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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500: A Place of Refuge for Visionaries


2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500

As a car enthusiast, I can see an array of abundant options that allow any Merc lover to personalize the new Mercedes-Benz GLS 500 further. From small details that just add a certain something, through to deluxe and comfortable appointments. Also, that face-lift, grafting a far more up to date facade across the SUV’s bluff frontage, is the most obvious bit.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500-The Influencer Hassan Soukar

Generous interior

What drew my attention the most, upon stepping inside the cabin, niceties such as heated front seats, silver chrome controls as well as the lavish amounts of wood trim and soft leather upholstery with contrasting stitching that help create an air of high luxury worthy of the S-Class.

Also, such traits as a new instrument panel, a smarter three-spoke steering wheel with plenty of button controls, up-to-date smartphone connectivity tech, and Mercedes’ de rigueur touch-pad interface on the center console, turned me on at the very first sight.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500-Interior

Capacious space

There’s space for seven adults across three rows of seats, with even the rearmost row being a snap to access thanks to power easy-entry second-row seats. Cargo space measures 16 cubic feet behind the third-row seats; fold down the third row, and 49.4 cubic feet are available, while also stowing the second row unlocks 93.8 cubes.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500-cockpit

Out-of-the-box performance

It’s a more fuel-efficient car than its predecessor, with tweaks throughout the engine range and the fitting of a new-to-the-GL nine-speed automatic gearbox, with plenty of ‘Dynamic Select’ transmission modes to fiddle with. Elsewhere, the air suspension system’s been tinkered with and assistance systems have been updated to include the likes of lane-keeping assist and pedestrian recognition warning.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500-engine

Highest safety standards

The Mercedes-Benz GLS 500 comes standard with dual front, front side, a rear side, and full-length side curtain airbags, in addition to a driver’s knee airbag and traction and stability control systems. Moreover, the car has a Crosswind Stabilization system that uses targeted braking in the event of strong crosswinds to keep the vehicle on its intended course.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500-front shot

Also standard is a radar-based Collision Prevention Assist system that works to prevent or mitigate collisions, a trait that proved high competence when driving around the curve at the foot of Jebel Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain, which has recently become a magnet for enthusiastic drivers, sightseers, and extreme athletes.

An Attention Assist system is in place, too, to alert the driver to the first signs of drowsiness. Furthermore, the car is equipped with an optional safety gear which includes Active Lane Keeping Assist, a technology that warns the driver if it detects that the GL-Class is drifting into an adjacent lane and can apply steering inputs to remain on the proper course. Also available is Active Blind Spot Assist, which uses radar to detect if a vehicle is in the blind-spot area. It provides driver alerts and can also steer the car out of harm’s way if the driver accidentally starts to merge into a vehicle.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS 500-rear shot

What many parts of me say about this masterpiece?

What an extraordinary experience, what a soft, velvety way to deliver power. Itʼs enough to give even the most experienced automotive enthusiast goosebumps. Also, the new Mercedes-Benz GLS 500 commands its surroundings just by being there – and with an enticingly high-quality design. Although I don’t personally see any real competitors to that masterpiece, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class seven-seater is up against a strong class of established competitors, including the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade and the Infiniti QX80.


  1. Sunil Singh says

    Love it guys..Keep up the good work!

  2. David Bowie says

    Good coverage. Love the venue and the shots!

  3. Robert jack says

    Great review guys!

  4. Kenny Richardson says

    Sometimes you feel that the writer is over-rating some cars and to be honest I had the same feeling when reading this piece at the beginning then I came to know the valid reasons and the amazing facts and stuff. I have to say I love it guys. well done!

  5. Harry says

    Thanks a lot, Kenny.Glad to hear that from someone like you. You sound like an expert in this domain. As such, your take of high value to us and it’s through your feedback we improve our content. Please stay tuned!

  6. Harry says

    Many thanks, indeed!

  7. Harry says

    Thanks a lot, Robert. Your feedback matters to us.

  8. Harry says

    Thanks Sunil. Glad that you love it, as this will trigger the innovative part in us.Will do, for sure.

  9. Maher says

    Thank you guys for your great efforts & the review. Well done!

  10. Harry says

    Our pleasure, Maher. Our efforts pay off when we see our readership satisfied with what we do.Please stay tuned,your feedback is of great importance to us.

  11. Harry says

    Thanks David.Glad to hear that.

  12. Donald Hill says

    I have to admit that I fall in love with this car once I read this review. I like the images and the location as well.Thanks guys.

  13. Jon Ronson says

    Good review and nice photos.

  14. Frank Jarke says


  15. Harry says

    Thanks Frank. Please stay tuned!

  16. Harry says

    Glad to hear that, Jon. We feel overwhelmed with happiness when we see our readers enjoying reading our stories.

  17. Harry says

    What a great and nice feeling to see you guys enjoying what we do. Many thanks, indeed, for your feedback. Please stay tuned. Your feedback is always of importance to us.

  18. Mike Hiddleston says

    Good car really! The images are pretty good!

  19. Rayan Sheety says

    My favorite review. Love everything about it……Keep it up, guys!

  20. Harry says

    Glad to hear that.Thanks Rayan.

  21. Harry says

    Thanks Mike.Glad that you love what we do.

  22. Nick Cooper says

    Very cool shots and review….

  23. Jay Pearson says

    Good to know such details.I love the shots.

  24. Harry says

    Glad to hear that, Jay.

  25. Harry says

    Thanks Nick.Glad to hear that.Please stay tuned!

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