2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS
2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 22 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.0 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 362 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a full-sized luxury SUV, with an emphasis on style and comfort. As such it starts at just over $67,000, putting it in competition with other full-sized SUVs such as the Cadillac Escalade and the Lexus LX. The Mercedes-Benz offers a large degree of customization and engine options in that class, with the only true performance SUV offered amongst its 7-passenger competition. While prices in this category are relatively high, the GLS offers a fair amount of value relative to its peers, for once buyers won't necessarily be paying a premium just to have a 3-pointed star at the front of their vehicle.

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What's New For 2018

The Mercedes-Benz GLS was a brand-new addition to the company's lineup last year. It's based on the old GL, which it replaces as the only true 7-passenger luxury SUV sold by Mercedes. This year the GLS carries over virtually unchanged aside from additional wheel designs available on the GLS 450.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • mbrace2 Emergency Sos
    • Active Brake Assist
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Childseat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD -inc: Bluetooth connectivity
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Weatherband, DVD-Audio and External Memory Control
    • 8 Speakers
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Streaming Audio
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 19" x 8.5J Twin 5-Spoke
    • Tires: P275/55R19 AS
    • Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents Accents
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Bodyside Moldings and Chrome Bodyside Insert
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Chrome Grille
    • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Rear Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Power Front Seats w/Driver Memory
    • 8-Way Power Front Seats
    • Heated Front Seats
    • Driver Seat
    • Passenger Seat
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Flip Forward Cushion/Seatback Rear Seat
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Power Vented 3rd Row Windows
    • Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front, Power Fold Into Floor, 2 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
    • Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cigar Lighter(s)
    • Ashtray
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Homelink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • MB-Tex Upholstery
    • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome/Aluminum Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Roll-Up Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows, Sunroof/Convertible Roof and Remote Engine Start
    • Tracker System
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Single CD Player
    • 8" Color Display Upgrade
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Power Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • 4-Way Driver Lumbar Support
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.0L Biturbo V6
    • Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic
    • 3.27 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: TBD
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Full-Time 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive
    • 95-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 180 Amp Alternator
    • Towing Equipment -inc: Trailer Sway Control
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • 4-Corner Auto-Leveling Suspension
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Automatic w/Driver Control Height Adjustable Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 26.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Air Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Air Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - 4-Wheel Disc
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Brake ABS System (Second Line) - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.8
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.6
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 79.2
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 52.4
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - 19.7
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 35.1
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 93.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 49.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 16
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 180
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.0 L/183
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 362 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 369 @ 2000
    • Engine Oil Cooler - None
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 121.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 76.1
    • Height, Overall (in) - 72.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 65.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 65.9
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.5
    • Liftover Height (in) - 32.3
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 26.4
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.2
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.5
    • Second Head Room (in) - 40
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38.5
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 58.3
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38.9
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 35
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.5
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 22
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.7
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mercedes-Benz GLS
    • Body Style - 4MATIC
    • Body Code - S
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Independent
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 3.27
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.27
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - R66
    • Rear Tire Order Code - R66
    • Front Tire Size - P275/55HR19
    • Front Tire Size - P275/50R20
    • Rear Tire Size - P275/55HR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P275/50R20
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 7200
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 720
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 7200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 720
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 7200
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 421
    • Trans Type - 9
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 5.50
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.33
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.31
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.66
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.21
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.93
    • Trans PTO Access - No
    • Transfer Case Model - None
    • Transfer Case Power Take Off - No
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.86
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.72
  • Vehicle Features
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 9.3
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • 988
  • 992
  • 996
  • Black
  • Brilliant Blue Metallic
  • Dakota Brown Metallic
  • designo Cardinal Red Metallic
  • designo Diamond White Metallic
  • Diamond Silver Metallic
  • Iridium Silver Metallic
  • Lunar Blue Metallic
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Polar White
  • Selenite Grey Metallic

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Introduced for the 2017 model year, the full-size GLS SUV served as a successor to Mercedes-Benz’s GL-Class model. Apart from a new front end, the still-boxy GLS differed little from its GL predecessor.

Unchanged for 2018 except for an additional 19-inch wheel choice, the GLS carries on its traditional, old-school approach to SUV design. Rather than attempt to conceal its squarish profile, the GLS appears to relish its role as a delightfully charming three-row people-carrier.

A new trim level will be available in summer 2018: The Grand Edition will offer high-end leather interiors and unique 20-inch wheels.

Mercedes-Benz offers three models: GLS 450 with a V6, GLS 550 with V8 power, and high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, packing a 577-horsepower twin-turbo V8 that issues 561 pound-feet of torque.

All-wheel drive is standard on all three.

In the GLS 450, the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 develops 362 horsepower, driving a 9-speed automatic transmission that’s ready to deliver brisk acceleration. The same 9-speed transmission serves the GLS 550, whose 4.7-liter V8 generates 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

To handle all the power of the 5.5-liter V8 in the AMG GLS 63, a tough 7-speed automatic is installed. Not many GLS buyers are likely to opt for the AMG variant, with its 4.5-second 0-60 mph acceleration time, but it’s still a welcome addition to the lineup.

No one is likely to be surprised by the GLS’s impressive all-weather capability, or its overall cargo-hauling talents. Compensation for crosswinds is programmed into the GLS. The driver-attention monitor displays a coffee cup as a warning, when sensors determine that the driver may be getting drowsy.

In addition to all the panache that’s provided by Mercedes-Benz’s big luxury SUV, the GLS boasts plenty of available safety technology. Forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard, along with a rearview camera. Safety options include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with steering assist, active lane control, and traffic-sign-based speed warnings.

Safety ratings are absent, because neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the GLS.

Even though the GLS doesn’t promise off-pavement prowess to rival Range Rover models, it can be fitted with such features as navigation, high-end audio, premium leather upholstery and wood trim, and an Off-Road package. On the infotainment front, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included.


The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 ($69,550) comes with V6 engine, 4MATIC all-wheel drive, automatic climate control, power driver’s seat, power tailgate, remote start, cruise control, COMAND infotainment interface with 8.4-inch display screen, and synthetic leather upholstery. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

GLS 550 ($94,950) substitutes a 4.7-liter, 449-horsepower V8 for the V6 engine, adding 21-inch wheels.

AMG GLS 63 ($125,300), the hottest performance, boasts a 577-horsepower V8, along with specific body components and wheels.

Options for the GLS 450 include surround-view cameras, Bang & Olufsen audio, cooled front seats, heated power second-row seats, and a panoramic sunroof. An Off-Road package adds a reduction gear and locking center differential.


While other SUVs feature curves and flowing surfaces, the GLS leans toward right angles. In profile, it has the look of a wagon, but it’s less noticeable at any other angle.

Up front, large LED headlights flank a huge Mercedes-Benz logo, tucked within a wide grille. Farther rearward, the squared-off GLS body is largely the same as that of its GL-Class predecessor.

Depending upon the model, body details very. The GLS 550 wears flared wheel wells, above 21-inch rubber. The AMG GLS 63 gets a distinctive body kit.


As many as seven adult passengers can ride in a GLS without feeling cramped. In every direction, space is abundant. Seating is flexible and trim ranks as opulent. Today’s interior has a warmer feel than earlier models, with large wood panels and a big display screen atop the dashboard’s center.

Up front, seats are nicely bolstered and heated, power-adjustable in multiple directions. Options include seat cooling, adjustable bolsters, and four-mode massaging.

Large door openings ease entry into the second row, where seats can be heated and powered. Three persons can occupy the middle row, though two would be more content. Second-row seats fold and slide out of the way, using either a handle or power button. Six-foot passengers can find comfort in the third row, once they reach that position.

Behind the third row, cargo volume totals a modest 16 cubic feet. Folding that bench raises cargo space to 49.4 cubic feet. Second-row seats can also be folded down, for a total of 93.8 cubic feet.

Large round digital gauges are separated by an information panel. A digital display for COMAND infotainment sits on the dashboard, but the system is cumbersome and confusing.

Generally quiet and composed, the GLS permits little wind noise, despite its tall profile and large mirrors.

Driving Impressions

At a glance, the uninitiated observer might dismiss the immense GLS as one more oversize SUV. Instead, it warrants consideration for its powertrain selection, ride quality, and off-road capability.

All three versions handle well, though the experience might feel a bit strange initially, due to the GLS’s long, tall body and 8.5-inch ground clearance. Behaving with sport-wagon finesse, the GLS feels like a smaller vehicle, giving the driver a sense of being fully in charge. With standard wheels, the steering feels just about right: neither loose nor light. With variable-ratio steering, response differs at low speeds.

Qualifying as an unabashed heavyweight, the GLS delivers a poised ride, typically buttery-smooth, as the air suspension subdues nearly all rough spots on the pavement. Optional low-profile tires could make the ride a tad jiggly.

Adaptive anti-sway bars struggle to cope with shifting terrain – a challenge with any tall, heavy vehicle. If installed, the optional Active Curve system presses down on anti-sway bars to counterbalance body lean.

Acceleration ranges from strong to scalding, depending on model, though turbo lag may be noticed. The 9-speed transmission might feel excessively “busy” when entering a freeway ramp or conquering a steep, sharp corner. Selectable drive modes tailor traction systems as needed, while manipulating the steering, drivetrain, and adaptive suspension.

Gas mileage wins little praise. The base GLS 450 is EPA-rated at 17/22 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined. GLS 550 fuel economy falls to 14/19/16 mpg. The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is EPA-rated at a dismal 13/18 mpg City/Highway, or 15 mpg Combined.


The Mercedes-Benz GLS competes against Range Rovers, Lexus LX, and Cadillac Escalade, so compelling features and premium-level details are the rule. The GLS checks all the boxes. It is equipped well, hauls passengers and cargo luxuriously, and offers excellent capability in all types of weather.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.


This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.


Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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