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    Hie all,

    To clam the nerves of all those who think I might be referring to those ridiculous 4X4 trails-its nothing close to what I will talk about.

    I drove the Navara and GLE coupe back to back on a gravel road and a sandy area. The Navara was fine though uncomfortable on the gravel road but almost got stuck in sand. Lots of wheel spin and dust all over. Have General Grabber tyres on it.

    In contrast the GLE was great on the gravel and superbly comfortable. I could not believe it. On the sand it was just a breeze. Didn't even need to power it up and no dust. Pirelli road tyres on it. The difference was surprisingly staggering. If one looks at the two vehicles one would think the Navara would be better. Appearances can be deceiving.

    I have had the bakkie for sometime and was not at all surprised by the behaviour. The GLE on the other hand far exceeded my expectations.
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    Interesting. Thank you for the feedback. Thinking of getting a GLC for my wife.
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    You would give lots of people heart attacks with a statement like that , but softies can do much more than they get credit for.

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    Independent suspension softroaders are often supremely comfortable and surefooted on gravel. I remember my Freelander 2 could cover rough roads at astounding speeds with no feeling of losing control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanSlabbert View Post
    Independent suspension softroaders are often supremely comfortable and surefooted on gravel. I remember my Freelander 2 could cover rough roads at astounding speeds with no feeling of losing control.
    My wife's Discovery Sport with 20" wheels drive much nicer on corrugated gravel than my Land Cruiser. But I keep on worrying if something on the Landy will break if driven off the tar too often. Don't ever have that worry in the Land Cruiser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartho View Post


    You would give lots of people heart attacks with a statement like that , but softies can do much more than they get credit for.
    A couple of people had some heart attacks when I went offroad with my GL. After they seen what it could do, they all went ooooh and ahhhh

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    Where is Manny. Think it is time to arrange a challenge.
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    GLE is the old ML.
    Called GLE as it's based on the E class.

    GLC is based on the C class.

    GLA on the A class.

    The old GL is now called the GLS...

    None of them can 4x4...
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    A lot of people consider these "ridiculous 4x4 trails" to be a real test of a vehicles off road abilities, so perhaps take a Navara and GLE to one of the easy trails like De Wildt and then do an actual off road comparison.

    Edit: Ok I don't know where Eenhana is but I'm sure there must be a 4x4 trail or 2 around there somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Manny View Post
    GLE is the old ML.
    ....None of them can 4x4...
    and none rolls around in the dust either, like a zebra....
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    And from when did a fortuner become capable ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartho View Post


    You would give lots of people heart attacks with a statement like that , but softies can do much more than they get credit for.
    That's true hey. It doesn't even have the off road package. Those that have will be able to do a lot more.

    When it comes to 4X4, its more of an ego thing than need . Sorry Manny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraiX View Post
    A lot of people consider these "ridiculous 4x4 trails" to be a real test of a vehicles off road abilities, so perhaps take a Navara and GLE to one of the easy trails like De Wildt and then do an actual off road comparison.

    Edit: Ok I don't know where Eenhana is but I'm sure there must be a 4x4 trail or 2 around there somewhere.
    Eenhana is on the Namibian/Angola border. You drive past nowhere to somewhere and do not turn left or right at any given time I would LOVE to visit that area one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartho View Post


    You would give lots of people heart attacks with a statement like that , but softies can do much more than they get credit for.
    Some of the "softies" have lockers, proper LR, decent control and 307mm ground clearance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro View Post
    Some of the "softies" have lockers, proper LR, decent control and 307mm ground clearance...
    Not to mention a winch.
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    For gravel roads and flat sand tracks vehicles such as GLE are pretty awesome. The More adventurous you become the quicker you realize the shortcomings for moderate to hard off-roading
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    We have a '09 GL500 and we have used it off-road. If you are not afraid of damaging the Tupperware, there is not much that will stop it on most 4x4 routes.

    Yes it will require some skill and knowledge of the vehicle to tackle the really rough stuff. Anybody that thinks the MB 4x4s are softroaders have never had the pleasure of taking one of these superb vehicles offroad.
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    Saw last night again how real 4x4's can be played with and embarrased by a softie if they think the name alone makes a vehicles capable .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartho View Post
    Saw last night again how real 4x4's can be played with and embarrased by a softie if they think the name alone makes a vehicles capable .
    Its quite amazing how the perception is so deceiving. In good and capable hands some of the so called softies can leave hard core 4X4s stunned.
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