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Mercedes GLS (3rd, X167) Review Rundown

Mercedes-BenzPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class SUV (3rd gen, X167)
Neoscore* 73%
  • Nimbly to drive
  • Good on-road performance
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

At 5213mm long, the new GLS has grown by 51mm, making it 62mm larger than the BMW X7. The GLS handles relatively nimbly, aided by the smooth ride of the air suspension. Despite Mercedes' best design efforts, though, the big Maybach SUV is too closely related to the standard GLS to be considered a stand-alone model in its own right.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
At 5213mm long, the new GLS has grown by 51mm, making it 62mm larger than the BMW X7. Mercedes claims up to 87mm more leg room in the second row, which can be fitted with either a three-seat bench or two luxury seats. In seven-seat form, the GLS houses a 355-litre load bay, rising to 2400 litres with the second and third rows folded. Although there has been considerable focus on passenger comfort, Mercedes hasn't forgotten about the driver.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The third-generation version of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, née GL. At 5.21 metres, it's easily the largest SUV to wear the three-pointed star, full-on G-Class (a comparatively tiny 4.6m) included. Prices start at £75,040 for the AMG Line Premium model and move up to £91,540 for the GLS Plus Executive.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous size
  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The GLS 600 sits at the very top of the third-generation GLS line-up. It provides the Maybach sub-brand with its first proper SUV, albeit one that shares a lot with its less luxurious siblings. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine with a 48V starter-generator integrated into the nine-speed automatic gearbox.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb ride quality
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Excellent standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The new Mercedes GLS is an enormous SUV and represents an enormous improvement on the previous model. It's actually larger than both the Range Rover and the X7, with a wheelbase 60mm longer than before for even more interior space. Three rows and seven seats occupy the cabin, while the boot sizes up at 470 litres with the rearmost chairs in place. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder 400d is the only powertrain offered from launch.
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Pros[**]
  • Big and heavy
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Mercedes-Maybach GLS feels like a perfectly credible rival for the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga. It offers a more comfortable ride than the two British heavyweights as well as more high-tech driver assistance and better infotainment. However, some may be unable to look beyond the fact that it is simply a dressed-up GLS.
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Pros[**]
  • Svelte ride quality
  • Sleek, comfortable cabin
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The new Mercedes-Benz GLS feels more like a flagship than ever before. The SUV is a bit larger all around for 2020, stretching out to about 205 inches in overall length. The GLS is available in two flavors: the GLS580 with its 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V8 engine
  • E-Active Body Control system is easy to use
  • Excellent infotainment tech
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is the S-Class of SUVs. The AMG GLS63 is the hot-headed performance variant. With three rows of seats, a V8 engine, mild-hybrid assist and tech for days, this big brute can do it all.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful twin-turbo V8 engine
  • Sleek styling
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • A bit squirrley under hard braking

digitaltrends[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
All GLS models come with Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The GLS 450 is rated at 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. There are too many features to list, which is why owning a GLS will be a voyage of discovery for at least the first year.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic off-road capability
  • Comfortable, comfortable seats
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
Cons[**]
  • Lane keeping still needs work

references

1. ^ Mercedes-Benz GLS 400d 4Matic 2019 review. autocar. 2019-06-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Mercedes-Benz GLS 400d 2019 review. autocar. 2019-12-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 4Matic 2020 review. autocar. 2020-12-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ New Mercedes GLS 2019 review. autoexpress. 2019-12-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ New Mercedes-Maybach GLS 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-12-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 review: Family hauler, emphasis on hauler. cnet. 2020-07-08 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS first drive review. digitaltrends. 2019-06-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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