The 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC bears close relation to the similarly-named GL450 with the GLS450 being introduced as a new model for 2017. While difference is minimal, the new – slightly different name kind of takes away the excitement of a new model however it’s that bad at all. The GL450 provided great price, performance, and fuel economy in its class and in its family of the GL series. For 2017 the GL becomes the GLS, a subtle name change along with cosmetic updates inside and out but preserves its characteristics while adding a few more.
The 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC is “Decent” for its Value
The 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC looks good up front with the modern Benz look along with the SUV-specific contours and that lower lip bumper with chrome make it as muscular as any G series Mercedes. However, moving to the sides and ending with the back, the busy front is contrasted with the rather plain-looking side and rear that lacks the details that the iconic front has. Under the hood is a smaller V6 power plant that provides 362hp and is paired with a 9-speed automatic with the first 7 gears tuned for short gearing making it accelerate unlike any SUV in its price point.
On the inside, being a base model, the 2017 GLS450 4MATIC comes fully-equipped with the essential luxury SUV bits.The interior seats up to seven in comfort, and although adults will fit in the third row, those chairs will seem most accommodating to children or teenagers. It’s particularly telling that this fairly sparsely optioned GLS450 seemed so luxurious and relaxing to drive so it’s not that bad despite being a base ‘Merc.
Driving the 2017 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC, you won’t expect much performance from a big and heavy SUV especially if it’s not of AMG origin. Handling is dulled by the air springs, making the road feel like it’s made of foam and give the heavy SUV some degree of body roll. Dynamic steering response is there, making the wheel quick at speed while numb when cruising. The stock GLS450 can be quick in a straight line with 0-60 times in 5.7 seconds and the quick 7 gears make it pass traffic with relative ease. Fuel economy is decent thanks to the smaller V6, rated at 17 and 22mpg for city and highway
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