Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

About Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

The 2016 GL-Class by Mercedes-Benz is the company’s flagship luxury SUV. As such, it must demonstrate more that just an ability to please the eye and soothe the senses. Luxury SUVs still have to perform like their commoner cousins, and here the GL does not disappoint. Offering a variety of engine options, the GL is never short on power. Whether you choose the twin-turbocharged V8 in the GL550 or the torque-happy diesel in the GL350 BlueTEC, you’ll find more than enough power for passing, towing and thrilling the heck out of unsuspecting passengers. The GL’s impeccable build quality, safety ratings and resale are also part of the big Benz’s story, as is the look of success this SUV imparts on the person behind the wheel.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2016?
2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

After a major update last year, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL rolls into the new year with only minor changes. Cinnabar Red metallic paint is axed from the color palette, and five years of mbrace services is now standard.

2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2015?
2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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.

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2014?
2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

As the GL-Class was completely redesigned just last year, the 2014 model has only the most minor of changes: some small packaging alterations and a few color and trim choices.

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2013?
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

2013 marks the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. This luxury SUV that's built in Alabama now has a slightly larger exterior and redesigned interior, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines, and standard safety systems such as collision prevention assist, which employs radar to warn the driver of a potential crash.

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2012?
2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

For 2012, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class carries over largely unchanged. The interior has received minor tweaks and adjustments, including directional lines for the rearview camera. All GL-Class models now feature LED daytime running lights as standard equipment.

2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2011?
2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

For 2011 the GL-Class will have Mercedes' new "mbrace" technology as standard. Mbrace features 24/7 assistance options along with real-time traffic monitoring and other conveniences, including remote door locking/unlocking. Mbrace also can be accessed via mobile phone application, taking personalization and convenience to a new level. Second and third-row seats in 2011 GL-Class models also have new head restraints designed to minimize whiplash occurrences. All three models also will offer an optional Blind Spot Assist. The 2011 GL550 gets a restyled bumper.

2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2010?
2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

The GL350 BlueTEC and GL450 receive a freshened front and rear end, trapezoidal exhaust tips and redesigned front and rear skid plates. Inside, the GL offers new seats, burl walnut trim and a revised instrument cluster. The GL550 receives only minor changes as well as ambient interior lighting and LED daytime running lights.

2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2009?
2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

The GL320 CDI is replaced by the GL320 BlueTEC, which is available in all 50 states. Mercedes-Benz's PRE-SAFE occupant protection system and a new radio head unit are made standard on all trims, while the GL550 receives Keyless Go as standard equipment.

2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2008?
2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

The 382-horsepower GL550 joins the line, touting a larger grille, sporty fender flairs and 21-inch wheels.

2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
What's new for 2007?
2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

In a category whose sales are dominated by three-row offerings, Mercedes joins the club in a big - for a German nameplate - way. Dimensionally, the Mercedes GL450 trumps its sibling, the M-Class, as well as offerings from BMW, Land Rover and Lexus. It also supplies Mercedes' Alabama plant with a three-pronged product (M-Class, R-Class and GL) strategy, enhancing both plant volume and plant flexibility.

Consumer Reviews

Phenomenal car with a few flaws

By on Saturday, February 8, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Finesse and class mixed with power and technology"

Cons: "Only 2 usable HVAC vents for the entire rear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My wife and I have owned the 2013 GL450 for 1 year and we both admit that it's the best car that we have ever owned. Quality both inside and outside defines this vehicle. At 75mph the 3 ton gentle beast sails as smooth as a hovercraft over calm water while the cabin is quieter than a whisper. Awesome steering at both low and high speeds. I can't think of a production car that I would feel more safe in. Negatives include a complex infotainment system that takes some serious study to take advantage of all the high tech amazing tricks. Also for a car this large, there are only 2 usable HVAC vents that serve the entire 2nd and 3rd row. If you are in the "wayback" during the summer, you will be sweating . Nevertheless if you have the means to afford this vehicle, it is a pure joy to travel the long road. Of note, there are hard to find since demand is high and supply is low. Not too many seen on the roads, so it turns many heads and serves as a topic of conversation on the parking lot frequently."

49 people out of 56 found this review helpful

Lifetime Yukon Owner now a GL Owner for Life!

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very quick, solid, dream to drive"

Cons: "NAV could use updating for shorter command string"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"At 6'5", there are a limited number of vehicles in which I feel comfortable. I have owned mostly GM products over the years due to their superior headroom and prior to buying the GL450, had been in two GMC Yukons for about 13 years. They were good vehicles and held their value well. But, when I decided to step up a notch, what an amazing difference! The electric assist steering and overall ride and handling of the GL450 are significantly superior to the GM SUVs. The GL450 has a more car-like ride, seems to sit a little lower to the ground, has superior headroom, unbelievable power from the bi-turbo V8, and better fuel economy that the 2010 GMC that I previously had. The fit and finish is perfect and the functionality of the 3rd row power seats is the best I have seen in the market. Front seats are extremely supportive, yet comfortable and the visibility is very good in all directions. I recently travelled and rented a 2016 Chevy Tahoe (new generation). I would grade it about 3 notches below the MB. I had forgotten how much more the GMC SUVs feel like a "truck" and the difference in engine performance. Important note - Most dealers carry GL450s loaded with options, so you see many exclipsing the $90-100K range. if you are patient, you can special order a GL450 and trim some of the very expensive "fluff" that you may not want or need and get the price down in the low to mid-$70s (and still get Premium package, large wheels, NAV and H-K sound system. I wanted three months and my $76K version looks, runs, and rides no different than the $100K version. And if you price a new GM, Lexus, or Land Rover product, mid-$70s is actually very price competitive."

35 people out of 44 found this review helpful

Very Nice!

By on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Comfortable"

Cons: "Not as nimble at 90 MPH"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I drove BMW X5's for nine years, but really wanted something a little more plush. The GL certainly met that criteria. In fact I'm kicking myself for not buying this car earlier. It's much more luxurious than the BMW, though not as nimble. On long trips the weight of the car really stands up to the desert winds, and I must say I like the stability of this huge vehicle. The car cruises along at 90 and I don't even know I'm going that fast. The larger gas tank gives me great range - sometimes as much as 600 plus miles and the larger cargo space plus ability to seat 7 passengers is an added bonus to the car. If you're looking for comfort and space, this is the car for you. I can see this car may just be the one I end up holding onto for an extended period of time."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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