• (4.1) 32 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,471–$19,259
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 16-22
  • Engine: 215-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (diesel)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Our Take on the Latest Model 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

What We Don't Like

  • Complex COMAND control system

Notable Features

  • New for 2007
  • Gas V-8 or diesel V-6
  • Three rows of seats
  • Cupholders designed for larger beverages
  • Diesel's emissions are 50-state compliant

2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Reviews

Vehicle Overview
As with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mercedes' trend-setting M-Class luxury sport utility vehicle saw plenty of would-be customers lured away by three-row, seven-seat competitors. As Jeep responded with a stretched Commander, so Mercedes has produced a three-row version of its new SUV.

Like Mercedes' R-Class people-mover, the GL-Class has three rows of seats, but manages to wrap them in a package that avoids the vaguely minivan-esque profile of the R-Class. A raked hood imparts a sporty appearance that is augmented by the muscular flared wheel arches. Twin power domes running the length of the hood recall similar cues in the company's classic 300SL Gullwing sports cars.

Mercedes says the GL-Class was designed specifically for the U.S. market. To prove it, the company touts the presence of cupholders designed to withstand the mass of 44-ounce Big Gulp buckets. The opulent interior is as finely appointed with leather and wood as one would expect in this category, but the car is blighted by the presence of Mercedes' inscrutable COMAND electronic system for entertainment, navigation and climate control. Maybe if enough of us spill our Big Gulps on the useless computer system, Mercedes will respond with some simple-to-use knobs.

Under the Hood
The mainstream power plant is the corporate 4.6-liter V-8 gasoline engine, but the company is heavily touting the planned availability of its 3.2-liter V-6 diesel engine. The diesel engine will provide 26 mpg efficiency in a full-size SUV, while its BlueTec emission-control system will meet government regulations in all 50 states, which is unusual for a diesel today.

The GL-Class uses a combination of cheaper-to-replace bolt-on steel crash boxes and lightweight aluminum sections to minimize weight and repair expense while maximizing crash safety. As with every Mercedes, the GL-Class is loaded with smart airbags, load-limiting seatbelts, antilock brakes, stability control and nearly every other safety doodad available. A three-row air curtain helps prevent ejection in rollovers, while seat-mounted side airbags provide additional torso protection in side impacts for passengers in the first and second rows.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 32 reviews

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by Carbroker14 from Snohomish on October 2, 2017

The car was very roomy the only complaint that kept me from purchasing it. Was that it got worse had mileage than another bigger SUV.

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2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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