What is it?
A light make-over for Mercedes’s off-roader, the best bit of which, if you’re contemplating a purchase, is the addition of useful basket of extra kit for no extra cost.
It includes front and rear parking sensors, a powered tailgate, auto dim mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity and redesigned front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment.
There’s also a new steering wheel, and paddle shifts rather than the fiddly buttons of the previous version. A modest collection of visual signatures including redesigned bumpers, a new grille, reshaped mirrors, dark tinted headlights and restyled projector headlights mark the changes.
Mechanical alterations are minimal, engine management revisions that produce a mild fuel efficiency improvement for the 280 CDI and the best-selling 320 CDI diesel engine - fuel consumption improves by up to 1.2mpg and 8g/km - being the sole change.
And that applies only to the SE version of this derivative, the Sport’s figures remaining unchanged because the gains are sacrificed to a bigger set of 20in wheels.
They are part of a range realignment that sees the Sport more fully differentiated from the cheaper SE, by standard-fit running boards, a different grille, projection beam headlights, stainless steel underguards and rectangular, rather than oval, exhausts.