Mercedes-Benz GLS (2013–2019)

What's good

It's big and luxurious.

Ideal for those who want a car with US road presence.

Adjustable air suspension comes as standard.

A fault of the original GL that has been put right in the new model is that both sides of the centre row of seats now double-fold to afford access to the rearmost seats. In the previous GL, only the single seat (which is on the offside in the UK) would double fold and this prevented old model GL being registered as a 7-seater taxi in the UK because rearmost passengers could not enter and leave the car kerb-side.

What to watch out for

Too large for many UK roads.

Expensive to buy and run.

Standard GL 350 BlueTec on 18-inch wheels is unrewarding to drive and suffers a choppy ride.

11-6-2019: Numerous faults reported with Mercedes Benz GLS purchased 'new' in March 2019 from MB dealer. On collection there were 4 points of PDI check not complied with. 1. No screen wash: the reservoir was bone dry. 2. At 300 miles an engine malfunction required a new NOx Sensor. 3. The air conditioning had no refrigerant gas in it. 4. The car had been damaged and very poorly repaired but not identified during PDI. Car is now 11 weeks old with 1,917 miles and on 11-602019 went in for the paint repair. (We think this could not be the 2019 model because that was not put on sale until May 2019.)

Recalls

23-7-2017: MB issued a voluntary recall to apply software upgrades to diesel engines in a bid to cut nitrogen oxide emissions on three million vehicles. All Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard diesel engines registered in Europe between January 2011 and September 2015 are affected. (Only the new two-litre turbodiesel fitted to the latest E-Class saloon and a new V6 turbodiesel in the soon-to-be released S-Class are exempt.) A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said that the “software upgrade” would be carried out by dealerships when customers visited for a service or other maintenance work and would take around an hour to complete. MB “did not expect” the upgrade to have any effect on the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Many Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles have already had the update applied after work to apply the changes to compact vehicles and the V-Class MPV got underway in March. It was reported in The Times in July that while Daimler, which manufactures Mercedes-Benz, had not been found to use the same type of software for cheating emissions tests discovered in Volkswagen vehicles in 2015, it is the subject of an investigation by the German authorities into the possible manipulation of exhaust controls in cars with diesel engines.

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