The Best Mercedes SUVs

No matter if you’re searching for a compact SUV or full-sized luxury model, Mercedes has it all. Their SUV lineup ranges from the GLA to GLE and GLS models with third-row capacity so there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

Your next SUV can be equipped with a selection of engines and powertrain options that offer comfort, performance, and safety. In addition to gas models, there’s also an impressive selection of hybrid and electric models.

1. GLC

The Mercedes GLC is a mid-sized luxury crossover that boasts an inviting interior and sophisticated technologies. Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the SUV achieves an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 22 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway. Unlike other rivals, however, the GLC also comes equipped with 4Matic all-wheel drive system for enhanced snowy weather capabilities and mild off-road capabilities.

The interior of the GLC is lavished in luxurious materials and cutting-edge technology. The 11.9-inch touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard houses Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system, featuring satellite navigation and climate controls as standard features.

It stands out among competitors when it comes to safety technologies, boasting features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. These systems can scan the road ahead, alert you of upcoming hazards, and take braking action if necessary.

As with most Mercedes SUVs, the GLC’s exterior exudes premium style. Its sculpted character lines and tasteful chrome accents are reminiscent of the C-Class’ redesigned front end. Finally, its triangular taillights and two-bar grille give off an air of strength and power.

The GLC is more aerodynamic than its predecessor, boasting a drag coefficient of 0.29. This should lead to improved fuel economy and quieter operation.

Mercedes offers an AMG package for its GLC300 that adds 385 horsepower and a sport-tuned suspension to the base 255-horsepower engine. That’s an attractive offer, considering that this car’s standard four-cylinder version is much more fuel efficient than rivals such as BMW X3 or Porsche Macan models.

The GLC’s stylish trickle-down design and high-tech features make it a desirable option for consumers seeking an upscale small SUV. Unfortunately, its lackluster handling and low fuel economy may prove unappealing to some drivers; those seeking more thrilling performance must look elsewhere.

2. GLE

The Mercedes GLE, the latest midsize luxury SUV, is one of the best midsized luxury vehicles for its combination of refinement and performance. Plus, it’s one of the safest thanks to a suite of driver assistance systems that can assist you with steering, acceleration and braking.

In the GLE, there’s a range of powerplants to choose from – from an entry-level turbocharged four-cylinder to an all-wheel drive hybrid and super fast AMG version. The base model’s 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four engine offers 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque with an impressive 0-60 mph time of only seven seconds.

Dynamic Select offers five driving modes to customize how the GLE responds to your inputs. From Eco to Sport and Custom Individual, these alter throttle feel, shifting characteristics and suspension settings.

Inside the GLE, you’ll find an impressive array of standard features like dual 12.3-inch displays, an infotainment touchscreen and console touchpad. Additionally, you can control various functions with its Touch Controls on the steering wheel – which are surprisingly accurate! Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported as well, along with MB Navigation for added convenience.

Power liftgate and push-button start are standard, while wireless device charging is available. Plus, you have access to advanced safety technologies like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and active stop-and-go assist for when stuck in traffic.

The GLE offers ample room for up to seven passengers, with the second row able to be lowered for extra legroom. If you need room for your entire family in the GLE, a third-row seat that’s not standard is necessary. However, you’ll be amazed by how much cargo space the GLE provides; it boasts one of the largest capacities in its segment so you won’t have any difficulty fitting large boxes or home improvement supplies without running out of room.

3. GLS

The GLS is Mercedes’ largest SUV and it offers an impressive array of features and capabilities to rival even the best in its class. It has earned a reputation for safety and dependability, plus it’s equipped with cutting-edge technology.

This spacious, luxurious SUV can comfortably seat up to seven passengers and comes in various trim levels. Prices for these models range from $171,700 to $289,800 depending on which version you select.

The standard power second row provides ample seating for third-row passengers, even taller adults. With 41.9 inches of legroom in the second row, most people can stand up comfortably.

For those seeking more performance than what the base model can provide, the GLS model comes equipped with an AMG-tuned turbocharged six cylinder engine. This setup produces 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, all coupled to a nine-speed automatic transmission that sends all that energy straight to the rear wheels.

There’s also the AMG-tuned V8 engine, capable of producing up to 611 horsepower with its nine-speed automatic transmission sent through all four wheels. This model is the fastest and most powerful GLS model yet also one of the priciest options available.

Luxury is at your fingertips with a host of great options, such as the 12.3-inch digital display that can be configured into a gauge display and MBUX, an iPhone-like virtual assistant. MBUX learns your preferences and sets your standard navigation system accordingly; plus you can add various driver assistance features for added convenience.

4. G-Class

Mercedes’ G-Class is a full-sized luxury SUV that comes equipped with plenty of standard features and impressive performance. It’s one of the few cars in its class to boast three fully locking differentials for superb off-road capability.

The base G-Class features a 416 horsepower turbocharged V8 engine mated to an automatic 9-speed transmission for quick acceleration from zero to 60 in just 5.6 seconds, plus excellent response at any speed.

With your choice of options, the G-Class can be enhanced with a range of advanced technologies. A 12.3-inch infotainment display and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are standard features; control is via a rotary knob or touchpad mounted on the center console as well as useful steering-wheel controls and voice commands.

The G-Class interior is a spacious five-seater. There’s ample room for tall adults to sit comfortably up front, plus two sets of Isofix anchor points to secure children’s seats.

For something extra luxurious, the G-Class offers top-spec AMG models with carbon fibre trims and sporty driving modes. Additionally, it has an array of safety technologies like electronic brake force distribution and blind spot monitoring.

The G-Class may be more expensive than other luxury SUVs, but it offers more than style and comfort. It’s a tough 4×4 with an excellent reliability reputation. Unfortunately, the G-Class depreciates rapidly so be aware of that when shopping for your next car. However, well-maintained examples can retain their value quite well.

5. G-Wagen

The G-Wagen has evolved from its utilitarian beginnings into an iconic status symbol among the rich and famous. It’s ideal for those seeking a rugged four-wheel-drive SUV that can handle any kind of terrain – from mountain trails to desert sands.

Mercedes-Benz’s G-Wagen model offers unparalleled world-class capability and an even more refined ride, making it the ideal choice for those who crave adventure without sacrificing luxury. Plus, you have the option to customise your G-Wagen with a unique exterior, interior, or powertrain design.

Standard features of the vehicle include a rotary knob for steering-wheel controls and touchpad for the infotainment system, along with a 12.3-inch touchscreen featuring digital driver’s display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, 15-speaker Burmester audio system, and three lockable differentials.

Optional engines range from the all-new 6.7-liter diesel to the Mercedes-AMG G 63, which can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds with its special AMG Driver’s Package.

For something extra daring, Mercedes-AMG GT S offers a twin turbo 4.0 liter V-8 engine that produces 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It can also be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission for added ease.

For an extra dose of luxury, the G Manufaktur program offers premium materials like Nappa leather and stone granite to the interior. You can even select a suede-mimicking headliner as well as various colors for contrast stitching. With a G Manufaktur-customized G-Wagen, you truly have one-of-a-kind vehicle!