Mercedes-Benz GLS

5/5
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Verdict

Need space? Have loads of money? Look no further… you’re home. The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a monster. It’s extremely large, very practical, luxurious, and about as comfortable a car as you’re likely to find. This car isn’t exactly winning the race in its category – but it’s extremely comfortable. This beast is against the likes of the Volvo XC90 and the Audi Q7.

Performance

Three engines are available to the Irish market. The smallest is a 6-cylinder, 3.0 litre, machine that offers 367 bhp. This 30D is coupled to Mercedes-Benz’s 9-speed automatic transmission and will bring you from 0-100km/h in just 7.8 seconds. Pay nearly €30,000 more and you can opt for the 8-cylinder GLS 500. This 4,663 cc engine will bring you from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds, has a top speed of 250km/h and offers a whopping 455 hp. That’s not all though… get the wallet ready! For another €56k, you can opt for the AMG GLS 63. The stats read like this. 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds, 585 hp and a limited top speed of 250km/h. Vroom Vroom.

Ride & Handling

This is a large and heavy car, and you would be forgiven for think that it might feel like a boat on the road. However, the body control of this car is really good. With that said, and despite the figures above, this is not really a sports car and should be driven with the respect you’d give to any long cruiser. Treat it right and it should deliver excellent handling.

Refinement

This is extremely refined. It looks aerodynamically challenged – therefore you would expect some wind noise, but Mercedes got their padding spot on in here and there is very little noise pollution that comes into the cabin.

Quality & Reliability

The interior is nicely laid out and unsurprisingly the grade of materials used is excellent. However, for some reason, things in here look ever-so-slightly dated. That doesn’t take away from the comfort of the car though.

Safety & Security

This car has not undergone a Euro NCAP text. We think the price has ensured that there is not enough demand for this vehicle to warrant one. With that said, Mercedes are innovators when it comes to safety equipment and this car has so much of that technology.

Space & Practicality

In terms of space, well, this car has plenty of it. Even with all of the seven seats in place, there is still a sizeable boot. With those seats down, this machine offers 680 litres. Leg room, head room and shoulder room to the front and back is brilliant. Even row three is good for most adults.

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Key Facts

New Price
€117,940
Make

Mercedes-Benz

Model
GLS
Variant
GLS 350 D 4Matic
First year of model production
2016
Engine (L)
3.0
Transmission
Automatic
Gears
9 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV

Running Costs

Tax
€1200
Tax Band
F
Average Cost Per 200KM
€18.53
Cost of filling a tank
€121.9
Average L/100km
7.6
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
100
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1316
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
193
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
367
Top Speed
222 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
7.8
Cylinders
6
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
620

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
680
Kerb weight
2380
Tyre Size Front
265/60 R18
Tyre Size Back
265/60 R18
Wheel Base
3075

Warranty

Warranty All Components
2 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Warranty Mileage
4 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
A huge cabin and pillowy ride are the highlights of this car, but a dated dash and high price dent the appeal
Top Gear
Seven seats and plenty of off-road ability, but many will find the smaller, cheaper Merc ML as good.
What Car
The Mercedes GLS has plenty of space, lots of equipment and a comfortable ride. Lags behind the best on quality, economy and refinement.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
680 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
265/60 R18 mm
Tyre size back
265/60 R18 mm
Length
5130 mm
Width
1934 mm
Height
1850 mm
Wheel Base
3075 mm
Front Track (mm)
1850 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1675 mm
Kerb weight
2380 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
3250 KG
Turning circle (m)
12.40 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
V engine
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Double wishbone
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Ventilated discs
Steering
Steering rack
Power
367 bhp