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Published Date: 30/11/2015

When it comes to off-roading, no company has you covered quite like Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

The array of SUVs might be a little confusing though, so we're looking at which is the model for you.

Starting with the smallest option, the GLA is based on the A-Class hatchback. Surprisingly for a compact car, this easily fits four people in either A or GLA form and though the GLA is an SUV it's ideal as a city runaround. The robust chassis make the GLA one of the safest cars ever tested by Euro NCAP too.

Moving up a size bracket puts you in the GLC. Based on the C-Class saloon, it's a family-sized luxury crossover with genuine off-road credentials. There are five driving modes for loose surfaces, while on the road it gives the cultured drive you'd expect from a Mercedes. The range of 2.2 litre diesels offers up to 56.5mpg on all models too.

One step larger moves you to the GLE-Class and this is very much the archetype of the large luxury SUV - and a model formerly known as the M and ML-Class in previous generations. It comes with a selection of economical diesel engines and powerful petrols, along with the hybrid electric 500e model which, at just 84g/km CO2, is the cleanest car on the list.

There's also a coupe version of the GLE. This adds a good dollop of style to the mix and makes for an excellent all-rounder for buyers who want a large family car, SUV and sports car all in one package.

Sitting at the top of the pile in terms of size at least is the GLS-Class - formerly the GL-Class. At 5.13 metres long, this sits in the very top class of luxury SUVs competing against some of the biggest names in the industry. It easily carries seven people with a boot the size of a decent hatchback for all their stuff and has amazing street presence.

When it comes to presence though, there's nothing quite like the G-Class. This has barely changed - visually at least - since 1979. This is much less of a road vehicle than the other cars on the list, but is an off-roader with few equals.

The brutal looks of the G-Class are backed up with AMG power (though you can specify a pair of diesels too), making it a proper sledgehammer of a truck, but for speed nuts everywhere, other than the GLC every Mercedes-Benz SUV here has an AMG model!

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