Comparing the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 and GLS550

2017 Mercedes Benz GLS450 and GLS550
The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class offers the most luxurious three-row SUVs you can find in Virginia. With a range of engine choices, a spacious third row, and a high-end cabin, any GLS class model would be a great investment. There are four models available within this Mercedes-Benz Class, and the average Roanoke driver will be interested in one of the middle two versions: the GLS450 and GLS550.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 and GLS550 Engines

The GLS450 and GLS550 run on different powertrains despite being in the same class. They both come standard with a 9-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, but the GLS450 is slightly less powerful than the GLS550. The GLS450 has a 3-liter turbocharged V6 engine that generates 362 horsepower plus 369 pound-feet of torque. The GLS550’s 4.6-liter V8 increases output to 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet.

As expected, since the GLS550 is more powerful, the GLS450 is more efficient. The GLS550 gets 14 city/18 highway/16* combined while the GLS450 gives you 17/22/19*.

Common Features

The GLS550 builds on the GLS450 with most of its option packages, meaning that it is packed with many more features. Both models will always have at least 19-inch wheels, power-folding side mirrors that automatically dim, automatic headlights, a self-leveling air suspension, a sunroof, automatic wipers, rear privacy glass, roof rails, a power liftgate, LED taillights, LED running lights, and remote vehicle access via mbrace Connect. Other common features include heated front seats, 10-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar for the driver, power adjustment for the leather steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, COMAND infotainment, Bluetooth, an 8-inch display, HD radio, multiple USB ports, and a power outlet.

Optional on One, Standard on the Other

Since the GLS550 builds on the GLS450 with the Premium, Parking Assist, and Lighting Packages plus standalone features, there are dozens of features that are standard on the GLS550 but optional on the GLS450. Just some of these are keyless entry plus ignition, power adjustment and memory for the front passenger, satellite radio, navigation, voice controls, automatic high beams, parking sensors, automated parallel parking, leather upholstery, 13 speakers from Harman Kardon, and 3-zone automatic climate control.

Unique to the GLS550

In addition to those features that are standard on the GLS550 but optional on the GLS450, this higher version of the GLS-Class also has sporty exterior styling and 21-inch alloy wheels. The interior trim is upgraded, the doors are soft close, and there are adaptive suspension dampers. It also offers a stylish Night Package.

Whether you are just interested in learning more about what separates the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 and GLS550 or need help configuring your ideal GLS-Class vehicle for drives around Roanoke, Virginia, visit Berglund Mercedes-Benz.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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