fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments: 8
Rear Seats Rear heat: rear ventilation ducts with fan control · Type: split-bench
Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · First aid kit
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters · Seatbelt pretensioners
Seats Driver seat power adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Passenger seat power adjustments: height · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: leatherette
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks · Rolling code security
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside
Stability and Traction Hill Ascent Assist · Hill Descent Control · Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear
Telematics Phone: pre-wired for phone
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims 17 Inch Wheels · H Speed Rated Tires
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows: remote operation · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $40,525 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 3.5L 268 hp V6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
19MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD

Price

MSRP$40,525
Invoice$36,968

Transmission

Drivetrain AWD
7-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
19MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsOptional
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

3.5L 268 hp V6
Power 268 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 258 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume25 gal
Front Legroom42.2 in
Back Legroom40 in
Wheelbase114.7 in
Length188.5 in
Width75.2 in
Height69.8 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume41 cu ft
Standard Payload1,420 lbs
Maximum Payload1,616 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Adds to ML 350:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Dual front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear · Side-curtain airbag rollover sensor
Audio System Single disc in-Dash CD · AM/FM radio · Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Armrests: rear center · Center console trim: alloy, wood · Dash trim: wood · Door trim: wood · Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats · Shift knob trim: alloy · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders · Front power outlet · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Reading lights: front · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: paddle shifter, phone, audio · Storage: cargo tie-down anchors and hooks, door pockets, cargo net, seatback, grocery bag holder · Universal remote transmitter
Doors Liftgate window: fixed · Rear door type: liftgate
Driver Seat Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Heated · Power adjustments: 8
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 3.70
Exterior Features Grille color: chrome
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Clock · External temperature display · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights · Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off, auto delay off · Rear fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, heated
Passenger Seat Heated · Power adjustments: 8
Rear Seats Rear heat: rear ventilation ducts with fan control · Type: split-bench
Roof Roof rack
Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · First aid kit
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters · Seatbelt pretensioners
Seats Driver seat power adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Passenger seat power adjustments: height · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks · Rolling code security
Spare Tire Mount Location: inside
Stability and Traction Hill Ascent Assist · Hill Descent Control · Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear
Telematics Phone: pre-wired for phone · Satellite communications: TeleAid
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims 18 Inch Wheels · H Speed Rated Tires
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing, intermittent · Power windows: remote operation · Privacy glass · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
Price $49,275 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 5.0L 302 hp V8
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
13MPG city
17MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD

Price

MSRP$49,275
Invoice$45,105

Transmission

Drivetrain AWD
7-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
13MPG city
17MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsOptional
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

5.0L 302 hp V8
Power 302 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 339 lb-ft @ 2,700 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume25 gal
Front Legroom42.2 in
Back Legroom40 in
Wheelbase114.7 in
Length188.5 in
Width75.2 in
Height69.8 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume41 cu ft
Standard Payload1,365 lbs
Maximum Payload1,496 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
The Mercedes-Benz ML500, like its less powerful M-Class sibling, the ML350, received a complete makeover for the 2006 model year, starting with a longer (by almost 6 inches) and wider (... Read More
The Mercedes-Benz ML500, like its less powerful M-Class sibling, the ML350, received a complete makeover for the 2006 model year, starting with a longer (by almost 6 inches) and wider (by almost 3 inches) platform and a more fluid design, which brought it closer in line with the styling of the elegant Mercedes sedans.
Horsepower for the ML500's 5.0-liter V8 engine was increased from 288 to 304. Also new was a seven-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with a Drive Select shifter, which was mounted on the steering wheel. Drivers could use rocker buttons located on the steering wheel spokes to manually upshift or downshift, depending on conditions. In addition, the transmission automatically adjusted shift points to the current driver's driving style. The engine and transmission drove a 4MATIC permanent four-wheel-drive system.
Mercedes also made an effort to improve the ML500's interior, which had sometimes been criticized by drivers of earlier-year models. Standard features included eight-way power adjustable heated seats in the front, leather seats and upholstery throughout, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a dual-zone automatic climate control system with an electrostatic dust and pollen filter, a four-way tilt and telescoping steering wheel, four reading lamps, footwell lighting in the front, and an illuminated two-tier glovebox. In addition, an eight-speaker audio system was set up to make it easy to plug-and-play an Apple iPod.
A wide range of options and upgrade packages were available, such as a Lighting Package that included Bi-Xenon headlights, a Sports Package that included 19-inch five-spoke wheels, and a Heating Package that included rear heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
So what were drivers' reactions to all this power and luxury? Naturally, most were impressed, citing the heating and air conditioning system, the handling, the car's quietness, the quality of the ride, and the power as positive points. Negatives cited by drivers included gas mileage, the transmission (that driver-adaptive feature sometimes took awhile to kick in), and the steering.