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2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was new.


Interior: 8.1

Reviewers say the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class’ interior is beautifully-made and high-quality, with lots of available safety tech. They say its front seats are especially comfortable, although its third row is cramped like in most three-row SUVs. The GL doesn’t have quite as much cargo space as its truck-based competition, and reviewers note that its COMAND infotainment system isn’t as easy-to-use or up-to-date as some rivals’. Still, many note that its quiet cabin is one of the GL’s best qualities.

  • "On smooth, open interstate, the sense of magic-carpet isolation and silence puts the GL at the top of the luxury class. The cabin was an idyllic oasis, the perfect place to enjoy a vigorous rubdown from the heated and cooled massaging front seats." -- AutoWeek
  • "The refinement and isolation puts most other large SUVs and a good number of sedans to shame." -- Motor Trend
  • "Indeed, this redesigned GL grows both inside and out, though it may go unnoticed unless you bring a tape measure. Still, this translates into plenty of passenger seating and increased cargo room. And of course, near-unrivalled comfort levels." -- Motor Week
  • "Step away from the numbers a bit, however, and the 2013 GL450 easily outclasses its competition inside." -- Autoblog


The 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class comes standard with seating for seven, with a middle-row bench seat for three and a rear bench that can seat two. The front seats are heated and eight-way power-adjustable with four-way power-adjustable lumbar supports, but in higher trims, you can upgrade them to active, climate-controlled, 10-way adjustable seats with a massage function. Most test drivers don’t discuss the front seats, but they say the second-row seats are fairly roomy. Reviewers write that the third row of seats is too cramped for adults, but that’s fairly common for the class.

  • "With an upholstered dash that boasts fine double stitching, attractive leather options and absurdly adjustable front bucket seats, the GL-Class is a few millennia ahead of its ancient American rival [the Cadillac Escalade] indoors." -- Autoblog
  • Second-row seats now tumble forward easily to allow access to the (cramped) third row, which itself folds flat." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Because of limited third-row kneeroom and a second-row center-seat position equipped with a fold-down armrest/cup holder, the GL is no seven-passenger limo, but it can nicely accommodate four adults, three kids, and 16 cubic feet of luggage." -- Car and Driver
  • Second row passengers are treated to decent stretch-out room, although we found the seatbacks to be a little firm." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class include power-folding third-row seats, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, a sunroof, Bluetooth, Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, forward collision warning and a driver alertness monitor. Available features include navigation, satellite radio, an iPod interface, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a surround-view camera, parallel parking assist, night vision, a power-folding second-row seat, a rear-seat entertainment system and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Reviewers are especially impressed with the GL-Class’ vast array of optional safety technology, including adaptive high beams, a drowsiness alert system, a collision warning sensor, crosswind stabilization, blind spot sensors, lane-keeping assist, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors and night view assist. They say most of the safety features work well and put this large Mercedes ahead of its competitors in terms of technology, although they complain that the GL’s COMAND navigation interface is clunky, confusing and dated and lacks a touch-screen function. A few also mention that the lane keeping assist system can be a little too aggressive in nudging the vehicle back into the correct lane.

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  • "The new big Benz is also bursting with electronics that the competition can't match, which mind everything from handling to safety to comfort." -- Motor Trend
  • [COMAND] pairs easily with phones and never failed to provide us directions, even when we ventured onto dirt trails near the Rio Grande. It still lags behind BMW iDrive and Audi MMI, though, for the confusing layout of its color screen, which can make simple tasks like scrolling through radio stations a multi-step, attention-sapping effort." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Using the brakes, [lane keeping assist] nudges the vehicle back into the lane. We found the system to be a little too aggressively intrusive, but it certainly does its job." -- Left Lane News


With all rows in use, the 2013 Mercedes GL can hold 16 cubic feet of cargo space. With the back row folded, it can hold 49.4 cubic feet of cargo, and with both rear rows folded down, it can hold up to 93.8 cubic feet of cargo. That’s more than many other crossover competitors, like the Audi Q7, which can hold up to 72.5 cubic feet. However, it’s not as much as truck-based rivals like the Cadillac Escalade, which can hold a maximum of 108.9 cubic feet of cargo. Test drivers like the amount of total cargo room the GL offers.

  • "With all the seats folded, we found ample room for cargo." -- Left Lane News

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