2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
With the likes of the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 appealing to buyers all around the world looking for a extremely able car that’s capable of carrying the full family, it was only a matter of time before Mercedes-Benz got in on the act too. And in 2006, the three-pointed star introduced the seven-seat GL-Class to the market – it went on sale in the region in 2007. Even though its name might suggest a relationship to the iconic G-Class, the GL shares nothing with the old stalwart and is actually a development from the M-Class. This means whilst having excellent off-road credentials – backed up by all manner of clever Mercedes electronic gizmos – it’s also a brilliant on-road car. Two versions are offered locally – the GL 450, fitted with a 4.7-litre V8 with 340bhp and the more potent GL500 with a 388bhp 5.5-litre V8. Both come with a seven-speed gearbox which divides power between all four wheels – there’s an active four-wheel drive management system that adjusts the amount of drive going to individual wheels depending on the conditions under each of the tyres. Being a flagship within the Mercedes line-up, the GL-Class is positively dripped with equipment – though as is always the case with the premium German marque, you do pay a privilege for this luxury. However, the fit and finish of the interior is untouched. Yes, a GL-Class may cost nearly 50 percent more than a just as capable American SUV, but it delivers so much more on the luxury stakes that it could be considered good value by many.