This trim option in the Mercedes-Maybach GLS costs the same as a new C-Class

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Yesterday I was bored and I decided to build 'my own' Maybach, purely out of curiousity. I was actually going to use Mercedes online configurator to play the "how expensive can it be" game with the Maybach S-Class but the website kept crashing so I had to make do with the GLS, which is an SUV. Whatever.

This being a Maybach model, there's only one powertrain available, the 557+22 hp (it's a hybrid) 600 4Matic, paired with Mercedes' signature 9G-Tronic transmission. Zero-to-sixty is dealt with in 4.9 seconds.

The starting price is £167,335, which is what most economists would call 'steep', but it can actually get a lot steeper than that, as proven by what follows.

You can choose between a variety of metallic paint options but I went for what Mercedes-Maybach call the 'Kombi-Code', a two-tone paint. Specifically, I opted for something called 'Iridium silver / designo diamond white bright'. This option costs £18,095 and that's more than you need for a brand new Volkswagen Polo.

As for the rims, you can only select the 23-inch Maybach multi-spoke forged wheels but things get once again a bit more interesting (and expensive) when you get to the cabin. You get black leather upholstery as standard, optional Nappa leather with mahogany for free and then there's the trim option I went for, the Nappa leather crystal white / silver grey pearl combo, which costs £20,895 BUT it also requires the mandatory addition of the 'designo Leather package' for £13,650.

When all is said and done, this selection costs £34,545, which is more than you need for a brand new C-Class. Mad.

You get the 'Urban Guard protection plus', the 'acoustic comfort package' as standard but this being a Maybach, I also selected the individual rear seats option, which includes folding tables and holders for Champagne flutes.

This GLS, with this exact configuration, would set me back £226,725 but I gotta give credit to Mercedes for suggesting I spend LESS money.

"Your configuration is unique so it may take up to 12 weeks to build your vehicle. We have found similar new vehicles that are already available now."

The website automatically tells me I could buy a GLS 400 d AMG Line, which would cost £92,110 and is "86% of your configuration", and they also show the three locations where this car could be purchased. So there you go, if you're in the market for a Mercedes-Benz GLS 400 d AMG for £92,110, which is 86% similar to the Maybach GLS I've built, you could buy in Oxford, Colindale and Cheshire Oaks.

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Comments (11)

  • They've politely told you that you're not worthy of their Maybach :)

    I like Benzes, but today, when I see that tablet in front of the wheel, it really puts me off.

      1 month ago
    • My god you are right

        1 month ago
    • I have it on my GLC 43 (two separate screens) and I actually like it, but it takes some getting used to. I worry about replacement cost should it fail, and the temptation to fiddle with the options while driving is pretty overwhelming.

        1 month ago
  • This trim option on the Mercedes-Maybach GLS costs the same as a new C-Class @tribe

      1 month ago
  • Not sure what's so surprising bout this. These luxury vehicles' options can exceed 100K, if you spec everything you want...

      1 month ago
  • Again another stupid optional extra

      1 month ago
  • Yeah nah just get a gle 450 bruh

      1 month ago