If you appetite the complete best Mercedes SUV for your money, the GLS-Class is the top dog at the dealership. Stretching 202 inches in all-embracing length, the GLS is about 6 inches best than the adapted 2020 GLE-Class crossover and added than a bottom best than the boss 2019 G-Class. The added acreage not alone gets you added autogenous space, it additionally helps acquiesce the GLS-Class to bear a serene ride and aesthetic alive manners.
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While the Mercedes-Benz GLS isn’t absolutely the newest full-size affluence SUV with three rows of seating, it ranks amid the best in this attenuated field. Competitors accommodate analogously crumbling rivals like the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX 570, forth with aboriginal or afresh redesigned models like the BMW X7 and Lincoln Navigator.
We spent time with the GLS450, the entry-level adaptation that comes with a twin-turbocharged V-6, all-wheel drive and nine-speed automated transmission. Loaded with options that ranged from active-safety features, such as dark atom ecology and alive LED headlights, to affluence touches like acrimonious and cooled cupholders (yes, really), our GLS topped out at $99,620, including a destination charge. That’s a accomplished lot of money, but it’s not out of band with what you’d pay for a analogously able Escalade, Navigator or X7.
For a abounding booty on our impressions of the 2019 GLS, be abiding to analysis out our able analysis by Cars.com’s Aaron Bragman via the articulation above. But if you ambition to apprentice the best bulk in the minimum bulk of time, befitting account — actuality are eight things we like (and three we’re giving the side-eye) about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class:
Our analysis agent came with the abject powertrain, a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that delivers 362 application and 369 pounds-feet of torque. The agent is accompanying to a nine-speed automated manual and accepted all-wheel drive. While the application bulk looks impressive, at added than 5,300 pounds, there’s a lot of SUV to get bottomward the road. Acceleration is bland and stately, but it’s not activity to pin you aback into your bench — which is OK, because the GLS is advised to be a airy ride, not a fire-breathing sports car. Of course, if you appetite added ability beneath the hood, there’s a best of two alternative twin-turbo V-8 engines. The best able of the two serves up a amazing 577 hp.
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Like the powertrain in our GLS450, the abeyance facilitates a aesthetic ride that feels altogether ill-fitted to this ample SUV. While the GLS doesn’t acquire the alive abeyance begin in the new GLE, Bragman still accepted the ride and all-embracing alive acquaintance as actuality “cushy and comfy” in his review.
Mercedes-Benz knows how to accomplish you feel acceptable about spending this bulk of money. While alive this chic SUV, the GLS anesthetized the aroma analysis with aerial colors. The admirable covering trim gives the autogenous a absolutely comfortable aroma inside. It smells like, able-bodied … money.
Considering its size, you’re actual to apprehend lots of burden allowance in the GLS. Behind the third-row seats, there’s 16 cubic anxiety of space. Fold these bottomward and accumulator allowance to the second-row seatback expands to added than 49 cubic feet. Max burden amplitude is aloof shy of 94 cubic feet.
Do you absolutely charge advanced seats with a congenital beating function? And does a heated-and-cooled cupholder absolutely accomplish your day a bigger one? Well, yes and yes, thankyouverymuch. Our analysis agent came with some actual advantageous features, forth with some that artlessly baby us. The $5,800 Bang & Olufsen exceptional stereo was a appealing nice touch, too.
The numbers actuality ability account a Toyota Prius buyer to clamp their chaplet in angelic indignation, but the Mercedes-Benz GLS posts appropriate abridgement numbers for a behemoth like this. Optioned like our analysis vehicle, the GLS450 allotment an EPA appraisement of 16/22/18 mpg city/highway/combined. It’s not abundant against a bunched sedan, but it’s at atomic aggressive with rivals.
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There is no curtailment of assurance tech accessible for the GLS. Our alone complaint is that so little comes standard. So, accede this “like” article of a acrid sword: We awful acclaim abacus the Driver Assistance Package ($2,250), which adds a abounding apartment of assurance appearance like advanced blow warning, dark atom admonishing and automated emergency braking.
We already told you how nice it smells, but the autogenous of the GLS additionally looks and feels appealing abuse classy. Our analysis agent was adapted with Nappa leather, absolute metal trim and attractive pinstriped copse on the dashboard.
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There’s no agnosticism about it, the GLS is starting attending like it’s on the aback nine. The boxier exoteric does advice back it comes to all-embracing berth and burden space, however. And admitting some old-school tech touches on the dashboard, the autogenous charcoal a affable abode to absorb time in.
Sure, the GLS has a brace of twin-turbo V-8 engines that will advice you smoke the tires at every blooming light, abundant to the abruptness of the car abutting to you — but you’ll pay mightily for them. The range-topping AMG GLS63 alternative with its 577-hp agent has a starting amount of added than $126,000.
Wait a minute, area did the rear legroom go? Admitting its acceptable exoteric proportions, anyone sitting in the additional and third rows ability admiration how stretch-out amplitude got absent in this big SUV. In our review, we acclaimed the abate GLE crossover has acutely above second-row legroom and feels added ample than its big brother, the GLS.
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