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in 2010 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $33,626 - $46,134
Original MSRP: $59,950 - $82,850
MPG: 13 City / 17 Hwy
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2010 Mercedes Benz GL-Class Interior

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While it is possible to outfit a GL with a total-luxury interior, it will cost a bundle. Things that are standard for the rest of the class, like leather seats, cost extra on the GL. However, buyers who spring for the extra won't be disappointed.

  • "High-quality materials, including standard real-wood trim, give the cabin a premium feel, though leather upholstery is standard only on the GL550. Controls adjust with a weighted, precise feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If the cockpit in a Cadillac Escalade or Infiniti QX56 feels like a roomy lounge, the GL550's cabin is eminently more carlike." -- Cars.com
  • "The GL's cabin is comfortable and luxuriously appointed." -- Edmunds
  • The "incredibly quiet interior lets you forget you are in an SUV" -- Boston Globe
  • "Handsome bird's-eye maple trim, leather with neat stitching and a two-tone instrument panel highlight the rich interior." -- New York Times

Seating

Every reviewer found the seats and passenger comfort to be up to Mercedes standards, with generous legroom in all three rows of seats.

  • "The GL's bucket seats are well-shaped and supportive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats have a litany of power adjustments, including optional side-bolster adjustments. Even with the bolsters and lumbar support dialed all the way back, I found the seats stiff. " -- Cars.com
  • "Seats are exceptionally supportive and headroom and legroom are ample in nearly every position." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- New York Times
  • The third row "offers a commodious 34.0 inches of legroom, nearly nine more than in the [Cadillac Escalade]." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Standard features on the GL include dual-zone climate control, 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 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class also uses Mercedes' "COMAND" system for one-screen control of the climate controls, stereo, and optional navigational system.

  • "However, even though the GL has an updated COMAND interface this year, we've still found it finicky to use. It employs awkward push-buttons on a center-stack-mounted circular control pad instead of the console-mounted control wheel used in the C-Class and S-Class." -- Edmunds
  • "Gauges are large and easy to read. Most controls are logically placed, but some have cryptic markings and the navigation system absorbs most audio functions, complicating their use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We remain undecided regarding the shift lever being mounted to the steering column; it does provide for a clean, uninterrupted console, but is less-than-intuitive in its operation." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The center controls look and feel high-quality, and it's nice to see Mercedes has stuck with black plastic where other carmakers have painted theirs a tacky-looking silver. " -- Cars.com
  • "The DVD player is inconveniently located under the right-side second-row seat. The system, which features screens in the front-seat headrests, is operated by a remote control, but cannot be operated by the driver, so if mom is alone with the kids she must stop the car and crawl back there to change the movie." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Cargo

Cargo space is slightly less in the Mercedes Benz GL than in some other luxury SUVs. A motorized third row seat makes expanding the cargo area simple -- the seats fold into the floor at the touch of a button. If this doesn't make accessing the cargo space easy enough, Mercedes also offers an optional power lift gate.

  • "And while it doesn't have as much cargo capacity as the Cadillac Escalade, for instance, its power fold-flat third-row seat makes transforming it from family hauler to stuff hauler that much easier." -- Edmunds
  • "For people who need a seven-passenger vehicle that can also haul a lot of stuff, Mercedes makes it easy." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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