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2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Review, Specs and, Pricing


2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Overview


The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class SUV is the epitome of luxury and versatility, perfect for everything from school runs to restocking your wine cellar. The GLS450 model features a powerful 375-hp turbocharged inline-six engine, while those seeking even more performance will be drawn to the 510-hp GLS580 with its twin-turbo V-8. Despite its refined road manners, the GLS surprises with its off-road prowess. Its air suspension system provides extra ground clearance, and advanced all-wheel-drive features ensure stability on challenging terrain. For added protection, optional underbody shielding is available. On the highway, the GLS excels with its agility and smooth ride, offering superior body control that rivals the BMW X7 and outshines competitors like the Land Rover Range Rover and Lincoln Navigator. Whether you're navigating urban streets or rugged trails, the 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class SUV delivers unmatched performance and luxury.


What has Changed for 2024?


For 2024, the Mercedes-Benz GLS has received a stylish refresh that includes a redesigned grille, a revamped front bumper, new LED taillights, an updated steering wheel, and fresh interior color options. The GLS450’s six-cylinder engine now delivers 375 horsepower, while the V-8-powered GLS580 boasts an impressive 510 horsepower. Additionally, the GLS580 is now available with a new Off-Road Engineering package, which features underbody protection and an upgraded air suspension capable of raising the SUV by an extra 1.2 inches, enhancing ground clearance for off-road adventures.


2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class: Competitors


The Mercedes GLS stands out as a top pick among three-row luxury SUVs, earning a spot as one of our favorites. However, if your family requires more cargo space, consider rivals like the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and Jeep Grand Wagoneer. For those prioritizing luxury, comfort, and advanced technology, the BMW X7 and Land Rover Range Rover are excellent alternatives. If you're looking for an all-electric option, the impressive Rivian R1S is worth considering. For an in-depth review of the GLS’s comfort, technology, performance, and more, check out the Edmunds Expert Rating below.



2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Engine and Performance


The 2024 Mercedes GLS comes in two models: the six-cylinder GLS450 and the eight-cylinder GLS580, both featuring hybrid elements. The GLS450 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine, which now produces 375 horsepower, up from 362. The GLS580, on the other hand, boasts a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine, delivering a robust 510 horsepower. In testing, the 2020 GLS450 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds and stopped from 70 mph in a mere 154 feet. Despite its substantial size, the GLS handles twisty roads with ease, though it isn't overly sporty. Standard across all models is an air suspension system, with the option to upgrade to Mercedes’ advanced E-Active Body Control. This system uses a forward-facing camera to detect bumps and adjusts the suspension for a smoother ride, though the standard suspension already performs admirably and should suffice for most buyers.


2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Interior and Comfort


Borrowing its dashboard and cockpit design from the newly updated GLE-class SUV, the latest generation of the Mercedes GLS is significantly more modern than its predecessor. It comfortably seats up to seven passengers, with an option for six if you choose the available captain's chairs. The first and second rows offer generous passenger space, while the third row, although not as spacious as the second, can still accommodate an adult with minimal discomfort—a feat not matched by the third row in the BMW X7.


2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Interior
Mercedes-Benz

2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Connectivity


The 2024 Mercedes GLS features two expansive 12.3-inch digital displays dominating the dashboard. One functions as a customizable gauge cluster for the driver, while the other manages infotainment through Mercedes-Benz's MBUX software, equipped with a virtual assistant akin to an iPhone’s Siri. Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, in-dash navigation, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. Every GLS model is fitted with a 13-speaker Burmester Surround Sound system, and for those seeking an even more immersive audio experience, an optional Burmester 3D audio system with a staggering 26 speakers is available.


2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Warranty


The GLS-class comes with a standard four-year/50,000-mile warranty, which isn't the best in its class. For instance, the Cadillac Escalade offers an additional two years of powertrain coverage, and the Lincoln Navigator provides four years of complimentary scheduled maintenance with the luxurious Black Label model.


  • Limited warranty: Four years or 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty: Four years or 50,000 miles

  • Complimentary scheduled maintenance: Not included


2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS: Pricing


The 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class pricing starts at $88,150 and can reach up to $113,150, depending on the chosen trim and options.

Model

Starting Price

GLS450

$88,150

GLS580

$113,150

Which one to Purchase?


The GLS450's turbocharged inline-six offers ample power and is just as smooth as the GLS580's V-8, making it a more cost-effective choice. The savings can be allocated to optional features, such as the Executive Rear Seat Plus package. This package transforms the second row into a luxurious retreat with massaging seats, a wireless smartphone charging pad, a tablet controller for the infotainment system, and plusher headrests. It also enhances safety with side-impact airbags. However, this package requires an upgrade to leather upholstery, which, surprisingly, is not standard.


2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Specifications


Engine

3.0L inline-6 turbo with mild hybrid drive

4.0L V8 BiTurbo with mild hybrid drive

Horsepower

375 hp @ 5,500-6,100 rpm

510 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

369 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,500 rpm

538 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

Transmission

9-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Drivetrain

All-wheel drive (AWD)

All-wheel drive (AWD)

Fuel Economy

21mpg

16mpg

Seating Capacity

Up to 7

Up to 7

Cargo Capacity

Not yet available

Not yet available

Wheelbase

123.4 in

123.4 in

Overall Length

205.0 in

205.0 in

Overall Height

71.8 in

71.8 in

Overall Width (with mirrors)

84.9 in

84.9 in

Curb Weight

5,489 lbs

Not yet available

Fuel Tank Capacity

23.8 gal

23.8 gal

Key Features

Dual 12.3-inch screens (MBUX infotainment and digital driver's display), 5-zone climate control, Burmester sound system, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, 9 airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), 360-degree camera, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)

Dual 12.3-inch screens (MBUX infotainment and digital driver's display), 5-zone climate control, Burmester sound system, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, 9 airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), 360-degree camera, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)



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