26 May 2021
26 May 2021
If you’ve noticed a significant increase in SUVs on Australian roads in the past 12 months, there’s a very good reason. Almost half the cars sold in Australia in 2020 were SUVs, and that figure is only set to increase this year.
Big, it seems, is best in New Zealand too, with SUVs accounting for just over 52 per cent of new-vehicle sales in the 12 months to April 2021.
If you’re wondering exactly what is an SUV, the acronym stands for sports utility vehicle – once used to describe a type of hardy 4x4 off-road vehicle. Nowadays, it’s an umbrella term for any vehicle with a particular style of large body.
There are several different types of Mercedes-Benz SUVs – here’s a quick guide to help you determine which will best suit your needs.
A small SUV such as the compact GLA is the perfect size for young city dwellers who are after a vehicle that incorporates the distinctive style of an SUV while still being perfectly equipped to handle urban driving conditions.
The Mercedes-Benz SUV range features a number of models perfect for families, including the GLB. With an easily reconfigurable choice between seven seats or 565 litres of boot space - or a wide variety of combinations in-between - there’s plenty of space for your growing brood who’ll no doubt enjoy the comfy interior while you appreciate its luxurious finishes.
The striking GLC features MBUX voice control, smartphone integration and a head-up display, as well as a bevy of safety features. The GLC also comes with 4MATIC all-wheel drive, making it an SUV you can confidently take off-road.
Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé
Looking for a vehicle that combines the sleek sportiness of a coupé with the style and added space of an SUV? The GLC Coupé is the model for you. With a direct-injection, turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive capability, the GLC Coupé offers the best of both worlds.
A Mercedes-Benz mid-size SUV that combines premium luxury with the latest tech features and a spacious cabin that’s well-suited for families. Available both in rear and all-wheel drive, the GLE is no slouch when it comes to handling tougher off-road terrain.
Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé
This slope-backed mid-size variant of the GLE SUV comes with the iconic style of a coupé and the power of a turbocharged, six-cylinder SUV. The fully active suspension puts the GLE Coupé a step above competitors, and the tricked-out cockpit is loaded with features.
The full-size GLS SUV represents the pinnacle of performance, luxury and style, with seven seats as standard. Those who value size and space will love the GLS, with enough room to handle seven full-size adults as well as their cargo needs.
Those serious about off-roading won’t be able to go past the iconic G-Class, a true off-road warrior that has rough and ready 4x4 ability without forgoing comfort and style. The suspension, with adaptive dampers, and an almost indestructible body are what off-roading dreams are made of.
Discover the Mercedes-Benz SUV range here.
By Stephen Corby