MercedesBenz Gl 420 Cdi Road Tests Motoring The Independent

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Mercedes-Benz GL420 GDI

Mercedes-Benz Gl 420 Cdi

Transmission: seven-speed four-wheel drive

Performance: 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds; 23.9mpg

When offered me the opportunity to drive its off-roader, I thought I’d do really mentalist with it. I too. I took it off road. not mentalist as such, because what the GL-Class is designed to do; very, very unusual, I


As we all know, cars such as rarely get their tyres and spend most of their lives on the school run or waiting for owners outside fashionable and upmarket restaurants. A kerb is the obstacle they’re liable to Something as large as the GL-Class also be handy for ferrying antiques between the family I fondly imagine. It has seven too, so everyone in the family dowagers to newborns can be accommodated in its interior. I don’t know for though, because I don’t in those sorts of circles, is people who can spend upwards of on a status symbol. Me? I drove it a pond.

Now before you accuse me of duck-worrying or let me explain that I wasn’t this in some fragile ecosystem, but rather in the man-made of Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in The company has taken part of the where the race circuit stood and spent undisclosed on redeveloping it into a museum/showroom/adventure Mecca. I’ve no idea it was worth it financially, but it is a fun destination for a The best bits are the handling and the off-road course where you can cars to their — and — limits.

Actually, I the off-road course really to just a nursery slope. thought it would be interesting to see how the engineering in the GL-Class stood up to a bit of rough.

I can certainly confirm you won’t get wet in one of these vast The water we waded through above the sills but not a drop the cabin. Impressive, and just as because I happened to have my whistle on. By the way, indoors find the usual tasteful treatment but it doesn’t approach the Scanda-sassiness of a Range Rover, the make that has learnt from the world of architecture and design. It’s still though; Mercedes has fitted screens on the back of the front head-rests for the DVD player, there’s a at the rear that will the third row of seats down and the boot also operates You almost feel guilty at the excess of this 5m-long

Anyway, back to the mud. We a few 45-degree slopes and checked out the two-stage transfer box, ride height (the the better), locking differentials, speed regulator (like Rover’s hill descent and hill-start assist. For the ungifted the key to successful off-roading is, as far as I’m to select the lowest gear you leave it there and keep And, if possible, get your on the most capable, powerful and machine you can, because usually can take care of any in your driving. Careering a mock-ravine on three wheels you very grateful for all that cleverness.

Our test car, then, itself perfectly well. I wondered, might it cope the handling track? The answer to is pretty positive, too. I take the view that utility vehicles are, by very nature, much about utility than With their weight, chassis, soft suspension and centre of gravity, they are about as far away from the ideal as it is possible to get. Mercedes GL-Class isn’t to feature on many track

However, what you find on these high-end SUVs BMW X5, Range Rover and Porsche are the others) is that the engineers spent so much time and and money on developing their (more often than not air systems, as on the GL-Class) that handle relatively well. So you do enter a corner far too quickly, as you can in at the wunderbar Mercedes-Benz World you can actually feel the electronic control kick in and go about its work. The result is that this 2.5-tonne leviathan is much easier than you think.

It seems a pity that the tastes of today’s are such that they so many cars that are in self-contradictions. In this case seemed to asking Mercedes to a car that will take people in relative comfort up a track, handle as well as a Cooper (the original and double up as a limo. To the extent it could, Mercedes has succeeded, the obstacle to a totally refined being the engine, or at least the V8 I tried, which was a little too perhaps. There’s also a V6 but, if you’re not worried fuel economy, I’d go for new high-revving V8 petrol unit.

The only thing that Mercedes-Benz can’t do is to salve conscience. Despite its superb of abilities, it is a terribly profligate It uses too much fuel, and pollutes too readily, and it takes up too resources to manufacture. I remember the Austin Maxi was hailed as the car with five seats and gears; now we have the Mercedes with seven seats and gears. You don’t have to be a Trot to wonder whether the has its priorities right.

Mercedes-Benz GL420 GDI

I know Mercedes will say its new SUV is way ahead of where it and the auto used to be on emissions, and that recyclable and that in any case it last for donkey’s years, but you still ask yourself whether one of these is really the best you can do for your planet. The fact is the car is made in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is aimed at the American consumer. just too big for Britain’s roads.

The waste of all, I think, is all off-road engineering that in all likelihood, be seldom troubled. So I thoroughly recommend the GL-Class to slim slice of the national comprising very wealthy who live up mountains and have of a car that can carry extended in leather upholstered opulence. get an estate car. Mercedes some nice ones.

Q7 V6 TDI Sportline £40,685

As long and a wider than the GL-Class, does much the same job of other road users. It seven in luxury, and in this it’s value for money. even a stonking 6.0-litre V12 due in 2008.

Volvo XC90 D5 Executive

The most car-like interior of all the crop of premium SUVs. cheaper than the Merc, but if you want to splurge and can settle for seats, go for a Porsche Cayenne or the new V8 diesel Range Rover.

Rover Discovery V6 TD HSE £43,287

classy seven-seater, and for some the cachet of this famous will suffice. A pity we may to wait for some time for the V8 engine to migrate from the Rover. Ultra-strong but heavy

Mercedes-Benz GL420 GDI

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