Feature drive MercedesBenz Zetros | Car Reviews | by Car Enthusiast

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| Feature Drive | Millbrook, | Mercedes-Benz Zetros |

The ground is underneath our feet. This one of two things: either Bedfordshire is a rather out of sorts earthquake or an large vehicle is about to stage left. Environmental averted for a moment, the latter bounding into view welcome the mighty Mercedes

Jaws drop so far they the blades of grass that underneath its weight, and there are around us that look children the night before The excitement is briefly curtailed by the bun that ensues; it seems everyone wants to drive the more so than any other assembled here today by the commercial vehicle department. no exception to the rule, we’re to put our names forward. And then it my turn. Stood only away from the driver’s even an earlier session in the Unimog hasn’t been to prepare me. This thing is And despite our puny driving they’re about to allow us the wheel.

Of course getting there is the challenge, the ladder-like footsteps some of the strain, if not completely our path. But unlike the other-worldly cab of the the Zetros looks rather, plain. It’s certainly all familiar; there are no strange buttons or screens to keep an eye on; a simple instrument cluster, a sized steering wheel and a gear lever.

Ah yes, that gear The new Porsche 911 may have seven for its manual transmission, but the Zetros, it goes one better and offers a of eight. Actually, with its gear it has nine, but that just be splitting hairs.

this means is that a whole other shift in the conventional H layout to worry which is why we attempt to start in rather than first Two stalls later, that’s one to the and nil to me. Mistake rectified by pushing the even further away, we set off on our into the deepest, darkest and that Millbrook’s off-road can offer us.


The first job is not to take anything, photographers, other vehicles or trees out — make no not only is the Zetros long, and tall, but it’s also so that there’s a good you could run over the hospitality and the first you’d notice of mistake is the lack of luncheon.

composed and comfortable, you’d expect a ten-tonne truck to quite so fit for purpose. But size the Zetros’ long wheelbase and 20-inch wheels make work of any bumps in the foreground, more comfortable over than anything else we get the wheel of today.

And despite the unusual layout, the gearshift makes it far easier and to select the correct ratio for the ahead. Sure there’s recalibration of our brains needed too often we’re in a gear than we need to be — but the cogs make better use of the power band. Torque is at 960lb.ft, but the 7.2-litre engine most of its work before units have barely breathing properly.

Which that even the steepest of pose no problem for us, the Zetros dealing with whatever is put in of it with the minimum of fuss. If be told there are times it like we’re more to plough through each rather than traverse it, but the weight there seems to be issue with sinking.

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And though the 2,530mm width we need to thread carefully the pre-made lanes, it also great stability. While of the other vehicles have like toppling over is a possibility, the Zetros feels stable — in fact it more likely to level the out beneath us than sideswipe it.

the ground stops shaking. back at base, the journey round and through Millbrook’s section finished. Engine seat belt released its we relinquish the driver’s seat for else. Door open a long way down — not from the cab but — from the we’re riding thanks to the of piloting such a mighty

Key Facts

Model tested: Zetros 1833A 4×4

Ј80,000

Engine: 7.2-litre six-cylinder diesel

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