Mercedes Benz GLS Class First Drive Review
Mercedes Benz GLS Class Overview
The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a full sized super-luxury SUV that follows the same design silhouette like the rest of the German car maker’s models. Earlier, the ML-Class was replaced with the GLE nomenclature and now thw GL has been replaced with the GLS. But, this is not just a badge change but a lot of other improvements and adaptive-ness to suit Indian road conditions. The most obvious change is at the front with the GLS getting a new face. The highlight is the full-LED, adaptive headlights that look like the ones on the S-Class. Other changes include a more rounded, muscular twin-slat grille; as also a redesigned bumper and hood that add more oomph to the SUV’s personality. Changes at the rear are limited to a revised bumper and full-LED tail lights which look similar to the older GL from a distance. View offers on Mercedes Benz GLS Class in Hyderabad.
Mercedes Benz GLS Class Exteriors
The GLS Grand Edition gets LED Intelligent Light System with unique black rings which offer higher visibility. The headlamps automatically adapt to typical driving and weather situations. The dipped beam is activated when speed is above 90 km/h. Active light function swings the headlamps into bends by up to 15°. Corner light function improves illumination on corners & tight bends. The enhanced fog lamp function illuminates the outer half of the carriageway more effectively while reducing the glare due to light reflected by the fog. It comes fitted with 20-inch, 10-spoke light alloy wheels, painted in Black and having a high-sheen finish, to ensure a stylish appearance. This GLS gets ‘Grand Edition’ exterior badges and and also has chrome fins on the bonnet that adds a lot of character to the big SUV.
Mercedes Benz GLS Class Interiors
The interior of the GLS Grand Edition offers an S-Class level of comfort and luxury. It is very spacious and can seat 7 passengers easily. The interior of the GLS conveys the hallmark feel-good atmosphere of the Mercedes-Benz brand. In terms of storage space, the GLS provides a volume of 680 to 2300 litres of boot space. It gets a new heated 3-spoke multifunction nappa leather steering wheel with paddle shifts, 12 function keys and an airbag cover in nappa leather, instruments with modified details as well as a redesigned instrument panel with semi-integrated colour Media Display.To know more info on Mercedes Benz GLS Class check Kmindia
The latter offers an even better experience of the vehicle functions thanks to photo-realistic displays of images and graphics. RSES (rear seat entertainment system) comes as standard with the new GLS Grand Edition. Two 7-inch high definition screens. A unique and first ever feature that enhances the environment inside the GLS is the Apple CarPlayTM and ANDROID AUTO. It provides options to make calls, listen to music, send and receive text messages and also provides access to select third-party apps that are approved by Apple CarPlayTM and ANDROID AUTO.
Mercedes Benz GLS Class Engine
The Mercedes GLS is offered in only one guise – the GLS350d. It is the same 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that was offered on the previous version too. The oil-burner pumps out 258 HP of power and 620 Nm of torque but what has changed is the fact that the engine is now coupled to a new 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission instead of the earlier 7-speed unit. The brute touches 100 km/hr from standstill in 8.3 seconds which is quick enough for an SUV of this size.
The engine has good enough grunt for regular driving but the oil-burner itself sounds a bit coarse and feels rough at higher RPMs. Torque delivery at lower RPMs is good while the mid range also has a pretty good power band. The GLS never feels out of steam and even if you want to push the vehicle, the SUV won’t disappoint at all. You get the usual driving modes like Eco, Comfort, Individual and Sport. In Sport mode, the SUV moves with much more urgency and even the steering and suspension feel tightened up.
Talking about the new gearbox, it certainly is very smooth and decently quick in shifting cogs. Gear shifts happen a notch above the 1500 RPM mark under normal driving conditions. In city conditions, sometimes the transmission feels confused while choosing the correct cog. It even makes the GLS a very good cruiser with 100 km/hr coming up at 1400 RPM in top gear. We managed to extract a fuel efficiency figure of 8-9 km/l under mixed driving conditions.
Mercedes Benz GLS Class Driving
The Mercedes GLS comes with an AIRMATIC suspension which helps the brute deliver a good ride experience. The vehicle absorbs most bumps and undulations without much fuss and passengers don’t feel discomforted at all. Handling is neutral and the GLS feels like a true blue SUV with all its body roll. The steering, however, provides good feedback and has a nice feel. Even the brakes do their job properly and shed speeds without breaking into a sweat.Check car loan for Mercedes Benz GLS Class at Fincarz.
Mercedes Benz GLS Class Safety
The Mercedes-Benz GLS is a very good handler, considering the super-luxury SUV weighs over two tonnes. One does feel body roll while taking hard on corners, but you don’t lose confidence and there is brilliant feedback from the steering wheel. Talking about the steering wheel, it is well-weighted and you will feel that you are driving a really big car.
In the safety department, it is needless to say that Mercedes-Benz has left no stone unturned and this mammoth comes with safety equipments packed to the hilt. This includes airbags all around, Adaptive High beam Assist, Electronic Stability Program and a lot more.
Mercedes Benz GLS Class Price in Hyderabad
Mercedes Benz GLS On Road Price is 98,82,062/- and Ex-showroom Price is 82,90,000/- in Hyderabad. Mercedes Benz GLS comes in 6 colours, namely Cavansite Blue,Citrine Brown,Obsidian Black,Diamond White Bright,Tenorite Grey,Iridium Silver. Mercedes Benz GLS comes with AWD with 2996 CC Displacement and 6 Cylinders with Maximum Power 333 bhp@5250-6000 rpm and Peak Torque 480 Nm@1600-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 6.6 seconds . Mercedes Benz GLS comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .
Mercedes Benz GLS Class Verdict
The Mercedes GLS is certainly the biggest SUV in its segment and offers oodles of space along with a good engine and gearbox combo and plenty of features to play with. However, something seems to be missing as the GLS certainly doesn’t feel like the S-Class of SUVs. Mercedes has crafted the vehicle nicely but it seems to be missing a ‘wow’ factor that doesn’t make you feel as special as it should, especially when compared to newer rivals like the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90. If your priorities are space, comfort and road presence, the Mercedes GLS is a certainly a good choice in the full size luxury SUV segment.Tags: Mercedes Benz