I would always use a puller on my other cars, for fear of bending the steering wheel.
I would use one on the benz, you don't want to damage anything, and cost is minimal.
'92 300CE - Sold
2004 C240 - C7 Wheels
2015 ML350 - P1, Pano, Ash poplar wood, Sport Dinamica interior, Running Boards Keyless go.