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October 4, 2013

Let’s it, no-one needs a Mercedes-Benz of any or a Land Rover  for matter (perhaps with the of the rugged Defender). That is only exaggerated when you get to the echelons of each of these At the very top, the peak of if you will, you get the new Mercedes-Benz GL and LR’s Range Rover. However, are far from necessities. Both are symbols of status, success fairly often, excess. But if you can, why not? So, are you like Louie of the monkeys from Kipling’s Jungle Book? reached the top and had to stop and that’s bothering you? Fret friends, I may have just the for that itch. Yup, the GL and the Range Rover will soothe that prickle, the thorn out of your oh-so-successful and, perhaps most outshine the Joneses next But what you need to know is one of these two limo-like SUVs is for the connoisseur.

Looks are everything. that’s not entirely true as is massively important when it to vehicles, but just this when you’re keen to sure those around you just how much money you and how tastefully you use it, looks mean than they normally And when parked next to other, the Mercedes GL and the Range have quite a battle on. The two are different – very different, in – but neither one is particularly ugly.

The Range Rover takes a approach to styling. Penned the guidance of design chief McGovern, it is almost simplistic in its but not to the point that it takes from how magnificent a vehicle it is. is, in fact, the wrong word. thing is pure elegance. it’s a vehicle that homage to the iconic original of of which it is a direct descendant. The rear stays true to its the lines along the shoulder are evident, albeit in evolved and the overall shape of the body rings true. That it’s modern from angle. Headlamps with LED running lights add to the effect, and not forget that this Rover is the world’s very aluminium monocoque SUV. significantly, makes it a whopping lighter than the third-generation it replaces.

The Mercedes-Benz GL is a much package than the Rangie, but by no unattractive. It’s still a tad too for my liking, particularly at the rear, but it is a improvement over the model it which was more akin to an hearse. The new model is smoother and rounded, at least up front. definitely the more extroverted of the two we have here, but then perhaps being more in face is an advantage in this This specific GL, the 63 AMG, is louder, visually, thanks to its aggressive grille, big wheels and exhaust set-up. It also to be the first time the GL63 which is around 100kg than its predecessor, has found its way to Africa.

Inside, both cars are with high-quality materials every surface you lay your on and cosseting you in the utmost luxury. I can’t help but feel the Range Rover has the Mercedes when it comes to plushness. it’s the materials we’re about, the design or even as small as the stitching, it just and feels the better place to be.

is not a problem in either of these but that also depends on how family members and friends you The high-end Autobiography spec Rover we have here has a layout, while the GL boasts for seven. And that’s not meaning juniors can be shoved in the back – a full seven-seater. To a certain the four-seat layout of the Range makes it more exclusive and it makes it more executive, with the electrically-adjustable heated seats and separate controls for and air conditioning in the back. It also has a cargo area covered in carpet to match the seats of the two-tone interior. Not unlike its everything about the Range screams class and elegance.

The boot, by comparison, is miniscule the third row of seats is erect but do fold flat to give you room when you don’t a full complement of passengers, is a big tick in the versatility department.

Performance and handling

And still on the of versatility, it’s time to whether the GL can match the Range off-road cred and whether the can keep up with the AMG on the blacktop. answer to both: no. See, not just the looks or interiors of two SUVs that differentiate from one other. No, the two specific we have on test are also different under the bonnet. boast forced-induction V8s but that’s much where the similarities Powering the slick Range is the British firm’s SDV8 a 4.4-litre turbodiesel with and 700Nm of torque on tap, the GL63 draws its power a twin-turbo 5.5-litre petrol with significantly more available: power is rated at and torque sits at 760Nm.

To the Range Rover is the more of the two. However, don’t that diesel engine good fuel consumption. I to get below 15ℓ/100km on the daily though the open road provide opportunities for it to dip below But that aside, it truly is a to drive. The torque is there you need it and there’s very delay in power delivery. you’re up to speed, overtaking is no either – you just flex right foot a little and past the slower traffic. figures: the 0-100kph sprint 6.9 seconds and top speed is rated at No slouch for something this

Although lighter than the Rangie is still a heavy of metal – 2360kg heavy, to be – and you can feel it under braking. not to say the brakes aren’t up to the task – certainly are – it all just feels a bit when they do, the nose heavily, creating a wallowy in the cabin. Still, the Range offers a ride as smooth as its interior, and if you’re not interested in off your driving skills battle to find anything comfortable than this The only problem you might is manoeuvring in and out of tight spots, as the walls get close, you truly the meaning of driving a vehicle five metres long and 2.2 wide.

The fuel consumption is the same for the GL – with such a engine under that bonnet it’s no surprise an average figure close to is the order of the day. What’s it’s easy to feel the sheer enormity of the GL has dulled AMG magic ever so slightly. big (5.1m long and 2.1m it’s heavy (2550kg) and not the easiest car to drive fast. 400kW is a titanic amount of (okay, the Titanic had in the region of and a fair whack more but this gives you an idea of how ‘titanic’ 400kW really and when you get it right the 63 AMG is tremendously to drive.

It’s hellishly fast for a of its size. It’ll get to 100kph in a 5.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 210kph. And the AMG Ride Control suspension in Sport Plus mode and the ‘S’ pressed, the GL offers a stirring I may not describe it as wieldy, but it corners and when you plant your a lion roars from the bonnet. It’s rare to such aural pleasure, but AMG every time and the GL is no exception.

So Mercedes can’t match Rover off-road (at least not the GL63 AMG, which come with the On/Off-Road – for that you have to opt for either the or the GL500, both of which are capable off-road), it’s that Range Rover match Mercedes through a pass. But does that matter? Well, that’s up to you – if showboating and making a big noise blitzing every gap in the traffic are thing, the AMG is better. If you went to to the base of Everest, you undoubtedly the Range Rover.

So, what’s the here? You’re forking out R1.6 million, but what are you getting for your money? that’s an easy question to not only do you get one of the best limousine-like performance vehicles money can buy I’m not referring only to SUVs I mean, overall, these two are the epitome of luxury motoring for the perhaps only challenged in regard by the Audi A8, the BMW 7 Series and the S-Class), in the case of the Range a supremely capable off-roader, The GL can also fulfil that just not in AMG guise, but like you a different Merc to go off-road, you choose the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 Rover if outright performance was the factor

Both models here are fantastic. But in this specific as a style accessory, an off-roader, a piece of ‘heaven on road’ and the package, I’d have to go for the Range It may not have the seven seats of the GL, but in return it has a cavernous boot, of space inside, first-rate quality and unrivalled design and out. Should I ever be enough to be faced with a of these two vehicles, the Range would be where I’d put my money. And my car, and my house, and possibly a few organs. And you know what? It be totally worth it.

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