Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  August 27, 2013


Mercedes-Benz has always been on the forefront when it comes to innovation in automotive industry, being the first to introduce features such like ABS, airbags, ESP, ORVM mounted turn indicators, radar adaptive cruise control. After its entry in Indian market the marque has rolled out some wonderfully crafted models into the market and has opened doors for Indian customers to experience newer technology. Mercedes-Benz has upgraded the big-size SUV from its court, the GL-Class, for the year 2013 where the powerhouse is tuned for better efficiency and performance and the technological equipment list has grown to keep passengers safer and more comfortable. Renowned tennis player, Boris Becker launched the new Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Launch Edition which is available as CBU with AMG body kit for the first 100 units.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is available in Palladium Silver, Obsidian Black and Polar White.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Review

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Performance Review

Powertrain & Performance

Mercedes-Benz’s critically acclaimed BlueEFFICIENCY technology is housed in the 2987 cc V6 diesel engine of the new GL-Class. The engine is tuned to deliver higher power output while consuming less fuel and emitting less CO2 compared to its previous version. Equipped with a variable nozzle turbine for turbocharger and piezo injectors for fuel injection the engine throws out 258 bhp @ 3600 rpm while producing a maximum torque of 619 Nm @ 1600-2400 rpm. The ECO start/stop function of the engine ensures that there is less loss of fuel during when the engine is in idling for a while.

The powerful engine gets the technologically advanced 7G-TRONIC transmission system which has DIRECT SELECT lever positioned at the steering wheel. The marque has designed this unit such that it perfectly sets itself to engine speed to deliver an authoritative drive or a relaxed drive as per the mood of the driver. The AIRMATIC suspension of the GL-Class is another brilliant innovation of the marque which can adjust its characteristics based on the road surface, load level in the car and driving nature. The suspension system has self leveling capability on all corners and if the driver desires adjustments can be made to increase the ground clearance by 75 mm while off-roading. The four-wheel drive system backed some cutting edge safety features can all make an undefeatable combination for off-roading.

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Build, Styling Review

Build & Styling

Mercedes-Benz has structured the GL-Class, keeping both aesthetics and purpose in mind. With low coefficient of drag the build of the car helps reduce air resistance and hence improves the efficiency and performance of the SUV. Styling has always been the strength of Mercedes cars and this bulky vehicle stands no different from this fact. Be it the elegantly finished headlamps with LED, the design of fog lamps, chrome grille carrying the brand logo, the roof rails or the design of the DLO for windows, the GL-Class stands apart from all other luxury SUVs in the market. Headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, active light function and cleaning system ensures that the vehicle cruises with command during nights.

The cabin of Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is built to be suitable for long journeys. The space brings comfort to passengers through well designed seats and THERMOTRONIC 3-zone AC, which can give different temperatures for all the three rows. Use of leather upholstery and wood trim for a beautifully carved dashboard are impressive. To heighten the opulence of the cabin two cup holders at front seat too are provided temperature control function. To make every drive more indulging there is an entertain system which can play audio and video files and can also allow passengers to access internet through their Bluetooth connected mobile phones.

Mercedes-Benz has actualised many safety features in the automobile world and this powerful SUV carries some of these crucial features to ensure top-class protection. Systems like ESP, 4ETS, ABS and ASR continuously work along with 4MATIC system to keep the drive firm and under control. Front airbags, side airbags and knee bags safe guard passengers by cushioning them during a collision. Mercedes-Benz introduces the Crosswind Assist technology in the GL-Class which is a unit that can sense strong wind blowing at the sides of the car when driving on highways. The system gives stability to the SUV by automatically applying brakes on the sides that face the wind blow.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    THERMOTRONIC 3-Zone AC. ESP and ETS. Airbags.
  • Cons

    Rear is boxy.