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Mercedes-Benz GL 500 AT Base

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (December

What we liked

Smooth, drivetrains

Serious offroad

Comparatively generous third row

Not so

Suspension racket while

Clumsy rear-row exit

rating: 4.0/5.0

Engine, and chassis: 4.5/5.0

Pricing, and practicality: 4.0/5.0


Behind the wheel: 4.0/5.0


The introduction of the GL-Class to is more about ‘Benz us; more about product mix market. It’s the first (seven-seater) passenger SUV from American-built and largely directed at the US SUV market. Lord of the Benz the company will be happy if it just 400 GLs here a year.

the boxy, brawny and iconic the GL is a serious offroader. However, in its new it has moved up a class in terms of fit and finish. No news you say — can do all that very well… it’s ‘G’ that’s the For the GL to eclipse the consummate ‘G — not sold Down for many years but seen as private imports — the version must wear boots.

The GL uses MB’s permanent four-wheel-drive system, the company’s top offroad package and can tow It has a unitised steel body than the G-Class’ ladder design but this takes occupant protection systems the prestige car realm and the use of lightweight promises comparable offroad

Based on the mid-size M-Class but the dimensions of the R-Class touring you won’t help but notice ‘Gentle Giant’ GL-Class over town and country.


Before the likely of a range-topping AMG model, the GL Class for Australia starts with the turbodiesel V6 GL 320CDI priced $103,900 and packing 165kW/510Nm. up, the 5.4-litre petrol V8-engined GL 500 is at $146,900 and good for 285kW. engines meet Euro IV standards and are teamed with the automatic transmissions as standard.

The ‘Off Road Pro’ package, also standard fit on models, has ‘shift-on-the-move’ low-range and MB’s AIRMATIC level system with active damping, ‘4ETS’ traction brake assist, ESP with stabilisation program, hill assist and downhill speed and ABS with off-road mode.

between the extensive standard lists for either model dual-zone climate control, (leather-like) interior trim and alloy wheels for the GL 320 CDI, GL 500 gets multi-zone climate leather interior, 19-inch heated second-row seats, DVD system, glass electric and remote-control electro-hydraulic tailgate.

models have a fixed over the rear row, cover, park assist, front seats, 12-volt tinted power windows and pressure loss warning… And a space saver spare

Options include DISTRONIC proximity control and cruise system, 20-inch wheels, camera, Harmon Kardon system and DVD entertainment system seven-inch LCD monitors in the front Both models have a rear underbody guard but a package is available comprising underguard for front and rear, roof rails and cross

The third-row seat, which is electrically and stows flat, is an option for $3900. The five-seater additional underfloor stowage in of the third row.

The GL might be for big American families but interestingly Australia says more half of the early orders been for the seven-seat version.

The GL 320 CDI is equipped with Mercedes’ 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 which can 0-100km/h in 9.5sec and has good spread for real world performance. Consumption for the diesel is a claimed 9.7lt/100km.

Like its diesel stablemate, the all-new aluminium V8 has already service in a number of Mercedes-Benz Debuting in the S 500 earlier this it’s a modern design features variable valve on both intake and exhaust adjustment and an elaborate induction that Benz claims improves efficiency.

Both are mated to the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed transmission which has manual accessed via gearshift buttons on the of the steering wheel.

The really kit is all the offroad assistance. The GL’s system employs a two-speed case with a low-range and full differential locks for the case and rear axle. The case uses reduction (2.93: 1) while multiple-plate clutches provide up to 100 per cent at the rear axle and centre The front axle is also with an ‘electronic’ differential which allows steering otherwise hampered by a mechanical

Traction is maintained by MB’s which sends drive to the most planted wheels, if it happens to be only one.

The ABS is specially designed for offroad — namely loose, surfaces and steep descents enabling wheels to lock in situations. Upon a steep the driver can set the DSR to remain under a speed, while hill assist will prevent the big GL rolling on uneven ground moving from rest.

The GL a modified version of MB’s level control system raises ride height up to for a maximum ground clearance on 307mm. The level will to 182mm for high-speed situations 140km/h) automatically, from its or highway height setting of It was the shorter GL, Officer…

The ADS (active system), fitted standard, adjustable gas shock absorbers to four ride characteristics: compression and rebound, soft and hard compression, soft and hard rebound, or hard and rebound.

At higher speeds the system reset to the ‘skyhook’ modes rebound and hard compression or compression and hard rebound) to for body roll. GL also has and rear torsion bar stabilisers and double-wishbone front suspension and a rear axle.

GL’s need to be, and are, large and The four wheel discs are and as noted above, assisted offroad capable ABS and allied

Sharing the R-Class’ size and space’ concept, the GL is comfortable up spacious midships and offers cargo and rear seating Generous interior dimensions good headroom through to the row, although the roof-line with the climate-control vents and may affect load space

Fold-flat seating, electric for the row, allows up to 2300lt of space. Whilst the optional row is tight for knee room, it wide armrests and individual Opening rear windows you must ask the driver) and the fixed (with sunblind) serve to the confinement at the back of the bus.

to the third row is via the split-fold second row is easy enough, but rearmost must pull a strip to the seat for exit. If the front obstructs the second row from it automatically slides forward, and resume its place once passengers are seated.

The Artico leather’ is, and feels like, leather and is rather characterless but not to age like the genuine article.

handles alongside the centre and doors are useful and an authentic inclusion, so too the long-haul 100lt tank (997km claimed in the case of the diesel).

Mercedes-Benz GL 500 AT Base

Mercedes its PRE-SAFE system offers safety levels for the SUV class. The works with the sensors in the control systems (ABS, ESP and detecting situations beyond control and preparing passive components such as seat-belt for possible collision. Open and sunroof will be closed and the passenger seat is moved to the position for the airbags and seat-belt to offer maximum protection.

GL has airbags all ’round, including through to the third row of seats or D and a clever control unit crash sensors that can the severity of an accident to deploy the adaptive (two-stage) airbags, and the and windowbags as required. The airbag unit works with a ‘crash command’ system will activate the seatbelt-force and NECK-PRO active head which provide support to the in the event of rear impact. The centre also utilizes a sensor.

Mercedes says the use of a steel body forms the base for passive occupant allowing for a three-piece floor with strengthened centre to create a sturdy backbone for Reinforcements include side up front, central and rear cross-members, triple-shell A, B, C and D-pillars and double-walled high-strength roof

The GL’s ESP includes a trailer system which identifies driving situations while and applies individual wheel as required.

The luxury SUV market peaked but it’s sure Starting with the ‘cheapies’: XC90 offers seven with third-row air-con, and V8, if you want, for $85K but can’t to follow in the GL’s off-road Same goes for Subaru

If you can do without the third-row seating the bigger engined VW Touaregs, by the time you option up to somewhere the GL’s equipment list is price-wise, at least. Jeep like the Commander might garner some cross-shopping.

the badge and scope of the GL, the real are the latest from Audi, BMW of course, Land Rover.

Audi’s Q7 offers full-size, off-roading and impressive standard fit and out at $116,800 — at least the V12 version arrives. The upcoming BMW X5 be offered with a third-row but in its form is a strict five-seater. The V8 X5 around $10K more GL.

Range Rover has both its and Sport models which are five seaters but offer luxury and off-road ability.

To out CarPoint’s car comparator preloaded the GL’s opponents click .

Eager for Queensland’s exclusively-4WD Island, the GL gobbled the largely stint between Brisbane and Rainbow Beach with the you’d expect from a Both the diesel and V8 petrol get up to speed quickly and will traffic with ease their bulk — by prompt downshift response the need-no-introduction, or intervention, 7G.

No prizes for the 500 did the on-road section best of The V8 is an impressively calm but muscular with just a hint of for the enthusiasts.

You pay at the pump, but perhaps not as as you’d expect — the we checked on the return journey the day (including some off-road) an average of 15.1lt/100km. Impressive, if it is more than the company’s 13.9lt/100km figure.

Mercedes around half the inital GL will opt for the 320 CDI. You can expect to be more frugal and closer to Mercedes’ claim of 9.7lt/100km. A on how close will have to until we park ourselves in a GL CDI closer to home.

MB claims a co-efficient of 0.37 for the 2440kg-plus GL actually reasonably slippery for a offroader. It also says it has great efforts to reduce noise and has been successful road noise from the all-terrain tyres was noticeable.

Disappointingly, so too was the racket from the on the offroad sections of the test

The GL conquered Fraser’s rutted tracks easily and despite pronounced crowns didn’t the underside at any stage — clearance is prodigious when the level system is set to its highest of three settings.

Approach and angles are also impressive the offroad experts along for the vouching for the big GL’s overall Cycling the active damping through its four stages discernible differences to ride on the test route.

Though leave the serious offroading to the experts, this bush can attest to the ease of piloting the GL in all the encountered. The big Benz’s (speed-sensitive) is light in the rough stuff but manageable even in the more terrain that can divert the in unwanted directions.

The downhill regulation was especially useful on declines where vision to the was obscured. Creeping towards the speed limit will up an unobtrusive warning signal on the dash.

Passing open loaded with Fraser in the leather-lined, climate-controlled GL was almost but the GL’s off-road credentials us looking serious, not to mention and nimble by comparison. A gentle indeed.

Published. Sunday, 3 2006

Mercedes-Benz GL 500 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz GL 500 AT Base

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