2013MercedesBenzGLClass Review By Aaron D Bragman

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Mercedes-Benz GL450

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By Aaron D.

Piloting the redesigned 2013 GL450 feels like a massive bank vault quiet and heavy. And if you’re not with the option sheet, need your own bank to pay for it.

Certain vehicles are made specific markets in mind. The GL-Class is one of them an expensive SUV designed for the American market, in Alabama and aimed at wealthy love for big, fancy

Larger than international SUVs like the Land Range Rover but smaller domestic models like the Escalade, the GL-Class has been a hit for both in the U.S. and internationally, several powertrain options and a high-performance AMG trim. It’s the big of the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup, slotting the midsize ML-Class, which sits above the compact The fourth SUV in the Benz lineup is the a limited-production, ultra-expensive retro-wagon is essentially a German Hummer.

We tested the new third-generation 2013 GL450 4Matic, a midlevel version, to see if this truly is the best big SUV. We also the high-performance GL63 AMG, you can compare with the rest of the here. To compare the new GL-Class the previous-generation 2012 model, here .

Not Your Typical Truck

Family-haulers come in shapes, styles and prices in the with the GL-Class ranking the top of the SUV food chain. A choice of is available, ranging from a efficient (yet torquey) diesel V-6 in the GL350 to a hugely twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 in the top-of-the AMG version. Our GL450 was the middleweight powered by a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 a respectable 362 horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of All engines are mated to a seven-speed transmission driving a permanent system that Mercedes-Benz 4Matic. Another V-8 is available in the still 4.7 liters but with aggressive turbo programming, 429 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. If you simply have the biggest, baddest on the block, opt for the GL63 AMG with its 5.5-liter V-8 cranking out 550 hp and 560 pounds-feet of

The diesel engine comes in the expensive model rare in any class and delivers the best fuel economy in the lineup at mpg city/highway. The numbers fall to for the turbo V-8 in the GL450, 13/18 for the and 13/17 for the GL63.

Our GL450 had plenty of power for acceleration, and cruising, while the GL63’s acceleration is far more than ever need. Both required a heavy foot in to tap into it, however. With drivetrain, throttle response and kickdown was unacceptably slow: at an intersection, make a right and push the gas to accelerate again, and happens for a measurable second. So you further into the gas, and the truck kicks down and forward, snapping everyone’s back. Perhaps this is a Mercedes-Benz is trying in order to slower driving and higher economy, but it results in some dynamics in around-town use. A Sport mode in the GL63 accelerator response to quell of the lag, which is worst in the Comfort mode.

That is our only complaint about the experience, however, as the rest of the behavior is quite civilized. The boosted power steering is and well-damped over broken but doesn’t inspire athletic The brakes are more than up to the of stopping this 5,401-pound without fade, with a progressive pedal and confident Previous sampling of both the diesel and GL550 V-8 reveal to be equally civilized machines, at on high-speed cross-country treks as as low-speed crosstown errands. stability is commendable even in crosswinds, and the all-wheel drive is in slippery, icy conditions. Aside the throttle and transmission interaction, the GL450 is a serene, luxurious

Among its myriad upgrades, the AMG gets unique steering and active stabilizer bars an adaptive suspension that’s on lesser GL-Class models. active stabilizer bars can be had a pricey Active Curve which is optional on lesser models.) For such an elaborate the results underwhelm. On bumpy the chassis quivers about; pavement induces hints of disconnected wheel-hop a degree of that’s unbecoming of a six-figure SUV.

The GL63 boasts ride comfort, even in the of the suspension’s three settings. it there, and the SUV barrels into curves with little roll. Our tester’s P295/40R21 tires stuck to the road chewing gum to a desk. Unfortunately, of those settings address the straight-line composure and when the turns bumpy, the downsides

The Luxury Life

Living the GL is equally cushy. Our GL450 was appointed with thick, leather (a $1,620 option) and unlimited adjustability that bring almost anyone to a driving position. The front also featured Mercedes’ system ($1,100), which and deflates air bladders at timed to create a kind of pressure-point It doesn’t actually feel a massage, though; it’s like someone pushing you in the This is no Brookstone rolling shiatsu chair, but it isn’t bad if you’ve spent all day in tiny jets and airport lounges.

The rear seats were comfortable, and our tester GL450 had DVD ($1,950) in the front-seat head for rear passengers. The switches and had a slick, high-quality feel, and the were large and easily The meaty steering wheel was in grippy leather and smooth ($590), with matching walnut on the instrument panel, console and doors (included the leather seats). At night, any of colors of ambient lighting softly from behind pieces to create a thoroughly atmosphere (part of a $3,500 Package).

The GL is fully up-to-date in of electronics, featuring a full of standard connectivity options Bluetooth cellphone link streaming audio, a backup keyless entry and start, and the optional mbrace2 information and package.

The audio system’s quality is top drawer, but its operation is than stellar. Selecting a radio station, for instance, is a operation. Mercedes uses a selector and knob combination on the console instead of a touch-screen, saves the screen from fingerprints but does take time to learn to use well. The are not arranged for ease of operation in motion, but they are complete and the ability to adjust just everything in the cabin from the of the driver’s seat-bottom cushion to the of air distribution, direct or diffuse. climate controls are given own clear, easy-to-use hard

The interior’s biggest asset is its This is a seven-seat SUV with two third-row spots for adult-sized It’s accessed by perhaps the seat-folding mechanism ever Push a button on the top of the second-row and the seat folds down and automatically, even dropping the restraints and powering the front forward automatically to free up as necessary. Replacing the seat is manually, but requires just a flip back into If you need cargo room than passenger room, the seats fold in a second that allows for a flat floor, maximizing the GL’s

Behind the third row of seats is 16 feet of cargo room, to 49.4 cubic feet the third row stored. With the row folded, maximum cargo in the GL is a sizable 93.8 cubic This compares favorably competitors like the Land Range Rover (71.7 feet) and Audi Q7 (72.5 feet), but comes up short of trucks like the Cadillac (108.9 cubic feet). here to see a comparison of these


The GL-Class has not been

Like most well-optioned vehicles, the GL450 has a host of safety equipment, a laundry of -Matic, -Magic and -Tronic systems. Our test GL450 SUV the standard 4Matic all-wheel and Airmatic height adjustable air as well as Parktronic active assist (an automatic parking and Distronic Plus automatic function. Few of these types of feature come standard, aside from the Collision Assist, an electronic system detects objects in front of the and adjusts applied braking depending on whether or not a collision imminent. It can even employ the function, which applies the automatically, although one wonders if you want to smash through is in front of you?

Even more advanced systems are available in packages the Driver Assistance Package and Assist Package. Systems electronic stability and traction trailer sway control, brakes and even a crosswind program are standard. To see more equipment information, click .

In the Market

Finding an exact to match up to the GL is somewhat difficult, as it is an animal a seven-seat, premium SUV a wide price range. Our tester started at $64,805, a $905 destination charge, but the with the Bluetec diesel starts at an even lower Options can add up quickly, however, as our proved an astonishing $23,130 in alone brought the sticker up to And that isn’t even the top end of the GL The GL63 AMG starts at $117,830 and can be up to a loaded $123,775 doubling the entry price for a GL. For full specs on the GL, click here .

means competitors come in two ones that compete the more rationally priced models, and ones that match up with the GL’s high-performance versions. At the lower end of the the GL competes with big trucks the Cadillac Escalade. which up to eight (in extended-length models) but is on a GM truck platform that is less sophisticated than the GL in about every way. The Escalade’s only real is interior room and the availability of even larger extended-length The Audi Q7 might be a good seeing as how it, too, seats and is considerably less expensive the GL; the least expensive GL is still nearly $2,000 more the most expensive Q7. But the Q7 comes up of the GL’s interior volume. leaves the Land Rover Rover. which can certainly its own with the GL on price, luxury and especially the Range Rover’s 510-hp V-8 model. But it is a smaller than the GL, seating only and the Land Rover’s high-end price makes the GL63 AMG like a bargain. To see how the GL compares its competitors, click here .

Mercedes-Benz has created something unique with the GL a large, SUV that can fulfill a lot of roles and is specifically for well-to-do American Less gaudy and more than an Escalade but more than a Range Rover, the Benz SUV fills a niche competitor brands have yet to

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