Pros: Excellent build quality; respectable fuel economy in BlueTEC diesel-engine model; broad range of engine choices; quiet cabin
Cons: Second and 3rd-row seats aren’t as spacious as many premium-large SUVs’; steep price premium of GL63 AMG model
CG Says: The GL-Class is unchanged after its 2013 revamp, save for the addition of Mercedes-Benz’s unique Splitview dashboard screen as an option. Splitview is capable of projecting two separate images to the driver and passenger seats, such as a navigation-system map and a DVD movie image. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class doesn’t have the sheer interior volume of some premium-large SUVs, but accommodations are more than adequate for the majority of buyers. Relatively trim exterior dimensions ease parking and maneuverability, too. Any GL offers impressive power and high levels of refinement. Don’t overlook the diesel BlueTEC–it’s the least expensive model, yet is plenty powerful and remarkably fuel-frugal. Note that prices climb quickly as you add options, particularly the designo interior packages and Bang & Olufsen audio system.