MercedesBenz GL500 CARmag co za

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Mercedes-Benz GL500

Mercedes-Benz GL500

Merc’s SUV should, for all intents and purposes, be one of the offensive vehicles on the road but Dean climbs aboard and that there is a place for luxurious leviathan.

Appraising one of upper-tier models is never And that’s due, in part, to the tendency to load its test vehicles with every option. For instance, a cursory at the spec sheet reveals the GL-Class currently looming in our car has been fitted with R90 000 worth of extras… As CAR Deputy Hannes Oosthuizen has pointed that’s the equivalent of the standard 000 car with a Chery QQ3 thrown in.

In the rarified financial atmosphere by those in the market for a huge SUV, however, such a sum probably illicit nothing than a shrug, but therein lies some of the reasoning one’s general dislike of vehicles. Take the R30k system for the rear passengers as an One set of folks will see it as a way to keep the entertained on long trips, will see a means for Julius to DVDs whilst trying to out how to nationalize a certain fast vendor.

But that doesn’t tell us what the GL500 is all So, what we have is a roomy SUV that happens to be possessed of respectable off-roading technology diff-locks, air suspension, hill control and lots of under-body a silky-smooth V8 engine and handling that belie its vast And the GL is vast – over 5 metres and almost 2 metres wide – yet it look ungainly. Even nearly 2 of those 5 metres overhangs, it still looks and well proportioned. Mercedes’ facelift of the model is fairly comprising LED lighting elements up a mildly-massaged grille and a tweak to the bumper.

Mercedes-Benz GL500

Changes to the interior are similarly the most noticeable being the of cylindrically-shaped binnacles for the speedo and rev There are no qualms regarding the quality and materials – areas Mercedes has been under scrutiny through the years. has a satisfyingly solid feel to it and the of walnut, metal surfaces and although rather conservative, is classy. There’s no shortage of space either – I managed to get in all three rows of seats rearmost of which can be raised or by pushing a button). Furthermore, the of multi-contour seats and electrical and rake adjustment for the steering (both optional) make it to find a comfy driving

Driving the GL is not the mammoth task its suggest. The steering, although a bit around centre, is precise and while the power delivery the 285 kW/580 N.m 5,4-litre V8 is smooth and suited to the progressive feel of the – making progress brisk, but lurch-free. Refinement is up there most premium saloons as is, it or not, the road manners. The air does a fantastic job of ironing out in the road and flicking the suspension into sport reins the GL in during spirited cornering, the big car a surprisingly nimble air. In once you get into the swing of you tend to forget just how big the GL is. only when you glance at the view mirror that you there’s a furlong of steel, and electronics behind the front

So, it’s an impressive machine. But else could your money procure for the shade R1 million that a heavily-specced GL Well, there’s the Toyota Cruiser 200 in 4,7-litre V8 VX guise – to R300 000 less than the GL, possessed of 7 pews and eminently off-road. It is somewhat down on compared to the GL, however, (202 kW vs 285 kW) and who seek brand prestige may be put off by the Toyota badge. Then the new Range Rover 5,0 V8 Supercharged its mighty 373 kW powerplant, old-money and off-road ability in spades… qualities are, however, by iffy build quality, power delivery, dynamics are taxed by all that power, two seats and a R1,2-million asking

When taking such into consideration, the GL’s specification (too extensive to here) and balance between on-road manners and respectably ability see it nestling neatly the two. The only potential fly around the GL’s ointment be the forthcoming Land Rover 5,0 Supercharged HSE – a luxuriously specced, 7-seat SUV with bags of ability at a comparatively bargain price of R720 000. If model can address the Supercharged Rover’s power delivery and strike a neat balance town and country use, it well rule the segment…

Mercedes-Benz GL500
Mercedes-Benz GL500
Mercedes-Benz GL500
Mercedes-Benz GL500

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