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2024 Maybach GLS600 is over the top

Marc D. Grasso, Boston Herald on

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Among those who buy luxury vehicles, there are those who enjoy driving and those who enjoy being driven. This week, Grasso's Garage presents a car that has features that appeal to both: the 2024 Maybach GLS600.

Mercedes uses the Maybach nameplate for its most exquisite cars, and the GLS600 is the ultimate expression of luxurious accouterments. Starting on the exterior, a two-tone Mojave Silver and Emerald Green Metallic paint job is not my favorite but one that certainly confirms its Maybach stature. So, too, do the 23-inch forged Monoblock wheels.

The interior is luxury at its finest. It features two rear reclining and massaging seats with footrests, pillows, a champagne bottle sized refrigerator, folding tables that hide in the rear center console, wireless charging station and champagne flute holders. Controls for the volume and other items are within reach of the rear passengers, confirming that this is a vehicle in which the owner is meant to be driven. For the driver and front passenger, it's a typical Mercedes, with a large infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging, heated and ventilated and massaging seats, and a center console touchpad for operation of the infotainment system.

Powering the Maybach GLS600 is the 4.0-liter bi-turbo Mercedes power plant, providing 550 horsepower and 536 pound-feet of torque. It also features 4Matic all-wheel drive and an array of drive options/safety features. We chose sport mode for that enhanced sporty feel on our week-long test, which offered a quicker demand for power and lower ride height.

A four-year/50,000-mile warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance was included in the GLS600, while options seemed to be at the forefront of the price tag. Coming in at just under $175,000, the paint option was an additional $18,500, while the wheels, fridge, tables and flute holders totaled just under $10,000.

As Mercedes continues to try and lead the upper luxury category, they do a great job with basics where needed and provide strict attention to detail when required. The Maybach is stylish on the interior, while onlookers certainly know what it is when they see it from afar. In today’s market, this beast of an SUV brings everything Mercedes has to the table, along with the price tag.


2024 Maybach GLS600 4MATIC

MSRP: $174,350

MPG: 14 city / 19 highway / 16.4 as tested

As Tested: $203,700

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