2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class was new.
Despite its history as a military vehicle, Mercedes has done its best to create a luxurious interior in the 2008 G-Class, but most reviewers feel that the results are mixed. Thought the G Class's interior gets a very good score, it also only ranks in the middle of the class.
While it has a host of interior features, the best that many reviewers can find to say about the luxury level inside the G-Class is that Mercedes gave it a good try. "Mercedes has done its best to snazz up the dated interior," writes the reviewer for Edmunds, "but the company's efforts ultimately come off as trying to dress Norman Schwarzkopf in Dolce & Gabbana." Edmunds says, "The lengthy standard features list bestows a luxurious environment, but the truckish, upright driving position may be a put-off for those used to today's more carlike SUV cabins."
The G-Class seats five people in two rows of heated leather seats. Reviewers differ as to how comfortable the seating arrangements are. "G500's upright design translates to an uncommonly roomy interior," writes the reviewer for Kelley Blue Book, "with more than ample head, leg and hip room for passengers and generous storage space for their cargo." But Consumer Guide comments that the "seats seem needlessly hard" and the "cabin feels narrow in this 30-year-old design," though they add that "front headroom stretches beyond generous." feels that "the seats cuddle your back and backside" and that "legroom and headroom are sufficient for most folks." But MSN feels that, despite Mercedes' claim that the G-Class seats five, "there's comfortable space for four tall occupants."
For 2008, the G-Class gets a new instrument cluster, steering wheel, rearview camera and telephone interface, according to Cars.com. The G-Class has a wealth of standard interior features. In fact, the set of features is so rich that aside from a small list of dealer accessories, there are no optional features for the G-Class; everything is in the base model. These include automatic climate control, a DVD navigation system, power windows and locks, 10-way power front seats with three-position memory, satellite radio, and the Tele Aid system, with emergency and theft-tracking services, not to mention a new instrument cluster and reworked dashboard controls.
Critics generally praise the sheer quantity of features and complain mostly that they seem out of place in such a truck-like vehicle. "Interior furnishings, while upscale and evocative of the fancy S-class sedan, look very tacked on," says. "It's clear they were forced into the truck to make it seem swell, instead of being part of an integrated design."
Stereo and Entertainment
Both G-Class models come standard with a Harman/Kardon premium brand stereo system, an AM/FM in-dash single CD player with six-CD changer and 10 speakers, and Sirius satellite radio. The Mercedes COMAND (Cockpit Management and Data) system integrates controls for the stereo and the navigation system.
Reviewers feel that the G-Class offers sufficient cargo room for most uses. Consumer Guide found that "rear-wheel arches steal some cargo-bay floor area, yet there's plenty of volume for big, tall boxes, even with the rear seat up." However, Edmunds feels that the space could be larger: "Rear cargo capacity falls short of full-size sport utilities at 80 cubic feet [with rear seats folded]." With rear seats upright, cargo space is 45.2 cubic feet. The reviewer for MSN "liked that the cargo space was easily accessed through a door that swings open like a regular vehicle door, not a tailgate."