KBB Editors' Overview
By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor - Updated Date: 8/20/2014
As the largest SUV to wear the 3-pointed Mercedes-Benz star, the luxurious GL-Class for 2015 delivers all the utility of a family-friendly SUV and combines it with the styling, performance and interior opulence of the finest S-Class sedan. The GL's reputation for excellence is bolstered by impeccable build quality, enviable safety ratings and a sophisticated suspension that delivers one of the most comfortable yet dynamic rides of any full-size luxury crossover SUV. The big Benz offers a variety of powertrain choices including an all-new twin-turbocharged V6 and a fuel-efficient diesel. And, unlike many luxury SUVs derived from more mainstream platforms, the 2015 GL-Class shares no such pedigree. It's pure Mercedes-Benz through and through, which is one more reason the GL-Class SUV is held in such high regard.
You'll Like This Car If...
Just because you have the need to carry more than four passengers or tow a 7,500-pound trailer doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your standards. The full-size 2015 Mercedes GL-Class delivers workhorse-like performance in a luxury vehicle respected by valets from Manhattan to Monaco.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If your passengers are young children, dogs or other interior-abusing offenders, a full-size luxury SUV like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class may not be the best choice. You can find all the comfort, power and towing you need in a more family-friendly Chevy Suburban or Ford Expedition.
What's New for 2015
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class sees some big changes for 2015, starting under the hood. The GL450 4Matic receives a new biturbo V6 engine with the same horsepower as the outgoing V8, but with better fuel economy. Stop/start technology is added to all trims except the GL350 BlueTEC 4Matic, and some special order items return to the regular options list.
Despite its large size, tall driving stance and tank-like solidity, Mercedes-Benz's 2015 GL-Class SUV is an absolute joy to drive. The ride is comfortable and stable, complemented by a silent cabin and some of the most comfortable seats in any luxury SUV. From the driver's seat forward, the big GL feels as if it were just another excellent Mercedes sedan, only revealing its true self after a glance in the rearview mirror exposes the second and third rows of seating. Power is never in short supply, be it from the torque-happy diesel in the GL350 BlueTEC, the twin-turbocharged V6 and V8 in the GL450 and GL550 respectively, or the Teutonic terror beneath the bonnet of the GL63 AMG. Standard 4Matic all-wheel drive is always active in helping maintain the best traction and can even be equipped with a 2-speed transfer case for light off-roading. When the asphalt turns serpentine, a "sport mode" will firm the steering feel for better response.
BlueTEC DIESEL V6 ENGINE
Diesel's acceptance is growing by leaps and bounds in the U.S., helped along by such wonderful engines as the 3.0-liter V6 found in the 2015 GL350 BlueTEC diesel. Although it has more torque than most V8s, the BlueTEC engine still manages a respectable 26 mph highway.
SURROUND VIEW SYSTEM
The GL's Surround View system employs four cameras positioned at the vehicle's front, back and sides. The combined images create a 360-degree birds-eye view around the GL, making parking easier and accidents less likely.
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