MercedesBenz GLClass 2013: Road Test motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz GL500

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 2013: Test

If you’re going to off the beaten track, you might as do it in style

Mercedes-Benz GL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY


Victorian High

What we liked:


Torquey twin-turbo V8

Quiet, cabin

Low profile tyres

A-pillar hinders visibility

brake pedal feel

$154,900 (MRLP)

Engine: eight-cylinder twin turbo-petrol

320kW / 700Nm

Transmission: automatic

Wheels / Tyres: / 295/40

Fuel / CO2: / 269g/km

Safety: Thirteen / Five-star (EuroNCAP)

Think of the GL-Class as the S-Class of the offroad If you’re going to head off the track, you might as well do it in

But just how far off the beaten track Benz’s full-size SUV allow you to go? And do you shares in an oil company to get there?

big seven seater offers (between 1800-3500rpm), permanent drive grip and a claimed time of 5.4 seconds. When you this performance and the fact the GL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY tips the scale at a combined fuel consumption of 11.5L/100km shouldn’t surprise. It amaze!

Compared to its predecessor’s unit, the new GL 500’s twin-turbo V8 offers 12 per cent more 32 per cent more torque and 18 per better fuel economy.

Mercedes-Benz GL500

Torque is the key. At 2000rpm, the new is developing 40 per cent more than that of the outgoing Indeed, the new V8 engine is incredibly and suffers from none of the lag typical of turbocharged engines. has achieved this not only variable geometry turbocharging, but by metering precisely the amount of required to each combustion at any given moment via its third-generation direct injection system.

To even more fuel, the of the seven-speed automatic transmission has revised, while low-friction axles, electric power low-rolling resistance tyres and stop-start all add their piece. In Mercedes-Benz estimates a cruising of up to 890km for the GL 500 Blue EFFICIENCY.

On we managed 12.3L/100km.

On the road, the GL is an capable vehicle. The ease at it irons out hills or overtakes is only by its general weildiness. hard to fathom that a tonne SUV could slice an as well as the GL does. The overall comfort and ability on hand is something else.

Where offroad capability is the GL 500 is a mixed bag. Considering its on the open road, the rough tracks of the Victorian High were a considerable challenge, one many owners will attempt. More to the point, if you are to go further offroad, there’s the (dearer) G 350 BlueTEC.

The GL 500 rides on air suspension with adjustable absorbers and a load-recognition system. The can even counter crosswinds and for variances in road surface and to improve handling and ride But with 21-inch alloy and low-profile rubber even the suspension system is thwarted in such as those encountered on

Mercedes-Benz have endowed the GL-Class with a very bodyshell, up to 600mm wading 306mm of ground clearance, and geometry that, for its considerable wheelbase, is quite impressive approach, 23-degrees break-over and departure).

Permanent all-wheel is standard and is assisted by Downhill Regulation, though in the conditions we a simple pull of the left-hand wheel paddle to low gear was to tackle most situations. to drive within the parameters of the and the GL-Class protects itself via underrun protection and fibre-reinforced panelling.

Not only do the fibre serve to protect the GL’s but also aid in the suppression of noise. On the GL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY proved exceptionally allowing a peaceable ambience in to enjoy conversation, or many for your favourite driving (USB, CD, AM/FM tuner, streaming). There weren’t any squeaks or rattles to note, a slightly obscured view the thick A-pillar.

Excusing the obvious point of rubber offroad, the only perceptible niggle we felt the GL’s otherwise exemplary was that of the brake pedal. As as the brakes themselves may be, pedal is lacking.

We also felt given the GL’s aptitude for the outdoors, a shortcut (preferably a button) to disabling the traction might be a good idea. At one albeit in 25cm of fresh the system’s sustained intervention saw a of momentum that could seen us camping the night in temperatures. Fortunately the SUV’s inertia kept us moving such time as we could thorough myriad menu to disable the over bearing nannies.

Overall GL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY is an incredibly vehicle — so long as you its limits.

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