2013 MercedesBenz GL550 Review Autoblog

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Touring Michigan’s Wine In The Biggest Of Benzes

Mercedes-Benz a beautiful GL-Class SUV with luxury amenities that is suited for the daily driving of a dad or a mom (68-percent dads, according to figures) and with what we can believe is a very nice V8 engine. What the company our way, however, was a heavily huge-wheeled, 429-horsepower pleasure that is just as well-suited to babies as toting them should your amorous be triggered by the pimp-level of your The GL550 is the real deal, if the you’re looking for involves kiddies and/or hauling We really only had need of the during our one-week loan of the sadly.

The inherent impressiveness of a is matched by the size, scale and of this new GL.

The redesigned 2013 is a vehicle that is well to make a strong impression on of all kinds, whether they care about cars or For a start, there is still an cache associated with Benz logo on the grille that is more easily in the parts of Midwest America don’t see the three-pointed star so frequently. (The suburbs of don’t flip for the big M-B quite so as the sticks around St. Joseph, for instance.) The inherent impressiveness of a is matched by the size, scale and of this new GL, which manages to pretty rugged and refined at the time. Those who know off-roading stuff might a little at the GL550’s 21-inch AMG wheels, but they really do the SUV an impressive stance, and add quite a lot of gravitas to the vehicle. We actually that the sharply creased Mercedes seems so fond of work a bit better when up to GL size than they do on the GLK. At any rate, the neighbors to dig it.

(As for the off-roading, though we know the GL we found about as much to test the capability as we’d most owners will on days. There is a low-range, six transmission settings and two locking Enough said?)

There were zero entertainment screens in our $100,115 GL550.

And the neighbors never got to go inside, where, at least in the two seats, nearly every doodad known to humankind is with the touch of a finger. while there’s not a lot of groundbreaking immediately evident from the seat, the German company did see fit to our GL550 with most all of its party tricks: heated/cooled/massaging adaptive cruise control, vision. blind-spot monitoring and monitoring, active and self-cleaning a 360-degree view and backup with parking assist, a surround sound audio something called soft-closing that we didn’t even were there and so much that it’s as boring to as we’re sure it is to read.

the four sots who had to suffer our wine-touring extravaganza in the cheap (rows two and three) didn’t life quite so easy. there are some pleasantly and heated chairs back and the third-row was accessible at the touch of a but there were zero Let us repeat that for effect: were zero rear-seat screens in our $100,115 Mercedes-Benz Your author may not be a dad yet, but he enough about keeping the people happy to understand merely having two huge in the rear quarters is not going to the rugrats at bay for long. It’s not as if we at stay up nights, pining for in-car television. But at nearly over the base price of the and with aging competitors the Cadillac Escalade throwing around like Best Buy on Friday, their lack a little weak in this loaded-up vehicle.

Mercedes estimates a 0-60 per hour sprint to take 5.5 which feels pretty

While we’re on the subject of here, the GL’s trick second-row isn’t quite so in practice as it would seem the options list. Two of the members of our both moms, for added initially loved the auto-folding row; seeing how easy it access to the way-back. However, the second row back up, as well as the headrests that self-stow in the process, proved pretty Not a big deal for your big strong driver who has use of both of his hands, but a in the rear for a parent one-arming a our similarly tied up while to get the show on the road.

Thankfully, with the backseat mentioned, the rest of the GL550 was, in a word, lovely. The V8 is a far cry from nicely spirited we’ve sampled in other SUVs, and is actually right in of some of the higher performance we’ve tested. A whopping 516 of torque is available at a low 1,800 which allows for this large vehicle to make very quick starts and Mercedes estimates a 0-60 per hour sprint to take 5.5 which feels pretty to us, honestly. The GL550 is fast that we’re already what kind of silliness be in store when the AMG guys their way with the SUV. in the first quarter of 2013.

felt that riding in a big Mercedes beat the hell out of it in a slow tour bus.

GL550 owners will to appreciate all that power on the highway, we don’t doubt, is really where this feels the most at home. the big wheel/tire package and that front end, noise, and harshness at freeway speeds are nicely in check. The GL may not ride the same hushed interior as its cousin, but it does a passable which is saying quite a High-speed ride and handling are first rate, too. The combination of stability, nicely steering, power and Benz’s adaptive cruise, all come to make this SUV a …-simple way to hundreds of miles without Our trip from Detroit to Michigan was dispatched with rapidity (and a pretty 17.5 miles per gallon to the GL’s economy computer) we were almost surprised we arrived. (Again no kids.)

And what did our crew of rummy think when they out of the GL550 after a day of wine (Don’t worry, the driver painfully sober.) With the stated complaints about noted, the opinion, to a person, was the GL was the …. Third-row occupants had of room for their grownup and arms, no one complained of sore or stiff backs after the and everyone felt that around in a big Mercedes beat the out of doing it in a slow tour Many bottles of wine purchased and stowed neatly in the and a good time, frankly, was had by


Mercedes-Benz hasn’t yet figured out the of technology needed to turn pouting toddler into a pal, but the truth is that no the age of the humans you’re transporting, the job be handled in style and comfort if a is your steed. Better the driver won’t go blind boredom while piling up the

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