Review 2010 MercedesBenz GL350 Bluetec lives large treads lightly…

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Review: 2010 Mercedes-Benz Bluetec lives large, lightly

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Today’s lineup seems to have the to outmatch General Motors. The automaker offers the C. E. S. CLK. CL. SLK. SL. SLR. R. GLK. GL. M. G and SLS Mixed throughout its alphabet are coupes, sedans, convertibles, utility vehicles and even There are also gasoline, and hybrid powertrains. Distinguishing as the only seven-seat SUV and the largest passenger vehicle offered by is the GL-Class.

In North American the GL is offered in three variants: The model, and the subject of this is the diesel-burning six-cylinder GL350 Positioned further up the food are the eight-cylinder GL450 and the even GL550 both of which gasoline at a prodigious rate, an EPA combined fuel economy of 14 mpg.

The appeal of the GL-Class is its seven-passenger cabin, generous capacity, truck-like ground and ability to tow upwards of 7,500 Those uninterested in hauling paraphernalia can get their paws on the R-Class, which manages pounds of towing and makes due more passenger-friendly ground But what immediately impresses the GL is its uncanny ability to hide its it’s often mistaken for its (but still large) the five-passenger M-Class.

Visual aside, the GL-Class is nearly as big as a Escalade. Yet unlike GM’s luxo-ute, Mercedes-Benz has engineered the with unibody construction. In the European is 400 pounds lighter the American and its entire platform is

The chromed 350GL insignia on the liftgate infers an engine of 3.5 liters, but don’t be fooled. badging nomenclature often has little to do with what’s on under the hood, and in the case of the Bluetec, it boasts a 3.0-liter cc) all-aluminum six-cylinder turbodiesel with an intercooler. The powerplant 210 horsepower at 3,800 rpm and 400 pound-feet of starting as low as 1,600 rpm. The EPA the GL350 Bluetec at 17 mpg city, 23 mpg and 19 mpg combined. Mated to a standard electronically-controlled automatic transmission, the oil-burner will accelerate to 60 mph in over eight seconds.

the archaic live axle found under the rear of the the GL-Class utilizes an independent in the front and a four-arm multilink in the All four corners are also by a standard air suspension system AIRMATIC and the SUV rides on 20-inch wheels wearing wide tires.

Now in its fourth year of (originally launched as the GL320 in the GL350 Bluetec has received a makeover for the 2010 model The freshening included new bumpers, and rear skid pates, roof rails, LED daytime lights and a bump in wheel from 19 to 20 inches as standard The interiors were fitted improved seats with headrests, a new leather steering redesigned instruments and upgraded walnut trim.

Decorated in Boralo Red (read: paint over Cashmere our 2010 GL350 Bluetec arrived with a base of $59,950. Several individual packages, including an upgraded wheel, full leather and xenon lights bumped the up a bit. However, the big hike with the Premium 2 Package that includes navigation, voice control, Harman/Kardon audio, HD Radio, an iPod and keyless ignition. When the tape stopped and destination/delivery was the grand total for GL350 was $70,945.

Without question, the Bluetec is beautifully appointed. are greeted with yards of sewn leather on the seats and while darker contrasting covers the dashboard. Deep wood trim is balanced brushed aluminum accents on the dials and various grab The center console is large to the electronic P-R-N-D controls up on the tree) and there’s storage Fit and finish is excellent, the quality of is superb and cabin lighting is perfect. Distinctively European in the overall aura of the cabin is well-polished and appealing.

Better all seven seating positions are The front seats are very especially for the lower back, as good after 10 hours as do after 10 minutes. Second-row are equally as content as they generous room for knees, and feet. The third row is a very surprise. Many SUVs the obligatory seats back (BMW X5. Audi Q7. Acura etc. ), but more often not, they are nothing than thinly-padded uprights to a shallowly scalloped floor. to the ML’s unibody platform, the engineers were able to out a deep and accommodating passenger in the way back of the GL. (By the tape, the last row in the big offers as much leg room as the row in a mid-size Audi A4 sedan). it even more pleasant, is easy as the second-row seat forward and completely out of the way. It volumes about comfort adults volunteer to sit back for a 40-minute trip and emerge a smile.

Primary instrumentation, with round dials set immediately the four-spoke steering wheel, is However, the sea of small square bracketing each side of the COMAND navigation and infotainent require that the driver’s leave the road for several to operate a shame, as the navigation is very good. However, worth noting that the on the monitor are as crisp and clear as on an iPhone.

We found quirkiness the turn signal stalk on the side of the steering wheel. every automaker places it at the nine o’clock position, some manufacturers position it higher up at ten o’clock position. drops the stalk down to o’clock, and puts the cruise up at ten o’clock. Those unfamiliar the non-standard arrangement will find themselves repeatedly and fumbling with the cruise operations when simply to summon a few blinks to change

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We also liked the color-coded icons (red to hang-up, to dial), but found the numeric that shares functions the map display to be confusing and a quite a from the left seat. The temperature knobs were and intuitive, but the console-mounted radio knob was simply too shallow for our big to comfortably grab it has to be a bit taller but there’s a redundant control on the wheel.

The commanding view the driver’s seat offers visibility of the conditions outside darting through traffic or on the open highway. The GL’s however, works against it the speed slows to a crawl. a guessing game judging the front wheels are, when parallel parking a curb or attempting to maneuver a small obstacle. Backing any easier as the GL-Class has particularly exterior mirrors. Our test was fitted with a rear-view that helped remove of the mystery until it rained and the lens refracted the world a blurry underwater mess.

appearances say the Mercedes-Benz GL350 is going to drive like all of the big SUVs. And as expected, it does. this seven-passenger German is enjoyable to pilot whether down the highway or through a canyon. It handles much than its weight would thanks to its capable suspension and contact patch.

We put the GL-Class through its paces, and advantage of its passenger volume, we had all three rows occupied nary a complaint. At one point, we the GL350 Bluetec on a one-day jaunt across the L.A. during a driving rainstorm. The rain-sensing wipers kept the spotless while the automatic control ensured all windows, with seven passengers on remained completely fog free. all GL models, ours had the standard drive and four-wheel electronic system (a.k.a. 4MATIC) completely transparent in its operation. weather will not deter SUV.

What sets model apart from its siblings is its superb diesel Ignore the mediocre horsepower and take a look at the wonderful 400 of torque. None of the eight-cylinder can match it. The twisting power of an ox the Mercedes a quick jump off the and a confident pull on the highway, when passing on a grade. utility vehicles are perfect for turbodiesel engines, and the GL-Class is no

As mentioned, the Feds slap the Bluetec with a combined economy figure of 19 mpg. we saw 26 mpg during most of our highway and our overall economy was in the low 20s the whole Most amazingly and we are still our heads in disbelief the lifetime trip computer on our tester had been reset, reading an 22.0 mpg over the past miles. An impressive feat for of this size and weight.

The biggest Mercedes SUV is one fine yacht, but the competition in this segment is fierce. In addition to the Escalade, the stage is crowded the Lexus LX570. Range Infiniti QX56. Audi Q7 and Navigator. The Escalade vaunts its powertrain, while the Q7 offers a The QX56 from Japan to its technology, while the traditionalists, the LX570 and Range Rover, pride in their off-road The Navigator, meanwhile, boasts appointments and an industry-leading infotainment

Nevertheless, single category don’t make champions these captious rivals need to deliver across the As perhaps the only SUV in the segment of balancing luxury appointments, dynamics and passenger capacity well all while delivering impressive fuel efficiency the Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec unlikely to be ruffled by its challengers.

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