2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

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in Midsize SUVs
2018 MODEL

$69,550

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Detailed Review

Mercedes Benz GLS Class came into existence in the year 2006. It has got great success till now in the market and always working for more. Receiving refreshments last year, the Big and boxy GLS Class takes an old-school styling

Mercedes Benz GLS Class is a large luxury SUV which has a seating capacity of seven. It offers three trim levels namely GLS 450, GLS 550 and AMG GLS 63. The base model i.e. GLS 450 comes at a price of $69,550 in which it got 3.0 L V-6 Biturbo engine and 9-Speed Automatic Transmission System which can produce reasonably good torque and power among the class. It is an all-wheel drive vehicle which is very smooth over the roads due to its suspensions.

GLS 450 is not an SUV that can be known for its engine but it is best when it comes to luxury features and safety. It provides 8-inch central display, COMAND infotainment system and sound system that feature HD radio and two USB ports. The steering and handling of the car are very smooth and gives good fuel efficiency. It got one of the best safety features which include 7 airbags which can protect the host in case of any mishappening.


 

7.6/10
Engine

 

4.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.5/10
Interior

 

7.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Mercedes Benz GLS Class is a large luxury SUV which has a seating capacity of seven. It offers three trim levels namely GLS 450, GLS 550 and AMG GLS 63. The base model i.e. GLS 450 comes at a price of $69,550 in which it got 3.0 L V-6 Biturbo engine and 9-Speed Automatic Transmission System which can produce reasonably good torque and power among the class. It is an all-wheel drive vehicle which is very smooth over the roads due to its suspensions.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Features

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 450 is itself a trim level of Mercedes GLS-Class. GLS 450 offers 3.0 L V6 Biturbo engine which produces a maximum power of 362 hp at 5500 rpm and maximum torque of 369 lb-ft. at 2000 rpm. It also uses 9-Speed Automatic transmission system which transmits the power to all the wheels.

Trims GLS 450
MSRP $69,550
Features
  • Self-leveling air suspension
  • Power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors
  • LED running lights and taillights
  • Mbrace Connect remote vehicle access (via smartphone app; includes remote start).
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment)
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • power-adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • COMAND infotainment interface (with both a control knob and a touchpad)
  • 8-inch central display
  • Rearview camera
  • 115-volt household-style power outlet
  • Sound system that features HD radio and dual USB ports.

Some of the standard feature GLS 450 offers are self-leveling air suspension, power folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, a sound system that features HD radio and dual USP ports, seats with memory and much more. The features that can be optionally added to GLS 450 are: sunroof, leather upholstery, blind spot monitoring and some more.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Engine

7.6/10

"The GLS450 is a fleet SUV in its own right, but the V8-powered models practically redefine what's possible for a large crossover with their effortless acceleration."- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

GLS 450 uses a 3.0 L V-6 Biturbo Engine paired with the 9-Speed Automatic transmission system. This engine helps to generate 362 hp power and 369 lb-ft torque at its maximum at 5500 rpm and 2000 rpm respectively.

Models Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Lincoln Navigator Cadillac Escalade Ford Expedition
MSRP $69,550 $76,055 $75,990 $51,695
Engine 3.0L V6 Biturbo 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 6.2L VVT V8 3.5L EcoBoost V6
Transmission 9-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic
Power 362 hp 450 hp 420 hp 375 hp
Torque 369 lb-ft 510 lb-ft 460 lb-ft 470 lb-ft

Mercedes Benz GLS 450 is one of the most economical cars among its rivals with the price difference of $6,500 with the most expensive rival i.e. Lincoln Navigator. The engine used by GLS 450 is the smallest among the competitors and hence produces the least power and torque Lincoln Navigator is although the most expensive SUV, offers the best amount of power and torque.

Acceleration

GLS 450 is not the fastest SUV due to its small sized engine. It takes 6.5 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill position and 16.5 seconds to cover quarter mile which is not that good what host would expect from it.

Models Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Lincoln Navigator Cadillac Escalade Ford Expedition
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec 6.5 sec 6.1 sec 7.3sec
Quarter mile 16.5 sec 15.1 sec 14.6 sec 15.6 sec
Engine 3.0L 3.5L 6.2L 3.5L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.3 9.3 10.3 8.8

The quickest to reach 60 MPH from standstill by far is Cadillac Escalade with a time of 6.1 seconds. Ford Expedition is the slowest car as it takes 7.3 seconds to reach 60 mph. Even at the quarter-mile mark, Cadillac Escalade maintains its lead but GLS 450 takes maximum time. Not only this, Cadillac Escalade is the most eco-friendly car.

Steering and Handling

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 450 uses Rack and Pinion type steering system which offers a turning diameter of 40.7 ft from curb to curb. The steering system is very quick and works very smoothly.  The handling of GLS 450 is not the best on the twisting roads.

Braking

GLS 450 performs better than its rivals in the braking test. With disc brakes on all the wheels and ABS connected to all of them. GLS 450 can stop from a speed of 600 mph in just 120 ft. Even GLS 450 has least curb weight of 5335 lbs.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Lincoln Navigator Cadillac Escalade Ford Expedition
Brake front(in) 13.8 13.8 17.0 13.5
Brake Rear(in) 13.6 13.8 17.0 13.2
Curb weight(lbs) 5335 5760 5572 5801
60-0 MPH 120 ft. 125 ft. 133 ft. 121 ft.

Mercedes Benz GLS 450 is the lightest car in the class with the curb weight of 5335 lbs and offers best braking system. Although Ford Expedition is the heaviest car among all the competitors, it is the close rival to the GLS 450 with just difference of 1ft for its stopping distance. Cadillac Escalade got the worst braking system which takes 133 ft to stop from a speed of 60 mph.

Towing Capacity

GLS 450 has a towing capacity of 7500 lbs which is not that bad but it stood last when compared with other competitors with the difference of 600 lbs from the closest rival. Ford Expedition has a maximum towing capacity of 9300 lbs.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Lincoln Navigator Cadillac Escalade Ford Expedition
Engine 3.0L 3.5L 6.2L 3.5L
Drive Train 4WD 2WD 2WD AWD
Capacity (lbs) 7500 8700 8100 9300

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Fuel Economy

4.8/10

GLS 450 has a mid-ship location of the fuel tank with the fuel capacity of 36.4 gallons. The SUV offers fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway which combines to make the fuel economy of 19 mpg which is not best among the rivals.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Lincoln Navigator Cadillac Escalade Ford Expedition
MPG (city) 17 16 14 17
MPG (highway) 22 23 23 24
MPG (combined) 19 19 17 20

Ford Expedition is the most fuel efficient car which gives a combined fuel economy of 19 mpg, just 1 mpg more what GLS 450 offers. Even here Cadillac Escalade remains at the last position with a fuel economy of just 17 mpg.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Interior

9.5/10

"The 2018 GLS lives up to the Mercedes-Benz reputation for quality. The cabin looks modern and stylish, and there are premium materials everywhere you look. There are three rows of spacious seats, and the interior remains quiet even at highway speeds."- cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

With the passenger capacity of seven, GLS 450 has one of the best seats among the rivals. It got 10-way power adjustable driver seat and heated front seats for the better experience to the driver. Its seats are well designed to satisfy the luxurious needs of the host and have succeeded till now.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Lincoln Navigator Cadillac Escalade Ford Expedition
Passenger capacity 7 7 7 8
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 41.2/58.5/40.3 41.8/65.2/43.9 42.8/64.9/45.3 39.5/63.2/41.1
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.0/58.3/38.5 40.0/65.1/41.1 38.7/64.4/39.0 39.7/63.7/39.1
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.9/50.5/35.0 37.3/64.2/36.1 38.1/62.6/24.8 38.0/67.1/37.7

Comparing to the others, Ford Expedition is the only 8 seated SUV. Mercedes Benz GLS 450 offers the best space for the third row which is usually the tightest one and to other rows, it has suitable space for getting in and out. Cadillac Escalade has most spacious front seats among the rivals.

Interior Features

  • Heated Front seats
  • 10-way power driver seat
  • Driver seat memory settings
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Dual-zone Automatic Climate control
  • Auto-Dimming Rear view Camera

Infotainment System

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 450 got beautifully finished interior and one of the best interior features. With 8” central display and COMAND infotainment system, which has both central knob and touchpad, it also got Bluetooth connectivity and automatic air-conditioning. The sound system used in the car features HD radio and dual USB ports.

Cargo Volume

GLS 450 got very good trunk space behind every row which in numbers comes to be 93.8 ft. cube behind 1st row, 49.4 ft. cube behind 2nd row and 16 ft. cube behind 3rd row.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Lincoln Navigator Cadillac Escalade Ford Expedition
Volume Behind 3rd row(ft.cube) 16 19.3 15.2 36.0
Volume Behind 2nd row (ft.cube) 49.4 57.5 51.6 79.6
Volume Behind 1st row (ft.cube) 93.8 103.3 94.2 121.4

When compared with the rivals, GLS 450 stands behind most of its rivals. It got the least volume behind 1st and 2nd row. Ford Expedition is the SUV that provides best trunk space behind every row and tops the list.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Exterior

7.6/10

"There's no mistaking the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class as coming from any other manufacturer; however, its upright lines and squared shoulders definitely give it a last-generation appearance despite last year's general softening of the lines."- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and weight

The 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 450 with a curb weight of 5335 lbs is 201.6 inches in length and 84.3 inches wide with side mirrors open. It got 72.8 inches height. It also has the ground clearance of 8.5 inches which helps it to run smoother. Trackwidth is 65.2 inches and 65.9 inches in front and rear and Wheelbase is 124.1 inches provides good rear space for the passengers.

Model Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Lincoln Navigator Cadillac Escalade Ford Expedition
curb weight(lbs) 5335 5760 5572 5801
Length(in) 201.6 210 203.9 206.5

Width(in)

(w/o mirror)

84.3 83.6 80.5 78.8
Height(in) 72.8 76.4 74.4 77.2
Ground clearance(in) 8.5   8.0 8.7
Wheelbase(in) 121.1 122.5 116.0 119
Track width(in) F/R 65.2/65.9 67/67.2 68.7/68.7 67/67.2

When compared, Ford Expedition is the tallest car whereas GLS 450 is the widest car. Ford Expedition also got the best ground clearance of 8.7 inches but Lincoln Navigator has the best Wheelbase which means that provides the best space for the passengers.

Exterior Features

  • Power folding and auto dimming side mirrors
  • LED running lights and trail lights
  • Mbrace connect remote vehicle access
  • Rear view Camera

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Safety

Safety is the department which cannot be compromised at any terms. Many of the good safety features are included such as child seat sensing airbag, child seat anchors, front and rear seat belt tensioners and many more. GLS 550 also provides seven airbags which can protect each of the passenger in any mishappening.

Some of the standard features are given below:

  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Total of airbags - 7
  • Child seat sensing airbag
  • Curtain overhead airbag - curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag
  • Front impact airbag - driver and passenger front-impact airbags
  • Side impact airbag - seat-mounted driver and passenger side-impact airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivation - occupant sensing
  • Row head airbag - front, rear and third row head airbags
  • Child safety lock
  • Child seat anchors
  • Seat belts - height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Seatbelt pre-tensioners - front and rear seatbelt pre-tensioners

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Competition

Mercedes Benz GLS 450 vs Lincoln Navigator  

With a price difference of around $6,500 (Mercedes has lower price), both use different types of engines. Lincoln with the bigger engine provides more torque and power than GLS 450 but they are both equally fuel efficient. Although both have almost same exterior dimensions, Mercedes is relatively lighter than Lincoln. Lincoln leads the Mercedes in both Cargo space and towing capacity.

 Mercedes Benz GLS 450 vs Cadillac Escalade 

Among the competitors, Cadillac gives good competition to the Mercedes. Mercedes has better acceleration and braking than Lincoln but offers better torque and power. They both have almost same exterior dimensions and cargo volume but Cadillac has better towing capacity than Mercedes GLS 450.

Mercedes Benz GLS 450 vs Ford Expedition

Ford Expedition is clearly more exciting than Mercedes GLS 450. It is more economical than the latter and better in almost every department which includes fuel efficiency, acceleration, and braking. Using better engine, Ford offers better torque and power than Mercedes. Even Ford provides more cargo space and better towing capacity which makes it way better than GLS 450.

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 Final Verdict

The 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 450 is a very economical large and luxurious SUV. It is not that mechanically strong than its competitors but provides one of the best interior and exterior features which makes GLS best of all. Moreover, it offers 7 airbags and some very good safety features. It also provides very good trunk space for the 3rd row which makes getting in and out from there easy. All the features are driver-oriented and easy to use. This makes the car to stand worthy in the competition.

Pros

Luxurious Interior

Spacious Third Row

Powerful Engine

Cons

First and Second Row not much spacious

Diesel Option not available in 2018

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69550

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

369 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

121.1 in.

length

201.6 in.

width

84.3 in.

height

72.8 in.

curb weight

5335 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

towing capacity

7500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

186 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/19/22 mpg

highway range

580.8 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 in designo Diamond White Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 in designo Cardinal Red Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 in Dakota Brown Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 in Black color
designo Diamond White Metallic

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Ratings

Engine

7.6

Fuel Economy

4.8

Interior

9.5

Exterior

7.6

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 GLS 450

GLS 450

power
362 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$69,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
GLS 450 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $69,550 MSRP (23/19/22) 362 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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9-speed automatic all wheel drive 7   Black
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Dakota Brown Metallic
  designo Cardinal Red Metallic
  designo Diamond White Metallic