Luxury SUVs are proliferating at what many sport sedan aficionados might consider a disturbing pace--but are they really all-terrain capable or are they just tall, bulky hatchbacks? Mercedes-Benz puts the 2012 M-Class to the test in this video.

While you'll see the results for yourself in the video, the 2012 M-Class shows some impressive ability, even though the course is rather more...refined...than a true off-road trail like you might find in the wilds of America. For our take on the 2012 M-Class's abilities, check out our first drive report here.

As for the joke about American beer, well, we'll give them a pass. This time.