2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550

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2017 MODEL

$93,850

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Overview

Premium SUVs are a hard thing to drop by predominantly due to the way that getting them without flaw can be extremely intense. That is the reason in the class of extravagance and power, there is one conspicuous brand called Mercedes which gives the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550.

Extending from a sticker price of $94,950 dollars for the best end variation and $64,550 dollars for a somewhat less specked out the variation of the vehicle, the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 happens to flaunt a 4.7L motor that produces 449 bhp which is sports vehicle domain for a couple.

Yet, at that point when you happen to investigate the general feel of the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550, at that point you may come into the acknowledgment that it's a genuinely immense vehicle that can oblige a few people and have additional room for things. Not the perfect vehicle to have in a bustling city without a doubt.What’ll impress you?

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Pros

Great Interiors

Assisted driving modes

Cons

Design happens to be outdated

Not so good mpg

What's New?

Apart from the nomenclature change from GL to GLS there's no major change in this Merecedes Luxury SUV.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$93850

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

285 cu. in.

horsepower

449 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

516 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

121.1 in.

length

202 in.

width

76.1 in.

height

72.8 in.

curb weight

5578 lbs.

ground clearance

8.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

towing capacity

7500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

186 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/16/18 mpg

highway range

333 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Ratings

Exterior

8.5

Engine

8.5

Interior

10

Fuel Economy

6.3

Features

8.5

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550 GLS 550

GLS 550

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 7

$93,850

Configurations
GLS 550 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 9A)
Transmission: 9A MPG: (14/16/18)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 23 days ago

8.4

Overall Rating


8.5/10
Features

 

8.5/10
Engine

 

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

10/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Yet, at that point when you happen to investigate the general feel of the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550, at that point you may come into the acknowledgment that it's a genuinely immense vehicle that can oblige a few people and have additional room for things. Not the perfect vehicle to have in a bustling city without a doubt.What’ll impress you?

Features

8.5/10

You expect some really interesting things to come with the car. Because of the price that you might be paying, it really delivers and provides a bang for the buck. The several; specifications are given below.

Trim

GLS 550

GLS 450

MSRP

$94,950

$69,550

Key Features

Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature

 

Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers

Full-Time 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive

4-Corner Auto-Leveling Suspension

Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering

Front and Rear Anti-Roll Bars

Permanent Locking Hubs

Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering

 

Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers

Automatic w/Driver Control Height Adjustable Suspension

1 LCD Monitor in The Front

Dual Stainless-Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher

Digital Signal Processor
Driver and Passenger Heated-Seatback and Ventilated Front Seats

Fully Galvanized Steel Panels

60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Flip Forward Cushion/Seatback Rear Seat

Audio Theft Deterrent

There are distinctive alternatives that joined the two variations of the vehicle. For the GLS 550, it costs $94,950 dollars and gives some top notch car includes in a SUV. Things like electric directing, all-wheel drive, auto stop motor highlights, premium insides are altogether included.

In any case, for the lower end GLS 450, it begins from $69,550 dollars which gives you a portion of the few highlights of the best end variation. You get Drove light all over the place. From the headlights to the tail lights, all over the place. Flexible safeguards, alongside Bluetooth radio and other stereo highlights are standard.

We recommend.

There is nothing that we can suggest, you can go for both of the autos as the particulars may vary a great deal. In any case, at that point them two happen to pack the punch for the sort of cash that you are spending. Truly, they are costly, so pick your choices well to suit your consumption.

Engine

8.5/10
“The 2017 Mercedes GLS doesn't feel nearly as huge behind the wheel as it is, never mind the towing capacity.” –Car Connection

Engine and transmission.

For the kind of money that you are paying, it’s a basic requirement for the engine to be powerful. That’s why the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 happens to sport a 4.7L I8 engine that delivers 449bhp @5250 rpm. 516lb-ft of torque is very aggressive for an engine in an SUV but a wonderful engine after all.

Models

Mercedes Benz GLS 550

Cadillac Esclade Platinum

Volvo XC90 Excellence XC90 Excellence

Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6

MSRP

$94,950

$98,090

$104,900

$87,350

Engine

4.7L l8

6.2L l8

2.0L l4

3.0L l6

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

449 hp @ 5250 rpm

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

400 hp @ 6000 rpm

340 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

516 lb.-ft @ 1800 rpm

460 lb.-ft @ 4100 rpm

472 lb.-ft @ 2200 rpm

332 lb.-ft @ 3500 rpm

But then moving your heads on the competition then you come to the realization that none of the cars are that powerful. Some might cost way more than the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 but then excel in other areas.

The Cadillac Escalade Platinum comes closest to the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 delivering 420bhp @5600 rpm and the Volvo coming next with 400 bhp @ 6000 rpm and towards the end, the Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 churning out 340 bhp @ 6500 rpm.

Acceleration.

Power is where the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 happens to excel the most and in terms of acceleration, it’s the fastest when compared to its competition. Its 0-60mph happens to be under 5 seconds and quarter mile range scores about 13.5 seconds.

Models

Mercedes Benz GLS 550

Cadillac Esclade Platinum

Volvo XC90 Excellence XC90 Excellence

Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6

0-60 MPH

5.0

5.9

5.6

6.2

Quarter mile

13.5

14.4

14.1

14.6

Engine

4.7 L

6.2 L

2.0 L

3.0 L

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.0

10.4

 -

9.2

The Cadillac Escalade Platinum on the other hand just doesn’t come anywhere close whatsoever. Having a 0-60mph score of 5.9 seconds, but relatively comes closer to the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 in the quarter mile range of about 14.4 seconds.

The Volvo fairly performs better despite having one of the smallest engines of the competition having a 0-60mph of about 5.6 seconds and a quarter mile score of about 14.1 seconds. The closest ever among the competition to the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550.

In the end, the Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 simply is the slowest in terms of power as the figures do the talking. 0-60 mph is about 6.2 seconds and quarter mile scores of about 14.6 seconds. Not that fast of a car despite having the 2nd largest engine.

Handling and steering.

You may ponder what such a major vehicle, it may wobble on corners, however then the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 beats your contemplations and desires fundamentally as a result of the all-wheel-drive framework that the vehicle has been fitted with.

The controlling feels light and handles delightfully. Additionally, the power and taking care of simply go flawlessly together with the end goal that you get the cornering perfectly and furthermore make it considerably agiler in unpleasant territory. The driving through rough terrain involvement with the vehicle is stunning and will shock you inside and out.

Braking.

In terms of stopping the beast, the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 is fitted with relatively huge brakes both in the front and the back. The front is about 14.8 inches and the back being 13.6 inches. But if you think it weighs more than its only weights 5,578 lbs. which is light indeed.

Model

Mercedes Benz GLS 550

Cadillac Esclade Platinum

Volvo XC90 Excellence XC90 Excellence

Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6

Brake Front (in.)

14.8

17

13.2

15

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

17

12.1

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,578

5,856

5,059

4,974

60-0 MPH (ft.)

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The lightest of the competition happens to be the Volvo which weighs only 5,059 lbs. that makes it light and that’s the main reason why it has relatively smaller brakes both in the front and back. The front is 13.2 inches and the back having 12.1 inches.

The heaviest of the competition, the Cadillac Escalade Platinum happens to weight like a tank and therefore weighs in at about 5856 lbs. despite being such a huge beast of a machine, it has equally inches of brakes both in the front and back of about 17 inches.

In the end, the Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 is just a mediocre car with some okay specification when it comes down to breaking. The brakes in the front are about 15 inches and the ones on the back are about 14.4 inches. The overall weight is relatively light and weight in at just 4,974 lbs.

Fuel Economy

6.3/10

This is a strong suit for the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 as despite having the powerful engine with the craziest of performance, the fuel economy is just low, significantly low. In a city it might give only 14 mpg and, on the highway, it gives about 19 mpg. Overall an average of about 16 mpg.

Model

Mercedes Benz GLS 550

Cadillac Esclade Platinum

Volvo XC90 Excellence XC90 Excellence

Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6

MPG (city)

14

14

 -

17

MPG (highway)

19

21

 -

23

MPG (combined)

16

17

25

19

But the place where the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 lacks is where the Volvo shines, mainly because of its fuel economy. Overall it averages 25 mpg which makes it powerful in few ways and efficient in almost all the ways.

The Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 might not be the best car to have but then in terms of fuel efficiency, it sure does outperform that 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 by having a 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Both combined it offers 19 mpg which is comparatively good.

The least fuel-efficient car could be the Cadillac Escalade Platinum, by having a fuel economy in the city of about 14 mpg and on the highway of about 21 mpg. The overall score of about 17 mpg. Not the best car for having if you lived in a city and had to commute a lot.

Interior

10/10

“The 2017 Mercedes GLS really fits seven adults without torturing them; the cabin is elegant, comfortable, functional, and luxurious.” –Car Connection

Seating and comfort.

A place where you can find the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 to excel again is the comfort and seating. Mainly in this category, you can witness that the car can accommodate 7 passengers comfortably without any kind of hesitation and can give them no problems for long drives whatsoever.

Model

Mercedes Benz GLS 550

Cadillac Esclade Platinum

Volvo XC90 Excellence XC90 Excellence

Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6

Passenger capacity

7

7

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.2/58.5/40.3

39.7/64.9/45.3

38.9/57.7/40.9

39.3/60.7/42.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.0/58.3/38.5

38.7/64.4/39.0

38.5/56.5/37.0

39.2/59.4/40.2

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/50.5/35.0

38.1/62.2/24.8

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The Volvo, on the other hand, makes not a respectable appearing concerning of satisfying voyagers in the vehicle. Having only 4 explorers in such a massive vehicle can mean something. Regardless, all of the explorer gets some proportion of room and aren't restricted up yet can sit in the vehicle tranquilly.

The Cadillac Escalade Platinum simply is apparently the copy of the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 because of its 7-seating game-plan in the vehicle. It gives correctly a similar extent from the front, focus and the back of the vehicle. Somewhat tantamount anyway then to some degree uncommon because of the general arrangement.

Finally, the Range Drifter HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 comes some place in the inside by having a 5-seating course of action that could be adequate for a family. In any case, finally, the vehicle essentially gives in a wide scope of approaches to such a degree, to the point that it adjusts for the SUV trademark that it sports.

Interior feautures

Is it's a Mercedes, at that point you can anticipate that some extravagant new doohickey should dependably be there and the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 doesn't come short of anything. A portion of the inside highlights are given underneath.

  • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • 1 LCD Monitor in The Front
  • Digital Signal Processor
  • Driver and Passenger Heated-Seatback and Ventilated Front Seats
  • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Flip Forward Cushion/Seatback Rear Seat
  • Radio: AM/FM/CD -Inc.: Bluetooth connectivity
  • Audio Theft Deterrent
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering

Cargo.

This the region where every SUV must and should sine in order to retain its badge of an SUV, and the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 just does that by proving ample amount of space in every direction. Even with each of the three seats folded, it simply provides greater storage options than the others.

Model

Mercedes Benz GLS 550

Cadillac Esclade Platinum

Volvo XC90 Excellence XC90 Excellence

Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6

Cargo Volume with 3rd row up (ft.3)

16

15.2

15.8

-

Cargo Volume with 2nd row folded (ft.3)

49.4

51.6

-

31.8

Cargo Volume with 3rd row folded (ft.3)

93.8

94.2

85.7

68.6

Like examined previously, the Cadillac Escalade Platinum additionally gives similar highlights like that of the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 yet then an inch shy of the Mercedes. In few of the particular. Yet, at that point is to some degree like the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 yet not the equivalent.

The Volvo similarly is a decent vehicle, however then regarding freight stockpiling and other utility things, it doesn't make that incredible of a showing with regards to. Truly, it offers some type of capacity, however like the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 and the Cadillac Escalade Platinum, you can never store a ton.

However, the Range Wanderer HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 is basically out of the opposition in light of the fact that, in the class of load, it's second rate compared to whatever remains of the opposition. It scarcely has any sort of capacity and the capacity that it happens to offer isn't that extraordinary and nearly low also.

Towing capacity

For premium SUV’s this might not be the category, but the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 happens to have a maximum towing capacity of about 7500 lbs. that makes it very durable in many ways possible. Also towing can become easy because of the immense power that it happens to pack.

Model

Mercedes Benz GLS 550

Cadillac Esclade Platinum

Volvo XC90 Excellence XC90 Excellence

Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6

Maximum Towing Capacity

7500

8100

5000

7716

The Cadillac Escalade Platinum beats the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 by having a towing breaking point of around 8100 lbs. that makes it to a great degree supportable to have and prevalently in light of the structure it just raises the general comprehension of having a first rate SUV.

The Range Drifter HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 approaches with its towing capacities by having a most outrageous towing breaking point of around 7716 lbs. that makes it amazingly straightforward for the vehicle to tow because of its solid structure and profitable features that make it this extraordinary in the towing office.

Be that as it may, at last, minimal measure of towing limit by having just 5000 lbs. would be the Volvo. Primarily due to the way that the vehicle isn't intended to tow and furthermore is an excellent SUV that offers some top notch details.

Exterior

8.5/10

“The 2017 Mercedes GLS has the latest grille on a handsome, elegant SUV shape that's classic and rugged.” –Car Connection

Dimensions and weight.

Ranging with that premium design and build of a luxury SUV, the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 has everything that might give you the best in class exterior features that you might want. With a length design and the best ground clearance, you can definitely be impressed with it at all times.

Model

Mercedes Benz GLS 550

Cadillac Esclade Platinum

Volvo XC90 Excellence XC90 Excellence

Range Rover HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6

Curb weight (lbs.)

5,578

5,856

5,059

4,974

Length(in)

202.6

203.9

194.9

196.8

Width(in)

84.3

80.5

79.1

81.6

Height(in)

72.8

74.4

69.9

73.3

Ground clearance (in)

8.5

8.0

9.4

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

121.1

116.0

117.5

115.0

Track width (in) F/R

64.8/65.6

68.7/68.7

66.0/66.1

66.3/66.6

The Cadillac Escalade Platinum then again basically misses the mark to what the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 passes up. All the outside look and feel of this vehicle may be equivalent to that of the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550. Along these lines, do reconsider if this is the thing that you need as your every day vehicle.

The Volvo happens to be one of the briefest of the opposition out there. The outside might feel gigantic and tremendous yet generally is little and agreeable to be in. with not unreasonably expand includes and having a decent ground leeway, it can astound you the most in a few territories.

Coming down to the Range Wanderer HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6 you can anticipate that it should be little and fine looking. What's more, it beyond any doubt delivers in the looks office. Looks smooth and hypnotizing from each edge. Fundamentally as a result of the width and the length is short and the ground freedom is high however not unreasonably high to destroy the whole plan.

Exteriors features.

The 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 happens to have some of the best exterior features that you could find on an SUV. Some of which are given below.

  • A 4-wheel drive system.
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Gas-pressurized shock absorbers.
  • 4-corner auto-leveling suspension.
  • Front and rear anti-roll bars.
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • Dual Stainless-Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • LED Brake lights
  • Audio Theft Deterrent

Safety

The 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 does sport some impressive safety features that can impress you. The car hasn’t been tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS, therefore the ratings haven’t been given below. But the safety features of the 2018 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 are as follows.

  • Emergency SOS
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Child seat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Outboard Front Lap and Shoulder Safety Belts -Inc.: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

Competition

Cadillac Escalade Platinum.

The Cadillac Escalade Platinum, as a rule, is a vehicle that is moderately incredible and offers details of the cash that you pay. With premium vehicles like highlights and a by and large smooth structure, it's as large as a SUV yet then performs incredibly like a games vehicle.

In contrast with the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550, you can be astonished to see a few of the highlights being close. The general mileage is low and doesn't amaze you in any capacity. Be that as it may, at that point the Cadillac Escalade Platinum costs more while as yet holding its strong and extravagance factor.

Volvo XC 90

The Volvo, then again, won't shock you in any capacity conceivable. Truly, for Volvo devotees, they may discover this vehicle unique and uncommon. the main territory where this vehicle sparkles and outflanks every other person is in the branch of mileage, which is high notwithstanding for a SUV.

At the point when put next to each other to a 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550, you can see that the Mercedes is a machine that just beats the Volvo in each nuke and corner. Primarily on account of its incredible motor, high inside spaces and different territories that can support the Mercedes in the vast majority of the ways.

Range Meanderer HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6

The range meanderer HSE 3.0L Supercharged V6. is a vehicle that a little group of four could have. It's a vehicle that will neither baffle nor inspire. It's a fair vehicle that conveys particulars that come right trying to everything. Nothing unique is to be referenced other than the sticker price which is less expensive than the rest.

In any case, against the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550, you can anticipate that it should be not so extraordinary or not incredible by any stretch of the imagination. In light of the Mercedes having everything that is immense and gigantic without of this world determinations, the range wanderer simply can rival it in any capacity conceivable.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS 550 is a machine that some would just dream to have. Indeed, it's a Mercedes that gives everything that you wish to however in the extent of a SUV. Giving first class details and each kind of highlights accessible, it sports everything.

Be that as it may, at that point when you look down to the two variations of the vehicle, you can see the immense value hole that can make it a deal to have. Like to shafts of a magnet, they are that far obvious and the low-end spec demonstrate basically doesn't offer much as the top of the line one.

Yes, this car isn’t designed for all of them out there. For hardcore enthusiast and fanatics of the Mercedes brand and want something that makes you look superior to others, then this is the perfect car for you. Or else other options are available that can provide you with a much better package after all.

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