Mercedes GL 350 CDI Test Drive Review – Mercedes-Benz – Zimbio

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Mercedes GL 350

Mercedes GL 350

CDI Test Drive Review

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Car tested: 2011 Mercedes GL350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 86,70,278/-

The GL Class was mainly made for the American market, no prizes for to guessing that considering the humongous size of this vehicle and American passion for large sized cars. First made in 2006, it was first showcased at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. Though originally the GL was seen as a replacement for the G Wagon, Mercedes Benz decided to keep the G Wagon in its classic avatar and the GL was sold as a larger, 7 seater version to the M Class.

We drive the GL 350 CDI and find out if size really matters.

Ride, Handling and Braking –

We were particularly impressed by the braking characteristics of this giant. At any speed, dab the brake pedal gently and you will be amazed by the minimum braking distances. The pressure sensitive brake pedal does its job without too much play, no sponginess in the feel of the pedal at all.

ABS, ESP and all four disc brakes aid in achieving such a phenomenal braking performance.

Mercedes GL 350

Powered by a 3 ltr, V6 engine, the GL produces 224 bhp of power at 3800 rpm and 510 nm of torque at 1600 rpm. The same engine delivers an exhilarating performance in the E 350 but its the weight of this mighty SUV (2.5 tonnes), which plays spoilsport with the power to weight ratio. Nevertheless, power is adequate and this SUV performs certainly better than the R Class we tested a few weeks ago.

In the manual, rev limiter driving the GL crossed the 0 #8211; 100 mark in 10.56 seconds.

Mated to this engine is the 7G tonic gearbox which is slick and effective but does take time between shifts. Paddle shifts provided for the spirited driver but the gearbox functions best in the D mode. Engine refinement deserves a special mention.

Even with a high centre of gravity, this SUV feels planted at high speeds and one has the confidence to push further. Any no point one feels a hint of instability. This can be attributed to the fact that the car lowers by 15 mm once it crosses 140 kmph, and again rises once the speed comes below the 140 mark.

The GL can hit 200 kmph, with the first 160 coming in easy and the next 40 take some effort from the engine. On our test, the GL delivered a mileage of around 8 kmpl.

The GL is huge and fits in perfectly for a highway vehicle with its size compromising parking in the city. Its delivers a decent performance but at this price, one does expect more punch from the engine. Apart from this, there is really nothing to complain about.

Its built quality, interior space, off road capabilities and above all, the #8216;Star#8221; on its grille make it an inviting prospect and the goodies it comes with, you have to consider the GL Class as a serious SUV.

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