The Mercedes-Benz GLS is big and luxurious, large families will enjoy the comfortable, smooth ride it offers – and the array of mod cons it provides.
The handsome GLS possesses a practical five-door body style, which allows easy access to each compartment. Other convenient features include power-operated, light-sensitive and heated door mirrors, which are housed within attractive body-coloured shells, and include integrated indicators. The car rides on lightweight 21-inch alloy wheels as standard, which not only catch the eye but significantly aid engine efficiency.
A plush, leather-upholstered and spacious cabin is incentive enough to want to travel in the GLS. There’s plenty of room in the front two compartments, and even the rear row is surprisingly commodious, particularly when accommodating younger travellers. Front-row occupants get to enjoy multi-adjustable and heated positions, and the driver further benefits from lumbar support. All models feature a panoramic glass roof which, along with the car’s large windows, further emphasise the GLS’ decidedly roomy interior. With all seven seats in position, boot space stands at 295-litres; enough room for modest amounts of shopping trip or a baby buggy. Whenever more luggage capacity is required, the rearmost row folds down, releasing 680-litres of load space. With all but the front row flipped, cargo volume increases to a vast 2,300 litres.
A 3.0-litre 258bhp diesel engine is fitted as standard, returning up to 36.2mpg, while delivering 620Nm of torque and 0-60mph in approximately 7.7 seconds. Optimal performance levels are delivered by models that are powered by a 5.5-litre 557bhp petrol unit, which produces a peak torque of 760Nm, 0-60mph in roughly 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. The same engine also provides the vehicle with a more-than-useful towing capacity of 3,250kg.
An eight-inch dashboard-mounted infotainment screen allows access to, among other things, smartphone mirroring – courtesy of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Satellite navigation features as standard too, as does a 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, allowing even rearmost occupants to enjoy favourite tunes or a particularly entertaining audiobook.
As befits a family car of the GLS’ quality, a wide range of safety features are included to protect travellers of all ages. For instance, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) analyses vehicular activity ahead and alerts the driver if a potential collision is likely. AEB will autonomously apply maximum braking if the driver fails to do so. The car also features LED low-to-high-beam headlights that react automatically to oncoming traffic, and front fog lamps that cut through the densest of mist.
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