2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review
This review was written when the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was new.
The GL Class is a high-performance luxury SUV that can seat seven while providing one of the best full-size SUV driving experiences available.
Most reviewers agree the GL-Class is a welcome new addition to the field of luxury SUVs, and give it high marks for both style and its sedan-like driving experience. In addition, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has won several awards, including Edmunds "Most Wanted SUV of 2007," Motor Trend's "SUV of the Year," and Car and Driver's "Best Luxury Sport Utility." Car and Driver, in announcing their award, says "nothing came close to the GL450. It drives like a tall and muscular car, solidly built and serious about quality." Despite a smaller engine than many competitors, most reviewers are unstinting in their praise of this model's performance, with nearly all noting that it drives more like a luxury sedan than a bulky SUV. Motor Trend says "following two intense weeks with the GL, it was all sparklers and Roman candles for the biggest Benz ever offered in the United States."
While the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class may not have the cargo capacity of other large SUVs, reviewers found it more than made up for it in comfort and features. Motor Week, for example, says "the big rear cabin means big comfort, with lots of room to stretch out." The motorized third-row seat was a real reviewer favorite, and allows owners to expand their cargo space or seat up to seven people at the touch of a button. While many third-row seats in SUVs would be hard-pressed to seat a child comfortably, New Car Test Drive speaks for many when it says "we climbed into the third row and found room for two adults to ride back there, each in a separate seat."
If there is any drawback to this model, reviewers note that options -- of which there are many -- can quickly add up, and that some optional features should be standard. As Motor Week notes, "big also describes the GL 450 prices, starting at $54,675. Dig into the healthy list of options, and you can quickly be pushing the $70,000 mark." The New York Times didn't quibble however, saying "Mercedes charges extra for the really good stuff. Adding some $13,000 in options brought my GL to $68,075, in line with an Escalade or a Lexus LX 470 but a good $20,000 less than a comparable Range Rover."