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Old 10-02-2020, 09:09 AM
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A week ago today I was hit head on by a teen driver and I just received a call that my Range Rover is a Total Loss. The girl was coming around a corner hot on wet pavement and lost control. I saw her coming into my lane and hugged the shoulder and she hit me and bounced off pushing me a few feet into an embankment. Anyhow the collision did significant damage to the structural portion of my vehicles front end along with airbag deployment and cosmetic damage etc. So Metlife and body shop say it is totaled. Police report is very clear to who is at fault so I am going to let Metlife subrogate with her insurance company (Allstate). Going to get my things today from my car and await there offer on value. I actually really liked my RR and it has been a great vehicle. I may get another one but I keep seeing very high ratings for the new GLS and when you look at the specs it is a very capable SUV. 4.0L V8 + a Mild Hybrid 48V battery set up. I am not a truck guy so I need an SUV that can tow 6k lbs well and do utility type things all the while being a luxury vehicle. I am a big Landcruiser fan but they are overdue for a redesign specifically of infotainment system. I would pick up another RR, and very well may, but inventory is tight and local dealer orders 95% of them to look like a drug dealers whip. I like what I see with the MB but don't want a soccer mom SUV. The G wagon is cool but a little too over the top for me.

If anybody has any insight or opinion on the new model GLS for 2020 I would love to hear it. On paper it appears to be a home run.
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A week ago today I was hit head on by a teen driver and I just received a call that my Range Rover is a Total Loss. The girl was coming around a corner hot on wet pavement and lost control. I saw her coming into my lane and hugged the shoulder and she hit me and bounced off pushing me a few feet into an embankment. Anyhow the collision did significant damage to the structural portion of my vehicles front end along with airbag deployment and cosmetic damage etc. So Metlife and body shop say it is totaled. Police report is very clear to who is at fault so I am going to let Metlife subrogate with her insurance company (Allstate). Going to get my things today from my car and await there offer on value. I actually really liked my RR and it has been a great vehicle. I may get another one but I keep seeing very high ratings for the new GLS and when you look at the specs it is a very capable SUV. 4.0L V8 + a Mild Hybrid 48V battery set up. I am not a truck guy so I need an SUV that can tow 6k lbs well and do utility type things all the while being a luxury vehicle. I am a big Landcruiser fan but they are overdue for a redesign specifically of infotainment system. I would pick up another RR, and very well may, but inventory is tight and local dealer orders 95% of them to look like a drug dealers whip. I like what I see with the MB but don't want a soccer mom SUV. The G wagon is cool but a little too over the top for me.

If anybody has any insight or opinion on the new model GLS for 2020 I would love to hear it. On paper it appears to be a home run.
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Not asking about perception of vehicle. Asking about utility and capability of vehicle.
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Have had a few G's specifically the 500, 550's now a G63 for a "fun" vehicle. They have all been a great, reliable, hold their value well, and the 63 is stupid fast in a straight line but cornering is not its strong suit. I look at all the rest of the MB SUV's as Soccer mom type cars but still more reliable and better resale than most RR's. The new G63 is a bit more refined and inline with the interior of a RR but if you are worried about cost they are still selling over sticker price.
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If you are used to the RR you will not like the Mercedes near as much from my experience. I have a RR and wife drives a 450. RR is much quicker, better visibility, can perform as an off-road vehicle when needed but provide a refined ride for long travels. Mercedes is like driving a very nice crossover. Turning radius is insane like all Mercedes but it sits low and the visibility through the windshield is noticeably less. (If i put down the sun visor it blocks my view). The real surprising thing to me was the maintenance costs have been lower on the RR it seems and definitely if you exclude tires. When we travel she always votes to take the RR unless we need room for 4 with luggage/cooler/dog,etc. That’s when the cargo area of the Mercedes shines in comparison. You cant go wrong with either but given my experience my wife and I would both choose the RR if having to decide between the two.
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We have a 2020 GLS450. Huge improvement over the prior models. Very happy with it. Have not towed anything with it but do fill up the interior a few times per year and drive from NJ to FL and back. Plenty of room for what I use it for. Considered the RR but the MB had substantially more space behind the second row. Also considered the X7 but couldn’t get comfortable in the driver’s seat
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My son had a GL, middle of the night the alarm horn goes off....he tried everything, the horn is buried, after 20 minutes it quit on its own, the control module replacement was $850....then emission pump went, $1200...a honda pilot or toyota 4runner is a much better option
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My son had a GL, middle of the night the alarm horn goes off....he tried everything, the horn is buried, after 20 minutes it quit on its own, the control module replacement was $850....then emission pump went, $1200...a honda pilot or toyota 4runner is a much better option
No disrespect but a Hondo Pilot is not a real SUV and a 4Runner while a great rig has zero luxury and driving experience.
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If you are used to the RR you will not like the Mercedes near as much from my experience. I have a RR and wife drives a 450. RR is much quicker, better visibility, can perform as an off-road vehicle when needed but provide a refined ride for long travels. Mercedes is like driving a very nice crossover. Turning radius is insane like all Mercedes but it sits low and the visibility through the windshield is noticeably less. (If i put down the sun visor it blocks my view). The real surprising thing to me was the maintenance costs have been lower on the RR it seems and definitely if you exclude tires. When we travel she always votes to take the RR unless we need room for 4 with luggage/cooler/dog,etc. That’s when the cargo area of the Mercedes shines in comparison. You cant go wrong with either but given my experience my wife and I would both choose the RR if having to decide between the two.
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One strong pull to staying with RR is that I have good system for maintenance knowing intervals for service and what to monitor. Have good relationship with Indy shop that only does Land Rover. Also have addtl set of OEM wheels with winter tires that I could continue to use.
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I have a 2018 AMG G63. Love it! I had a Cayenne GTS which really handled well and had some solid giddyUp.. My expectation was that the MB wouldn't come close. The MB isn't quite as tight in handling, but comfortably seats (6) and is VERY quick. Not too far off the Cayenne.

I don't think the AMG version is out yet - wasn't when I checked a month or two ago. If so, you should definitely look at it.
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You are going to receive a lot of THT hate and horror stories on a MB SUV here but I will tell you that the GLS 550 is the best SUV on the road overall. I was trying to decide between an X7, 2020 GLS 450 and 2019 GLS 550 earlier this year. I ended up not buying anything but I am convinced that the new GLS 550 is the best combination of towing, driving experience, and luxury of any SUV on the market. Do soccer mom's drive it? Yep, they sure do.

In addition to the MB, I test drove an Expedition and I'm thoroughly familiar with Yukon Denali and Escalade as well as a Q7, and looked at the LX570 but didn't drive it. If anyone tells you that any of the Ford or GM large SUVs drives like GLS you can dismiss everything they say from now on. The Expedition and Yukon are rated to tow a little more and the Suburban and Expedition Max benefit from a longer wheelbase. The GLS has a longer wheelbase than a standard Tahoe / Yukon and with standard air suspension and an engine and transmission that puts the others to shame.

The GLS is an awesome tow vehicle for anything I'd tow with a 1/2-ton truck (which for me is below 7,000 lbs regardless of what tow ratings say).

You can buy the best SUV and worry about looking like you're driving your wife's soccer mom SUV or you can buy a man's SUV and put up with Ford / GM experience everyday.

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I have a 2020 GLS 450. Traded a Tahoe for it. The 450 is an amazing car. I have every option except the HUD. The handling is phenomenal. The 450 has so much powefr I have never floored the accelerator. I'm worried thre back end would come around. I have towed our boat with it and it tows great. It has an air suspension so there is not back end sag. It even tells me if a light on the trailer is burned out. The car literally drivers itself (lane keeping, speed etc). If someone in fron of me stops, the 450 stops. When they go it accelerates and follows the car ahead. This is disabled when I am towing. The new displays are awesome.Each display can be controlled from any one of three touch pads or surfaces. I can tell "Mercedes" to turn on the drivers seat wave massager, or tune to xm 60's on 6 or any number of other car features. I get 25 mpg on the highway and 20-21 around town.
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The new GLS looks great, but if you're looking at those, I'd look at an X7. In my opinion the X7 is the best in the segment.
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Love my RR, nothing compares to the comfort and visibility
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Problary better off buying it and telling us a honest opinion.
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No disrespect but a Hondo Pilot is not a real SUV and a 4Runner while a great rig has zero luxury and driving experience.
Just curious, can you define driving experience in this context. Serious question. I think I may be missing out
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Just curious, can you define driving experience in this context. Serious question. I think I may be missing out
Have you ever driven any of the cars mentioned? I have owned a 4Runner new to 100k. Go merge onto a freeway and then find a road that has some curves. Lastly hook up a 6k lb trailer and go stop. It will be pretty clear. Current gen 4 runners no longer offer v8 or air suspension to keep rear from sagging when loaded. Love the rig but it is not in the same league as the higher end suv's.
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We just got rid of our 2018 MB GLS 63 AMG SUV. It was quick and fast plus handled very well but it's still a mid-sized SUV. We just ordered a 2021 Escalade Sport Platinum to replace it.
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Originally Posted by PSW View Post
No disrespect but a Hondo Pilot is not a real SUV and a 4Runner while a great rig has zero luxury and driving experience.
I know someone with a new Bentley, 1 year old, and an older Pilot. He said the Pilot had better stereo...and that the Bentley did not have bluetooth. He was pissed he couldn't play his phone in the Bentley
My response was "Just go get a new Bentley" I mean jeez it must be tough having to make such buying decisions!

To me the big question does it have auto shut off at every stop??

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