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The GL is a midsize SUV in Mercedes’ lineup, and it starts for just over $61,000. However, as you go up in trim levels or add packages, it can get considerably pricier. However, the sticker price isn’t everything a car buyer should look at. What are the costs of ownership? New car buyers should look at these factors when considering a purchase. What does fuel economy look like? What will be my insurance premium? If you’d like to learn more about Mercedes GL-class insurance, read on.
The GL is offered in three trims: The GL350 Bluetec, the GL450, and the GL550. The base GL350 comes standard with a 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine, while upgrading to the GL450 nets you a 4.7 liter V8. If that doesn’t tingle your inner Speed Racer, te GL550 has a 5.5 liter V8 that produces an impressive 382 horsepower.
All GL’s have a variety of luxury amenities, as everyone has come to expect from Mercedes. It can comfortably seat up to 7 people, and has a roomy trunk. Some standard features of note are: automatic climate control, heated and powered front seats. An optional hard drive based GPS navigation system is also available. In a few words, the GL is a roomy and elegant SUV.
Insurance costs on luxury vehicles are oftentimes high. This is why it’s a good idea to equip yourself with the knowledge of what factors influence your insurance premium.
Two important potential risk factors are driving histories and credit histories. Credit histories, for example, show how fiscally responsible you are. If you have a high score, you are more likely to be able to meet your financial obligations, thereby being able to pay your premium in a timely manner.
The driving history on the other hand is very important, because it shows how conscientious of a driver you are. If you have fewer accidents or traffic citations, you’ll likely see smaller insurance rates.
Another factor that can influence your premium is location. Do you live in an area that sees high volumes of traffic? Is there a high crime rate in your area? These two things can ramp up your costs, as it will be more risky to insure you.
The GL hasn’t been tested by the IIHS or the federal government. Don’t worry though, this is normal for a lot of luxury cars. You can rest assured though, that the GL has a long list of safety features that can help lower your premium.
For example, the GL comes standard with 13 airbags, active head restraints, brake assist, and even hill-start assistance. You also have the option of purchasing a GL with rear parking sensors and a rearview parking camera, among other features.
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