Compare 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS
2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS


3.0L Turbo V6 3.0L Turbo V6


362 362

  MPG (City/Highway)

16/22 * 17/22 *


9-speed shiftable automatic 9-speed shiftable automatic

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Serving Fort Mitchell, KY

Both the 2019 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS are upscale three-row SUVs that combine world-class luxury with rugged utility. If you’re shopping for one of these spacious luxury SUVs, you might be wondering about the differences between the 2019 and 2018 GLS model years. Check out our comparison guide to learn more.


Each GLS lineup offers three trim levels, and each trim level is differentiated by engine. From 2018 to 2019, Mercedes-Benz didn’t make any changes to the GLS engine lineup. The entry-level GLS 450 features a turbocharged V6 engine that generates 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Its self-leveling air suspension ensures a seriously smooth ride. Upgrade to the GLS 550 for even more power; its turbocharged V8 engine makes 449 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. With that extra power, you also get adaptive suspension dampers and 21-inch wheels. At the top of the GLS hierarchy, you’ll find the AMG® GLS 63. Its turbocharged V8 engine delivers 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque for all-out speed. With greater power comes greater performance gear, including a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and adaptive stabilizer bars.


From the outside, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the 2018 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS. Both feature a rugged stance and high-end design cues, including chrome exterior trim. Choose between 19- and 21-inch wheels for the SUV look you prefer. Add the Night package to your GLS 550 for black wheels and gloss-black exterior trim. When it comes to appearances, the Grand Edition package, available for the 2019 GLS, is the only major difference between these two model years. Add it to your GLS 450 for upgraded leather seating surfaces and other upscale design cues.


The 2018 and 2019 GLS also have everything in common when it comes to high-tech safety gear, infotainment options, and upscale comfort features. As you climb the GLS trim hierarchy, you’ll find increasing levels of luxury. Whether you’re in the 2018 or 2019 SUV, the entry-level GLS 450 comes standard with high-end features like heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. The 7-inch central display and Bluetooth® ** connectivity make it easy to use infotainment options. Add the Premium package, and your GLS 450 even features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capabilities.

When you upgrade to the GLS 550, you’ll enjoy soft-close doors and upgraded interior trim. You can add luxurious options, like diamond-quilted leather upholstery and the panoramic sunroof, to both the GLS 450 and 550. In addition to high-end performance, the top-trim AMG® GLS 63 comes standard with all the trimmings, including upgraded leather upholstery, enhanced front-seat bolstering, and a flat-bottom sport steering wheel. Both the 2018 and 2019 GLS SUVs let you tailor your on-road experience with a long list of options. These include a Wi-Fi hotspot, so you can take the internet wherever you go. The optional rear-seat entertainment system offers hours of highway contentment. Add the power-sliding second-row seats for easier access to the third-row seats. On an especially warm day, the rear side-window sunshades help keep the cabin from overheating.

Visit us at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell to test-drive the GLS and experience its high-end utility up close and in person. We’ll answer any questions you may have, whether you’re choosing between model years or GLS trim levels.

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