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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL GL500

It may blur the line vehicle and building, but the  Mercedes-Benz GL-Class  provides square metres for the money an average apartment found in the suburbs where it will

The second generation of the largest SUV in opens with the $129,900 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6, ends the $214,900 GL63 AMG 5.5-litre petrol V8, while the GL500 tested here snuggles in at $154,900 with a 4.7-litre petrol V8.

Those prices are comparable with an E-Class yet the seven-seat Mercedes-BenzGL offers far more and standard equipment.

Standard on all are a 360-degree camera, leather with heated front a 17.8cm TFT colour display satellite navigation and voice Bluetooth phone and internet and 20-inch alloy wheels. The adds an AMG exterior sports with 21-inch wheels, a massage front seats, second-row seats, tinted privacy glass and keyless

The interior design of the Mercedes-Benz GL is with the smaller, five-seat and both also utilise the platform and are built in sweet Alabama.

Quality leather the entire dashboard and interplays dark woodgrain trim and silver ringed dials to the interior feel its worth. said, however, it isn’t too from the sub-$80K ML250 boasts similar tones and

The design itself isn’t as as that found in the Land Discovery 4 – let alone the forthcoming Rover Sport – and nor is the GL as well as the British SUV.

Where the seats its third-row occupants than the middle riders, themselves are perched higher the front seats, the GL doesn’t have the same tiered effect.

That’s the only to the seating, however.

Starting the rear, the two individual back are superbly padded and slightly to aid under-thigh support. Small-hatchback-like means adults are fine to sit there, and there’s space for under the middle row. The shape of the GL also makes for of headroom. Leather padded with a cupholder on each and a roof-mounted air vent for each passenger further cements Mercedes-Benz as one of the most luxurious SUVs available at any price.

rear chair also folds into the floor via duplicated on the side of the boot and behind the middle row. The bench itself – split – also electrically folds to third-row access; touch one and the backrest folds onto the then the whole seat against the fronts.

The rear tailgate also and lowers electrically, with two on the tailgate, offering the choice of closing the tailgate or locking it and all the

There’s plenty of electricity through wires to make move in the Mercedes-Benz GL, and it makes and folding then accessing any or all of the as easy as it is cumbersome and tricky in

Although middle-row riders be afforded more legroom the size of the GL – and the wide opening – the standard seat heating and climate control with in both the console and on the B-pillars that, as with the rearmost it’s difficult to imagine a lush environment.

Ensuring the and front passenger aren’t out, there’s brilliant seats and plenty of seat (electric, of course) available.

The GL may be but it isn’t dumb. The glovebox and storage bin are both large, and the transmission selector to a stalk on the of the steering wheel frees up the area for American-coffee-sized cupholders. The selector stalk also that when finishing cumbersome three-point-turn manoeuvre the can ‘swipe’ the stalk down to select ‘D’ or nudge it back up to ‘R’. It’s both and effective.

Decent rear packaging means a space saver wheel can fit underneath the third row of and still allow them to flat. When they’re up, the will squeeze in a couple of when they’re down the is absolutely enormous.

We used the BlueEfficiency for an annual trip to the NSW Mountains and, having need for five seats, that full-length skis fit diagonally across the boot the third row is folded – it really is large. One gripe, however, is the cargo cover can only be into position when the are up; it can’t be moved to sit just the middle row when the back are needed, leaving cargo and nowhere to store the long

For the 1200km-long road trip the BlueEfficiency proved both a tourer and an enjoyable steer. occupants are indulged, drivers are on multiple – and suprising – levels.

The steering wheel in the GL500 is with multiple Mercedes-Benz including the C200 that almost a third of the price and was the week before. Yet more the steering system itself as beatifully tactile, lightly and feelsome as it does in that – or an E-Class, or S-Class, or ML-Class. a harmony to Mercedes-Benz products days that means, of their size and bodystyle virtues carry across model lines.


It’s the same with the The standard Airmatic air suspension only two modes – Comfort and – and they complement each nicely. On the freeway, Comfort road joins and lumpy ensuring the cabin remains especially astonishing considering the wheels.

Yet on the twisty mountain from Jinabyne to Perisher the in Comfort mode starts to a bit much, move laterally a bit too and require more steering to turn in than is desired.

to Sport mode and the GL500 up noticeably, almost –  almost  making the GL feel agile. with the steering, and the supremely twin-turbo V8 engine, this big provides genuine enjoyment in the when hustled.

On the one lane up the mountains, the active cruise also worked superbly, a safe distance behind the of snow-goers, gently coming to a now and again, then safely away where required. lane keeping assistance is standard, though the GL lacks the to steer around gentle like the E- and S-Class can. surround cameras and auto-parking in conjunction with the slick and steering, also makes the GL easier than its size may

With a 4.7-litre capacity engine is the ‘baby’ of the Mercedes-Benz V8 but with two turbochargers it delivers of power and 700Nm of torque.

The also, however, has to fight a 2445kg kerb weight despite an intuitive and smooth automatic helping, takes an mildly impressive 5.4 seconds to get standstill to 100km/h.

More is the 11.7L/100km claimed consumption, is about what a Commodore V6 a decade ago. Less is the real-world consumption of the GL500.

The is a prime example of why a diesel is far smarter in an SUV than picking a On the freeway – despite ticking at 1800rpm in seventh at 115km/h – the GL computer claimed an absolute of 11.3L/100km. Over the course of the it averaged 12.7L/100km.

Back in the however, it’s actually to watch the gauge plummet. separate urban trips saw the trip computer show – that it never exceeded figure is only because the computer doesn’t allow it.

The ‘BlueEfficiency’ tag may denote standard technology, but it’s otherwise here. In traffic from the run from Sydney airport to the side of the CBD, for example, the on the fuel gauge had already off full.

Yes, there’s always of performance on tap, a really and distantly growly engine while the off-the-line throttle makes the GL500 feel than it is and will indeed any diesel SUV on sale.

But the consumption and for real-world driveability the cheaper diesel is undeniably the smarter

Regardless of the engine under the however, the Mercedes-Benz GL indulges cossets them with a ride, and keeps its driver thanks to a balanced chassis and steering. It is an excellent small SUV.

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