In the rarefied air of posh three-row SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz GLS stands out as a top player, offering loads of performance, comfort, and opulence for the money. But convoluted controls hurt its road-test score, and below-average predicted reliability drags down its Overall Score.
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Mercedes-Benz GLS Road Test

In the rarefied air of posh three-row SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz GLS stands out as a top player, offering loads of performance, comfort, and opulence for the money. But convoluted controls hurt its road-test score, and below-average predicted reliability drags down its Overall Score.

The GLS is essentially an elongated version of the midsized GLE SUV with an incredibly roomy cabin and a relatively roomy third-row seat that’s actually usable for teens and adults. Front- and middle-row seats also provide first-class comfort, and the cabin is wrapped in top-notch leather, chrome, and wood.

The ride is very comfortable and steady thanks to the standard air suspension system, which helps keep passengers blissfully unaware of most road imperfections.

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We would get the GLS450. While there are more powerful engines available, they really aren’t necessary. Buyers will have to decide whether they prefer the six-passenger configuration with two individual middle-row seats or the seven-passenger configuration with a second-row bench seat. We definitel...
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