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Mercedes-Benz GL500

Mercedes-Benz GL review

The updated GL is about adding value meaning more features for the money. Photo Gallery

Gover and Alison Ward test and review the Mercedes-Benz GL.

In a filled with hulking the Mercedes-Benz GL is a bit like a blue It is an absolute giant, a litte and rarely seen. The GL sits the ML in the Benz lineup and comes a LandCruiser-size body, seven plenty of real-world off-road and plenty of potential as a tow machine.

are relatively modest in Australia, at than 400 last year, but it has had a value tweak with the of specification upgrade which more for the same money. It at the very top of the SUV world and it’s to think of the GL and not also put the Toyota — or its Lexus -badged — into the same There is also the Audi Q7 and a of others. Benz believes the GL is a look by the people who buy into land, even if the pricetag for a GL 500 top $170,000 by the time you get it on the road.

The luxury isn’t just put on a veneer over some of truck, says David spokesman for Mercedes-Benz in Australia. He the GL hit its sales peak during its year in 2007, but it is being as a potential hero following the work. It’s been for a while and its first year was its year. But it’s just had a bit of an and improvement and we want people to another look. The update is about adding value.

The GL is a seven-seater wagon, has low-range but also gets a full interior, a boom-box sound electric assists on everything you and plenty of safety including a packed with airbags. The choices are a turbodiesel and a V8, but the decision is for the most people outside the suburbs.

The majority of cars are delivered the turbodiesel. It is bought as a family and some off-roaders and grey also like it, says It’s more capable than almost all of its luxury and it’s great for towing.

I to hate the GL, because it is so big and so outrageous. It guzzles fuel at a rate 17 litres for every 100 kilometres of motion. But it’s like and the more time I spent it the more I liked it. I knew it was bad for me, and the but I could not say no.

The GL is quite a cushy drive, the comfort of the seats to the way it crushes It’s not like other off-roaders, which tend to and bang their way down the In fact, it is one of the most car-like I’ve had through the Carsguide in recent times. Ok, so you always it is massive and loaded but it’s not to fire it up for a run to the coffee shop.

I it will go off road and tow a couple of but I didn’t need to prove it. a given for me, and the sort of people who lots of money for a multi-purpose SUV.

So, what’s not to like? there is the thirst. And the first of a $118 bill to fill the even when the petrol still reads quarter-full. also a bit impractical if you want to seven people and stuff, the luggage space behind the seats — I love the assists — is pinched.

But the GL is a vehicle, unlike Benz’s family seven seater the R-Class, that can make a lot of It’s not a real rival to a but I can see lots of reasons to choose it of a Lexus LX and, for me, it’s way of Audi’s Q7.

She says — Ward

The GL 500 has it all. It’s has plenty of seats, lots of it looks expensive and it is expensive. looks suggest it is a gangster car, but it could also be Mr and Mrs runabout — from the movie in 2005 — or for a big family in the plush suburbs. once inside, you can see that car has been tailored to suit anyone. It’s a great for Mercedes, with an eye-catching look and tasteful, well-chosen

The GL is very easy to drive, its grand size. Parking is thanks to the reversing camera and rear window. I didn’t as overwhelmed as I thought I would be. It beautifully, even over hills and muddy driveways.

Mercedes-Benz GL500

But I am Mercedes went for the column-shift lever. I found it was easy to out of gear into neutral, is not only annoying but a teensy bit Not the ideal situation for a car brand itself on high safety

The seating is fantastic, easy to use and are comfy, but pram space in the is limited if you really want to use all seats. And that surprised, and me in a vehicle as big and comfy as this

THE BOTTOM LINE . A gentle you cannot help liking.


PRICE from

ENGINE 5.5-litre V8

POWER at 6000 revs

TORQUE between 2800 and 4800

TRANSMISSION Seven-speed automatic, all-wheel drive

Mercedes-Benz GL500
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