For The cabin is well finished and has seven-seat practicality, while the ride is comfortable and refinement is excellent.
Against It’s not as capable off road as a Range Rover, the steering is numb and there’s no four-cylinder diesel option.
Big and cumbersome, but the Mercedes GL is nicely finished and comfortable to drive. Makes a strong case for itself as a super-luxurious SUV offering seven-seat practicality.
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Ignore the V8 petrol-powered GL500. The engine is fantastic, but the amount it’ll cost to run will make the enormous purchase price look like peanuts. Instead, opt for the GL350 CDI. It has all the performance and refinement you’ll ever need, and will cost you far less in fuel and tax (although it still won’t be cheap). That refinement, coupled to the GL’s impeccably comfortable ride, makes this version a very pleasant way to drive the length of the country. Because it’s got seven seats, you’ll be able to take your kids and a few of their friends along for the ride, and with a touring range of around 750-800 miles, you won’t have to stop that often on the way.