2007 MercedesBenz GL450 Auto Review

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Nika Benz

2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450

The Mercedes-Benz SUV

Ben Lewis on 05.01.2007

we tested the all-new Mercedes ML in we were impressed. It had a great of comfort, looks and performance, and was a step ahead of the somewhat model it replaced.

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sometimes things don’t go as Buyers love the G-Class. outrageous, in your face, tough as nails, and has its own cache. It really was the step-up model the ML anyway and-since it has become an of the music and Hollywood set-the survives.

For 2007, Mercedes the GL in two models, GL450 with a 335-horsepower V8, and also the GL320 CDI a 224-horse diesel V6. While a diesel does sound because of their strict laws, the GL320 CDI will not be in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New or Vermont. Well, who are we to leave out of our most favorite states? We the GL450.

Styling

If at first glance you the GL for ML-especially from the front-we blame you. To create the GL, added a 6.4-inch longer and stretched the ML just under a We do have to say they did it with style, and the squared-off, longer end gives the GL a rakish look looks crisp and European, than the more bling-oriented Dressed in its rich Platinum our tester was pure understated

Although we were pleased the design, we wondered, with the size, had the GL lost some of the sport sedan experience we liked so much in the ML? All we can say is: bring driving gloves. The fun starts in the GL a powerful 4.7-liter V8 that out 335 horsepower and, more it’s maximum 339 lb.-ft. of at just 2,700 rpm. in part to a 7-speed automatic makes sure there’s a gear where you need it, the flies to 60 mph in well under 7 making it easily the fastest of the big Adding to the fun are steering wheel shift buttons, so you can have 1 fantasies when you’re not around the family.

Handling is excellent too, nice responsive steering great road feel and a ride. You find yourself around then you look in the view mirror and see that vehicle behind you, and a real shocker-it’s easy to you’re in a sport sedan. If not an enthusiast, you’ll still the big Benz’s wonderful overall of security, stability and control.

that is standard 4Matic 4 drive-a typical set-it-and-forget-it but with a nice touch you can raise the GL’s ride by up to three inches at the touch of a

If you do get into the rough stuff, the GL a neat one-button off-road that simultaneously recalibrates the control, braking, transmission and management to enhance control in off-road conditions. Neat. And if you to give your GL the climbing of a mountain goat, an available Package gives you an Adaptive System, two locking differentials, a transfer case and front and skid plates.

Whether it’s a local trip or a sojourn to the Himalayas, in the GL travels in comfort. Unlike current SUVs that a token 3rd-row seat really should only be for kids-and on some only as GL’s 50-50 split row seats will hold Access is easy too.

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better, when you’d carry cargo, the seats at the touch of a button. Adults be even happier in the roomy split second row, is quite spacious. Pop those as well, and you have a flat-folding and over 83 cubic feet of space. For those comparison-shopping, in space the GL is very close to the Q7 but a bit smaller than the behemoth

Not so inviting on some other vehicles-notably European-are the controls for the standard features we’ve to expect on the modern luxury Mercedes’ COMAND (Cockpit and Data system to you and me) handles it well, with a larger LCD screen and 10 soft-mode keys to navigate whatever you’ve the GL with, from Navigation to radio-even an iPod controller gives you playlist and track

Many of the same features are accessible through steering mounted remote controls are quite intuitive to use as well. with the expected electrostatic and pollen filter, the GL also a clever Tunnel Mode. One of the button and all open windows and will close immediately, as as switching over the climate to recirculating mode. Perhaps Mode sounds more than Behind Stinky Mode.

Part of the reason you pay the for that 3-pointed star is superior reputation for safety. to keep you out of trouble is M-B’s ESP Stability Program (we sometimes that Mercedes pioneered ESP as well as 4-wheel electronic that can apply brakes to wheel individually and adjust to give superior traction.

If you do run out of luck, you’re well with standard front side airbags for the front and outboard seating positions as as side window curtain for all three rows. Another fact, if an airbag deploys, Aid (basically Mercedes-Benz’s version of will call the vehicle and ask if you help. If there’s no response, will automatically send help to you.

What for all this goodness? The GL450 at $54,900, which is pretty in the segment. The Navigator and Audi a bit lower, the Escalade ESV starts $5,000 more and the Lexus makes your eyes with a $67,000, plus

Like most luxury Mercedes gives you tempting Our tester featured a Premium with such goodies as parking warning system, DVD system, Harmon/Kardon audio and power tailgate for $4500. We enjoyed the 3-zone climate system ($1,320), Multicontour seats (the best you’ve ever spent on back), Sunroof Package, wood/leather steering wheel rear-seat dual-screen DVD system and the Appearance Package that we about before ($1,100). All our admittedly loaded GL just over the $68,000 mark.

We walked away from our with the GL450 measurably Creating a vehicle with for seven isn’t the tough The fact that Mercedes it so handsome, luxurious, enjoyable to safe as a house and beautifully is special. Buyers of this SUV will have a lot to enjoy for a long time. (www.mbusa.com)

Nika Benz
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