Consumer Reviews
Driving Dynamics
View Pictures
3 Reviews
Sort Customer Reviews
Sort by:
Keith Johnson
November 15, 2019
94,500 miles
Owned 2 years 10 months
Driving Dynamics
This one of finest cars I have ever owned. By purchasing a pre-certified Mercedes Benz, the extended warranty is fantastic. My 2016 GL450 has never been in the shop for any issues whatsoever. Good job MB!,
August 22, 2019
Driving Dynamics
Not what I expected. A money eater. By the 6th year almost every part becomes a problem. Bad balance and roof leak
July 12, 2019
Driving Dynamics
2016 Mercedes-Benz 1115 GL 28852 380722
Write a Review for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL
Step 1: Rate and review this vehicle
Overall rating
Reliability rating
Interior rating
Exterior rating
Driving rating
Driving Dynamics
600 of 600 characters remaining
Step 2: Enter vehicle details
Enter mileage as a number
* All Fields Required

Expert Reviews

New Car Test Drive
powered by New Car Test Drive

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class seats up to seven in luxury and offers a choice between a frugal diesel or an enthusiastic gasoline engine. Manufactured in America, the three-row luxury wagon targets the U.S. market and has proven to be quite popular in the luxury SUV league. The GL-Class is intended more for all-weather traction than off-road capability.

Introduced for 2007, it was redesigned for the 2013 model year. There are no significant changes for 2016.

Four GL-Class trim levels are offered, each with a distinct powertrain. All have a 7-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC four-wheel drive.

Rugged good looks combine with flexible, abundant interior space. The GL-Class offers fine road manners. Air shock absorbers in a fully independent suspension ensure a gentle, almost pillow-soft ride. In some versions, an adaptive suspension is especially adept at minimizing body lean. Feedback could be better from the electric power steering, but it’s not excessively light in feel.

An option package adds a low range and locking center differential, while ride height can be adjusted between 8.5 and 12 inches. A properly equipped model is rated to tow up to 7,500 pounds.

The least expensive and most frugal of the GL-Class is the smooth-running GL350 BlueTec. Its six-cylinder turbodiesel engine produces 240 horsepower, but a whopping 455 pound-feet of useful torque.

Not much higher-priced, the GL450 uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that develops 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet. The GL550 features a twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 4.7-liter V8 rated at 429 horsepower. Topping the list, the GL63 AMG unleashes 550 horsepower from its twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, promising 0-60 mph acceleration below five seconds.

The Mbrace2 connectivity suite links smartphones to the COMAND infotainment system and permits certain remote-control functions. Bluetooth and HD radio are also standard. So are a power tailgate, power third-row seats, and a sunroof.

On the safety front, the GL-Class offers lane-keeping assist, Collision Prevention Assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

Model Lineup

GL350 BlueTec ($64,550) comes with MB-Tex (vinyl) upholstery, automatic climate control, heated power front seats, power third-row seats, a DVD changer with HD radio, COMAND interface, sunroof, and power tailgate. GL450 ($66,200) is configured similarly to the GL350 BlueTec, but with a gasoline V6 engine.

GL550 ($91,300) has a 4.7-liter V8 and a selection of active-safety features, as well as an 830-watt Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system.

GL63 AMG ($121,100) has the high-performance 5.5-liter V8 and nearly every feature that’s optional on lower trims.

Safety features include front knee airbags and full-length curtain airbags, plus a rearview camera and Attention Assist. Collision Prevention Assist uses cameras to sense impending collisions and applies brakes to mitigate impacts or to stop fully, from below 20 mph.


Both rugged-looking and contemporary, the GL-Class continues to emphasize traditional SUV design, shunning the chrome and glitter that identify some luxury utility vehicles. Bodywork melds just enough soft curves, extended creases, and incisive angles into an SUV design that could hardly be any cleaner.

The familiar Mercedes-Benz grille is especially pronounced on the GL-Class. A long silhouette enhances the wedge shape that stems from bodyside character lines. Overall, the GL-Class is more subdued in appearance than many competitive full-size SUVs. Front and rear ends have LED lighting. The GL550 adds flared wheel arches and 21-inch wheels, while the GL63 AMG gets its own look.


Within the rugged GL body is an immense, comfortable cabin, nearly as versatile as a minivan’s. High-quality materials appear throughout, including an upholstered dashboard and soft-touch surfaces.

Leather upholstery and wood trim impart a warm, rich glow. Upper-trim interiors feature olive ash wood and perforated leather.

Front passengers in upper models can ride on ventilated seats with a massage function. Second-row seats may be heated. Power-folding third-row seats stow to add cargo space, while optional power assistance can tuck away the second-row seats. Even adults will fit into the third row, which is split 50/50.

Cargo volume can expand from modest to practically cavernous. With the third row up, cargo space totals 16 cubic feet. Flip them forward, and you have 49.4 cubic feet. With the second row folded forward, space grows to 93.8 cubic feet.

Passengers don’t have to step high to get aboard. Second-row seats benefit from wide door openings. An Easy-Entry feature improves access to the third row. A power control can slide front seats forward, but its motor is noisier than expected.

A console knob operates the COMAND infotainment system, which has a 7-inch screen but isn’t as easy or intuitive as those in rival SUVs.

Driving Impressions

From behind the wheel, a GL-Class doesn’t really feel like an SUV. That’s because it’s one of the most composed full-size models out there, helped by electric power steering and, if installed, optional active anti-roll bars. That option is costly, but can make a difference when the GL starts to lean into corners. Larger tires can jiggle the ride somewhat.

Though lacking in feedback, steering feel, at least on models with smaller wheels, doesn’t feel especially light. The variable-ratio setup responds differently at low speeds, though the transition isn’t as evident as in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

Air springs are tuned for a cushioning ride, and the GL-Class is isolated from road vibration. Optional active dampers have Sport and Comfort modes, which can slightly soften the highway ride or tighten it up as needed. Either way, lateral pitching of passenger heads is limited.

Some turbo lag can occur in a BlueTec, because of the nature of the smooth, strong diesel engine, but fuel economy is EPA-rated at 18/26 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined. That’s one reason the BlueTec is one of our favorites. The 4.7-liter V8 can be a tad coarser than the silken Mercedes-Benz V8s in some models.

Gasoline models, especially V8s, are thirsty. The twin-turbo V6 is EPA-rated at 17/21 mpg City/Highway, while the GL550’s bigger V8 is estimated at 13/18 mpg. Despite its additional power, the GL63 AMG isn’t much worse, EPA-rated at 13/15 mpg City/Highway.


The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class rides smoothly and is luxuriously equipped, but it is expensive. We’d pick the GL350 BlueTec, based upon its combination of diesel torque and fuel efficiency, as well as the excellent road behavior delivered by each version.

Driving impressions by Kirk Bell. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Search Local Cars for Sale
Searching Locally
0 found
2016 Mercedes-Benz listings within 25 miles of your ZIP code.
Find 2016 Mercedes-Benz listings for sale near you.
Autotrader vehicle image
Autotrader vehicle image
Autotrader vehicle image
Autotrader vehicle image
Vehicle History Report
Get answers to buy with confidence. Save when you purchase multiple reports.
  • Check whether an accident has been reported on the vehicle
  • Check for severe damage, salvage, and theft
AutoCheck Reports
Mercedes-Benzs for Sale
Find 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL listings near you.
Car Selling Services
List your car in minutes on
Free Dealer Price Quotes
Get free quotes from dealers near you.
New & Used Auto Loans
Compare real, custom loan offers from multiple lenders in minutes!
Official loan marketplace source of
2016 Mercedes-Benz GL
Recommended Competitors
Recommended vehicles based on audience feedback. The values listed below are based on MSRP and does not include any incentives, trade-in, options, or other adjustments.
This Vehicle

New & Used Car Search

Select from one or more dropdowns below, to find the right car for you. You can filter by car price, year, and make. For a more robust search, navigate to our official Car Finder Tool.
All Prices
All Years
All Makes
See all cars
AMO Page View Count Pixel