2013 MercedesBenz GL350 BlueTEC 4MATIC Test Drive and Review

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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Supersize Diesel Shows No of Slowdown

Escalating fuel may have slowed the market for SUVs, but that hasn’t Mercedes-Benz from expanding big sport ‘ute line. The is the German manufacturer’s largest offering, and available in five the diesel-powered GL350 BlueTEC ($62,400), the gas-powered GL450 ($63,900) and GL550 4Matic and the high-performance GL63 AMG ($116,925).

I a week in the entry level BlueTEC with a not-so-entry-level price of $80,845 and a 4 year, mile warranty. With its EPA of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, does clean diesel’s surprising economy rating warrant its price tag?

To find let’s drive.

First

Size-wise, the GL-class sits at the top of the heap: smaller offerings the triple-pointed star include the chic G-Class ($113,000), the M-Class ($47,270), and the compact GLK Newly redesigned for 2013, the counters conventional wisdom by their clean diesel model as the most attractively offering in the lineup.

What you get for its $62,400 starting is seating for seven with a folding third row and a 3-liter V6 that delivers a modest 240 hp, but an 455 lb-ft of torque. Coupled a 7-speed transmission and all wheel-drive, powertrain can propel the 5,467 SUV to a theoretical cruising range of 600 miles, thanks in part to the 26.4 gallon fuel

Mercedes-Benz’s Airmatic air suspension is also standard, offering leveling so the GL stays flat changes in load or road The base cabin is trimmed in Eucalyptus wood, with fancier finishes like Walnut available at a premium.

our tester’s options was a lighting with bi-Xenon headlamps and highbeam assist ($1,290), a 2 package with keyless go, close doors, a Harman/Kardon 7 surround sound stereo SiriusXM and an 80-gig Zagat navigation system ($5,850), and a assistance package with cruise control and active keeping/blind spot assist

In the Driver’s Seat

2013 GL350 BlueTEC 4MATIC

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The view behind the GL350 BlueTEC’s is commanding, modern, and luxurious. A swath of real wood runs across the dash and the cabin, and a big analog speedo and are balanced by a centrally positioned LCD screen that’s controlled by COMAND system. The instrument has been streamlined, with functions operated via a palm-sized that’s reachable when right hand is resting on a armrest along the transmission

Also commendable is the GL’s comfort: while I didn’t more than a fleeting checking out the rear accommodations, the perch proved impressively during several long behind the wheel, aided by a function which prevents spots, not to mention ventilated/heated that works with the control system to optimize regulation.

Second row passengers are treated to a amount of legroom, though the row occupants won’t be quite as comfortable—but still, the accommodations there aren’t nearly as as they tend to be on smaller That’s where the GL’s 17-foot overall length in handy, leaving plenty of inside for up to seven passengers, or as as 93.8 cubic feet of capacity when seats are down.

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On the Road

If you were to over the GL’s spec you might suspect that its 240 hp output and 5,467 lb curb would make for a sluggish But the beauty of clean diesel is that copious torque yields surprisingly satisfying mated to the 7-speed transmission, the 455 lb-ft of twist give it straight line hustle, when the transmission is in the more “Sport” mode. Leave it in and around town driving is and unassuming, apart of course your fairly imposing footprint.

Hitting the highway, my GL tester a smooth, quiet sanctuary rush hour traffic, good visibility and enough comforts (including an optional entertainment system for $1,950). the transmission sometimes hunted city driving, it settled impressively low engine rpms relatively high cruising Brief encounters with roads revealed good control and intuitive handling; it may not win a competition against smaller, sport utes, but the GL acquits rather well considering its bulk.

Journey’s End

2013 GL350 BlueTEC 4MATIC

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Mercedes-Benz’s GL350 manages to combine a large and true 7-passenger seating a package that makes it a daily driver. Partial goes to its chassis tuning and suspension, which makes it considerably smaller behind the than it has any right to. The torquey is also responsible for the performance and mirrors; while its claimed mph time of 8.3 seconds suggests the would be left in the dust by its counterpart, the GL450 (which the deed in only 6.2 seconds), the also gets four mpgs, combined (achieving 16 versus 20 mpg).

But if you’re in the market for Mercedes-Benz’s there’s a good chance less concerned with costs than you are with accommodations, capable driving and of course, a little bit of status. On merits alone, the GL350 performs admirably, offering a appointed space from you and six passengers can enjoy the open The competition includes the Lexus LX. the QX56. the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Denali — fine all, but none available a diesel option in the United at present. SUVs of the GL’s may not be for everyone, but for those seeking a sport ‘ute with of space and surprising on-road Mercedes-Benz’s GL350 BlueTEC a convincing case for its potentially price point, while that the German brand is than ever at optimizing sometimes slippery combination of and luxury.

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