Giles Smith reviews Mercedes GL 420 CDI | Technology | The Guardian

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Mercedes GL 420

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Mercedes GL 420 CDI

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Top speed 142mph

0-62 in 7.6 seconds

Consumption (combined)

Eco rating 0/10

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In a word Inflammatory

its bulging bodywork and thigh-high the new Mercedes GL-Class sits shy of the point where family end and monster trucks begin. It every appearance of having built to patrol trouble under the flag of the United but, given that it is a luxury off-roader, it’s a safe bet that it will be into service mostly to the children of bonus-flushed bankers to and the prep schools of Surrey.

What an extraordinary moment to the covers off a bungalow-sized, up-tempo Cruiser with a grizzly, engine (even the diesel is about as frugal as Roman and town-bothering dimensions all round. when some sort of consensus is building regarding the wisdom, or otherwise, of sports vehicles and the sociability of their use in Mercedes appears to have I know – let’s everyone up by landing a really big one on

Mercedes GL 420

As a result, one scratches one’s to think of a more deliberately car. On the road, and even in where SUVs are rife, it comically out of scale – a to everyone else’s Matchbox. It up its indifference with a rare, glee.

Being an SUV, the GL offers its the traditional, contradictory amalgamation of views and A-pillar blind in which you could practically entire towns. And being a SUV in particular, it has the usual prestige – caramel-smooth at pace, but as a Kiddie Castle on speed pitching and yawing like a in a choppy channel.

Yet, all, what one feels is protected. Aloft in your cabin, and working the steering like a novice bus driver, it eases the mind to believe your little ones be spared not just the effects of an suburban side impact but the worst of a ground-to-air missile

At the same time, the chrome badge on the GL’s grille is pan-sized and, cutely, at the height where the head generally be on a standing four-year-old, so have to square that your conscience as best you

Remember, also, that if Livingstone has his way, you won’t be to drive a car like this in the of London without someone ahead of you, ringing a And fair enough, really. In the open spaces of Montana, I probably wouldn’t want for smaller. Or even in areas of where it might occasionally be to clear a crouching sheep.

In the rat of south London, though, I to shrivel into my multi-adaptable seat with embarrassment.

No amount of high-end German will prevent you from as it radiates in through the windows, the of resentment from your road users. I toyed hoisting a banner from my black GL’s rooftop Just Testing. Those in the were all right – from shaming exposure by privacy glass which, I now has its uses.

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