Can’t help but like this fuel guz­zler

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IWANTED to hate the GL be­cause it is so big and so ou­tra­geous. It also guz­zles fuel at a rate of around 17 litres for ev­ery 100km.

But it’s like chocolate, and the more time I spent with it the more I liked it. The GL is quite a cushy drive, from the com­fort of the seats to the way it crushes bumps.

OK, so you know it is mas­sive and loaded but it’s not hard to fire it up for a run to the cof­fee shop.

I know it will go off-road and tow a cou­ple of horses, but I didn’t need to prove it.

So, what’s not to like? Well, there is the shock of a $118 bill to fill the tank, even when the petrol gauge still reads quar­ter-full.

It’s also a bit im­prac­ti­cal if you want to carry seven peo­ple and stuff, be­cause the lug­gage space be­hind the third-row seats is pinched.

But the GL is a ve­hi­cle that can make a lot of sense.

It’s not a real ri­val to a LandCruiser but I can see lots of rea­sons to choose it ahead of a Lexus LX and, for me, it’s way ahead of Audi’s Q7.

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