GLS or G-Class? Which Mercedes-Benz SUV is Right For You?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Mercedes-Benz GLS on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 at 7:56 pm
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

When people think of Mercedes-Benz, many will simply just think luxury. They don’t really comprehend just how many levels of luxury there are. You can have high-performance luxury with Mercedes-Benz. You can have elegant luxury with Mercedes-Benz. You can even get rugged, off-roading luxury with Mercedes-Benz! The same holds true for the brand’s SUVs. There isn’t just one type of luxury SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. That is why we have put together this helpful 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comparison for those of you trying to decide between the two popular models.

*For this comparison we pit the 2017 GLS550 up against the 2016 G550

Powertrain Comparison

Both of these vehicles pack a pretty powerful punch under the hood. Below is a table that breaks down some of the important specs of each SUV’s engine and powertrain:

2017 GLS550   2016 G550
4.7L V8 Biturbo Engine 4.0L V8 Biturbo
449 hp, 516 lb-ft of torque Engine Output 416 hp, 450 lb-ft of torque
5.2 seconds 0-60 mph 5.8 seconds
9G-TRONIC Transmission 7-speed Automatic
14-mpg city, 18-mpg hwy Fuel Economy 13-mpg city, 14-mpg hwy

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Size Comparison

Here is a breakdown of the sizes of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class:

2017 GLS550 vs 2016 G550
202.6 inches Length 187.6 inches
72.8 inches Height 76.9 inches
84.3 inches Width 80.9 inches
121.1 inches Wheelbase 112.2 inches
41.2/40.0/38.9 inches Headroom (1st/2nd/3rd row) 42.2/40.0 inches
40.3/38.5/35.0 Legroom (1st/2nd/3rd row) 52.5/41.9 inches
93.8 cubic-feet Max Cargo Capacity 75.1 cubic-feet

Features and Technology

Despite many other differences, one area that both the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class have in common is the features and technology that each has available. Both come equipped with power-adjustable seats, the mbrace Connect Package, a high-resolution color screen, the COMAND system with central controller, and a rearview camera.

Price Comparisonfind out what upgrades the G-Class got for 2016_o

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS starts at $93,850, while the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class starts at $119,900

Overall Takeaways

As you can see, the biggest differences in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comparison were in the two vehicles’ powertrains, sizes, and in their starting prices. That is because with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, you are getting a more rugged and durable SUV. This is one that you can take off-roading, and have a bit of fun with no matter where you are.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS is more of your luxurious relaxation SUV. This is a vehicle that we would not recommend to go try and take up the side of a mountain, but if you buy one that choice is up to you. The GLS is one that would be perfect as a daily driver or for long road trips, especially if you opt for the rear seat entertainment system.

If you would like to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comparison, please get in touch with one of our Loeber Motors’ sales team members. They can also set you up in a test drive in either vehicle.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC and 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUVs side-by-side

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