Mercedes Benz GL-Class Review

Mercedes Benz GL-Class
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Mercedes Benz GL-Class Review

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When Mercedes Benz first talked about the new GL-Class we were hoping for a replacement for the aging but most revered of all four-wheel drives, the Mercedes Benz G-Wagen.

When Mercedes Benz first talked about the new GL-Class we were hoping for a replacement for the aging but most revered of all four-wheel drives, the Mercedes Benz G-Wagen. The G-Wagen or as it was later renamed the G-Class came into being in the late 1970’s. It was initially designed as a military vehicle but eventually saw active civilian service, becoming something of a style icon especially within the music scene. But it also faired well as a practical and very capable 4 wheel-drive and is considered unbeatable by off-roading enthusiasts.

Instead of replacing the G-Glass, the Mercedes Benz GL-Glass was designed for a different market, from the outset it was intended to be a luxury four-wheel drive capable of carrying 7 people in comfort competing with the Range Rover, the Audi Q7 and also its stable mates the Mercedes- Benz R-Class and M-Class.

Built in the United Sates at the Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant, the Mercedes Benz GL-Class was designed to go off road with locking differentials, airmatic suspension capable of lifting the car over minor obstacles and a low ratio gearbox.

We decided to test the Mercedes Benz GL-Class against its nearest serious rival the Range Rover TDV8 Vogue.

Mercedes Benz GL-Class Review | Part TwoMercedes Benz GL-Class Review | Part ThreeMercedes Benz GL-Class Review | Part FourMercedes Benz GL-Class Road Test
Mercedes Benz GL-Class Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMercedes Benz GL 420 CDI
  
Body Type4x4
ColourObsidian Black
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.6 Seconds
Top Speed 143 mph
  
Transmission7G-Tronic 7-Speed Automatic Gearbox
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban18.1 mpg
Extra Urban30.7 mpg
Combined24.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group20A
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited Mileage
Price (when tested on the 08/11/08)£63,642.44

The information contained within this Mercedes Benz GL-Class review may have changed since publication on the 8 November 2008. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Mercedes Benz dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2018