2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class vs. Its Competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class (GLS550)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is attention-getting in its own right, even next to vehicles like the Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade.

Though it’s only a five-seater, the Range Rover is the ne plus ultra among SUVs, with spartan interiors stuffed with lavish equipment and off-road ability that’s unequaled.

The Lincoln Navigator got a new look last year, and a brand-new aluminum set of sheet metal panels.

The Cadillac Escalade was recently redesigned; it has a thoroughly modern cabin with a sometimes frustrating infotainment interface (CUE) and a truck-like ride.

The Lexus LX 570 was refreshed a couple of years ago, and it has a version of the latest Lexus spindle grille, updated lighting, and some interior upgrades; it’s essentially an extra-plush Toyota Land Cruiser.

The Infiniti QX80 is also more affordable than the competition, and it comes with legitimate luxury and off-road ability, but it has polarizing sheet metal and yacht-like handling.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class (GLS550)2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class
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2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited2019 INFINITI QX80
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2019 Land Rover Range Rover2019 Land Rover Range Rover
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2019 Lexus LX2019 Lexus LX
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Quick Specs
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class wears its old-school heart on its sleeve, proudly.
The 2019 Cadillac Escalade can hold its own against more modern designs in many ways even if it’s definitely showing its age.
The 2019 Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV is aging well, even though it’s still relatively aged.
The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover is no longer peak ultra-luxury SUV, but it’s still the purist’s best British choice.
The 2019 Lexus LX 570’s brash, in-your-face styling is balanced by a calming interior and a cosseting ride.
The 2019 Lincoln Navigator reclaims the past with an epic interior and a tidal wave of torque.
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Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Gas V8Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
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GLS 450 4MATIC SUV2WD 4-DoorLUXE RWDV6 Supercharged SWBLX 570 Two Row 4WDStandard 4x2
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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