Mercedes Maybach GLS 600 review: An opulent yacht floating on land

You could even call it a private jet on four wheels. Pity this one needs a road all the time to do what it does best


The wonder about luxury is that it doesn’t have an upper benchmark. You can knock yourself out with indulgences that'd  baffle your own mind, should you have the resources to. The Mercedes Maybach GLS 600 is one such idea. It’s an absolute unit of sumptuous class and grace, a description many SUVs would vie for. More importantly, it’s the very first Maybach SUV.


We have to start with the design. It’s a big SUV. Its unique grille employs ample chrome and gives the GLS 600 a domineering personality. This is the first time we’ve seen this grille used in a Mercedes SUV. The chrome extends to the side skirts, the handles rims the windows, and if you choose right, even the 22-inch wheels. On the rear pillar, the Maybach emblem glistens, just as the pop-up, three-spoke hood ornament does. The chrome exhaust extensions with the typical Maybach blade across the centre  are a fine touch for an SUV.

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The real magic of any Maybach lies on the inside. Stepping into the GLS 600 is rather ceremonious. As soon as you open the door, a running board pops out, which means that you literally walk into it. If that isn’t enough, the suspension drops the car a few centimetres lower so that you wouldn’t even know you’re entering a car. 

Once you’ve recovered from this singular greeting you find yourself in a chasm of delicate luxury and comfort. Every inch and corner of the Maybach feels luxurious. There’s upholstery across the seats and even the ceiling, made of ARTICO man-made leather, which is wonderful to touch. The entire focus of the cabin is on the rear seats. 


So, you have individual seat heating, a reclining option where the front seats make room for the leg extension, directional sound for the rear occupants, a hot and cold massage option, under-floor heating, and ample head-room and leg-room, thanks to the GLS 600 being a four/five-seater. 

The premium touches never seem to end. Rear occupants are pampered with a mini-fridge, champagne flute glasses with a special holder that keeps the drink from spilling (should the incredible shock absorbers let you down), ambient lighting in a spectrum of colours, a rear tablet for infotainment with MBUX, and a phenomenal Burmester sound system that keeps you entertained. Mercedes has gone the extra mile to ensure that the cabin is as silent as they can make it, virtually sealing off any possibility of sound from the 525-litre boot. Speaking of the boot, everything is electronic, including the yacht towing mechanism. 

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The dash may mostly be accessed by a chauffeur and a good-fortuned one at that. The luxury extends to the premium wooden dash, the Maybach steering wheel, Maybach branding on the pedals and the kick plates, heated cup-holders, and a phenomenal driving experience. For starts, you get the Maybach Driving Mode, which focuses on the comfort of the rear passengers, ensuring that they feel minimum bumps and jerks. The COMFORT Mode balances out the experience of comfort for all occupants. The suspension works on a predictive model, with front-facing cameras and radars that pick upcoming bumps and shifts the dynamics to tackle them. 


The GLS 600 is powered by a 4.0-litre AMG V8 engine that produces 560PS and 730Nm of torque. It also features an EQ Boost function from the 48V mild-hybrid system that adds 21PS of power and 250Nm of torque. Given its bulk and power, it manages to pull off a 0-100 kmph sprint in 5 seconds. 

One would only marvel at the idea of a Maybach SUV becoming a reality. But it has. And the Mercedes GLS 600 Maybach is nothing short of a suite-on-wheels.

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Engine: 3982cc, turbocharged petrol

Transmission: 9G-TRONIC automatic, AWD   


Power: 549.81bhp 6000-6500rpm / 730nm@2500-4500rpm

Top speed: 250kmph

0-100 kmph: 4.9 seconds 

Price: Rs2.43 crore 


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