With the only glaring omission of standard leather seating, the 2010 GL-Class offers a long stock list of luxury and entertainment features.
All models offer power front seats; a glass sunroof over the rear two rows of seats; a power-fold feature for the third-row seat; and a COMAND controller that uses voice or knob controls to direct Bluetooth pairings and audio from the AM/FM/six-DVD changer. An iPod interface, Sirius Satellite Radio, HD Radio, and a hard-drive navigation system are optional on some trim levels and standard on the GL550.
There's also an optional 610-watt Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system with surround sound, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with twin 8-inch screens and wireless headsets. We recommend the former even if you're not an audiophile-it's that good-and the latter simply as an alternative to going insane on long-distance trips with multiple children with short attention spans.
Other GL-Class options include a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats for the less expensive models. Ventilated seats are a new favorite feature here at TheCarConnection.com, since more than half of our writers live in warm climates.
For 2010, all GL-Class utes get new wheels: The GL450 wears 19-inch rims, the GL350 diesel has 20-inchers, and the GL550 now runs on 21-inch wheels and tires.