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STYLING | 9 out of 10
all kinds of manly with broad-shouldered looks
Car and Driver
Gauges are large and easy to read.
GL550 is differentiated...by its more-in-your-face grille
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class combines a squared-off, rugged exterior with an interior that earns the praise of most reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com.
Car and Driver says the GL-Class shares very little with the M-Class SUV, though they’re built on the same platform. “The only shared sheetmetal is the front doors. The GL's styling is more conservative, with a tall, broad profile and much softer shapes than the ML's creases.” The Detroit News thinks “the Mercedes SUV is handsome…with triangular headlights, sharply chiseled front fenders and classic luxury SUV lines.” Cars.com calls the 2008 GL-Class “a work of sculpted muscularity,” with "a raked hood imparts a sporty appearance that is augmented by the muscular flared wheel arches."
At Mercedes-Benz, 2008 brings a new GL-Class with a V-8 and a style all its own, and reviews approved of its appearance, too. ConsumerGuideAuto likes the Mercedes-Benz GL550’s "unique front-end experience, flared fenders, 21-inch wheels, and chrome exterior accents." In contrast, Cars.com notes "less expensive GLs have 18- or 19-inch wheels."
The interior of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class wins kudos from test drivers, too. ConsumerGuideAuto finds "high-quality materials, including standard real-wood trim, give the cabin a premium feel..." and adds "[while] most controls are logically placed...some have cryptic markings." Car and Driver differs: “the controls are mostly familiar, with two large gauge pods straight ahead, the same four-spoke steering wheel, and a familiar center stack.” The Detroit News concurs with most opinions, describing the cabin as “rugged-looking…[with] lots of updated materials, such as matte metal.”
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class stands out with its muscular but refined style and well-designed interior.