2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS SUV

When it comes to luxury SUVs, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS lineup is sure to impress. However, it can be difficult to determine whether you should drive the standard lineup or opt for the brand-new high-end Maybach model. At Mercedes-Benz of Cherry Hill, we perform a complete 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS SUV evaluation to help you decide.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS SUV: Pricing

The 2021 Mercedes GLS starts at $76,000 for the GLS 450 models. This is the base trim, but there are several others to choose from. At the top of the lineup is the brand-new Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 with an MSRP of $160,500.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS SUV: Performance

Each trim level of the GLS lineup receives its own engine. The 450 includes a 362-horsepower turbocharged inline-six, while the 580 comes with a 483-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The AMG® GLS 63 includes a 603-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8, while the all-new Maybach GLS 600 includes a 550-horsepower variant of this engine. All four models come complete with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

GLS 450 models achieve 20/24 mpg, while the GLS 580 is rated at 16/21 mpg instead. The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 will see 15/19 mpg, while the AMG® GLS 63 is rated at 14/18 mpg. When properly equipped, the GLS lineup can tow up to 7,700 pounds.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS SUV: Interior

The regular GLS models include a three-row configuration that accommodates either six or seven people. However, the Maybach model is a two-row SUV with room to hold four to five people. There is plenty of cargo space in these SUVs, with 42.7 to 48.7 cubic feet behind the second row and a total of 84.7 cubic feet when those seats are folded down.

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS comes equipped with tons of standard technology. Even the base model sees a 12.3-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, HD Radio, satellite radio, a premium 13-speaker Burmester sound system, eight USB ports, Bluetooth®, a navigation system and a touchpad controller. It also includes quad-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a remote start, plus a parking damage detector. The new Maybach model is the epitome of luxury, including every feature you could desire, such as massaging seats, a panoramic sunroof, cooled and heated cup holders, heated armrests, a premium 26-speaker Burmester sound system, a seven-inch rear-seat MBUX tablet and wireless charging in the back row.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS SUV: Exterior

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV lineup measures 205-206″ L x 77-80″ W x 70-72″ H, depending on the model you choose, while the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS is rated at 204” L x 80” W x 72” H. The standard lineup includes 20- or 21-inch wheels, while the Maybach is equipped with 22-inch wheels. However, all of the models include 11 exterior paint colors.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS SUV: Safety Features

The 2021 Mercedes-Bens GLS-Class has not been evaluated by the NHTSA or IIHS. However, all models come equipped with lots of safety technology to keep you protected. Look for automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, crosswind assist, vehicle exit warning, perpendicular and parallel park assist, a surround-view parking camera system and the Pre-Safe system.

Test Drive a New Mercedes-Benz in Philadelphia

It’s time to experience both luxury SUVs for yourself. Visit us at Mercedes-Benz of Cherry Hill to compare the models side-by-side and test drive them to determine which one suits you better.


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