We found out ourselves
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is known for its great interior space, fancy trims, and luxurious tech features. But as sedan sales decline, the German brand had to make sure to expand that treatment to its biggest SUV—the GLS. To that end, Mercedes equipped the 2020 GLS with its latest gadgets and technology. These are our favorite features.
Whether you’re sitting in the front or second row, the GLS is a comfortable cruiser. But the massaging seats are a game changer. Although it’s getting more common to see massaging seats in the front row, the GLS’ second row can also be had with that relaxing feature. As part of the Executive Rear Seat Plus package, the GLS’ seats can include the lumbar massage function and climate control, but beware—checking option boxes quickly raises the price.
Car Wash Function
This is a nice feature whether you’re a chauffeur or a soccer mom. To prevent any water from accidentally coming into the cabin when you’re running through a car wash, Mercedes developed a mode that covers all your pre-wash bases for you. With the touch of a button on the infotainment system, the GLS will close the side windows and sunroof, turn off the rain sensor on the windshield, switch the AC to recirculate, and activate the 360-degree camera view so that it’s easier to drive into the car wash. Now all you have to do is switch to neutral and stay off the brakes. Best of all, this feature is standard in every GLS. The GLS goes back to normal when it reaches a speed above 12 mph (19 km/h).
E-Active Body Control
If there’s one thing that defines the S-Class, it’s a smooth and quiet ride. And the new GLS surpasses that standard with the E-Active Body Control (E-ABC) suspension. The optional suspension combines air springs and electrohydraulic dampers with the help of a 48-volt system to absorb every kind of bump or rut, delivering a very smooth ride. E-ABC is a costly option, but the difference between that and the standard air suspension is big, especially when driving off-road.
Just like in the S-Class, the GLS can come with two tablets behind the front headrests, but with the Executive Rear Seat package, those who ride in the second row get a third tablet in the center console to control the MBUX infotainment system. That means back-seat passengers can control the audio system, climate control, and other settings.
With two engine options, the GLS is a potent SUV. Whether you go for the 450 and its inline-six engine or the 580 with the V-8 biturbo, both produce enough punch to get you going quickly. We’ll have to wait a few more months to test them at the track, but when we drove both engines in Utah, we were very pleased with their performance.