2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

$68,700 - $124,100
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class


  • Third row is large enough for adults
  • Spirited acceleration with any of the three gasoline engines
  • Quiet cabin with high-end trimmings and features


  • Big price jump from the six-cylinder models to the V8-powered versions.

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Features & Specs

GLS 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A)GLS 550 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A)GLS 63 AMG 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Starting MSRP$68,700$93,850$124,100
Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic9-speed shiftable automatic7-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower362 hp @ 5500 rpm449 hp @ 5250 rpm577 hp @ 5500 rpm

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It's the road trip king
Traded in my 2014 GL 450 for the 2017 GLS 550. The GL was the best SUV that I have owned (Range Rover, Navigator, Yukon Denali XL). On the surface the GLS seemed to be very similar, but I have found it to be more comfortable with an even better ride. The seat comfort (in the front) is a step up from the GL. Operating this SUV is a pleasurable experience akin to driving a large automobile. I don't need the third row seats as often as I did (kids are grown), but the rear space is fantastic. I especially like the lockable under floor storage in the rear. The programmable driving modes are a nice feature as is the steering assistant. I also got the off-road package this time with the extra height adjustment and the low-range feature. This gives you some undercarriage protection and low-end torque that the standard 4 matic does not have. The 550 has quite a bit more power than the 450 did. The 9 speed automatic transmission is very smooth. The technology is great however, the ECO engine cutoff is automatically activated even time you start the vehicle, or when changing the driving mode. If you dislike this feature, you have to remember to manually de-activate it every time you start up. The interior has been upgraded a bit, but still needs to be more like the S-Class. Although the new center screen is bright and easy to read. GL's was a bit small. It is more at home on the highway than my Range Rover was and more comfortable. It's too early to tell about the reliability yet, but my previous GL was outstanding in that department. With the cost at around $100k, the GLS 450 is probably a better value. The 550 represents about $20k worth of extra horsepower, leather seating and bells & whistles. If I still had kids to haul around, I would have gotten another 450.
great car, except for poor information system
I have been driving the new GLS 450 for 2 months. I used to drive a Cadillac CTS and this new Truck gives me a similar driving experience (except that I don't want to do a quick/sharp turn) and sometimes it even gives me even more confidence in handling. It is very spacious; I keeps the 3rd row folded during most of time and carried lots of stuff in the truck (e.g. two large palm trees!). The interior is also very good for the price. The only major downside is the information system: if I had it 10 years ago I would probably have liked it lot, but in the year of 2016, this system is way too old fashioned. The information does not even have a TOUCH SCREEN! Instead, it uses a gigantic control knob with technology already invented in the 90's. Furthermore, some of the common controls are hard to find (e.g. turning on/off bluetooth) - one should be able to push a button to do it. If you connect your phone to the car via bluetooth, it can be very very annoying, so does the AirPlay feature, because the car will stop the music for any notification coming from your phone. And only two USB ports? Overall, I still like to drive this car without its old-fashioned information system, but I hope Mercedes can improve it in the next model - after all, if I could just replace that screen with my iPad, it would give me a much better information system already.
Great Luxury SUV Few Caveats
Driving this SUV last 1 month. So far pretty much impressed with the ride quality. Sometimes it does give shaky ride when its too windy but vehicle does great control for all drive conditions. Interior cabin noise is quite and did 2 hour journey, it was awesome drive. Infotainment system and Navigation is not so great. The buttons are clunky and too difficult to operate while driving. wish Mercedes thought better about this. Make sure you get the driver assistance package, lighting package. I missed both of them in my vehicle and should have got them. Apart from Infotainment and controls and i am satisfied with overall owning this vehicle. Accessing third row and space is great for 7 people and including 3row for adults. Getting in and out are easy too in third row and second row gets fold, so luggage and people have to get out to access third row. It is not as spacious as Minivan if you are looking for too much space in this SUV. The following features are must to get best out of Mercedes. Driver Assistance Package Lighting Package Improvements needed - No Music Track change option on steering wheel, have to rely on multi function button. No wireless charging pad or space for keeping phones. Need some space improvements.

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Formerly known as the GL-Class, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class gets a new name to reflect the brand's belief that it's the S-Class of SUVs. Thanks to a bevy of upgrades from last year's GL-Class, the GLS-Class appears to have properly earned this designation, as it is one of the most desirable models Mercedes-Benz has to offer.

Some subtle yet striking styling changes at the front and the rear of the vehicle set the GLS-Class apart from last year's model, but there's much more going on behind the scenes. The all-new nine-speed automatic transmission that's available across the line (with the exception of the AMG version) is simply superb. There's also an upgraded infotainment system that features a larger central display, a touchpad and an optional upgrade to Apple CarPlay.

The interior is typical GL-style, with its premium vinyl upholstery and genuine wood trim, and features a new three-spoke steering wheel (a racy flat-bottomed version is available with the AMG model). The third row of the GLS-Class can even comfortably accommodate adult passengers. And despite its engine upgrades, the 2017 GLS is thankfully as quiet as GLs of the past.

Performance-wise, the GLS-Class drives with a considerable amount of agility, belying its massive size. Acceleration has plenty of pep across the trim levels, save for the diesel variant GLS 350d. What the diesel lacks in acceleration, it more than makes up for by offering the best fuel economy of any GLS-Class. With the exception of the GLS 450's turbocharged V6, all engines across the line have a bit more horsepower than last year's GL-Class. Adding the V8 and sport-tuned suspension from the AMG version only heightens the driving experience of this ultra-premium luxury SUV.

The 2017 GLS-Class is available in four different trim levels, from the standard GLS 450 to the high-performance AMG GLS 63. In between lies the GLS 550, which adds the many premium options from the 450, then adds even more — including wood steering-wheel inserts. There's even an Off-Road package available that, among other things, adds a dual-range transfer case and front underbody protection so you can choose the road less traveled.

The new GLS-Class is well deserving of the S-Class designation because there really is no other SUV like it when it comes to its unparalleled luxury, driving experience and technology. Edmunds will help you find the right trim and packages — and the right price — to make the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class yours.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Overview

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include GLS 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A), GLS 550 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and GLS 63 AMG 4dr SUV AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A).

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