Ministry of Interior Affairs: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

a car parked on the side of a road: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 580

Welcome to Ministry of Interior Affairs, a new feature that highlights the interior design and functionality of some of the most popular vehicles available in Canada.

Here’s a bold claim: I think that what we’re looking at here, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS, might just be the most beautiful interior you’ll find in any three-row SUV on the market.

Of course, this comes with some caveats. Number one: at a list price of $133,500 with options, it’s certainly not for the faint of wallet. Number two: every single one of the men who looked at this disagreed with me. The leather fitted here is a gorgeous, rich dark grey as opposed to black, the laser-cut Burmester speaker grilles are some of the prettiest you’ll find anywhere, and vast expanses of open-pore wood are far classier than glossy finishes, but these details were lost on them. They like lots of contrasting colours and shiny things, it seems.

In a lower-priced SUV, I wouldn’t necessarily disagree, mainly because the alternative tends to be a bland black-on-black motif. But by the time I’m spending six figures on a vehicle, I want it to feel like arm candy, like an attractive man in a well-fitted suit. And the redesigned, third-generation GLS fits the bill.

But just as importantly, it also happens to make good use of its ample space and translates it into practicality. In the rearward cargo area, 355 litres will fit behind the third-row seats, which is just enough to position our trusty jogging stroller upright and still get the hatch closed. Beneath the load floor, there’s a spare tire and a convenient spot for tonneau cover storage. Two sets of buttons drop both of the rear rows at once or each individually: doing the