The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class elevates family hauling to new heights in terms of practicality, but it still leaves room for improvement.
Less bulky than the full-size SUVs from Cadillac and Infiniti, the GLS-Class delivers unexpected utility, but drivability falters in this year’s refresh.
Don’t let the new name fool you. The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a mild update, not a full redesign, of the second-generation GL-Class that began with the 2013 model year. The name is simply a result of Mercedes’ nomenclature overhaul. Compare the two SUVs here.
TheMercedes-Benz GLS-Class comes with a V-6 (GLS450) or V-8 (GLS550) engine, both turbocharged. There’s also a GLS350d with a turbo-diesel V-6, but, as of this writing, it’s awaiting EPA clearance amid heightened scrutiny over all things diesel. All-wheel drive and seating for seven are standard; you can compare trim levels here.