New 2019 Mercedes‑Benz GLS SUV
Mercedes‑Benz GLS SUV
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class presents a practical-sized, 7-passenger luxury SUV with a proven track record.
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Pricing
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class hits the sweet spot for luxury SUVs, offering room for seven passengers in a right-sized platform that shuns overt bulk and garish exterior treatments. Offering a choice of two twin-turbocharged engines, the GLS isn’t lacking in power or ability, although it can’t perform the kind of off-road duty expected of its larger sibling, the Gelandewagen G-Class. With a tow rating of 7,500 pounds, the GLS can certainly hold its own against most competitors, and although it lacks a diesel or hybrid option, the V6 model earns a respectable 22 mpg on the highway. Toss in the air suspension and plethora of Mercedes-Benz technology, safety and luxury features, and it’s hard to find reasons not to own this SUV.
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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class offers plenty of interior room for passengers without the bulk of some full-size luxury SUVs. The AMG GLS63 (reviewed separately) adds a performance twist not found with the Audi Q7 or Infiniti QX60.
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For less money, you can find similarly luxurious SUVs with the same or better power and feature set, just not the lofty name. A GMC Acadia Denali or Volkswagen Atlas might do, as would an Acura MDX. Those who need more room and towing ability might look to the Lincoln Navigator or Cadillac Escalade.
What's New for 2019
Last year’s limited Grand Edition is carried over for the 2019 model year; otherwise the GLS-Class remains unchanged.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is supremely confident on slippery roads thanks to the Dynamic Select modes for the drivetrain, which includes a Slippery setting.
The settings are so good at controlling and maintaining traction that it may be too easy to forget that the laws of physics still apply; don't get overconfident. If you order the off-road package, Dynamic Select gets an Off-Road+ setting that enables a low-range gearbox and center differential lock for off-pavement driving. While it can't take on the truly rough stuff like a Jeep Wrangler can, it's better than a lot of other competitors.
All the while, you're surrounded by the kind of leather-bound comfort you'd expect from a Mercedes-Benz. The twin-turbo V6 is more than adequate in terms of acceleration and passing, and of course the twin-turbo V8 is exceptionally satisfying. The 9-speed automatic transmission remains a delightful companion to both engines.
Depending on the road surface, the GLS-Class’ Dynamic Select system can adjust the drivetrain to adapt for maximum traction. The Slippery setting deals with wet or ice-covered pavement, while the Off-road+ mode allows this big Mercedes to venture confidently in moderate off-road situations.
It can be difficult to see where the GLS-Class ends and painted parking lines begin, which is why the Surround View system can be a lifesaver. Multiple cameras produce a 360-degree bird’s-eye view, erasing any excuse for a sloppy parking job.
To its credit, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class doesn’t jam in a child-size 3rd-row seat to claim 7-passenger seating. No sir, there is ample room for adults in all three rows. The price paid for such a spacious third-row seat is precious little cargo room behind it, but when it is folded the GLS has ample space for luggage, groceries or gear.
Luxury abounds in the GLS-Class, from the large infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, to the numerous leathers, colors and Designo selections allowing for a level of individualized customization increasingly hard to find these days.
There's no mistaking the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class as coming from any other manufacturer. However, its upright lines and squared shoulders definitely give it a last-generation appearance despite a recent general softening of the lines. At the same time, Mercedes massaged the headlights, grille and front bumper to resemble something closer to the GLC-Class, and we like the more modern LED taillights and subtly reshaped rear side glass. There are Designo paint schemes available, as well as a range of different alloy wheels.
Notable Standard Equipment
With a starting price tag in the low $70,000 range, one would expect a bevy of standard features and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class doesn’t disappoint. On board is cruise control, a power driver’s seat with memory function, remote start, heated front seats, Garmin Map Pilot, power-folding 50/50 3rd-row seats, a power sunroof, 115-volt outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, AM/FM/CD/DVD audio with 6-disc changer, Bluetooth, a rearview monitor, power-folding mirrors, power liftgate, crosswind stabilization, drowsiness monitor, automatic emergency braking and a complimentary subscription to Mercedes Me Connect remote-access support and services.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options get grouped into packages, such as the Driver Assistance package, which includes blind-spot alert, brake assist, Pre-Safe anti-collision system, active cruise control and active lane keeping. Pick the Premium package and you'll get niceties like illuminated doorsills, push-button ignition, navigation and more. One clever feature is the Active Curve System package, which includes adaptive shocks and a curve-system stability control that is just about as close to autonomous driving as Mercedes' lawyers will let the engineers get. Like many luxury manufacturers, leather is actually an option, with your choice between regular and super-soft Nappa hides. The Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system is a must for audiophiles.
Under the Hood
The 2019 GLS 450 comes with a twin-turbo V6 engine putting out 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, stats that were solidly V8 territory not too long ago. However, there is a V8 in the GLS 550, a 4.7-liter twin turbo that puts out 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard on both models, as is an excellent 9-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly enough that you may not even notice. All GLS-Class models require premium fuel, with the V6 the thriftier of the two as it sips a gallon every 22 miles.
3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (GLS 450)
362 horsepower @ 5,500-6,000 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,700-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg
4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (GLS 550)
449 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm
516 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 mpg
If you want a 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 4Matic, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base model is about $71,150, including the destination charge. The V8 power of the GLS 550 adds more than $25,000 to that price, with its base price just under the $96,750 mark (it comes with more equipment at that price, not just a bigger engine).
That's not cheap, especially when you consider that options can push the price into 6-digit territory. Then again, they're competitive against the Cadillac Escalade and Range Rover Sport. Even with options pushing the price of a GLS 550 to $100,000 and beyond, it's still fair against the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Lexus LX 570.
Before shopping, check out the Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com to see what others in your area paid for their GLS-Class, and expect to have very good resale value.
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Mercedes-Benz GLS Consumer Reviews
January 05, 2019
Best SUV ever made
Really good vehicle. Truly the S class of SUVs. Solid, reliable and fun to drive. Would definitely consider getting another one in the...
May 04, 2017
The complete ride - cruising comfort with power
This vehicle is simply the best I have owned. Lots of room and comfort for the whole family. Highway cruiser with plenty of power to...
Just Plain Superb......Phenomenal SUV
February 08, 2017
Just Plain Superb......Phenomenal SUV
Former QX60 owner traded up to GLS 450 last year and have nothing but praise for this vehicle. I love it - driving dynamics, quality,...
November 02, 2016
I drove BMW X5's for nine years, but really wanted something a little more plush. The GL certainly met that criteria. In fact I'm...
August 22, 2016
Blows Cadillac Escalade away
Owner of two Escalades, ESV since 2007. The first, a 2007 which I loved, and a new body 2015 which I hated. I hated it so much I traded...
April 07, 2016
Really really nice suv
Iridium Silver, light grey MB tex interior, with black wood trim, dark gray carpet, sunroof, running boards, changeable mood lighting,...
February 18, 2016
Great SUV! Will buy another
After owning a Caddillac, porsche, Lexus this is the best SUV I have owned. I wanted something a bit larger that the Porsche Cayenne to...
January 21, 2016
Lifetime Yukon Owner now a GL Owner for Life!
At 6'5", there are a limited number of vehicles in which I feel comfortable. I have owned mostly GM products over the years due to their...
November 10, 2015
Just another solid offering from MB.
We tow a 7500lb Airstream with this vehicle effortlessly. Wonderful and capable car. Would buy again.
August 13, 2015
Best car I have owned
Own the gl350 turbo diesel which I am very happy with that choice. the gas mileage is great, the pickup more than adequate. The GL...
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