(4.6) 14 reviews
MSRP: $9,487$22,863
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 15-21
Engine: 215-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (diesel)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 7
2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Our Take on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Our Take

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, which debuted for 2007, was the company's first three-row midsize SUV. This year, a GL550 model that offers more power is available, while the smaller V-8 and a diesel engine are still available. The three GL-Class models are the GL320 diesel model and the gas-pow... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Poor reliability
  • Complex navigation system
  • Occasional accelerator lag (GL550)
  • Brittle ride with 21-inch wheels
  • Less cargo room than some competitors
  • Gets pricey with options

Notable Features

  • New 382-hp GL550
  • V-8 GL450 and diesel GL320
  • Seats seven
  • Standard 4WD
  • Eight airbags


Our Expert Reviews

Last year, Mercedes-Benz introduced the seven-seat GL-Class, an SUV that will inevitably find its way into the sort of neighborhoods where one Banana Republic just isn't enough. For 2008, Mercedes has added a rip-roaring GL550, whose steep price tag moves the lineup (which also includes the GL450 and diesel GL320 CDI) into Range Rover territory.I spent a week ripping and roaring in a GL550... Read full review for the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL Class

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Consumer Reviews


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The best SUV

by sunshine from Los Angeles on December 1, 2009

The best suv, that drives like a sedan. My lease is up this Saturday and I know that I will be crying when I turn in the keys. I have had no problems with this car, it's very reliable. Nothing compare... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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