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2024 Mercedes-Benz GLS is a luxurious road titan

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With the heated seats activated, palms confidently gripping the thick-rimmed AMG Line wheel, the GLS made for an effortless conveyance through provincial backwaters. Fellow road users (especially those who usually hog the right lane on the freeway); clearly noticed the frontal styling updates – given how hastily they made way.

The scope includes a revised radiator grille, restyled bumper and tougher-looking scuff plate insert. Fresh alloy designs are also part of the mix, so is a new illumination pattern for the rear lighting clusters, with three distinctive “blocks” inset. Of course, buyers at this level are going to want to spend even more on customisation, possibly ticking all the options on offer.

But in terms of standard kit, there seems to be no glaring omissions. A panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, adaptive air suspension and hands-free tailgate are among the highlights.

Now, the GLS packs serious presence and delivers the creamy experience matching its place in the range.

But even though shoppers in this price point have deep pockets, they are by no means ignorant when it comes to value.

It is interesting that the direct rival to the Mercedes-Benz, the BMW X7, comes in at R2,069,309 (xDrive40d Design Pure Excellence). Even the range-topping X7 M60i at R2,480,558 undercuts the equivalent GLS 580 AMG Line by a significant margin.

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