Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class ranks 2 out of 9 Luxury Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is ranked:
Reviewers agree that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is very well-rounded, with a comfortable ride, a strong and fuel-efficient diesel base engine and an opulent interior.
Most test drivers agree that the GL350 is the best GL-Class trim for most consumers. It has the lowest base price of the model lineup, and test drivers say its turbodiesel V6 engine has ample power and torque. The GL450, GL550 and GL63 AMG each offer a twin-turbo, gas-powered V8 engine. Test drivers agree the GL450 accelerates quickly, and add that the performance of the other two trims is even more impressive. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard with all engines, and most reviewers agree that it shifts smoothly and quickly. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway in the diesel-powered GL350, which is very good for the class. The V8-powered GL450 is rated at 14/19 mpg, which is comparable to the fuel economy of other V8-powered SUVs in the class. Test drivers report that the GL-Class has a comfortable and composed ride over rough roads, though some critics find it hard to push the GL-Class through fast turns. The GL-Class also earns praise for it strong brakes and precise steering.
The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class' cabin is constructed with top-notch materials, according to test drivers. They say the seven-seat GL-Class' front seats are all-day comfortable and that the middle row offers plenty of legroom. As is typical of the class, the third row receives mixed reviews, as some testers note that it isn't comfortable on long trips for anyone other than kids. The GL-Class also offers a good amount of cargo space for the class. Mercedes-Benz fits every GL-Class with dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and its COMAND infotainment system, which controls most stereo and phone functions. Some reviewers report that COMAND is intuitive and works well, while others have difficulty making some stereo adjustments. Options include a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring and a surround view camera system, which uses multiple cameras to give the driver a view all around the GL-Class to aid low-speed maneuvering such as parking.
- "It's hard to exaggerate the epic scale of this vehicle. The 7-seat GL has the passenger space of a minivan, the ride of an S-Class luxury sedan and the acceleration of a sports car. It has every techno-gadget in the book. There's even a completely absurd AMG version that makes 550 horsepower." -- AutoTrader
- "Roomy, powerful and solidly built, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is one of the very best three-row crossover SUVs you can buy." -- Edmunds
- "It's built with impeccable precision and structural integrity, is amazingly quiet, its suspension deals with any paved or non-paved surface you will likely encounter, and any one of its four available engines cranks out impressive power. The GL can tow a trailer up to 7,500 pounds and, with its generous ground clearance and sophisticated all-wheel drive, is even capable of moderate off-road trips. Add in the Mercedes-Benz reputation for exemplary fit and finish, plus safety features and occupant protection that are second to none, and the GL-Class stands in the very first rank of full-size sport-utility vehicles." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Any GL offers impressive power and high levels of refinement. Don't overlook the diesel BlueTEC--it's the least expensive model, yet is plenty powerful and remarkably fuel-frugal." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "However, for hauling people, pets and shopping bags in particular, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL is an urban warrior of the first order. It doesn't come cheap, but the finest examples of any product or service never do. And, really, that's what Mercedes is offering-one of the best luxury SUVs money can buy." -- AutoWeek (2013)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Land Rover Range Rover was recently redesigned, and reviewers say it handles well on pavement and is one of the most capable off-road vehicles in the class. Additionally, its new standard V6 engine helps the Range Rover get great fuel economy for the class.
Auto journalists agree that the Infiniti QX80 accelerates quickly for a large SUV. The QX80 also offers slightly more overall cargo space than the GL-Class, and reviewers write that its cabin is crafted with high-quality materials.
Details: 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class seats seven people and has standard all-wheel drive. Four trims are available, which range from the GL350 with a turbodiesel, 3.0-liter V6 engine to the high-performance GL63 AMG with a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V8. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard. The GL-Class was redesigned for the 2013 model year and sees few changes for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2014 model years.