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Loading guidelines

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class / Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Owners Manual / Stowage and features / Stowage areas / Loading guidelines


If objects, luggage or loads are not secured or not secured sufficiently, they could slip, tip over or be flung around and thereby hit vehicle occupants. There is a risk of injury, particularly in the event of sudden braking or a sudden change in direction.

Always store objects so that they cannot be flung around. Secure objects, luggage or loads against slipping or tipping before the journey.


Combustion engines emit poisonous exhaust gases such as carbon monoxide. If the tailgate is open when the engine is running, particularly if the vehicle is moving, exhaust fumes could enter the passenger compartment. There is a risk of poisoning.

Turn off the engine before opening the tailgate. Never drive with the tailgate open.

The gross vehicle weight (GVW) is the vehicle weight including fuel, vehicle tool kit, spare wheel, installed accessories, vehicle occupants and luggage/cargo.

The gross load limit and the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for your vehicle must never be exceeded. The gross load limit and the GVWR are specified on the vehicle identification plate on the B-pillar of the driver's door  .

The load must also be distributed so that the weight on each axle never exceeds the gross axle weight rating (GAWR) for the front and rear axles. The specifications for GVWR and GAWR are on the vehicle identification plate on the B-pillar of the driver's door  .

Observe the notes on the loading the vehicle  .

The handling characteristics of a laden vehicle are dependent on the distribution of the load within the vehicle. For this reason, you should observe the following notes when transporting a load:

Х Never exceed the maximum permissible gross vehicle weight or the gross axle weight rating of the vehicle (including occupants).

Х The cargo compartment is the preferred place to carry objects.

Х Position heavy loads as far forwards as possible and as low down in the cargo compartment as possible.

Х The load must not protrude above the upper edge of the seat backrests.

Х Always place the load against the rear or front seat backrests. Make sure that the seat backrests are securely locked into place.

Х Always place the load behind unoccupied seats if possible.

Х Use the cargo tie down rings and the parcel nets to transport loads and luggage.

Х Use cargo tie-down rings and fastening materials appropriate for the weight and size of the load.

Х Hook in the cargo net when loading.

Х Secure the load with sufficiently strong and wear-resistant tie-downs. pad sharp edges for protection.

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