2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 Owners Manual – It seems like we are nearing the conclusion of the period of the total-size gasoline-powered luxury SUV. Electric and hybrid gas-electric vehicles are nearer than the horizon; they are taking up auto parking spaces all close to us.
So, I’m glad that I’ve had a chance to spend 7 days inside an SUV that could represent the maximum of its category – the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580 4MATIC – prior to its style starts to vanish.
GLS is a few-row SUV, now entering its third technology of creation. The first-technology (2007 – 2012) and a portion of the second-generation (2013-2019) vehicles were called “GL” until 2016 when the Mercedes SUV lineup went through a alter of nomenclature to correspond with its car-labeling events.
Instead of a disorganized set of class titles, Mercedes has GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE and GLS models (and the roguish G-Class), approximately related to the A-, C-, E- and S-Class sedans, wagons, coupes and cabriolets (B-Class is not currently purchased in the U.S.). If you think of the GLS as the S-Class of Sports utility vehicles, you’ll have an excellent photo of where it fits into the Mercedes lineup.
GLS is a big and delightful SUV, with assertive, stylish styling that is not frustrating or overstated. It is 205 in. long, 84.9 ins wide (with wall mirrors) and 71.8 ins high, and weighs in at 5,699 pounds. Somehow, wearing 21-inch rims and with a minimal of 7.9 in.
of floor clearance, it still manages to have an excellent posture. Fit and finish are very first-price, as predicted in a luxury car. My test vehicle wore a jacket of optional ($720) Mojave Silver Metallic color, the car equivalent of a greyish flannel match, and projected an air of exec competence.
Inside, the GLS cabin is like a taller version of the S-Class cabin. Drivers preferring a high seating position and commanding outward look at will like the GLS. The 3rd row is readily accessible and makes GLS an outstanding passenger conveyance over S-Class.
With 17.4 cubic feet of baggage room right behind the third row, it offers practically as a lot capability as the S-Class’s 18.7 cubic-ft. trunk. Fold lower the 2nd row, and you’ve opened 42.7 – 48.7 cubic feet of space.