Sankey sofa. It even has new power folding rear seats that create a cavernous 2,681 litres and although the second row is noticeably roomier, the same can’t be said about the third. You need the Yukon XL for the ultimate in space.
The dash and centre console has been freshened up, too, but it’s still rather chunky and though outward visibility isn’t exactly compromised, it could be better. What is disappointing are the huge C pillars – they cause terrible blind spots and you won’t just be reliant but totally dependent on your side view mirrors with side blind-zone alert. Without them, changing lanes would be a dangerous affair.
The rising centre display screen finds its way here as it does with most new GM models and it hides a cubby space with a USB port. The LCD instrument panel relays everything from tyre pressure to how many hours the engine has been running since it left the production line. Too much information for some, maybe, but brilliant for those looking for an overload of trivial data.
However, it isn’t all smooth sailing . The ladder frame construction means that the Yukon suffers from a rather choppy ride even though it has GM’s third-generation Magnetic Ride Control suspension. For a luxury SUV, this is a little disappointing. You could easily confuse it for the Sierra with the way it bounces along and you’d be looking back to check if you’re not actually lugging a cargo bed around.
That said, it’s blessed with a fabulous 6.2-litre. The pushrod V8 is technically old-school, but it feels thoroughly modern and has 420bhp at 5,600rpm and 624Nm of torque at 4,100rpm. It’s mated to a slick six-speed auto that sends the grunt to either the rear or all four wheels with the twist of a knob.
Even though it tips the scales at 2,623kg, it pulls from rest very strongly, but more impressive is its lack of thirst; the cylinder deactivation system turns the big V8 into a four-pot when you’re cruising along and gets 13 litres per 100km.
The LCD instrument panel is brilliant for those looking for an overload of trivial data
The electric power-assisted rack-andpinion steering is another plus; it’s easy to manoeuvre using just a finger and its turning circle will leave you wide-eyed. Parking is a breeze thanks to the reversing camera and sensors.
Our test car packed lots more goodies such as retractable steps, keyless entry, push-button start, rearseat entertainment with Blu-Ray and a height-programmable powered rear lift gate.
It’s loaded with fancy features, has a very comfortable interior, is solidly put together and is rather attractive too. It’s understandable then why the GMC Yukon is wearing that great big grin.
xxxx xxx Yukon Denali Engine 6.2-litre V8 Transmission Six-speed auto, 4WD Max power 420bhp @ 5,600rpm 624Nm @ 4,100rpm Top speed NA 0-100kph NA Price Dh270,000 Highs Loads of space, smooth engine Lows Ride quality, cramped third row of seats On a highway cruise the Yukon is surprisingly frugal for a car of its heft
The cabin has acres of room, with high-quality materials all round