Car review MercedesBenz GLClass 350 Bluetec road test BBC Top Gear

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Mercedes-Benz GL 350 CDI AT Special Series

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Are you the sort of parent who, having spawned four children, into the eyes of your and said: One more, and we’d enough for a five-a-side football If so, pray point yourself the cavernous enormity of the all-new GL.

This is one supersize SUV: and taller than Audi’s Q7, a big brother to the not-very-small Mercedes ML. enormity makes it very Stateside: Merc claims the GL was the USA’s best-selling large SUV, and the new one should go even guns.

We Brits are a more discerning For a start, we won’t even a big SUV unless it’s diesel. the GL reaches the UK early next there will be a petrol (the 435bhp GL500, a V8), but all but a handful of Brits opt for the diesel GL350: 254bhp, ft and a theoretical 38mpg.

Piped through an unhurried auto ‘box, the 3.0-litre V6 is smooth and strong but hardly an to put the ‘Sport’ into ‘Sport Vehicle’. The GL doesn’t chase the smaller) Porsche Cayenne or BMW X6 the look-at-me-handling-like-a-saloon route.

Even active chassis switched to this remains a big wafty isolating you from the road rather than pressing face to it. Any attempt at right-foot induces stroppy electronic the GL far happier to potter gently, bad roads with unGermanic

Isolation is what the GL’s featuring — and I quote Acoustic Front Windows, Acoustic Materials and Optimized (which sounds like the three-band folk night It’s whisper-quiet, and, if you get with the options, dripping top-end technologies, including a parking camera and active stabilisation. Specced up, the GL feels and posher than Audi’s Q7.

Mercedes-Benz GL 350 CDI AT Special Series

But there’s a big British fly in the GL’s our very own Range Rover, does the effortless 4×4 thing with unparalleled And there’s an all-new version on the way to the bar yet higher. If you can cope without the row of seats (does your team really need a take a drive in the new RR before to a GL.

But, if seven chairs are a the Merc is a refined, if stolid, Stolid, that is, unless you the upcoming 557bhp GL63 capable of 0-62mph in less five seconds: a daft for a 2.5-tonne mega-SUV. Unless you to get that team to an away in a hurry.

Sam Philip

THE NUMBERS


2987cc, V6, 254bhp, 372lb ft, 38.2mpg, CO2, 0-62 in 7.9secs, 2480kg

Mercedes-Benz GL 350 CDI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz GL 350 CDI AT Special Series

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