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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.