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2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV Overview

The standard features of the Mercedes-Benz GL 350 BlueTEC Base include BlueTEC 3.0L V-6 240hp intercooled turbo engine, 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, airbag childseat sensor, automatic air conditioning, 19" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

2016 Mercedes-Benz
GL-Class SUV

Starting at: $64,550

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Power moonroof
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - Homelink
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • Approach angle - 31 deg
  • Departure angle - 26 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 216mm (8.5")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 23 deg
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • DVD-Audio
  • Premium audio system - COMAND
  • Weather band radio
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 8
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Genuine wood dashboard insert
  • Genuine wood door panel insert
  • Genuine wood console insert
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 3.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 240hp @ 3,600RPM
  • Engine torque - 455 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 83.0mm x 92.0mm (3.27" x 3.62")
  • Compression ratio - 15.50 to 1
  • Payload - 796kg (1,754lbs)
  • Curb weight - 2,480kg (5,467lbs)
  • GVWR - 3,250kg (7,165lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,121mm (201.6")
  • Exterior body width - 2,141mm (84.3")
  • Exterior height - 1,849mm (72.8")
  • Wheelbase - 3,076mm (121.1")
  • Turning radius - 6.2m (20.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,024mm (40.3")
  • Rear legroom - 978mm (38.5")
  • 3rd row legroom - 889mm (35.0")
  • Front headroom - 1,046mm (41.2")
  • Rear headroom - 1,016mm (40.0")
  • 3rd row headroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,486mm (58.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,481mm (58.3")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,283mm (50.5")
  • Passenger volume - 4,066L (143.6 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 453 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,656 L (94 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - power liftgate
  • Power liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 3.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 240hp @ 3,600RPM
  • Torque - 455 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Diesel
  • Transmission - 7 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - 4MATIC
  • Fuel economy combined - 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 26.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 19mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 26mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Childseat sensing airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Power adjustable front head restraints
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Auto-leveling suspension
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 275/55HR19.0
  • Rear tires - 275/55HR19.0
  • Wheel size - 19"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Forward collision - warning
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC Search New $64,550   240-hp 3.0L 6-cyl  7-spd auto  19 / 26  
GL 450 4MATIC 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL 450 4MATIC Search New $66,200   362-hp 3.0L 6-cyl  7-spd auto  17 / 21  
GL 550 4MATIC 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV GL 550 4MATIC Search New $91,300   429-hp 4.7L 8-cyl  7-spd auto  13 / 18  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

From behind the wheel, a GL-Class doesn’t really feel like an SUV. That’s because it’s one of the most composed full-size models out there, helped by electric power steering and, if installed, optional active anti-roll bars. That option is costly, but can make a difference when the GL starts to lean into corners. Larger tires can jiggle the ride somewhat.

Though lacking in feedback, steering feel, at least on models with smaller wheels, doesn’t feel especially light. The variable-ratio setup responds differently at low speeds, though the transition isn’t as evident as in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

Air springs are tuned for a cushioning ride, and the GL-Class is isolated from road vibration. Optional active dampers have Sport and Comfort modes, which can slightly soften the highway ride or tighten it up as needed. Either way, lateral pitching of passenger heads is limited.

Some turbo lag can occur in a BlueTec, because of the nature of the smooth, strong diesel engine, but fuel economy is EPA-rated at 18/26 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined. That’s one reason the BlueTec is one of our favorites. The 4.7-liter V8 can be a tad coarser than the silken Mercedes-Benz V8s in some models.

Gasoline models, especially V8s, are thirsty. The twin-turbo V6 is EPA-rated at 17/21 mpg City/Highway, while the GL550’s bigger V8 is estimated at 13/18 mpg. Despite its additional power, the GL63 AMG isn’t much worse, EPA-rated at 13/15 mpg City/Highway.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Both rugged-looking and contemporary, the GL-Class continues to emphasize traditional SUV design, shunning the chrome and glitter that identify some luxury utility vehicles. Bodywork melds just enough soft curves, extended creases, and incisive angles into an SUV design that could hardly be any cleaner.

The familiar Mercedes-Benz grille is especially pronounced on the GL-Class. A long silhouette enhances the wedge shape that stems from bodyside character lines. Overall, the GL-Class is more subdued in appearance than many competitive full-size SUVs. Front and rear ends have LED lighting. The GL550 adds flared wheel arches and 21-inch wheels, while the GL63 AMG gets its own look.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

Within the rugged GL body is an immense, comfortable cabin, nearly as versatile as a minivan’s. High-quality materials appear throughout, including an upholstered dashboard and soft-touch surfaces.

Leather upholstery and wood trim impart a warm, rich glow. Upper-trim interiors feature olive ash wood and perforated leather.

Front passengers in upper models can ride on ventilated seats with a massage function. Second-row seats may be heated. Power-folding third-row seats stow to add cargo space, while optional power assistance can tuck away the second-row seats. Even adults will fit into the third row, which is split 50/50.

Cargo volume can expand from modest to practically cavernous. With the third row up, cargo space totals 16 cubic feet. Flip them forward, and you have 49.4 cubic feet. With the second row folded forward, space grows to 93.8 cubic feet.

Passengers don’t have to step high to get aboard. Second-row seats benefit from wide door openings. An Easy-Entry feature improves access to the third row. A power control can slide front seats forward, but its motor is noisier than expected.

A console knob operates the COMAND infotainment system, which has a 7-inch screen but isn’t as easy or intuitive as those in rival SUVs.


New Car Test Drive

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class rides smoothly and is luxuriously equipped, but it is expensive. We’d pick the GL350 BlueTec, based upon its combination of diesel torque and fuel efficiency, as well as the excellent road behavior delivered by each version.

Driving impressions by Kirk Bell. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

GL350 BlueTec ($64,550) comes with MB-Tex (vinyl) upholstery, automatic climate control, heated power front seats, power third-row seats, a DVD changer with HD radio, COMAND interface, sunroof, and power tailgate. GL450 ($66,200) is configured similarly to the GL350 BlueTec, but with a gasoline V6 engine.

GL550 ($91,300) has a 4.7-liter V8 and a selection of active-safety features, as well as an 830-watt Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system.

GL63 AMG ($121,100) has the high-performance 5.5-liter V8 and nearly every feature that’s optional on lower trims.

Safety features include front knee airbags and full-length curtain airbags, plus a rearview camera and Attention Assist. Collision Prevention Assist uses cameras to sense impending collisions and applies brakes to mitigate impacts or to stop fully, from below 20 mph.

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