Car Reviews MercedesBenz GLClass GL 420 CDI The AA

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Mercedes-Benz GL420 GDI

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Solid quality and a premium feel in the Interior space is well average Off-road performance is on a par products from Land With the third row folded, space is generous


GL is a car and can prove tricky to manoeuvre town You need to be agile to get to the row of seats The options list is and potentially expensive — and items really should be Although well built, the design is too similar to less models

Not content with ‘just’ a five-seat 4×4 in its Mercedes added a seven-seat in 2006 to meet the demands of families wishing to move up conventional people carriers and cars. The GL-Class model is accommodating; it’s no wider its smaller ML relative, but it’s thanks to the third row of seats. else is pure Mercedes from the quality of the cabin and engine range to the GL’s abilities.

The sports utility (SUV) has evolved: first basic vehicles that go anywhere but lacked passenger Then came a mix of both, now we have cars that executive saloon levels of plus the ability to rival 4x4s for their off-roading

This is where the Mercedes-Benz GL in. Although it shares the basic SUV concept with products the Range Rover stable, different precisely because not a Range Rover. At the upper of the car buying spectrum, many are fiercely brand loyal, and they want to upgrade look to what else favourite maker can offer.

very recently, Mercedes had an SUV in the shape of the first generation ML a car routinely beaten by BMW’s X5. that balance now redressed, the GL to rival the likes of the Range and Audi’s Q7. The crucial selling is the inclusion of a third row of seats, the tally to seven. You might not need them but, to the marketing people, they’re everyone’s been asking

Seven seats aside, the GL is a Range Rover with a star on its bonnet. Cabin is a blend of R and E-Class, with the ML much in the way of the car’s instrumentation. The 4×4 transmission (permanent drive, locking diffs, low gearbox) allows the GL to take no when off road, and the engine is up to the usual standards and includes a V8 diesel.

Our verdict on the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL 420 CDI

clearly a car targeted at the luxury American market it is big, and the price you’ll pay for a seven-seat Rover rival. Its size it one of the most versatile cars in its price bracket, which no doubt make it attractive to active families moving up premium estate cars or SUVs. Some European and parking spaces don’t feel big enough for the GL, but that’s the compromise you’ll ever to make.


The GL is anything but an car to buy, but if you’re in the market for an people carrier and activity no car of this size will cheap. You can lessen the financial by opting for a diesel variant and discipline over the optional list. With quality said to be resolved, servicing be of the routine type only, you’ll still be paying rates.

Space and practicality

With the rear rows of seats flat, the GL does a very posh van impersonation. And with the third row folded, there’s of room for family belongings and activity clobber. The rear lip is, despite the car’s size, at a height, although reaching an in the boot’s far corners will a bit if a stretch. Elsewhere, the GL’s cabin is home to numerous areas, with the centre and doors the most practical. And the car’s size, it’s to say that no passenger is going to cramped — even in the row of seats.

Controls and display

Car security

Car safety

There’s no of systems to keep you safe in the GL. from the front, side and airbags, there’s a host of traction and stability gadgets to prevent or lessen the impact of a There’s even the option of assistance when towing, the sometimes unpredictable movements of a or trailer can be kept in check by the car stable if the road conditions tricky.

Driver appeal

While than the more agile ML, the GL disgrace itself out on the road. The air copes well with surfaced urban roads, and only a small amount of when the tall GL is cornered This can be reduced by suspension’s setting. The GL’s steering precise but a little lacking in while it’s hard to fault with the car’s line-up. The big petrol V8 (GL 500) good and is never short of all through the rev range. The diesels are the winners, with the 420 CDI a superb The unit’s considerable torque on road driving is relaxing, off-roading a pleasantly stress-free This is helped by the inclusion of a low gearbox and locking rear and differentials — items not as standard on the smaller ML.

Mercedes-Benz GL420 GDI

Family car

First car appeal

Quality and

A number of high profile issues haven’t failed to the car maker’s image. That the main problems — glitches and poor quality materials — have been resolved. Recent such as the R, S, CLS and ML-Class cars are better in all areas. The GL follows trend, and feels as good as its tag is expensive.


Front seat will have little accessing the GL’s cabin, as as they don’t mind the step up required to sit in the plush Rear seat passengers the same slight obstacle, but nothing that a healthy can’t manage. Access to the row is made straightforward thanks to the to easily tip the second row seats The third row can be folded into the at the press of a button, while the considerable tailgate can also be powered. Although even assistance, it’s no hardship to and close.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

The set-up in the GL is a good one, and a high quality experience. there are numerous upgrade including CD changers, full sat-nav, hands free facility and headrest mounted for rear seat passengers. audio controls are duplicated on the steering wheel.

Access to the is reasonably good, and the seats can be electrically to liberate more

Colours and trim

As with the of the Mercedes fleet, the GL looks when chosen in a dark or colour. Not only does imply that the car is expensive, it is, but also flatters due to its considerable Inside it’s a different as light coloured trim and help promote an airy, ambience.


Although a big accurate low speed manoeuvring is easy thanks to the car’s fit auto gearbox, large mirrors, light steering and sensors. Rearward visibility also be dependent on how many are obscuring your view, but plenty of window space to with positioning the car.


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