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2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63

$78,603 — $136,280 NEW and USED
SUV
7 Seats
14 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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(5.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • High-end interior materials
  • AMG's ludicrous power
  • Available 8.0-inch media screen
  • Off-road capabilities
  • Backseat comfort
  • Cargo versatility

The Bad

  • Floating multimedia screen
  • Relatively unchanged interior styling
  • Busy driving mode selector
  • Price increase from 2016 GL
  • Touchpad controller
  • Expensive option packages
2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63
  • Refreshed for 2017
  • Gasoline or diesel engines
  • Seating for seven
  • 77-hp AMG available
  • New Comand multimedia system
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • 9-speed automatic transmission (non-AMG)

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Mercedes' rollout of its new naming convention hits the outgoing GL-Class for the 2017 model year. The GL's name changes to GLS, representing the SUV-equivalent of the S-Class sedan and coupe in Mercedes' hierarchy of SUVs. In ascending order, the Mercedes' SUV lineup is now GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS and G. For 2017, the SUV also gets a light refresh.

New for 2017

The seven-passenger, three-row GLS gets more than just an extra letter on the tailgate with updates aligning it with  the styling and technology of recently introduced Mercedes cars and SUVs. New touches include an optional 8-inch media screen with touch-pad controller, refreshed front styling and a few extra ponies under the hood of some engines as well as a new nine-speed automatic transmission for non-AMG GLS models.

Exterior

The SUV wears a more rounded look for 2017 with familiar styling cues like the headlights, large grille and sculpted hood that are now staples of the Mercedes' lineup. Otherwise, the GLS is relatively unchanged from the outgoing SUV with the same side profile and rear augmented only by new LED taillights. A Sport exterior package on the GLS550 gives the top non-AMG model an AMG-like look with more muscular front and rear styling, and 21-inch AMG wheels.

Interior

Inside the GLS is the latest version of Mercedes' 8-inch Comand media system (optional) and touch-pad. The GLS' dashboard and center console are slightly redesigned to accommodate this big screen, thou...

Mercedes' rollout of its new naming convention hits the outgoing GL-Class for the 2017 model year. The GL's name changes to GLS, representing the SUV-equivalent of the S-Class sedan and coupe in Mercedes' hierarchy of SUVs. In ascending order, the Mercedes' SUV lineup is now GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS and G. For 2017, the SUV also gets a light refresh.

New for 2017

The seven-passenger, three-row GLS gets more than just an extra letter on the tailgate with updates aligning it with  the styling and technology of recently introduced Mercedes cars and SUVs. New touches include an optional 8-inch media screen with touch-pad controller, refreshed front styling and a few extra ponies under the hood of some engines as well as a new nine-speed automatic transmission for non-AMG GLS models.

Exterior

The SUV wears a more rounded look for 2017 with familiar styling cues like the headlights, large grille and sculpted hood that are now staples of the Mercedes' lineup. Otherwise, the GLS is relatively unchanged from the outgoing SUV with the same side profile and rear augmented only by new LED taillights. A Sport exterior package on the GLS550 gives the top non-AMG model an AMG-like look with more muscular front and rear styling, and 21-inch AMG wheels.

Interior

Inside the GLS is the latest version of Mercedes' 8-inch Comand media system (optional) and touch-pad. The GLS' dashboard and center console are slightly redesigned to accommodate this big screen, though largely look unchanged. The cabin offers a robust list of available interior materials like leather, optional Nappa leather, wood and other materials in varying configurations and colors.

Under the HoodNon-AMG engines see an increase of up to 20 horsepower for 2017 as the GLS550's twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter is boosted from 429 to 449 hp. The 3.0-liter diesel gets a 15-hp increase as well to 255 hp, while the super-powerful AMG GLS63's twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 is increased 27 hp to 577 hp.

A new nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the outgoing seven-speed on the GLS350d, GLS450 and GLS550, while the AMG GLS63 continues on with a seven-speed automatic. Transmission modes abound for 2017 with the GLS featuring Comfort, Slippery, Sport and Individual modes. A GLS with the optional Off-Road Engineering Package featuring a two-speed transfer case, lockable center differential and up to 12.5 inches of ride height with air suspension gains from an extra Off-Road+ mode. The AMG will feature a Sport+ mode instead. All trim levels have standard all-wheel drive, and the AMG's is tuned for a rear-wheel-drive bias.

Safety

Standard safety features include Collision Prevention Assistant Plus, which provides audible and visual warnings when a forward collision is detected, and will automatically apply the brakes to slow the SUV if the driver doesn't respond to the alerts. Standard mbrace also offers its trial suite of safety features including automatic emergency call, accident recovery and breakdown assistance, though it's subscription based after the free trial. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, cross-traffic assist, blind spot assist and lane keeping assist.
 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(5.0)

best car EVER

by Emee Moulton from Endicott New York on June 3, 2017

I love my AMG , its perfect! I couldn't have asked for better customer service all the way around. Will come back to buy another Mercedes in the future! Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63 currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The AMG GLS 63 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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