The wagons of yesteryear have long been superseded by high-riding 3-row crossovers. Indeed, Mercedes already conceded this point with the first-generation GL-Class, but they’ve really taken the gloves off this time around, bidding a decisive goodbye to the good old days with the current, second-generation GL-Class.
It’s hard to exaggerate the epic scale of this vehicle. The 7-seat GL has the passenger space of a minivan, the ride of an S-Class luxury sedan and the acceleration of a sports car. It has every tech gadget in the book. There’s even a completely absurd AMG version that makes 550 horsepower.
Not for the faint of heart, this Benz, but then, that’s kind of the point. Truth be told, the new GL is less a modern Mercedes wagon than it is a Cadillac Escalade with a thick layer of German performance, refinement and quality on top.
It may not be what the German traditionalists would prefer, but there’s no denying the excellence of Benz’s supersized crossover creation.
BLACK, Upgrades – Tow Bar – Fully Electric, Alloy Wheels – 22in AMG Multi Spoke Design, Standard Features – COMAND Online System, Hard Disk Drive Navigation System, Panoramic Glass Sunroof, DAB Digital Radio Tuner, ECO Start/Stop Function, Heated Front and Second Row Seats, Fr. Seats Climatised, Linguatronic Voice Control, Parktronic with Active Park Assist and 360 degrees Camera, SPEEDTRONIC Cruise Control, THERMOTRONIC – Luxury Automatic Climate Control, 21in AMG Alloy Wheels (4) – Multi – Spoke Design, Bicolour Titanium Grey 295/40 Tyres, Alarm System with Interior Protection (MBSS3), Bluetooth Interface with Hands-Free Function, Audio Streaming for Music Transmiss., Front Seats – Electrically Adjustable with Memory Function, Hill Start Assist and Hold Function, KEYLESS-GO Comfort Package, Paint – Metallic, Privacy Glass – Dark Glass from B-Pillar Backwards w. Tinted Glass All Round, Radio, Single CD/DVD Drive with MP3 Compatibility, 8in Colour Display w. Media Interface, Rain – Sensing Wipers, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Upholstery – AMG Exclusive Nappa Leather. Metallic, £103,000