Mercedes GL SUV-opinions?

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  1. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    I'm in the market for a large capacity SUV, for the wife to haul the family around. I'm in a location that does see snow, but car is mostly for street/highway driving. NO chance of off-roading unless she slides into a ditch.

    Priorities are safety, safety, and reliability, in that order. I don't care about "flash"

    I test drove the GL recently. It looks small on the outside, being billed as a 7-adult seat capacity. It's not as small on the inside, but not as roomy as I imagined. Salesman told me it's made in the Alabama plant; this makes me weary as there is the well-publicized problems with the ML class when it first came out.

    -So, any first-hand experience with the GL?
    -Any other SUV's you can recommend that I look into?
     
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    skalogre Senior member

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    I would actually recommend against a SUV if you won't be going off road. Not that they are good off-road, most modern ones, but the inherently bad handling and compromises make them a real liability in snow/ice. Concentrate on a estate/staton wagon with all wheel drive, like an Audi with quattro, a SUbaru Legacy/Outback, an awd BMW wagon et.c. Much safer in snow and ice on normal roads.
     
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    I would actually recommend against a SUV if you won't be going off road. Not that they are good off-road, most modern ones, but the inherently bad handling and compromises make them a real liability in snow/ice. Concentrate on a estate/staton wagon with all wheel drive, like an Audi with quattro, a SUbaru Legacy/Outback, an awd BMW wagon et.c. Much safer in snow and ice on normal roads.

    My girlfriend went from a Land Rover Discovery to an Audi wagon. She needs a lot of room for hauling things around for work, and the wagon still has plenty of space.
     
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    lee_44106 Senior member

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    The reason for looking primarily at an SUV is that they are, in general, much heavier in size than the average wagon-type AWD vehicles.

    I really don't care about gas mileage. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger car wins in a crash.
     
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    Then get a hummer ;p
     
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    The reason for looking primarily at an SUV is that they are, in general, much heavier in size than the average wagon-type AWD vehicles.

    I really don't care about gas mileage. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger car wins in a crash.


    Bigger car also cannot maneuver as well as smaller car to avoid the crash. Bigger car also cannot stop as quickly as smaller car to avoid crash.
     
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    then get the Escalade with the 22's.
     
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    I highly considered, and even had one on hold, a GL450. Seems like a great truck. Very nice driving, great interior and exterior, and also much more affordable than people think.

    I ended up getting a Cayenne because I wanted something sportier and I didn't need all the size.

    A great truck I once owned was the Lexus GX470. I highly recommend it if you don't mind that they may change the body in a year or two.
     
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    The reason for looking primarily at an SUV is that they are, in general, much heavier in size than the average wagon-type AWD vehicles.

    I really don't care about gas mileage. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger car wins in a crash.


    Wins is very relative. COntrolled deformation and airbags make a huge difference, which is why just making something larger and heavier does not mean it is automatically safer. From a mechanical, physics and material science perspective, that is a fallacy.
     
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    Why not consider a Range Rover Sport?

    Akin to the opinions of those dreaded soccer-moms. Quite a silly reason to choose an SUV over a more economical solution.
     
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    skalogre Senior member

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    consider a volvo.

    +1
     
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    The reason for looking primarily at an SUV is that they are, in general, much heavier in size than the average wagon-type AWD vehicles.

    I really don't care about gas mileage. As far as I'm concerned, the bigger car wins in a crash.


    This sort of thinking has ruined personal transportation.

    Get thee to the nearest Canyonero dealership.
     
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    This sort of thinking has ruined personal transportation.

    Get thee to the nearest Canyonero dealership.


    Excellent!

     
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    I don't know about the new GL SUV, but the old Geländewagen would be far more of a proper off-road vehicle. It's a Hummer without the bling effect.

    Edit: And the G-wagen will "win" most crashes.
     

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