2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Mercedes‑Benz GL‑Class. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Third-row space and accessibility
  • Performance potential

The Bad

  • Leather seats not standard

Notable Features of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

  • Turbocharged V-8s or turbo-diesel V-6
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Adjustable air suspension
  • Seats seven

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Mercedes-Benz's seven-passenger GL-Class was redesigned for 2013 with all-new styling inside and out.  It wasn’t just a new face; interior room and standard features were increased, plus two new turbocharged V-8 engines and a re-engineered diesel V-6 were available under the hood.


With three rows of seats standard, the GL-Class competes with flagship SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, the Infiniti QX56 and the Lexus LX 570.

(Skip to details on: GL63 AMG)
New for 2014
After being redesigned last year, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is mostly unchanged. The company’s Splitview dashboard screen is available as a special order option on the GL-Class for 2014. Splitview allows the driver and passenger to view two different images on the center dashboard screen. For example, the driver can see the navigation information on the screen, while the passenger can watch a movie at the same time.
Exterior Highlights

  • Air suspension and available active stabilizer bars to mitigate body lean
  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels; 20-inch and 21-inch wheels available
  • Aluminum running boards

Interior Highlights

  • 4.5-inch screen between the main gauges
  • Standard knob-based Comand system
  • Dash comes stitched in faux leather 
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Power-folding third row and available power-tumbling second-row seats to access third row

Under the Hood

  • GL350 BlueTec 4Matic has 240-horsepower, turbodiesel V-6 engine that makes 455 pounds-feet of torque
  • GL450 4...
Vehicle Overview

Mercedes-Benz's seven-passenger GL-Class was redesigned for 2013 with all-new styling inside and out.  It wasn’t just a new face; interior room and standard features were increased, plus two new turbocharged V-8 engines and a re-engineered diesel V-6 were available under the hood.


With three rows of seats standard, the GL-Class competes with flagship SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, the Infiniti QX56 and the Lexus LX 570.

(Skip to details on: GL63 AMG)
New for 2014
After being redesigned last year, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is mostly unchanged. The company’s Splitview dashboard screen is available as a special order option on the GL-Class for 2014. Splitview allows the driver and passenger to view two different images on the center dashboard screen. For example, the driver can see the navigation information on the screen, while the passenger can watch a movie at the same time.
Exterior Highlights

  • Air suspension and available active stabilizer bars to mitigate body lean
  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels; 20-inch and 21-inch wheels available
  • Aluminum running boards

Interior Highlights

  • 4.5-inch screen between the main gauges
  • Standard knob-based Comand system
  • Dash comes stitched in faux leather 
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Power-folding third row and available power-tumbling second-row seats to access third row

Under the Hood

  • GL350 BlueTec 4Matic has 240-horsepower, turbodiesel V-6 engine that makes 455 pounds-feet of torque
  • GL450 4Matic uses a 362-hp, twin-turbo V-8 with direct injection that produces 406 pounds-feet of torque
  • GL550 4Matic employs a 429-hp, twin-turbo V-8 with direct injection that makes 516 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available off-road package includes skid plates, a two-stage transfer case, a locking center differential and air-suspension adjustments to render up to 12 inches of ground clearance
  • Mercedes says the GL-Class can ford nearly 2 feet of water when equipped with off-road package

Safety Features

  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags front and rear
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Available collision warning and mitigation system
  • Attention Assist to alert sleepy drivers
  • Crosswind Stabilization keeps the GL in its lane during high winds
  • Available blind spot warning system
  • Available lane departure warning system
  • Available surround-view camera
  • Available PreSafe system augments collision mitigation with automatic braking

GL63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG packs big power into a big SUV. To be exact, there's 550 horsepower from the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 that sends power through a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Like the regular GL-Class, there's room for seven occupants in three rows, though this GL63 can take passengers to a top speed of 174 mph.

  • Standard all-wheel drive splits 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels and 40 percent to the front
  • Active suspension with multiple Comfort or Sport driving modes
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Widened fenders that fit 12-inch-wide tires on 21-inch wheels
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Power tailgate

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best Car I ever owned

by ChrisNicols from Columbia, MD on August 24, 2018

This vehicle is a luxury SUV comparable only to the Range Rover Vogue, but even better because of the 3rd row sitting. I would say it's an S Class on stilts Read full review

(5.0)

Nice SUV

by car nut on August 15, 2018

Performs great after 10 mph, a little sluggish when first starting to move. Mercedes-Benz service and warranty repairs are outstanding. Would buy again if I need an SUV. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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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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