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2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class was new.


Interior: 8.6

Reviewers say the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL has a luxurious cabin built with excellent materials and attractive wood, metal and chrome accents. The seats are comfortable and roomy in all three rows, and cargo space is great for the class behind the first and second rows.  Storage space behind the third row is slightly below average for the class. The COMAND infotainment system works great overall and controls most cabin features, but it can take some practice to master all of its functions.

  • "Fit and finish of the interior is impeccable, with soft-touch surfaces and lots of well-done wood and metal trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The GL-Class is indeed quite similar to a larger, tougher version of the company's oft-lauded flagship sedan. Inside, silver chrome controls, generous amounts of wood trim and soft leather upholstery with contrasting stitching help create an air of high luxury worthy of the S-Class." -- Left Lane News
  • "Cabin quality is also second to none in the segment." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The refinement and isolation puts most other large SUVs and a good number of sedans to shame." -- Motor Trend (2013)


The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL seats seven in three rows. Leatherette upholstery and heated and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, a heated wood and leather steering wheel, ventilated front seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front cup holders, power-folding second-row seats, heated second-row outboard seats, soft-close doors and multicontour front seats with adjustable lumbar support, side bolstering, shoulder support, and a massaging feature are available.

The Mercedes-Benz GL's standard seats provide all-day comfort. The available multicontour seats have a wide range of adjustability and comfort options that make them worth the upgrade if they’re within in your budget. The GL's seats are spacious for seven occupants, including adults. Outward visibility is good in all directions except the rear, so opting for the available blind-spot monitoring system is recommended.

  • "There's space for seven adults across three rows of seats, with even the rearmost row being a snap to access thanks to power easy-entry second-row seats." -- Left Lane News
  • "The seats themselves are terrific for long hauls, and outward vision is good except to the rear, so the blind-spot monitoring system is a wise choice." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's more to the interior than just looking good … starting with roomy adult-size accommodations in all three rows. The standard front seats are agreeable enough, but the optional 'multicontour' seats with heating, ventilation and massage functions are unquestionably the way to go if you can stomach the added cost." -- Edmunds
  • Smaller adults fit in the third row, but only kids will be happy there on a long trip. Only the right-side section of the 2nd-row bench seat slides forward for 3rd-row access, though it does create a large passageway." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 GL350 include dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a rearview camera, forward collision alert, a driver drowsiness monitor, Bluetooth, a five-year subscription to mbrace smartphone app integration services, a USB port, and Mercedes' COMAND system with a 7-inch screen, which controls audio and phone functions through a knob mounted on the center console.

Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, satellite radio, a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo or a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, lane keep assist, and a surround-view camera system that uses multiple cameras to display a 360-degree view around the vehicle.

The COMAND system, which is operated with a control knob, works well but may take some time to get used to. Most cabin adjustments are managed through the COMAND system, which is why the dashboard isn’t cluttered with buttons. Still, of the few dashboard buttons present the markings on some are hard to comprehend. Climate control buttons, however, are easy to find and operate. With the optional navigation system, audio functions must be adjusted via touch screen, making them a bit more difficult to use. Purchasing the available surround-view camera helps with parking maneuvers and allows you to see objects or people that may be in blind spots.

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  • "Mercedes' trademark COMAND system uses a large console-mounted knob to access a broad range of settings and controls via menus on the dash-mounted display. It takes a while to completely get the hang of, but it's ultimately an elegant way of managing all this technology without a sea of physical buttons." -- Edmunds
  • "With four cameras strategically positioned at various points, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV's Surround View system creates a 360-degree bird's-eye view, making it easier to park as well as helping reduce the chance of hitting objects normally hidden from view." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Gauges are large and easy to read. Most controls are logically placed, but some have cryptic markings and the navigation system absorbs most audio functions, complicating their use." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • The menus are not arranged for ease of operation while in motion, but they are complete and offer the ability to adjust just about everything in the cabin - from the length of the driver's seat-bottom cushion to the type of air distribution, direct or diffuse. Thankfully, climate controls are given their own clear, easy-to-use hard buttons." -- Cars.com (2013)


The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL has 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, 49.4 cubic feet behind the second row and 93.8 cubic feet of room behind the front row. While the GL's cargo capacity is great for the class when the second and third rows are folded, cargo room with the third row upright is a bit below the class norm.

  • When it comes to hauling cargo in addition to (or instead of) people, the GL-Class offers a healthy 16 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, a number similar to that offered by the trunk of your average midsize sedan. Folding down both sections of the 50/50-split third row gets you 49.4 cubic feet, while dropping both the second and third rows creates a cargo hold with 93.8 cubic feet of space that's comparable to those in other large SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • Cargo space behind the third row is somewhat limited, but folding the second and third rows down opens up the cargo capacity to a generous 93.8 cubic feet." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Just a few grocery bags fit behind the 3rd row. A low floor height and 2nd- and 3rd-row seat backs that fold flush with the deck ease loading and unloading." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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