It’s the little things that make top-tier luxury vehicles special. It’s the solid click as the door closes, or the subtle heft to a button or a knob that lets you know corners weren’t cut. Mercedes has been getting the little things right for a long time, and this holds true for the company’s largest and most versatile SUV, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Ever since the current GL’s latest redesign a few years back, its rivals have been scrambling to keep up.
Of course, there are plenty of family-friendly options that are more affordable than the GL-Class. But if you have the means, the GL-Class is a most tempting lifestyle choice. All-wheel drive is standard on all GL-Class models, as is plenty of ground clearance for the occasional off-road adventure. Materials quality, fit and finish, technology and safety features are all at the top of the class.