In this almost shamelessly aggrandised class, recreating the superiority of the S-Class was always going to pose an interesting challenge.
Just as hot hatch virtues rarely translate into their higher-riding crossover counterparts, the greatest attribute Mercedes’ famous limousine possesses – its sublime ride quality – appears to have been lost during the journey upwards. That the latest GLS has not received an interior to truly dazzle its occupants seals its fate as an outwardly impressive but ultimately unremarkable addition to the Mercedes line-up.
None of which is to say that this car won’t enrich the lives of owners. Its straight-six diesel powertrain is superb and the cabin is comfortable and spacious enough for the longest of journeys, where the car’s enviable aural refinement comes to the fore. The high driving position will also give GLS drivers exactly what they’re looking for.
In this sense, and considering its passable off-road ability, the GLS has surely done enough to cement sales success. Just don’t expect rivals to lose much sleep, as they most certainly do with the S-Class.