2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Mercedes‑Benz GL‑Class. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Well-damped ride
  • Commanding driving position
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Linear braking
  • 7,500-pound towing capacity

The Bad

  • Lackluster low-end power (diesel)
  • Occasional clunk from transmission
  • Leather seats optional
  • Navigation system's keypad controls
  • Limited cargo room behind third row

Notable Features of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

  • Gas or diesel power
  • Seats seven
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Standard power folding third row
  • Standard Pre-Safe collision-protection system

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The GL-Class lineup consists of the diesel GL350 Bluetec, available in all 50 states, and the gas GL450 and GL550. All GLs seat seven people in three rows of seats. The GL competes with the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

New for 2012
Minimal changes for 2012 include standard LED daytime running lights and minor interior tweaks.

Exterior
A raked hood imparts a sporty appearance that's augmented by muscular flared wheel arches. Twin power domes running the length of the hood recall similar cues in the company's classic 300SL Gullwing sports car. Exterior features include:

  • GL450 has 19-inch wheels
  • GL350 Bluetec has 20-inch wheels
  • GL550 has 21-inch wheels


Interior
The GL's backup camera adds directional lines for 2012. Seating for seven is standard, along with a multimedia system featuring Bluetooth hands-free connectivity plus audio, video and navigation functions. Interior features include:

  • Standard "mbrace" communication system
  • Mercedes' Comand system controls entertainment and navigation settings
  • Keyless start standard on GL550
  • Wood and leather materials
  • Available rear DVD entertainment system
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats in GL550


Under the Hood
Three engines are available, and a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Mechanical features include:

  • GL350's diesel V-6 produces 210 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • GL450's 335-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 produces 339 pounds-feet of ...
Vehicle Overview

The GL-Class lineup consists of the diesel GL350 Bluetec, available in all 50 states, and the gas GL450 and GL550. All GLs seat seven people in three rows of seats. The GL competes with the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

New for 2012
Minimal changes for 2012 include standard LED daytime running lights and minor interior tweaks.

Exterior
A raked hood imparts a sporty appearance that's augmented by muscular flared wheel arches. Twin power domes running the length of the hood recall similar cues in the company's classic 300SL Gullwing sports car. Exterior features include:

  • GL450 has 19-inch wheels
  • GL350 Bluetec has 20-inch wheels
  • GL550 has 21-inch wheels


Interior
The GL's backup camera adds directional lines for 2012. Seating for seven is standard, along with a multimedia system featuring Bluetooth hands-free connectivity plus audio, video and navigation functions. Interior features include:

  • Standard "mbrace" communication system
  • Mercedes' Comand system controls entertainment and navigation settings
  • Keyless start standard on GL550
  • Wood and leather materials
  • Available rear DVD entertainment system
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats in GL550


Under the Hood
Three engines are available, and a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. Mechanical features include:

  • GL350's diesel V-6 produces 210 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • GL450's 335-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 produces 339 pounds-feet of torque
  • GL550's 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 produces 391 pounds-feet of torque


Safety
The GL-Class uses a combination of cheaper-to-replace bolt-on steel crash boxes and lightweight aluminum sections to minimize weight and repair expenses while maximizing crash safety. The Post-Safe system unlocks the doors and shuts down the engine and fuel system after an accident. Other standard safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows
  • Side-impact airbags for first and second rows
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Pre-Safe collision-mitigation system, which tightens seat belts and closes windows prior to impact
  • Optional Blind Spot Assist

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Cheapest luxury car to own

by slovianain from Lexington, KY on August 7, 2018

Top of the line, diesel gives you a lot of miles for the size of the vehicle. it seems to be a $50K car when its half of that price! Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable and safe

by sue from los angeles on May 11, 2018

This car is very safe and smooth. It looks and feels great to drive. The stereo system sounds great. third row great for a large family Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GL-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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