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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550

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$95,750 — $95,750 MSRP
7 Seats
16 MPG
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The Good

  • Comfortable cabin
  • Top-quality materials
  • Plush ride
  • Copious cargo room
  • Relaxed driving experience
  • Plentiful headroom

The Bad

  • Short on backseat legroom
  • Small third row
  • Dated interior styling
  • Old-style multimedia system
  • Lazy acceleration
  • Stiff price tag
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550
  • Seven-seat, three-row luxury SUV
  • 362-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Permanent all-wheel drive
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen premium audio
  • Manually folding second- and third-row seats

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Our Take

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class?

The seven-seat GLS-Class SUV has standard all-wheel drive, three rows of seats and three available engines, all with twin turbochargers. The GLS450 has a 362-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine, and the GLS550 has a 449-hp, twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8. As with other Mercedes models, the top-shelf version of the GLS-Class is a performance-oriented AMG edition: the AMG GLS63. It has a 577-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8. The GLS63 uses a seven-speed automatic transmission, and the others have a nine-speed automatic. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and Lexus LX 570.

What’s New on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class?

Mercedes says the Grand Edition appearance package introduced last year will be available for a limited time for the GLS450 and GLS550.

What Features in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class Are Most Important?

All models have standard all-wheel drive and a long list of amenities, as you would expect with a starting price of more than $70,000. Standard features include an air suspension, a power liftgate, remote start and a power-folding third row. Leather upholstery, though, is optional, not standard. Also standard is automatic emergency braking, but blind spot warning and lane-keeping assist systems are optional. 

Should I Buy the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class?

It’s big, roomy, luxurious and packs plenty of power and amenities, but the overall driving experience doesn’t make us want to rush out and buy one. If you’re shopping this class, check out some of the competition before deciding.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Love it.

by Donn R from Poway, CALIFORNIA ly on March 5, 2019

Great vehicle. We do a lot of traveling. We have a “S Class” but doesn’t have the room to carry all the stuff we take on a month trip. The GLS will certainly meet the need and provide the comfort of a ... Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 550 has not been tested.


New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The GLS 550 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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