Mercedes GLS review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes GLS 2021 instruments detail
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 front tracking
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 rear tracking
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS dashboard
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS third row seats
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 instruments detail
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS infotainment screen
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS infotainment touchpad
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS front seats
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS second-row seats
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS boot
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 left panning
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 left panning
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 front tracking
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 rear tracking
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS dashboard
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS third row seats
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 instruments detail
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS infotainment screen
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS infotainment touchpad
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS front seats
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS second-row seats
  • 2021 Mercedes GLS boot
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 left panning
  • Mercedes GLS 2021 left panning
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Mercedes GLS is expensive even by luxury SUV standards (a Land Rover Discovery will seat seven in comfort for less money, and if you only need five seats then the Audi Q7 is cheaper still and a much better all-rounder). And although it’s no more pricey than the BMW X7 xDrive40d and big discounts are available, the X7 is a better buy, being more enjoyable to drive, more comfortable and just as spacious.

You do get a lot of equipment for your money in the GLS, though. Even entry-level AMG Line Premium trim features keyless entry and start, heated front and second-row seats, 22in alloy wheels and a head-up display that projects key information onto the windscreen to reduce the need to take your eyes off the road (and isn’t available as standard on the X7).

Overview

The Mercedes GLS has an impressively punchy and smooth diesel engine, and it certainly looks flash inside, but the build quality, ride comfort and handling all disappoint for a luxury SUV of this price.

  • Effortless performance
  • Impressive refinement
  • Interior looks special
  • Poorly controlled ride
  • BMW X7 better all-round
  • Expensive
New car deals
Target Price from £85,800
or from £1,027pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £89,999