For There's space for seven in the huge cabin, the ride is comfortable and refinement is impressive.
Against It'll cost you dear to buy and run, performance and equipment levels are nothing special, and it's not as capable off road as a Range Rover. The steering is numb, too.
What Car? says
The Mercedes GL is a super-luxurious SUV offering seven-seat practicality, but rivals are better value and superior to drive.
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There are 2 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class versions available
Target Price team says:
Ignore the V8 petrol-powered GL63 AMG. The engine is fantastic, but the amount it’ll cost to run will make the enormous purchase price look like peanuts. Instead, opt for the GL350 diesel. It's impressively quiet and is quick enough, plus it'll cost you far less in fuel and tax (although it still won’t be cheap). That refinement, coupled to the GL’s comfortable ride, makes this version a very pleasant way to drive the length of the country. Because it’s got seven seats, you’ll also be able to take your kids and a few of their friends along for the ride, and with a huge fuel tank, you won’t have to stop that often on the way.
Reader test team says:
My second GL. Moved on from a 08 420CDi to a new 350CDi. Performance-wise little to choose between them except 25% better fuel consumption. I do miss…
Having tried and enjoyed but also endured the unreliable LandRover Discovery I decided to look at the Mercedes GL. When compared to the hard ride of…
Don't normally do review but thought could be helpful for others. We always want a 7 seaters SUV. So we researched & tested all the models in UK,…
I've just bought a 350 AMG GL and after a month and 1500 miles. It is a disarmingly effortless car - quick for its size , spacious and quiet. I have…