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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Overall size is similar to the outgoing model — length is 201.6 inches, width is 84.3 inches and wheelbase is 121.1 inches.
To provide easy entry, the rear doors are long without feeling ungainly.
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Second-row seats now tumble forward easily to allow access to the (cramped) third row, which itself folds flat.
We found the front seats to be a bit too stiff for long stints in the saddle, and the COMAND infotainment interface is starting to show some grey hairs.
Slightly longer, wider, and taller than in the first generation, this second-edition Mercedes GL Class gets a little better on making almost all of its vast space to people and cargo.
By the numbers, the 2013 GL Class is 202.6 inches overall, with a 121.1-inch wheelbase. It sits 72.8 inches tall, and 84.3 inches wide. That makes it about an inch longer and an inch wider than before, and a half-inch taller--measurable differences, but given the GL's size, not dramatic ones.
The GL's front seats are fine, and don't require too much of a step up to access. The basic functionality is eight-way power adjustments; they can be optioned up with 10-way power controls, ventilation, heating, and multi-contour control, which adds massaging and adjustable thigh and thorax support, along with four modes of on-the-go shiatsu, everything from "slow" to "fast and vigorous."
In the second row, there's a bit of innovation that doesn't affect the generous head and leg room. These second-row seats benefit from wider door cuts, which makes it easier to get in, but they also have a new Easy-Entry feature--either a manual handle or a power actuation, that flips and folds them forward for superior access to the third-row seats. The power controls also slide the front seats forward to accommodate the folded second-row seats, a nice touch--but the sounds of the motors moving the seats aren't the most precise ones we've heard in a Mercedes.
The third-row seats are split 50/50, and all models have power-fold ability, so the bench seat can be stowed or used for passengers. Even adults will fit back here, better than in most full-size utes.
Folding the seats in various ways opens up the GL's cargo space to cavernous proportions. With the third row up, there's 16 cubic feet of space; with the third-row seats flipped forward, the GL has 49.4 cubic feet of storage space. With the second row folded forward, it has 93.8 cubic feet of room--an immense amount of space, if not quite so much as a full-size GM SUV.
The Mercedes-Benz GL is immense, if not as big as a long-wheelbase GM ute, and third-row access is among the best in its class.