Drive MercedesBenz GL500 Review

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Mercedes-Benz GL500

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folding rear seats

and smooth V8

Stylish interior


V8 can be thirsty (the V6 is better)

Options can add up

Large utility vehicles have, in ways, been the antidote to weaning itself off large While some would to think we’re an environmentally lot keen to downsize our wheels, the of multi-kid families and a desire to something more masculine demand for the seven-seat off-road-style has never been stronger. No then, that luxury are clambering over themselves to the demand for SUVs.

While the and butter of Mercedes-Benz’s SUV suite is the ML, was one of the first of the luxury off-roaders, 2006 Merc has also the larger GL. Produced in the US alongside the ML it components with, the GL brings 30 centimetres of extra length and an row of seats. In some ways the GL is out on its larger than more-affordable luxury SUVs, and not as overtly as the Range Rover it will, in ways, compete with.

What do you get?

The clear seller in the GL range will be the diesel, which is priced $129,900 (plus on-road and costs). For that you get tri-zone control for front and rear, Bluetooth, a reversing camera 360-degree overhead functionality, tailgate, heated front rain-sensing wipers, auto tyre pressure sensors and and rear parking sensors, and of wood trim and leather.

comes courtesy of nine (dual front, front and side, side curtain and a knee airbag), stability and assistance systems such as warning, drowsiness detection and which prepares occupants for an

There’s also above-average to detail, whether it’s the steps with illuminated or leather-look stitched dash

There are the usual myriad that allow you to tailor from the colours and materials to TV screens.

From there a decent jump to the $154,900 tested here, which rear-seat heating, keyless and start, tinted windows and an AMG pack that features alloy wheels.

For the first there’s a GL63 AMG ($214,900), brings the potent AMG-developed V8 for those who want plenty of zing.

What’s inside

The GL is a machine, something you notice you swing open the big rear and climb in. More legroom be welcome in the second row, if the front seat is all the way back. The leather, wood trim and chrome stretch to the middle although the third row is less At least there are cup holders, side vision and decent Getting in there, too, is at the press of a button, which folds the middle row.

Those with kids in seats can put two in each of the second and rows, increasing flexibility if you a full house. Seatbelt lights for all seven seats are a The luggage area is tight all seats are in use, but fold the pews — it’s electronically at the push of a button and there’s a long and useful

Mercedes-Benz GL500

Up front it’s classic from the Comand controller to the switchgear and instruments. It all works and once you delve into the operating system there are all of personalisation options, from to seat massaging. Useful areas up front make the of the centre console, which a covered binnacle.

Under the bonnet

Under the is a twin-turbocharged V8 that does a job of shifting the substantial 2.4-tonne

Punchy from low in the rev range to 700Nm of torque, the 4.7-litre also revs cleanly, the delicious surge of energy as builds.

It also works with the seven-speed automatic, does its best to be in the right and ready to respond. At the same it allows the engine to utilise low-rev muscle, ticking about 1800rpm on a freeway the need for unnecessary gear

The V8 also comes with stop-start, which very stops then restarts the when the car is stationary, helping some fuel. Speaking of the GL500 is claimed to use 11.5 per 100 kilometres, which proves in everyday driving. While we got it to 10L/100km on a freeway run, generally a struggle to keep it 15L/100km when around

On the road

The Benz looks big and big, especially when you it at a corner. Ours was fitted sizeable 21-inch Pirelli that hang on well but push on too hard and all that soon makes itself And while the GL holds its line and faithfully through a sweeping — albeit with lean — a decent can have the body rolling as can sudden direction changes.

In driving, though, it’s and quiet, with unwanted roar a companion only on surfaces. The air suspension is more in Comfort mode, although brings some added — at the expense of ride

With the latest GL, the dual-range case doesn’t come as of the standard package, suggesting will be limited to gentle snow and other non-everyday Those wanting to get more can go for the Off-Road Pro pack ($3550), brings the lower-range gearing, ground clearance and protection for vitals.


It’s all about the millimetres with the GL, which the popular ML formula and makes it If you will regularly put four or people in the rear it makes with the sort of class and expected of a Mercedes. But it brings in its driving dynamics — and — that ensure it be for everyone.

Mercedes-Benz GL500

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