2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec Review and Test Drive

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The GL350 BlueTec is available with Blind Spot Assist, which uses cameras to monitor blind spots behind the vehicle.  If a driver activates the turn signal while a vehicle is in the blind spot, he will get visual and audible warnings.

Mercedes-Benz’ Neck-Pro active front head restraints (I think it’s frowned upon to call them headrests nowadays) will move forward almost two inches and up one inch in the event of a severe collision in order to support the head and reduce the likelihood of whiplash occurring.  Pre-Safe will take multiple measures to protect occupants in the event it senses an impending collision.  These include tightening the seat belts, moving the front passenger seat to a more protected position, closing the side windows and, in the even of a rollover possibility, closing the sunroof.


It’s surprising that there are only two seven-passenger diesel SUVs available in the U.S., but diesel is clearly a smart choice here. Not only is there no price premium for a diesel in the GL-Class lineup but the diesel is actually $1,000 cheaper than the entry-level gasoline-powered GL.

In addition, the GL350 BlueTec is comfortable, handles well for a vehicle of its size, and has gobs of torque.  If that’s not enough to go diesel, then I’m not really sure what is.


2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec 4Matic
Base Price, Price as Tested $61,570/$73,210
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 3.0 l/turbocharged V-6
HP/Torque (pound-feet) 210/400
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Curb weight  (lbs) 5,512
Wheelbase  (inches) 113.2
Length x width x height  (inches) 191.7 x 75.9 x 57.9
0-60 mph (seconds) 9.3
Fuel economy (mpg)  18/24


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