Are you in the market for a new SUV? What considerations do you make when choosing the best car to use? If comfort, luxury, and safety are your first picks, then you may have encountered both the 2020 Volvo XC90 and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class as you search for a good ride.

Since our team at Principle Volvo Cars of San Antonio understands the makings of a comfortable and luxurious SUV, we want you to make the best decision without making any compromises. Let us dive into the differences between these two models.


The Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 features a 362-horsepower, 3-Liter turbocharged, inline six-cylinder engine. The engine is strong and silent, and you will love it.

Even though the GLS may not be into off-roading, drivers in San Antonio will appreciate the new 2020 model that comes with an off-road package. It comprises underbody protection, low range crawl control, and various off-road driving modes.

You can upgrade it with an E-active body control that monitors the road ahead using cameras and sensors in the body. It tracks just how each wheel functions and figures out how to auto adjust the air suspension to maximize the traction of each wheel to offer a smooth ride.

The E-active body control is also responsible for making smooth corners with a minimal lean because of its curve control settings.

We would recommend the 2020 Volvo XC90 T5 if you are looking for an everyday riding car. It has a standard front-wheel drive, but you can make it an all-wheel drive. The T6 and T8 are more powerful setups with quicker acceleration and better highway speeds, making them ideal for use on the highway in San Antonio.


The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class is yet to undergo crash testing by a federal or independent body. However, it contains several top-level crash-avoiding techs and other safety features.

Some of these tech features include ABS brakes, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. It also comes with a feature that warns you of any traffic problems on the road.

The 2020 Volvo XC90 dominates the safety ratings with an overall five star from the NHTSA and a 4 star for its rollover ratings. It also received a "good" score from all tests by the independent IIHS. It is only the headlights that received an "acceptable" rating.

The vehicle packs an array of safety features and tech that can protect you while on the road. Some include the ability to monitor blind spots, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, rear collision mitigation, and road sign recognition.

It has a system that can prevent your vehicle from veering into oncoming traffic. Also,  it has a Pilot assist that can take over the steering, acceleration, and braking when you are riding on a highway.


The 2020 Volvo XC90 takes the lead with an extra point for its excellent infotainment and optional tech. Some of the more advanced features it has are a digital gauge cluster, four-zone automatic climate control, and a 9-inch screen with Apple CarPlay.

You can include options such as heated and cooled seats to improve the luxury, or a Bower Wilkins stereo.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class, on the other hand, has above-the-average tech with brand new features meant to add comfort and convenience.

Some of these include high-resolution screens and an interior assistant with movement recognition, among others.

You can equip your 2020 Mercedes with more tech to improve the comfort level. However, the price may skyrocket when you purchase the car with the optional equipment.

For comfort and luxury, both car models do not hold back. Beyond making an update to the interior and exterior, both SUVs have upgraded their tech features to maximize your experience.

However, with the overhaul changes on the 2020 Volvo XC90, we feel that it is more than a match for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class. Still, make your own decision depending on your preference.



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