Mercedes Road Tests

Mercedes sharpens up with C-Class

Mercedes sharpens up with C-Class

For the past decade, two German brands - neither of them Mercedes-Benz - have taken turns at dominating the prestige sector: The new C-Class compact sedan reminds why those protagonists need to start watching their mirrors.

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Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

Mercedes smartens up snappy off-roader

How's this for a curious twist: to best tailor the only version of its GLA small sport utility that has off-roading potential to New Zealand conditions, Mercedes-Benz adds as standard an ''off-road pack'' equipment enhancement that is optional in most places.

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Good looks, athleticism from Mercedes­-Benz GLA

Good looks, athleticism from Mercedes­-Benz GLA

Sports utilities are not what they used to be, we all know that.

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Technology drives Mercedes E-Class to new levels

Technology drives Mercedes E-Class to new levels

Heavy traffic to the left, to the right, immediately in front and behind - just another morning on the M2, the major motorway threading through Melbourne.

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Technology drives Mercedes E-Class to new levels

Technology drives Mercedes E-Class to new levels

Heavy traffic to the left, to the right, immediately in front and behind - just another morning on the M2, the major motorway threading through Melbourne.

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New M-Class a cleaner, thriftier Mercedes

New M-Class a cleaner, thriftier Mercedes

Driving from Dunedin to Auckland on a tank of fuel would be quite an ask of even an eco-optimised small car, so should be a challenge well beyond a two-tonne luxury sports utility.

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Updated Mercedes a classy performer

Updated Mercedes a classy performer

Mercedes-Benz has just given its C-Class a midlife update. David Thomson checks out the changes.

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Mercedes E500: Remarkably refined

Mercedes E500: Remarkably refined

After an absence of a decade and a-half, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is back. David Thomson slips behind the wheel for some open-top winter motoring.

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E500 AvantGarde: Class leader Merc's executive express

E500 AvantGarde: Class leader Merc's executive express

A return run to Christchurch provides an ideal opportunity for David Thomson to test the mettle of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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Mercedes CLC brings style without financial stress

Mercedes CLC brings style without financial stress

When it comes to the sales potential of the new CLC, Mercedes-Benz should be ruing the fact that times have been tough in the real estate game.

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Mercedes GL500 New Merc makes off-road ability top priority

Mercedes GL500 New Merc makes off-road ability top priority

In an automotive world obsessed with making premium off-road and soft-road machines handling like regular saloons, the new Mercedes GL-Class is a breath of fresh air. While no slug on the highway, the GLClass defiantly puts offroading capability ahead of on-road finesse. It's an approach Land Rover has long taken with its premium Range Rover model.

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Mercedes R-Class - it’s three vehicles in one

Mercedes R-Class - it’s three vehicles in one

Mercedes-Benz has added a fresh twist to the crossover vehicle theme by combining the attributes of an upmarket station wagon, an SUV and a people-mover in its new R-Class range.

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Mercedes S500 - New Mercedes outstanding

Mercedes S500 - New Mercedes outstanding

For more than half a century, the S-Class has been the pinnacle of Mercedes-Benz luxury motoring, and as such has often been a candidate for that exclusive title of the "world's best car".

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Mercedes ML500 - SUV challenger shows potential to lead

Mercedes ML500 - SUV challenger shows potential to lead

Successive days of pre-Christmas rain played havoc with the intended combination of a solid highway drive and lengthy off-road expedition with the new Mercedes ML500.

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Mercedes B-Class A to Z shows smart, practical Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes B-Class A to Z shows smart, practical Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has added the letter B to its naming alphabet with the launch of the latest in a new breed of mid-sized people movers that are cleverly packaged alternatives to conventional hatchbacks and wagons.

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Mercedes Stylish CLS could be classic

Mercedes Stylish CLS could be classic

Mercedes-Benz has a long tradition of offering large coupes alongside its premium saloon range. The CLS is a new take on this established approach, which combines a traditional four-door saloon configuration with sleek, coupe-like lines.

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Mercedes A-Class CDi Elegance - An A for performance

Mercedes A-Class CDi Elegance - An A for performance

Small luxury cars have gained a new lease of life in the past year with the launch of two quite different vehicles: the BMW 1-series and newgeneration Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

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Mercedes’ new Mmmm class

Mercedes-Benz has launched its second-generation four-wheel-drive. DAVID BRUCE looks at the new M-Class.

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Mercedes SLK 55 AMG - Latest Mercedes bad to the bone

Mercedes SLK 55 AMG - Latest Mercedes bad to the bone

There is a rare and intoxicating quality to Mercedes-Benz's latest piece of politically incorrect, power-laden automotive one-upmanship, the SLK 55 AMG.

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