2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Interior
This interior review was written when the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was new.
The interior of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is luxurious enough for most reviewers, though many felt that some options, like leather seats, should be standard on a luxury car in this price range. The GL-Class can seat up to seven.
A luxury car should be comfortable, and reviewers agree the 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class fits the bill. Edmunds says "fit and finish is as it should be, seat comfort is exceptional, the driving position is spot-on and headroom is abundant for all seven heads." Many reviewers note that the interior is exceptionally quiet for an SUV. Forbes says "this Benz didn't have a creak, rattle or jiggle in the passenger compartment. That's shocking" and Consumer Guide says it is "among the quietest premium SUVs." As for materials, they are generally considered to be top-notch; the New York Times says "handsome bird's-eye maple trim, leather with neat stitching and a two-tone instrument panel highlight the rich interior."
On the other hand, a few reviewers weren't happy some luxury features weren't included. The' reviewer says "I took for granted that the luxury SUV would offer such sophisticated features as massaging seats and ‘waterfall' cabin lighting that wraps the passengers in a warm glow at night. But you can't get them on the GL450." Another reviewer was irked at the lack of standard leather seats.
A few reviewers noted that the shift-lever is in a different place than many other SUVs, getting it off the floor and back on the steering wheel, where it is often found in trucks and vans. Opinions were somewhat mixed though, with the Kelley Blue Book wasn't as happy with it, stating "we remain unsure regarding the shift lever returning to the steering column; it does provide for a clean, uninterrupted console, but is less-than-intuitive in its operation."in favor, saying "the GL450 skips the bulky shift lever that you see on most SUVs, in favor of a small, electronic stalk on the steering column that helps to clean up the center console."
Every reviewer found the seats and passenger comfort to be up to Mercedes standards, with generous legroom in all three rows of seats. The New York Times loved the front-seats. "Mercedes offers some of the industry's most comfortable and supportive seats, and the GL's optional multicontour chairs are no exception. The range of lumbar support seems almost limitless."
The second row seats three, and New Car Test Drive says its "provides ample legroom." Edmunds agrees, saying "second-row space is also generous, with the same 40 inches of legroom offered in the M-Class [SUV]." But most reviewers' praise focused on the third-row seat, which is raised and lowered with a motorized system. The third-row seat can be folded completely flat, a real benefit when hauling cargo. Reviewers note that this motorized system is a rare feature, one not found in the Cadillac Escalade, or many other luxury SUVs. Motor Trend agrees with many other reviewers when it finds the third-row to be highly usable and comfortable, saying it "offers a commodious 34.0 inches of legroom, nearly nine more than in the [Cadillac Escalade]." The New York Times agrees, saying "while most big sport-utes break their promise to provide comfortable seating for six or seven adults, the Mercedes delivers with a third-row seat that is more spacious and more easily reached than those in any of its rivals." Two buttons, one near the second-row, and one in the cargo area, allow either passengers or those loading cargo to hide the seat away or unpack it. However, those who need more room to get into the third seat will need to use standard levers to lower the second row seats.
Standard features include dual-zone climate control, six cupholders and two bottle holders, four power outlets, and a front center console with a padded armrest. If only two people are present in the second row, the center section can become an armrest and storage compartment as well.
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class also uses Mercedes "COMAND" system for one-screen control of the climate controls, stereo, and optional navigational system. Not many reviewers commented on this system, but MarketWatch says it's "one of Mercedes' less-than-brilliant ideas," and notes that its manual is 237 pages in length.
Autobytel says the optional navigation system " offers a useful bread crumb trail feature and GPS coordinates, but is somewhat confusing to program. Mercedes can still take a lesson from Lexus on this front." Many other options, such as a hands-free communication system using Bluetooth linked to the steering wheel, are available but can significantly add to the GL-Classes price. .
The standard entertainment system includes a six-disc CD-changer, as well as an auxiliary jack for MP3 players.
Cargo space is slightly less than in some other luxury SUVs, and with the third-row seat up, Consumer Guide says "volume is restricted to a few grocery bags," given the small 14.3 cubic feet of space. With both the second and third-row seats down however, the GL-Class expands to 83.3 cubic feet, less than the Toyota Land Cruiser or Cadillac Escalade. Still reviewers agree most buyers probably won't miss the few extra feet, and Edmunds says "though shy of class-leading, the GL's cargo volume is more than large enough for a family of over-packers." If the motorized third-row seat doesn't make accessing the cargo space easy enough, Mercedes also offers an optional power lift gate.