2020 Mercedes GLS: Luxurious And Comfortable, But Not As Cool As An X7 Or Range Rover

If you want to buy a large premium SUV but can’t afford to break the bank for a Bentley Bentayga or a Rolls-Royce Cullinan, your options right now are the BMW X7, the Lincoln Navigator, the Range Rover and the all-new Mercedes GLS.

An all-new Cadillac Escalade is also on its way, which means this bulky Merc definitely has its work cut out. However, according to reviewer Doug DeMuro, the GLS is very good at offering you ultra-modern features and a very comfortable ride.

Does this mean you should automatically purchase it over its rivals? Well, DeMuro feels that the 2020 GLS isn’t quite as interesting (he calls it a ‘Cool Factor’) as the BMW X7 or the latest Lincoln Navigator. He also has the GLS rated lower than the 2018 Range Rover (mostly because of aesthetics), which doesn’t really come as a surprise.

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The model he sampled is the GLS 450 4Matic, which hs a price tag of $76,195 (including a $995 destination and delivery charge). While its equipment includes features such as the Premium Package, Lighting Package and Parking Assist Package as standard, it’s the MBUX dual-display setup that steals the show, especially since it comes with Augmented Reality Navigation, which apparently works like a charm.

In the end though, if you find the GLS’ styling not as great as the Range Rover’s, then you’ll always be more likely to purchase the latter instead of the so-called S-Class of SUVs.


  • charlotteharry57

    In the part of town where I live, this thing and the Range Rover are ubiquitous. The BMW, Escalade and Navigator are rarely seen. I’m guessing lower lease payments due to higher residuals.

  • Patrick

    The reason there’s no GLE “L” in China like there is for the GLC, C-class, E-class, and even A-class. They can just rebrand the GLE-L as the GLS “S-class of SUVs” and sell it for way more money.

  • BMW X7 beats this in spades in terms of looks. M-B’s design language for their sub-$100K autos is abominable. I mistook their new A-Class for a Toyota Camry…?

    • kenny sauray

      The X7 is ugly and has been beaten by the old and the New GLS in every car magazine ranking. The truth is that the GLS out do the X7 in every category, and has more space and the tech the BMW can only dream of. Not to mentioned the better and prestigious badge. Mercedes sales also shows that people love this SUV.

      • OS

        Mercedes had a more prestigious badge maybe 30-20 years ago…we live in a time where Mercedes bmw and Audi are all on an equal playing field in terms of prestige and luxury. A lot of what you said is not actually true.. The GLS is maybe Mercedes’s worst and least reliable model..it’s made in Alabama so quality control is not the same as in Germany. Many reviewers have also pointed out how poor the quality of materials are on this generation and how it is definitely not the S-class of SUVs. The X7 uses higher quality materials and looks more luxurious inside. Mercedes is actually behind Audi in tech these days and on the same level as BMW..hence their partnership to co-develop future electric platforms lol. This X7 is a really strong competitor and will steal a lot of sales from Mercedes.

        • The X7 is made in BMW’s factory in the US. The reason why the GLS is such poor quality has nothing to do with where it’s made, it has to do with poor engineering and low quality materials M-B started to use in the autos 10 years ago. Luxury no longer equals reliability, so I question the premium asked for these high-priced lemons…??

    • Adam

      So 2 cars that look absolutely nothing alike you mistook them for being the same? Yeah right SMH ??‍♂️

  • Paul S

    What use are aesthetics when the only people admiring your car are jlr mechanics.

  • kenny sauray

    There is a reason why the GLS is the segment benchmark, it has everything buyers looking for a large SUV want with a proven reliability and technology the others can’t match.

  • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ??

    This thing is as plain as Jane can be. The Lincoln Navigator is still King of this segment.

    • Rivaldo

      You have some sells numbers ?

      • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ??

        Sell units don’t determine units. The Fleet Escalade and heavy discounted ancient QX80 cannot compare to the new Navigator especially this Tuscaloosa built GLS. What a shame.

  • Wayne Hughes

    BMW Apple Pay $80.00 a year, really that dent me for my third GL/S. Thieves

  • Bash

    I probably laughed at the “blender” part more than I should.
    PS. I can’t wait to see the new Escalade when it come out to join the rest of those full-size luxury SUV segment. I kinda think it be hard to choose your favorite between it and the Navigator.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Cool factor? If I am buying a fat luxury SUV I think I’m more interested in practicality and technology than “cool factor”. Besides, if you own an X7, Range Rover or a new GLS you’ve already made it in life – you’re cool/rich/snob etc. in the eyes of the regular poor plebeians out there!

  • europeon

    Stop giving more views to dumb demoron.

  • Enter Ranting

    I’d drive a Telluride or Palisade before considering this lump.

  • OS

    Range Rovers are so overrated…I have never understood the appeal besides the badge. They have always been outdated in tech and not as luxurious as the germans.

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