Mercedes-Benz went with a hardly cleaner profile, abundant as it did with added nameplates in contempo years
Mercedes’ boxiest SUV afterwards the military-inspired G-Class, the GLS retained its beefy aesthetics afterwards the redesign. But the Germans streamlines some elements and added administration cues we’ve already apparent on added vehicles. The advanced grille now has a bastard appearance and includes thicker accumbent slats with bigger ellipsoidal cutouts. The headlamps are about the aforementioned size, but now sports an about ellipsoidal appearance and affection a new LED lighting pattern. The A-shaped bonanza carries over, but the affected ancillary vents are abundant beyond now. The aegis bowl in the centermost was redesigned too.
Mercedes-Benz went with a hardly cleaner profile, abundant as it did with added nameplates in contempo years. The bluff appearance curve of the old archetypal were replaced with agilely sculpted dents amid the aperture handles and the ancillary skirts, while the rear haunches were angled off as well. The roof charcoal boxlike too, but the division window has a bastard frame, while the D-pillar becomes thicker against the top. About back, we can see Mercedes’ contempo two-piece, accumbent taillights, a bigger rear window, and a diffuser-like element. Overall, the GLS looks a bit sportier than before, but it’s still a boxy, arty SUV like a full-size hauler should be.
Up front, BMW’s brand twin-kidney grille grew alike beyond for the X7
BMW is accepted for designing its crossovers with affluence of adventurous features. The X3 and X5 are actual acceptable examples, but the German close fabricated an barring with the X7. With both the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Cadillac Escalade boasting massive, boxlike designs, BMW had no best but to architecture the X7 in a agnate way. Up front, BMW’s brand twin-kidney grille grew alike beyond for the X7. Not alone that, but it has added angular edges, and it’s about ellipsoidal overall. The capital affection that sets the X7 afar from the antagonism are the attenuate and continued headlamps. These abut the high corners of the grille and accomplish the SUV accept wider, a much-needed accomplishment accustomed how alpine the fascia stands from the ground. To BMW’s credit, the X7’s bonanza is conspicuously sportier than the GLS’s. The alpine ancillary vents, the advanced centermost outlets, and the chrome trim that wraps about the edges accomplish the GLS attending banal by comparison.
Onto the sides, the X7 adopted a accepted full-size SUV design. There’s a alpine beltline, a boxlike rear breadth with a absolutely advanced D-pillar, and commonsensical ancillary brim and caster accomplished designs. But clashing the GLS, the X7 has an added college beltline against the rear. This appearance band begins from the advanced fender, passes beneath both aperture handles, and ascends against the alien bend of the taillight. This affection is adopted from BMW sedans and gives the X7 a sportier look. The division window is narrower than usual, while the D-pillar is wider. Finally, the X7 has a added angled rear window, so it doesn’t attending absolutely as boxlike as the GLS.
The X7 has an added college beltline against the rear
Just like Mercedes-Benz, BMW adopted the accumbent two-piece taillight design. But the Munich-based close went with skinnier lights and a attenuate chrome band that runs into the elements on the tailgate. The blow of the fascia isn’t as beautiful as the GLS though. The lower tailgate seems adopted from a auto truck, while the bonanza is a bit too boxlike for the blow of the rear end. I can’t say it’s bad, but the lower breadth aloof looks out of place.
Both SUVs are appealing, and both are solid options to the massive Cadillac Escalade, but I anticipate that the GLS has the added counterbalanced architecture overall. But for BMW’s aboriginal attack at the full-size SUV market, the X7 isn’t bad at all.
But which one is bigger?
At 205.2 inches from bonanza to bumper, the Mercedes-Benz GLS is the longest option.
But alone by 2.4 inches, as the X7 is 202.8 inches long. On the added hand, the GLS is narrower than the Bimmer. Specifically, the Merc is 77 inches wide, while the X7 measures 78.7 inches from one ancillary mirror to the other. That’s an added 1.7 inches for a hardly added stance. Back it comes to height, the GLS allowances from an added 0.8 inches at 71.8 inches, so it’s not abundant of a difference. Finally, we analyze wheelbases. As the best option, it’s accustomed for the GLS to accept the best wheelbase too. But not all of its added 2.4 inches go in there. The GLS’ wheelbase is alone 1.2 inches best at 123.4 inches, acceptation that BMW went with beneath overhangs. Overall, the GLS is alone hardly bigger than the X7, as an added brace of inches (in any direction) won’t accomplish a difference. You apparently won’t alike apprehension which one is bigger, so it’s all bottomward to which architecture you like more.
The GLS borrows abounding appearance from the S-Class
Both SUVs accept absolutely avant-garde interiors; there’s no catechism about it. Also, both borrow from absolute models in the Mercedes-Benz and BMW range. But do the GLS and X7 accept appearance that accomplish them angle out? Let’s acquisition out!
The GLS borrows abounding appearance from the S-Class, like the A/C vents placed on the centermost stack, the dual-display blueprint that stretches over added than bisected of the dashboard, and the alpine centermost console. But it stands out on itself acknowledgment to ellipsoidal A/C vents (instead of round), added triangular vents on anniversary ancillary of the displays, and anchor handles on anniversary ancillary of the centermost console.
The X7, on the added hand, looks about identical to the X5 central the cabin. It has the aforementioned dashboard architecture with the aforementioned inserts on the centermost section, the infotainment affectation is set in the exact aforementioned spot, while the ascendancy animate in the centermost assemblage has the aforementioned hexagonal shape. We can see a agnate council wheel, about identical aperture panels, and agnate controls on the centermost console. I’m not adage the X5 looks dated, but the X7 should accept included some altered appearance as well.
While it may attending like an X5 inside, the X7 is arranged with accomplished materials
When it comes to affluence features, the GLS is able-bodied equipped. Covering covers best surfaces, abrogation alone a bit of apparent plastic, but you can additionally opt for Alcantara. There’s accomplished bond all over the place, including allegory thread, and Mercedes offers a few two-tone options, like the one apparent here. Trim additionally varies depending on archetypal and the options you select, including aluminum and copse veneer. All seats are captivated in leather, including the two in the third row.
But you won’t be aghast with the X7 either. While it may attending like an X5 inside, the X7 is arranged with accomplished abstracts like SensaTec cilia or exceptional Vernasca leather. You can accept amid nine altered leathers, including Extended Merino packages. Colors accommodate chic atramentous or beautiful Canberra Beige, Coffee, and alike Ivory White. Pay extra, and you can get a two-tone berth that combines Ivory White with Navy Dejected and adds a dejected dashboard and Alcantara headliner. If you’re a fan of bottle controls, you can get some for the start/stop function, iDrive Controller, and radio aggregate knob.
The infotainment affectation and apparatus array accept 12.3 inches and high-quality resolution in both vehicles
Like any avant-garde Merc, the GLS comes with two massive 12.3-inch displays, one for the apparatus array and one for the infotainment system. The closing appearance the company’s MBUX system, which has the adeptness to apprentice acknowledgment to bogus intelligence and accustomed over-the-air updates. It additionally includes able articulation ascendancy with accustomed accent acceptance and aggrandized absoluteness for aeronautics display. Rear-seat cartage can use MUBX too acknowledgment to a seven-inch Android book placed in the second-row centermost console. This is accessible with the Executive Rear Bank Package. A/C options accommodate three-, four-, or five-zone automated altitude ascendancy that awning the absolute cabin, all the way to the third-row seats. The GLS additionally comes with a wireless charging alcove in the centermost console, as able-bodied as added USB ports, and a 64-color ambient lighting system.
If you’re a fan of big displays, the BMW X7 has agnate features. The infotainment affectation and apparatus array additionally accept 12.3 inches and high-quality resolution. Of course, they accept altered graphics, and I’d say that the X7’s apparatus array is nicer acknowledgment to the altered rev adverse and speedometer. It doesn’t appearance accepted barometer displays, but geometric bands that abut the aeronautics map. While it’s not as able as MBUX, BMW infotainment arrangement includes aggregate you charge to be affiliated all the time. You get admission to driving, infotainment, and aeronautics advice and you can opt to affectation abstracts in four layouts. You can alike actualize assorted pages for easier admission with a simple bash beyond the screen. Both wireless charging and Wi-Fi hotspot are accepted in the X7, while the rear bank ball amalgamation includes a brace of 10.2-inch touchscreen displays, a Blu-ray DVD player, HDMI socket, and two headphone jacks. Needless to say, you won’t get apathetic while traveling in the rear bank of an X7.
Full-size SUVs are usually adequate rides for up to seven people, and the GLS and X7 are no barring from this rule
The Merc comes with electronically adjustable seats in all three rows, as able-bodied as an cyberbanking arrangement that moves the second-row seats advanced to acquiesce easier admission to the third-row seats. While best SUVs accept abate seats in the third-row, Mercedes added fully-fledged seats in the GLS. Not alone acceptable for bodies up to 6.4 anxiety tall, but they’re additionally acrimonious for the actual aboriginal time and affection two added USB charging ports. The third row additionally has its own altitude ascendancy vents in the roof. Mercedes additionally offers a six-seater adaptation of the GLS with two captain’s seats instead of a three-passenger bank in the additional row.
The BMW X7 additionally provides basement for up to seven people. The additional row comes seats with three seats, while the third row includes two added seats. Aloof like Mercedes-Benz, BMW offers captain’s chairs for the additional row, which turns the X7 into a six-seater. No amount the configuration, the second-row seats accelerate advanced and rear by 5.7 inches to access legroom and provides easier exit. All seats in all rows are electrically adjustable, aloof like in the GLS. What’s more, the backrests of the seats in the additional and third rows can be bankrupt bottomward and aloft electrically via switches amid on the driver’s ancillary or in the burden area, additionally like in the GLS.
The bigger GLS won’t accept a abate trunk, so Merc’s SUV will be the big champ here
Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz has yet to absolution burden amplitude numbers for the GLS. Back it’s bigger than the old GLS, it’s safe to accept that it provides added room, but will it be able to attempt with the X7? We already apperceive that the Bimmer provides 11.5 cubic anxiety of amplitude abaft the third-row seats and that’s beneath than what you get with the old GLS, rated at 16 cubic feet. The aberration becomes abate with the third-row seats bankrupt flat, as the X7 provides 48.6 cubic-feet, while the old GLS offers 49.4 cubic-feet. With the additional row bankrupt flat, the X7 grows to a whopping 90.4 cubic feet. As absorbing as it may sound, it’s still beneath than what you get with the old GLS, rated at 93.8 cubic feet.
So while we don’t apperceive how abundant baggage we can being central the new GLS, we already apperceive that it will accommodate added allowance than the BMW X7. Let’s face it; the bigger GLS won’t accept a abate block so Merc’s SUV will be the big champ here.
When the six-cylinder GLS runs at abounding blast, the X7 avalanche abaft by 48 application and a whopping 223 pound-feet of torque
Both the GLS and the X7 were launched with a brace of engines in the United States, and both are big on power. However, while the X7 appearance revised versions of inline-six and V-8 comminute from the X5, the GLS comes with balmy amalgam units, one of which is absolutely new.
The abject GLS appearance a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six that mates to an EQ Boost system. Adopted from the CLS four-door coupe, the gas assemblage generates 362 application and 369 pound-feet of twist. The EQ Boost arrangement adds 21 horses and 184 pound-feet, which agency that the drivetrain allowances from a whopping 383 application and 553 pound-feet of torque at times.
The entry-level X7 additionally appearance a turbocharged, 3.0-liter six-cylinder mill, but it’s beneath able than the GLS’. Specifically, Bimmer’s agent cranks out 335 application and 330 pound-feet, a 27-horsepower and 39-pound-foot arrears compared to the Merc. And that’s afore we add the EQ Boost. Back the GLS runs at abounding blast, the X7 avalanche abaft by 48 application and a whopping 223 pound-feet of torque.
Moving over to the range-topping models, both the GLS and X7 affection turbocharged V-8 engines
Both SUVs appear with automated transmissions, the GLS with a nine-speed and the X7 with an eight-speed. Both accommodate an all-wheel-drive system.
But admitting the added ability and the lower annoyance coefficient, the GLS is absolutely a tenth-second slower from 0 to 60 mph, if we are to accept the official ratings from the two companies. While the GLS needs 5.9 abnormal to hit the benchmark, the X7 completes the run in 5.8 clicks. Both SUVs accept a top acceleration of 130 mph.
Moving over to the range-topping models, both the GLS and X7 affection turbocharged V-8 engines. But while the X7 has the accustomed 4.4-liter V-8 beneath the hood, the GLS comes with a new admixture that brings calm a 4.0-liter V-8 and an EQ Boost system. Adopted from AMG models, this V-8 agent cranks out an absorbing 483 application and 516 pound-feet of torque. The EQ Boost adds an added 21 application and 184 pound-feet, demography the absolute achievement up to 504 horses and 700 pound-feet of aberration for a bound time.
The official ratings put the SUVs on par with a 0-to-60 mph dart of 5.2 seconds
Just like the entry-level model, the range-topping X7 avalanche abaft the GLS back it comes to output. The 4.4-liter V-8 generates 456 application and 479 pound-feet of torque, a 27-horsepower, and 37-pound-foot arrears compared to the GLS. This gap increases to 48 horses and 221 pound-feet if we agency in the GLS’ EQ Boost system.
Again, you’re apparently tempted to accept that the Merc is quicker acknowledgment to its added oomph, but the official ratings put the SUVs on par with a 0-to-60 mph dart of 5.2 seconds. Their top speeds are additionally identical at 130 mph.
Just like the entry-level models, these trims appear with automated transmissions — nine-speed for the GLS and eight-speed for the X7 — and all-wheel-drive systems.
Mercedes-Benz has yet to absolution towing and burden abstracts for the new GLS, but we accept these numbers from BMW, and it seems that the X7 isn’t bigger than the old GLS. The X7 has a burden adequacy of 1,202 pounds against the old GLS’ 1,800-pound rating. The Bimmer’s towing adequacy is rated at 7,500 pounds, on par with the approachable GLS. This agency that the new-generation GLS should be able to tow a bit more.
Who wins? Well, they’re actual agnate back it comes to performance, but if you like the added application and the allowances for a 48-volt amalgam system, again the GLS is the bigger choice.
Both SUVs are solid options in today’s full-size market.
They amalgamate avant-garde exoteric designs with a comfortable cabin, advanced technologies, and able engines in a amalgamation that makes the Cadillac Escalade accept actual old. But which SUVs wins this comparison? It’s a boxlike one really.
Design-wise, both looks arty and alike sporty. Sure, the GLS’ advanced fascia seems a bit banal back compared to the X7, but the Mercedes boasts the nicer rear fascia, an breadth area the X7 suffers because of its boxlike bonanza and burst tailgate. Move central the cabin, and you’ll acquisition agnate levels of affluence and tech. Passenger allowance won’t be an affair no amount the choice. However, the GLS earns benefit credibility for altered architecture cues (the X7 is aloof a bigger X5) and the beyond trunk.
As far as ability goes, the GLS is acutely the champ here, but alone back it comes to achievement figures.
On the achievement front, the two SUVs are on par, with a balmy advantage for the X7 able with the six-cylinder engine. Back you won’t be accomplishing any annoyance contest in a full-size SUV, it’s safe to say that GLS is the bigger agent back ability and torque accomplish a aberration back it comes to towing capability.
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