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Mercedes GL 350

Mercedes-Benz GL 350 AMG Sport first review

What is it?

The second of Mercedes’ Big ’n’ Gulp SUV. likes to think of the GL as its seven-seat to Range Rover. but in reality a soccer mum Panzer; built in Alabama to satisfy America’s for all things four-wheeled and overfed.

Its size is often cited as one of the for the GL’s lacklustre sales in Europe (the GL is well five metres, nose to and around six-feet tall) but its truck-like styling must some of the blame.

This doesn’t go deep enough to that – although the grille and headlights are updated nor does it do much to lower the two-and-a-half ton kerb burden. a new smattering of aluminum alloy 90kg, but in the GL’s case like announcing your to the hairdresser’s has resulted in significant loss.

No, the biggest improvements here courtesy of engine updates enacted elsewhere. The 255bhp 3.0-litre V6 in the GL 350 – tested and by far the biggest seller – a 24 per cent improvement in fuel over its predecessor.

The claimed economy of 38.0mpg puts it on an footing with the new Range Sport. and while it doesn’t match its CO2 emissions (209g/km vs the Mercedes motor is already compliant thanks to its NOx minimising technology.

In the UK the 350 represents the entry-level of GL (the 550bhp GL 63 AMG is above it) and at £59,485.

There’s a respectable amount of kit for that fee – sat-nav, a tailgate, heated front hill descent, active assist, 21-inch AMG alloy — and of course, all-wheel drive.

If you Land Rover-style off-road however, Mercedes asks for low ratio functionality, reinforced panelling and a proper locking diff.

What is it like?

An well-dressed wedding marquee on The new GL has actually grown a few millimetres in direction, and there really is no its size up close. Especially in a British car parking space, it fills with all the cramped of Sherman Klump on a bus seat.

be forgiven for thinking its bling running boards are strictly for but in fact the car really does a front step if you’re to yourself into it with any

Once inside the GL’s are readily apparent. There’s space for a large family, and looking in the rear-view mirror is looking down the aisle of a it’s obvious that going to be leg, head and room to spare.

If you’ve out £410 for the electrically operated seats – and you should access and egress to the second row is conspicuously easy by the button forward roll of the seat in (although, disappointingly, it requires muscles to shunt it back place).

Push all the buttons and the fold almost flat to 2300 litres of load enough to make even a new Rover’s innards look It’s also worth that the quality of Mercedes’ fit and does not diminish the further you get the driver’s seat – is a premium product, and even in the second row will testify to it. more so than in the last GL, is reflected in the driving experience,

The manufacturer has worked hard on the vibration and harshness of its formerly creation, and although its claim of -style refinement can be taken a pinch of salt, it’s a and comfortable punt.

Granted, is none of the dynamic charm of Rover’s latest product – this a benign with ethereal, finger-twirling – but the GL benefits from the support of its air suspension, fidgeting slightly and inoffensively over roads.

Mercedes GL 350

Opt for the optional Active System (which adds stabilisers to the front and rear and it will even corner commendably little roll

Of course, doing this is out. Though the flexibility and 457lb ft of torque hides it this is a 2455kg car with a wheelbase – agile it Inevitably it also has a habit of A roads into B roads, and B into bridleways.

It’s telling that the only the GL felt truly at home was the photography on a deserted, runway-wide road at Longcross – they used to test

Should I buy one?

Probably There are undeniably things to in the new Mercedes-Benz GL. and it could be convincingly that you’re getting a lot of space, kit, quality, and ability (even without the off-road bumf, it’s capable on mud and capable of towing for the asking price. But it remains a fat out of water.

As before, a Mercedes’ badge not stop it being squashed by the handsome appeal and ineffable reward of anything under Rover branding.

Unless a mighty family to find for or have a particular preference for durability, the GL is unlikely to turn head from Gaydon’s

Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC AMG Sport

£59,485; 0-62mph 7.9 sec; Top 137mph; Economy 38.0mpg CO2 209g/km; Kerb weight Engine 6 cyls, 2987cc, Installation front, longitudinal, Power 255bhp at 3600rpm; 457lb ft at 1600-2400rpm; Gearbox auto

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