A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

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If you love a diesel engine in your SUV, but still want to ride around in luxury, your perfect vehicle may very well be the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec.

Key Features

The most important feature worth noting is the GL350 BlueTec engine on this Mercedes-Benz. If you prefer diesel engines, this is a good way to go. You’d have a tough time finding a more comfortable vehicle with a diesel engine.

This vehicle has an optional navigation system in the dash. The keypad interface makes it incredibly user-friendly as well.

Changes for 2012

Very little changed between the 2011 and 2012 models of this SUV. Aside from some improvements to the dampening system and some aesthetic modifications, they’re virtually identical.

What We Like

Generally, if you want a diesel engine, it’s going to be the most expensive trim. With the Mercedes-Benz GL350, though, the BlueTec version is actually the cheapest. While you can definitely add all kinds of extras until it’s $20k more expensive, the base price is quite reasonable for a Mercedes of this size.

What Concerns Us

Although the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec is clearly trying to make a run at efficiency, the truth is that it falls well short of the target. After all, the engine is EPA-estimated at 17 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway. A lot of people have reported as low as 12/17.

If you’ve driven diesel engines before, the sound they make probably won’t come as much of a surprise. However, anyone who buys this SUV as their first diesel will definitely notice the noise. While it’s not terrible, there are modern diesel engines out there that are much quieter.

Available Models

There is only one version of this SUV. It has a 3.0L, V6 turbo diesel engine with AWD. This SUV will take 26.4 gallons of diesel at a time, which is good for 448.8 miles in the city and 554.4 miles on the highway. The transmission is a seven-speed automatic.

Major Recalls

No recalls have ever been issued for this Mercedes SUV.

Common Issues

Some people have complained that the interior of the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec is actually low on space, despite its size. The second row of seating probably won’t give adequate legroom to anyone over 6’1. That being said, the third row is supposed to be much more accommodating and is power operated, making it easy to adjust when you need more cargo space.

Mercedes Benz GL350 BlueTec 2012 Interior


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