2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
MSRP Invoice Price Destination Fee Holdback Dealer Cost
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What's New For 2018?
Since the GLS-Class was overhauled for 2017, virtually everything carries over to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class line-up. The only real difference for the model year is the inclusion of all-new 19-inch wheels.
This is a large, three-row luxury SUV with a somewhat coupe-like quality. It is Mercedes-Benz's largest SUV.
There are only three different trim levels available for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. The base trim is known as the GLS 450. It is powered by a V6 turbocharged engine that is capable of generating 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. For being a base trim, it is well-equipped with a long list of standard features, which include remote access to the SUV through Mbrace Connect, a power liftgate, a standard 8-inch LCD touchscreen display panel, and HD radio. The mid-level trim is known as the GLS 550, and it includes almost all of the standard and optional features from the 450 as standard. It adds adaptive suspension dampers, larger wheels, and the optional Night package, which includes more black interior trim. The 550 is powered by a V8 twin-turbo engine that is able to produce 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the line-topping AMG GLS 63 is powered by a tweaked version of the 550's V8 which adds exponentially more power, garnering an impressive 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. Features include a sport-tuned suspension, sport exhaust, and adaptive stabilizer bars. All three trim levels can be optionally equipped with second-row seats that have power slide, a trailer hitch, and an infotainment set-up in the rear of the vehicle.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is surprisingly nimble for its superior size. In fact, when you get this vehicle going at highway speeds, it almost feels like you are driving a sporty sedan. The V6 option is certainly not the most powerful of the engines in this line-up, but it packs a decent punch while still being fuel-savvy. However, if you really want to kick it up a few notches, the AMG GLS 63's engine creates one thrilling ride. The 550's engine, though, is the best bang for your buck, as it provides plenty of power while not draining as much from the fuel tank as the engine on the 63. As far as the vehicle's handling goes, it does have a few issues with winding, narrow roadways yet is perfectly capable as a daily driver.
Fuel economy is not the GLS-Class' strong point, nor should anyone expect it to be so. The base 450 trim's 3.0-L engine gets the best EPA ratings at 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway. The 550 will get you a few mpg less at 14 city/19 highway while the 63's massive 5.5-L V8 engine gets 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is a spirited SUV with a lot to offer those looking for a reliable yet sophisticated daily driver. Despite a few issues with handling, the GLS-Class is quite capable of navigating many situations without compromising its smooth ride quality.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Mercedes-Benz GLS Class invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Mercedes-Benz GLS Class MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.