Reviews, prices and specifications for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Summary

There are lots of ways to get dirty, but the Mercedes-Benz G-class is absolutely the coolest way to crawl through the dirt. Built like a champagne-sipping Ford Bronco or Jeep Wrangler, the Geländewagen has a luxurious interior with massage chairs and a six-figure starting price to match. Every G550 is powered by a 416-hp twin-turbo V-8 with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard. For more power, there is A 577-hp AMG-badged G63, reviewed separately. The G Wagen is capable of even wilder adventures than its occupants are capable of. The 9.5-inch ground clearance and three locking differentials make it feel as though it will never stall. The boxy shape results in a spacious cabin with plenty of legroom for each occupant, but at the cost of saving on highway fuel. That said, fuel costs are unlikely to weigh on the likes of the Kardashians, Sylvester Stallone, or the other Hollywood stars often found behind the wheel of this elite off-roader.

What’s New for 2023?

Mercedes-Benz’s G Class was redesigned in 2019, but for 2023 the SUV sees only a few minor equipment changes. New for 2023, the G Professional package includes a roof rack, spare wheel mount, cherry wood trim for the luggage compartment, and 18-inch matte black wheels. An optional logo package is also newly available.

Price and Which One to Buy

Each G-class commands a six-figure price tag, and the numbers can go much higher with a wide variety of expensive options. We will avoid the most expensive upgrades and upgrade our versions with wise choices. It includes the Exclusive Interior package which adds nicer Nappa leather upholstery and cooler trim pieces. The Seat Comfort package includes massaging the front seats with ventilated cushions, and the available adaptive dampers allow for a customized ride quality. The only other option we went for was a heated steering wheel.

Engine, Transmission and Performance

Powered by a twin-turbo V-8 engine producing 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, the G550 is as fast as it can get on the road. All-wheel drive is standard on the G550, and the engine sends power through a dutiful nine-speed automatic transmission. That The 2019 G550 we tested has significantly improved road manners compared to the previous model, thanks to the independent front suspension and lower center of gravity. However, the tall, square body creates a lot of wind noise at higher speeds, and that certainly doesn’t help the SUV feel agile in corners. Still, the G550’s steering feels more precise than ever and ride quality is excellent on all but the sharpest surfaces. Mercedes has also equipped every G-class with three lock-up differentials and low-range gears, meaning it can handle almost any terrain.

Crane Capacity and Payload

The G550 has an impressive maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.

Real World Fuel and MPG Savings

Those who can afford the G550 should have pockets deep enough to make up for its tendency to waste gas. The EPA expects each model to produce 13 mpg city and 16 mpg on the highway. We tested one on our fuel-efficient 75 mph route—part of our extensive testing regimen—and it failed to live up to that rating, producing 15 mpg in the real world. For more information on G-class fuel economy, visit EPA website.

Interior, Comfort and Cargo

Adding to the G-class’s off-road chops, the interior is all about luxury and offers more room for people and cargo than the previous generation. Standard features include a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster, heated front and rear seats with leather upholstery, power-adjustable steering column and three-zone automatic climate control. By ticking a few select boxes, shoppers can enjoy massaged front seats with ventilation, heated steering wheel, nappa leather upholstery and digital gauge display. The G manufacturing option offers the most upscale aesthetic and allows for more than 54 unique interior finishes, but is quite expensive. While there’s no shortage of headroom in the front or rear seats, the experience isn’t quite as luxurious as other high-end SUVs Bentley Bentayga or Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Still, the Benz has plenty of cargo space. The version we tested had 16 carry-on luggage behind its back row and another 17 with the seats folded down (33 in total).

Infotainment and Connectivity

Each G-wagen features a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen that is controlled primarily via a rotary knob and touchpad mounted on the center console. Along with useful steering wheel controls and voice commands, the system is easy to operate and less intrusive than heavy-to-touch alternatives. It also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 15-speaker, 590-watt Burmester audio system. Those looking for further upgrades can add a Wi-Fi hotspot or rear seat entertainment system.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

The G-class has many standards driver assistance technology such as blind-spot monitoring and self-parking assistance. For more information on the G550 crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Standard adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
  • Standard lane departure warning and lane maintenance assistance

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Mercedes-Benz provides limited warranties and competitive powertrains that are in line with other luxury automakers. However, the company does not offer free scheduled maintenance.

  • The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • The powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • No free scheduled maintenance

Specification

Specification

Mercedes-Benz G550 2019

TRANSPORTATION TYPE
front engine, all wheel drive, 5 passengers, 4 door hatchback

PRICE ACCORDING TO THE TEST
$146,795 (base price: $125,495)

MACHINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Transfer
243 cu in, 3982 cc

Power
416 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque
450 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/rigid axle
Brakes (F/R): 13.9 inch vented disc/13.6 inch ventilated disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season, 275/50R-20 113V M+S MO

SIZE
Wheelbase: 113.8 inches
Length: 189.7 inches
Width: 76.0 inches
Height: 77.2 inches
Passenger volume: 107 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight: 5660 lb

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TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 5.1 seconds
Zero to 100 mph: 13.9 seconds
Zero to 130 mph: 33.1 seconds
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.6 seconds
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec
Standing ¼ mile: 13.9 seconds @ 100 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 175 ft
Roadblock, 300 ft diameter skidpad*: 0.61 g
* stability-control-inhibited

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FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 13 mpg
Driving on the highway 75 mph: 15 mpg
Highway range: 390 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 14/13/17 mpg

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Mercedes-AMG G63 2019

TRANSPORTATION TYPE
front engine, all wheel drive, 5 passengers, 4 door hatchback

PRICE ACCORDING TO THE TEST
$175,945 (base price: $148,495)

MACHINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Transfer
243 cu in, 3982 cc

Power
577 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque
627 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/rigid axle
Brakes (F/R): 15.7 inch vented, drilled disc/14.6 inch vented, drilled disc
Tires: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV, 295/40R-22 112W MO

SIZE
Wheelbase: 113.8 inches
Length: 191.9 inches
Width: 78.1 inches
Height: 77.4 inches
Passenger volume: 107 cu ft
Cargo volume: 16 cu ft
Curb weight: 5783 lb

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TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 3.9 seconds
Zero to 100 mph: 10.0 seconds
Zero to 130 mph: 19.7 seconds
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.1 seconds
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.3 sec
Standing ¼ mile: 12.5 seconds @ 110 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 161 ft
Roadblock, 300 ft diameter skidpad*: 0.75 g
* stability-control-inhibited

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FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 12 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 14/13/15 mpg

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