2011 Mercedes-Benz GL Class Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

A nimble ride and elegant, tough styling help the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class charm the mud right off a Range Rover.

At one time, it was going to be the replacement for the military-grade Gelaendewagen, or the G-Class. But by the time it was ready for production in 2007, the SUV market was on fire, and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class took its own place in the lineup as a true Range Rover fighter.

SUV sales may have tanked, but the GL-Class is still the tank we'd rather be seen driving. It's among the best seven-seat SUVs on the market, with crisp and rugged styling matched by a splendid cabin with room for seven passengers. 

Of the three models, the diesel-powered GL350 BlueTEC might be the best of all. Its 400 pound-feet of torque relieve any concerns about acceleration, and it's a perfect match for off-roading (even if the true off-road package can only be found on the V-8-powered GL450). It earns the best gas mileage of the bunch, too, at 17/21 mpg--far better than the thirsty but incredibly powerful GL550 and its 12/17 mpg rating.

The spiffy seven-seat cabin is sized for adults, in all three rows, and they're relatively easy to get into--something you can't say for the GM utes like the Cadillac Escalade. The Land Rover Range Rover only comes as a five-seater. And the GL-Class matches nearly every feature to be found on the others, with high-dollar audio systems, the knob- or voice-driven COMAND system, DVD entertainment, Bluetooth connections, and iPod compatibility.

The boldest thing about the GL-Class, it turns out, isn't the big three-pointed star on the nose, nearly the size of a Honda Civic steering wheel. The boldest thing may be that Mercedes-Benz has built a better Suburban, and plopped it down in a pricier neighborhood.

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December 15, 2015
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My Buying Experience of Mercedes-Benz GL-350

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All the surety of service given by Mercedes Benz India and its dealers is not satisfactory at all. Recently, I faced a problem of ratting and crackling noise in back seat door of my brand new Mercedes GL 350... + More »
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April 14, 2015
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Exactly what you'd expect from a Mercedes-Benz

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My GL is still very new but it's exceeded my expectations in every way. I get well over 600 miles to a tank of diesel and everything is well polished. However, experience with past MB cars has always been that... + More »
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April 13, 2015
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My best car ever - it is a keeper!

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Quality in every aspect - i have to search deep for a complaint - and that would be a slightly friendlier nav system.
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