Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 0-60 times

Out of all performance specs, nothing but Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 0-60 times can better speak about the vehicle's temper. While horsepower and torque blow smoke in the eyes, GL-Class zero to sixty specs and average time to run a quarter mile are pretty straightforward metrics allowing to compare against its competitors.

Very often there is no chance of doing GL-Class 0-to-60 test personally and making conclusions from the experience of the other drivers is the last thing you want.

Conducting a trustworthy test drive requires following a strict methodology that is intended to eliminate the inconsistent circumstances like weather, tires, surface, engine temperature. It is always better to leave it for professionals.


Increase Horsepower

The cold air part is also important in making more power. Cold air is denser and contains more oxygen molecules than warm air does. So if you can get cooler air into your Mercedes-Benz GL-Class engine, your car will be able to mix more fuel with that air, making more power. Combine that with the more air through the larger and less restrictive filter and intake tube and you can see up to a 15-20 horsepower increase. K&N has even reported an estimated increase of 56.96 horsepower out of the 57-2571 intake for 2007-2009 Shelby GT500!


2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Base GL450 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
362 Hp, 369 Lb-Ft., 5335 Weight, 17 City / 21 Hwy mpg
5.9 sec, 14.5 @ 97
Base GL350 BlueTEC 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
240 Hp, 455 Lb-Ft., 5467 Weight, 19 City / 26 Hwy mpg
7.5 sec, 15.8 @ 86

2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Base GL550 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
429 Hp, 516 Lb-Ft., 5578 Weight
5.5 sec, 14.1 @ 89

2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Base GL63 AMG 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
550 Hp, 560 Lb-Ft., 5687 Weight
4.8 sec, 12.9 @ 98
Base GL450 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
362 Hp, 406 Lb-Ft., 5401 Weight
6.6 sec, 15 @ 83
Base GL550 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
429 Hp, 516 Lb-Ft., 5578 Weight
6.7 sec, 15 @ 89
Base GL350 BlueTEC 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
240 Hp, 455 Lb-Ft., 5467 Weight
8.3 sec, 17.8 @ 74

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Base GL63 AMG 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
550 Hp, 560 Lb-Ft., 5687 Weight
4.8 sec, 12.9 @ 98
Base GL550 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
429 Hp, 516 Lb-Ft., 5578 Weight
5.5 sec, 14 @ 89
Base GL450 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
362 Hp, 406 Lb-Ft., 5401 Weight
6.6 sec, 14.9 @ 83
Base GL350 BlueTEC 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
240 Hp, 455 Lb-Ft., 5467 Weight
8.3 sec, 16.6 @ 74

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 0-60 times, all trims

Trim0-60 times, 1/4 mile
Base GL550 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
382 Hp, 391 Lb-Ft., 5545 Weight
6.9 sec, 15.1 @ 88
Base GL450 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
335 Hp, 339 Lb-Ft., 5346 Weight
7.3 sec, 15.4 @ 86
Base GL350 BlueTEC 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC
210 Hp, 400 Lb-Ft., 5512 Weight
12.1 sec, 18.4 @ 71


Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 0-60 mph acceleration across years

Year of a Model0-60 times1/4 mile times
2016

5.9 - 7.5 sec

14.5 @ 97 - 15.8 @ 86 mph
2015

5.5 sec

14.1 @ 89 mph
2014

4.8 - 8.3 sec

12.9 @ 98 - 17.8 @ 74 mph
2013

4.8 - 8.3 sec

12.9 @ 98 - 16.6 @ 74 mph
2012

6.9 - 12.1 sec

15.1 @ 88 - 18.4 @ 71 mph
2011

6.9 - 12.1 sec

15.1 @ 88 - 18.3 @ 71 mph
2010

6.9 - 12.2 sec

15.1 @ 88 - 18.5 @ 71 mph
2009

6.9 - 12 sec

15.1 @ 88 - 18.4 @ 72 mph
2008

6.9 - 11.9 sec

15.1 @ 89 - 18.2 @ 72 mph
2007

7.2 - 11.7 sec

15.3 @ 86 - 18.2 @ 72 mph

The market today is flooded with 7-seat SUVs, but not all are created equal. Most of the three-row crossovers are aimed at the family that puts value over anything else, but there are models like the GL-Class that put luxury and premium features over lower prices.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a big three-row SUV with a lot of luxury features, refined and comfortable ride on the road, and premium interior. These characteristics make it one of the best-selling luxury SUVs in the US.

 

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Performance

The GL-Class is offered with four different engines, ranging from 240 to 550 horsepower. The least powerful one is a turbodiesel V6 called GL350 BlueTec. Sure, it makes only 240 horsepower, but the big news here is the monstrous 455 pound-feet of torque, that helps the GL-Class sprint to 60 mph in respectable 8.3 seconds. The diesel is also very efficient – it achieves 26 mpg on the highway.

If you want more power, the gasoline GL450 V6 twin-turbo pumps out 363 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from a 3.0-liter capacity. We think that this engine is a great fit to the GL-Class as it propels the car easily forward, even with a cabin full of people. Compared to the diesel it’s notably faster, but it has much worse fuel economy at 21 mpg highway.

Buyers in this segment often want more grunt and we wouldn’t argue against the great V8 options. The GL550 4.7-liter is good for 429 horsepower and has a much easier time than the V6, especially with a lot of passengers inside. The 0-60 mph sprint here takes only 5.5 seconds, which is an amazing result for a car that big.

The most powerful GL63 AMG variant has a 5.5-liter V8 with 550 horsepower. This engine really makes things different for the driver and is always ready to sprint forward in a sports car fashion. The acceleration from 0-60 mph takes under 5 seconds, an amazing result for a big SUV.

 

Exterior & Interior

If you want an aggressive-looking SUV, the GL-Class might not be the best choice for you. Mercedes’s biggest SUV has a more traditional approach to the styling, with upright sides and rear end, and elegant rather than aggressive front end. That said, we think that the GL-Class still looks polished even years after it was first announced. This is especially true for the AMG model, that looks more robust thanks to the more aggressive body styling. Still, cars like the Range Rover have more presence on the road.

On the inside, the GL-Class has the traditional Mercedes-Benz layout, with high-quality materials and well-chosen color. Tech-wise, the interior looks a bit dated compared to other offerings in the class – there’s a smallish 7-inch display on the center console that is operated via the COMAND interface. It’s not the easiest to use, especially when you compare it to infotainment systems in Audi and BMW.

 

Conclusion

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class may not be the best looking or most high-tech SUV out there, but it offers a subdued luxury that many buyers in this class want. Those include a comfortable ride, spacious and luxurious cabin, and strong and refined engines.

 

Written by Ivo Gievski



Mercedes-Benz GL-Class specs