2009 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class User Reviews
GL320 BlueTEC shown
- $30,883 - $40,177
- No trim specified for this review
- Comfortable, quiet, excellent fuel economy, every convenience feature, looks
- Command system requires a read of the manual, but that effort is rewarded by convenience
Purchased As New
I had to think for awhile to come up with a "con", and that about sums it up. It's quieter that a Range Rover, rides much better than an X5 or Cayenne, and handles much better than the Land Cruiser it replaced. I've owned all four, and still have the Cayenne for shorter trips and to satisfy bouts of hooliganitis.
Bluetooth works every time, almost everything, including nav destinations, is accomplished by voice commands which are understood by the computer, the stereo sounds great whatever the source, the back-up camera picture is clear and in color,visability is good all aound, and the ride to your destination is just a pleasure.
The car has the typical MB long travel accelerator, but push it and it goes, while consistently returning much better than advertised mileage, with 28 mpg common at freeway speeds. Overall, since day one, I've averaged 22.1 mpg, and I don't baby it. Five hundred miles plus per tank is common.
In six months of ownership, I've visited the dealer once for a tire rotation, and they aligned it as they noticed some wear (at no cost to me), and while there I had the oil changed although it was not yet required. It does require an oil that is not yet commonly available.
I've been very pleased so far, and I haven't been looking for the next one yet, which usually occurs about now. It's fun to drive, reliable, and doesn't require a lot of feeding.
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