When the cheapest vehicle in a comparison costs over $ 160,000, you know it won’t be a battle for value in the segment. However, that’s actually what happens in this interesting video from Butterfly house which showcases two of the most refined luxury SUVs currently available today. Of course, we are talking about the Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 versus the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
With the aforementioned $ 160,000 price tag, the Maybach is indeed the cheaper of these two, but let’s be honest – there’s nothing cheap about this upgraded Mercedes GLS-class mover. The real question asked here is whether the Cullinan with its $ 330,000 price tag really offers twice the experience of the GLS 600. We’re used to seeing drag racing videos from the Butterfly house duo but this time, the answer is not through performance. Instead, it comes through direct comparisons of what luxury SUVs should do best – pampering their occupants.
We have had our own experiences with both SUVs. The great Rolls-Royce debuted in 2018, and our full review of Cullinan in 2019 confirmed that he was exquisite in every way. As a reminder, its 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 develops 563 horsepower (420 kilowatts) although you get 600 horsepower (447 kW) in the Black Badge version. As for the Maybach, it is the new contender on the scene and our GLS 600 test found the comfort, safety and technology to be absolutely epic. Its overall design was a bit too tied to the standard Mercedes GLS for our liking, and its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 550 hp (410 kW) was very crisp, but not breathtaking.
While our experiences in each SUV were separated by time, the Butterfly house the comparison offers some direct observations. Similar to our experience, they didn’t find the Maybach as distinctive and overtly luxurious as the Cullinan, at least in some areas. Rolls-Royce has reigned supreme in comfort, especially in its plush ride, although the GLS 600’s rear seats are a better place to travel. Some quality issues were also more common on the Maybach, such as the orange peel in the exterior finish. Then again, the Cullinan’s bland accelerator and brake pedals weren’t suitable for a $ 330,000 machine.
So is the Rolls-Royce really twice the SUV for twice the price compared to the Maybach GLS? The Cullinan certainly claim victories in some areas, but it’s hard to justify the rising costs on the basis of those merits alone. Then again, we strongly doubt that typical Rolls-Royce buyers would be concerned about such details anyway.