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2013 MERCEDES-BENZ REVIEW

Vehicle Style: luxury SUV

Price: $154,900 on-roads)

Engine/trans: 320kW/700Nm petrol turbol | 7spd

Fuel Economy listed: l/100km | tested: 15.6

Benz’s luxurious leviathan SUV got a makeover earlier this Alongside new sheetmetal and the arrival of the GL 63 variant. the gadget count got a boost for 2013.

We climbed up into the driver’s seat of the GL 500 and spent a week behind its wheel. Surprisingly, despite correspondent’s inherent dislike of the GL 500 actually endeared itself

Big power, effortless cruising, a ride and more space an aircraft hanger are all hallmarks of the GL

As a luxury wagon for well-to-do it makes plenty of sense.

The inside of the GL 500 is best described as Not just because of its sheer but because everything feels it has been hewn from

Build quality is exceptional. rattles, fit and finish is superb and key contact points are lavishly in soft leather.

The switchgear has updated too, and even the of the glovebox and centre console box are to stop your odds and from sliding about.

The front seats are huge, and offer an exceptional range of

Having integrated seat-heaters and a function also helps appeal (to the extent that we it difficult to leave the comfort of the GL 500 engaging ‘park’ in the driveway).

The row seats are just as accommodating, and passengers in the second row also get seats.


Separate ventilation are provided for second-row occupants but for us the real highlight was the third

Not only do the two third-row seats independently out of the boot floor at the of a button, but they’re spacious, and comfortable enough for any moderately-sized

That’s right. This is one of the few based seven-seaters that can take seven full-grown and transport them great in great comfort.

The cupholder-equipped row armrests are trimmed in the same as the rest of the cabin, and entry to the row is simple thanks to the second electric fold-away function.

air outlets will also third row passengers comfortable on drives, and the seats themselves decent under-thigh and backrest not to mention plenty of headroom.

Refreshingly for a European luxury the GL 500 is so well-equipped as standard that you won’t need to flick the options catalogue.

Besides the luxuries of power everything tailgate), cruise control in the GL 500), and keyless entry and the GL 500 comes with plenty of high-tech gear to ease the workload.

Bluetooth phone and audio will keep you connected and while sat-nav is also fit. Tri-zone climate keeps passengers comfortable, and the cabin temp is also from the front seats.

A camera system is a godsend in carparks, and can either display the from a single camera or combine them all to give a view of the car’s surroundings.

the size of this car, has thankfully seen fit to put it on the GL 500’s spec sheet.

A sunroof, headlamps, voice-command interface and connectivity are further deal-sweeteners. we said, there’s no need to up a GL 500 — it’s already got you need, and then some.

Even with all seats the GL provides ample room for

According to the VDA method, there’s 680 at a minimum and a whopping 2300 at a maximum, which translates to than enough room for the shop when the third row is up, and sufficient for a living room’s of flat-pack with all seats flat.

There’s one annoyance, The retractable cargo blind with the raising and lowering of the row, and when removed nowhere to stow it (other having it intermingled with cargo).

Other than that, the GL 500 a very appealing substitute for a

Driveability: With a kerb of 2445kg, the GL 500 is a real heavyweight.

But a 4.7 litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 up supplying all four wheels 320kW and a whopping 700Nm of That means it can punch a heavyweight too.

With torque available from overtaking is a breeze. Steep don’t faze it; the powertrain flinches with a full of passengers aboard and the GL 500 can blast to from rest in just 5.4

It’s also reasonably too. Having 4.7 litres of certainly helps throttle when the turbos are off boost.

For a big, powerful engine, (relatively) efficient as well.

claims the GL 500 will return an figure of 11.5 l/100km, is rather optimistic. However, our of 15.6 l/100km is still good, considering we weren’t gentle with the throttle at

Part of the credit for that go to the GL’s seven-speed 7G Tronic In top gear the engine lopes at low revs. It also strives to revs low when accelerating, swift kickdown performance it responds quickly should you a sudden burst of power.

The GL 500 is impressively quiet. Isolation road and wind noise is for an SUV, and at a cruise the engine’s becomes a barely-audible thrum.

So quiet in fact that between the first and third row require anyone to raise a

Suspension: All GL 500s come with self-levelling air suspension, offers adjustable ride for off-roading as well as two damping comfort, and sport.

Comfort is the and the serene, softly-sprung ride it is superb for both suburban and driving.

Sport is a bit of a gimmick in a car this. It tightens up the damping and the car overly sensitive to small-amplitude but the payoff is impressively planted around corners and improved feel.

(Of course, whether ever need or care to use mode is debatable.)

Braking: The pedal feels a little initially, but the brakes themselves do an job of reining in the GL 500’s significant

With big rotors and calipers front and rear, they be more than adequate for towing duty.

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ANCAP Not tested

Safety features: The GL 500 all the usual active safety (stability control, traction ABS, EBD and brake assist), but brings active cruise blind spot monitoring and keeping assist as standard.

in addition to the GL 500’s suite of airbags — dual airbags for the first row, airbags for the first and second curtain airbags for the first and row and a driver’s knee airbag.

WARRANTY AND SERVICING

Warranty: years/unlimited kilometres

Service Service intervals are set for every or 12 months, whichever occurs Servicing costs can vary, so your dealer.

Lexus LX 570 — Luxurious, massive, of room for seven and a big ol’ V8. The LX 570 is perhaps the closest competitor to GL 500.

The LX’s Landcruiser make it feel a little special than the Mercedes, but got genuine off-road credentials and a smooth naturally-aspirated V8.

But it’s not as as the GL 500, and it’s thirsty. claims the LX 570 returns an average of l/100km on the combined cycle. LX reviews )

Land Rover 4 V8 ($129,545) — The Disco 4 lack the cachet of others in list, but its more compact shorter wheelbase and shorter make it a better off-roader.

room for seven passengers but the third row isn’t nearly as as the GL 500’s. (see Discovery )

Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro ($128,800) It’s starting to look a old compared to the refreshed GL 500, but the Q7 in top-tier 4.2 TDI form is arguably a sensible choice when it to efficiency.

Its 4.2 litre turbo V8 might only produce but it cranks out a huge 800Nm of and consumes less fuel a claimed figure of 9.2 l/100km. is arguably the better choice for a seven-seater. (see Audi Q )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.

Above: big Q7 SUV.

TMR VERDICT | OVERALL

you’ll probably need to your fuel budget, but the GL 500 won’t disappoint.

Quality, power and refinement are abundant, and as a and luxurious family hauler the GL 500 is to beat.

But if you can’t stomach the consumption, there’s always the V6 diesel of the GL 350. It drinks (7.7 l/100km) and costs ($129,900), but is no less well-equipped its V8-powered big sister.

Take pick. Either way, the is a winner.

Pricing (excludes costs)

GL 350 BlueTEC —

GL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY — $154,900

GL 63 AMG $214,900

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