Masculine and well-poised on-road or off-road, the GL-Class is what gets our rather snazzy class of Filipino Crossover SUV enthusiasts all pumped up and excited. With is clean and blocky design, yet still retaining its posh DNA, typical of a Merc automobile, it’s no wonder that this is one of those common sights rolling along the metro’s up-scale paved roads and scenic destinations. Five people can be comfortably seated in this German Crossover SUV, which ties it with the BMW X1 in almost all aspects. Premium leather beckons, as well as plenty of stowage and storages spaces, most especially at the rear where even a couple of large cooler chests can fit in.
As a 4x4, the GL-Class checks all the requirements to tackle everything from smooth to rough and muddy surfaces with its full-time 4WD and Electronic Traction Control system. Motion is in action via its engine that comes in two forms – a 3.0L V6 diesel and a 4.7L V8 petrol. An AMG 5.5L V8 petrol is also an optional upgrade. Gliding through the power band is choice of two, as well – a 7G-tronic Plus 7-Speed AT and an AMG SpeedShift 7G-tronic Plus 7-Speed AT.