The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL, of all the full-size extravagance SUVs, has a portion of the best street conduct. Its electric force directing isn’t loaded with input, yet it’s not free or excessively light. The free suspension has air stuns that give it a pillowy ride, and a few forms offer a versatile suspension that neutralizes body incline great. We’d typically incline toward a more essential arrangement, however along these lines, a more extensive spread in the middle of solace and energetic driving modes tailors the GL to more drivers. The GL is assembled right here in America, where it offers exceptionally well. Truth be told, the three-line extravagance transport is pointed solidly Americans. The German automaker’s biggest SUV, the GL offers its stage and sequential construction system with the two-column M-Class SUV, offering comparable powertrain decisions and highlights. For rough terrain drivers there’s a bundle that includes a low range, a locking focus differential, tuned footing and strength control, and movable ride tallness that lifts the GL from 8.5 inches of ground leeway to a full foot. The GL can tow up to 7500 pounds, as well.
The GL offers four powertrain options, all teamed to a paddle-shifted seven-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. The least-expensive GL model, the GL 350 BlueTec, runs a turbodiesel six-cylinder with just 240 hp but 455 pound-feet of torque for 0-60 mph acceleration in about 8.3 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg highway–one of the reasons the smooth, strong diesel is a big-SUV favorite of ours.
Next up the ladder is the GL 450 with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that was added last year. This engine puts out 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty of power, and gets EPA ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway. That’s not exactly efficient, but it has plenty of power.
V-8 lovers can still choose the GL 550 and its twin-turbo, direct-injected 4.7-liter. It makes 429 horsepower, pushing the SUV to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. As you can guess, highway gas mileage drops into the high teens in return. Meanwhile, the GL 63 AMG, with its twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 pushes out 550 hp and delivers acceleration times of under five seconds.
The GL is a luxury SUV without question, but its exterior design is more subdued than many of the other vehicles in the class. The GL wears a mix of soft curves and long creases, giving it the attractive qualities of a crossover, but with a gloss that’s decidedly rugged-looking. Inside, wood trim and leather upholstery give the cabin a warm, rich feel. A knob controller on the center console runs the COMAND infotainment system, which is a bit less intuitive than those offered by rivals. The GL’s cabin is big and comfortable. In front, passengers can ride on ventilated seats with a massage function. The second-row seats can be heated. The best trick the GL has is its flip-and-fold feature. Not only do the power-folding third-row seats stow for more cargo space, but the second-row seats tuck away with optional power assistance. It’s not as large as a long-wheelbase Escalade, but the GL’s interior is just immense.
The GL also has tech features down. Mbrace2, Mercedes’ connectivity suite, is standard across the board; it links smartphones to the COMAND system, which means you can search Yelp for a great meal or hit Google for web searches while on the road. It will also let you control the car remotely, locking or unlocking doors, and generally keeping track of your vehicle from a smartphone. Bluetooth is standard, as are HD radio, a sunroof, a power tailgate, and power third-row seats. Step up into more expensive models and the GL adds iPod connectivity, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels, and a navigation system. Most of these features can be ordered as options on other models, along with push-button start, Harman/Kardon or Bang & Olufsen audio, a rear-seat entertainment system, and more exotic selections of wood and leather.
On the security front, the GL is stacked with large portions of the most recent Mercedes innovations. The standard airbags and soundness control join a 360-degree camera that adjusts its showcase as you dial into a parking space. The GL can likewise stop itself, with accessible dynamic park help. Path holding help pokes it once more into a path on the off chance that you cross the middle, and impact avoidance help will convey the GL to a stop on the off chance that it distinguishes a deterrent in the street ahead at paces of up to 20 mph. There’s additionally versatile radar journey control and blind side checking.