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MSRP: $113,000 - $134,300
Invoice: $105,090 - $124,899
MPG: 12 City / 15 Hwy
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Mercedes Benz G-Class Interior

According to auto journalists, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class' upright windshield and boxy design make the cabin fairly noisy, but they say that otherwise, everything is solidly constructed and built with premium materials. As with a few other vehicles in this class, the G-Class does not offer any optional features as they are all standard equipment.

  • "What does feel natural is the military grade sounds throughout. The door locks sound like a shotgun blast. The doors themselves close with an authority that is normally reserved for Fort Knox." -- Jalopnik
  • "There is still a utilitarian air, with, for instance, the three individual differential-lock buttons proudly displayed front and center, but the materials and finish are luxury-car perfect." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, the G550 continues to show its age thanks to an upright windshield, limited shoulder room and blocky design. Yet it's exceedingly well built and now features a new instrument panel and a center stack that brings the secondary controls into the 21st century." -- Left Lane News
  • "This vehicle's tall, boxy design doesn't lend itself to outstanding road- or wind-noise suppression." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class seats five people and comes standard with leather upholstery, a heated, power-adjustable steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. According to test drivers, the front seats are comfortable, spacious and supportive, though critics wish there was a bit more rearward seat travel. Most add that outward visibility is excellent. Reviewers say the rear seats have plenty of legroom, but find that the seats aren't especially comfortable for long trips.

  • "Visibility remains excellent and space is still at a premium." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats in the Mercedes-Benz G550 and G63 AMG are excellent. They offer versatile adjustment options and a firm grip for the driver." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats are also fantastic, with pneumatic bolsters and lumbar that can be precisely adjusted to fit your body. It's really great." -- Jalopnik
  • "Tall adults will find front legroom scant, hampered by too little rearward adjustment range." -- Cars.com
  • "Headroom is plentiful, and legroom is pretty good, the latter mostly on account of the front seat's limited rearward travel. The bench seat is rather upright, which might cause a comfort problem on longer trips. As in front, the running boards are too narrow to be of any assistance when entering or exiting the seating area." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The G550 and G63 AMG come standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon stereo system, Bluetooth, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system with an iPod interface. The G-Class does not offer any optional features as they are all standard equipment.

Some auto journalists say that the G-Class' climate controls are too low to reach easily and that some buttons on the center stack require a precise push, but note that the central controller for navigation and audio systems is properly located. They add that the navigation system is fairly easy to program, but complain that the maps it displays aren't labeled well enough. The Harman Kardon stereo system is praised for its clear, crisp sound quality.

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  • "The climate controls are mounted too low for convenient access. Most audio and navigation functions run through Mercedes' COMAND control interface. The central 'joystick' falls easily to hand. Though the dashboard screen is a bit on the small side, it's not overly difficult to read. The navigation system itself is not hard to program, but map markings and street names are not clearly labeled." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While some things could be operated while wearing gloves, the updated buttons need a delicate touch. Perhaps it's a nod to the fact that clientele for the G-Class has become less Arnold Schwarzenegger and more Spencer Pratt." -- Jalopnik
  • "High-grade leather and wood surrounds you, and the Harman Kardon stereo can blat out distortion-free hip hop, which seems the only appropriate music to blare in a G-Class." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The G-Class has up to 79.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a bit less than what most rivals offer, though many have three rows of seats compared to the G-Class' two. Test drivers dislike that accessing the cargo area means opening a heavy, side-mounted gate. They add that, while the G-Class' load floor is low, it can be difficult to load wider items between the intruding wheel wells. Small-item storage in the cabin is also lacking, reviewers say, with few cup holders and door pockets that are hard to reach.

  • "… but accessing the cargo area's respectable 45.2 cubic feet of space requires opening a heavy swing-gate - and minding the limited clearance behind." -- Cars.com
  • "For such a tall vehicle, the G-Class has a surprisingly low load floor. The rear wheel wells intrude on the cargo area quite a bit, so wider items might need careful packing. Interior storage is pretty poor. The center console is reasonably sized, but the single cupholder and dual door pockets are mounted low. Thus, they are difficult to access." -- Consumer Guide
Review Last Updated: 3/21/14

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