2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class | new car review
* Proves to be good value for money.
* Rear styling is by far its biggest let-down.
There is something about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class that isn’t quite right. Something about the back end of the car just makes it look more like a hearse than a luxury SUV. The back rises and rises and then just drops to the tailgate, depriving us of a typical Mercedes swoop. While there are no complaints about the front, sadly it’s the back that lets it down.
Within the cabin of this GL-Class hearse, you will find an array of exotic materials, from two-tone leather to carbon-fiber. The centre console bears two swooshing handrails and there are even carbon–fibre tray tables for the rear passengers! It feels like you are sitting in First Class on a flight.
From DVD players in the back to a panoramic sun-roof, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has been built for the ultimate luxury cruise. It has even been engineered to tackle off-road terrain, although I doubt you’ll see many in the desert.
What’s on offer?
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL 500 churns out 435 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque from its 4.7 litre V8 engine. Channeling power through a 7 speed automatic transmission, the GL 500 accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and on to its 250 km/h top speed. For the power hungry, there’s a GL 63 AMG as well, which will kick out 557 horsepower, 760 Nm of torque, and wipe AED 494,000 out of your bank account.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a big car, a very big car. It’s full of luxury materials and superb features, but I can’t help but feel it is let down by the rear styling. The way the back end just keeps rising then falls off a cliff is very un-Mercedes. For all the goodies you get, the price is actually reasonable, so that’s something. But people will be looking…
|Specifications||2015 Mercedes-Benz GL 500||2015 Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG|
|Engine/ Cylinders||4.7 litre / V8||5.5 litre / V8|
|Max Power |
|435 hp @ 5,250 RPM||557 hp @ 5,750 RPM|
|700 Nm @ 3,500 RPM||760 Nm @ 5,000 RPM|
|Tranmission||7 speed automatic||7 speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||5.4 secs||4.9 secs|
|Top speed||250 km/h||250 km/h|
|Price||AED 375,000||AED 494,000|