Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior
Test drivers report that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has a premium cabin lined with soft leather and attractive wood and chrome trim. Some add that the upright windshield and boxy vehicle design make the cabin fairly noisy, however. As with a few other vehicles in this class, the G-Class offers most features as standard equipment. The G-Class' front seats are liked by reviewers for their comfort and support, though critics write that both the front and rear seats could use more legroom. Test drivers appreciate that the standard COMAND infotainment system is straightforward, but dislike that the rear wheel wells intrude into usable cargo space, and note that the rear cargo door is heavy and cumbersome to open.
- "The quality of materials -- from supple leathers to rich wood accents -- is up to luxury car standards, though." -- Edmunds
- "Its cabin is almost entirely handcrafted and features premium leather that covers the seats and dash. Polished wood and chrome accents abound." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "This vehicle's tall, boxy design doesn't lend itself to outstanding road- or wind-noise suppression." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "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 (2013)
- "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 (2013)
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class seats five people and has standard leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. Upgraded leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel are optional. Reviewers report that the front seats offer good comfort, support and headroom, though critics note that there could be more legroom. Others add that there isn't much rear legroom either, and find that the seats aren't especially comfortable for long trips.
- "Whether you're navigating the urban jungle or a real one, the front seats in the Mercedes-Benz G550 and G63 AMG make an excellent command center. They offer versatile adjustment options and a firm grip." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The lack of legroom in any seat, however, may not [suit owners]. There is at least an abundance of headroom." -- Edmunds
- "The seats are also fantastic, with pneumatic bolsters and lumbar that can be precisely adjusted to fit your body. It's really great." -- Jalopnik (2013)
- "Tall adults will find front legroom scant, hampered by too little rearward adjustment range." -- Cars.com (2013)
- "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 (2013)
Standard features on the G550 and G63 AMG include 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 offers nearly all of its available features as standard equipment.
According to test drivers, the COMAND system is straightforward and easy to use, with a logical menu layout, but does take some time to learn. Others add that the G-Class' climate controls are too low to reach easily and that some buttons on the center stack require a precise push. They add that the navigation system is fairly easy to program, but complain that the maps it displays aren't labeled well enough. Reviewers like the excellent sound quality of the Harman Kardon stereo system.
- "The COMAND electronics interface combines a large display screen, a control knob and dash-mounted buttons. Like all complex infotainment systems, it requires a little getting used to, but its menu structure and overall ease of use are excellent." -- Edmunds
- "Controls are a fine mix of utilitarian (the three prominent locking-differential buttons displayed front and center) and elegant (a crisp, 7-inch tablet-style command screen)." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2013)
- "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 (2013)
- "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 (2013)
The G-Class has up to 75.1 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. Most test drivers are not particularly impressed with the G-Class' cargo space and small-item storage, writing that the rear wheel wells are intrusive and make it difficult to load wider items. Others add that getting to the cargo area means opening a heavy, side-mounted gate.
- "The G-Class comes up surprisingly short in terms of storage and cargo. Cupholders are limited to awkward and flimsy plastic bits that plug into the dash and center armrest. We suggest using sealed containers only and stowing them in the door pockets. Behind the rear seats there are a decent 45 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the seats flat increases capacity to 79.5 cubes, but the large humps on each side of the cargo floor (which resemble rear benches for seating troops) make it difficult to stow wider items like golf clubs." -- Edmunds
- "Cargo capacity is generous: over 45 cubic feet behind the 2nd-row seats and nearly 80 with them folded." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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 (2013)
- "… 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 (2013)
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