The Mercedes-Benz M-Class has recently had a mid-life revamp, which has kept Merc’s big 4×4 competitive with newer rivals.
The 3.0-litre diesel is so powerful you’ll wonder why anyone would choose a thirsty V8 model, sprinting from 30-60mph in 10 seconds. The M-Class is as stable as it is quick, staying firmly in control of the caravan in the lane-change test. At motorway speeds and beyond nothing shifts it.
Inside, there are just five seats – a shame when most big 4x4s offer seven. However, there’s plenty of head- and legroom, and space for all our holiday luggage.
There’s no getting away from the high price, though.