2010 Mercedes-Benz GL Class Comfort & Quality

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It drives "small," but the cabin and cargo space in the GL-Class are ample enough for seven passengers seated in a 2-3-2 configuration.

The tailored cockpit has front-row seats with plenty of foot and shoulder room, and in the GL550, ventilation built into the seats. Two adults can easily find a sweet spot in the second row; three is pushing it, even if the GL is a wide body. The third row also has adult-sized room for two, and it folds out of sight at the touch of a button to boost cargo space.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is big enough for seven adults-and well-trimmed, too.

With the two rearmost rows of seats out of the way, the GL-Class has 83.3 cubic feet of storage space-more than a Lincoln MKT, but about 25 cubic feet less than a GMC Yukon Denali.

There's a whiff of cost-cutting inside only when you realize the base GL350 and GL450 have vinyl seats standard. Leather seating isn't something we're used to seeing on an options list, especially in a vehicle docked on this price pier. Otherwise, it's difficult to find fault with the lushly trimmed cabin, outside of a touch of road and wind noise.

More Opinions: "seats are too stiff"
Kelley Blue Book: "well-shaped and supportive" "the third row shines"
Edmunds: "third-row access is also well thought-out"
ConsumerGuide: "only the right-side section of the second row slides forward for third row access, though it does create a large passageway" third row "folds more or less flat, as does the second row, and the resulting load floor is free of any major gaps" Cargo volume "trails some of the GL's boxiest competitors"
Detroit News: "the third row has ridiculously small cupholders that you can't adjust"
Edmunds: "quiet on the highway, with minimal wind and road noise"
ConsumerGuide: "high-quality materials...give the cabin a premium feel"

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