Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior
Automotive writers say the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class’ cabin is very well-built and features high-quality materials. However, they agree that its boxy styling makes it feel outdated. Most reviewers find the G-Class’ front seats comfortable and supportive, and though they say the headroom is ample, they report that legroom is limited. Test drivers say that the COMAND system is easy to operate and has a large, clear screen. The G-Class’ cargo capacity is good for the class.
- "Inside, the G550 continues to show its age thanks to an upright windshield, limited shoulder room and blocky design. Yet its 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
- "No matter how much luxurious leather and wood trim Mercedes can cram into the G-Wagen's cabin, it simply can't escape its utilitarian origins with boxy shapes and hard corners in abundance." -- 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 (2014)
- "This vehicle's tall, boxy design doesn't lend itself to outstanding road- or wind-noise suppression." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class seats five and has standard leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. Upgraded leather and a heated steering wheel are available. Automotive journalists are thrilled with the G-Class’ front-seat comfort, noting that there is excellent support for long journeys. However, a few wish the rear seatbacks were more reclined. Test drivers say the G-Class has abundant headroom in both rows, but some say legroom is limited, even in the front row.
- "Seat comfort is often overlooked in most reviews, but the 2015 MB G-Class's front seats are worthy of praise. Supportive, firm and offering a wide measure of versatile adjustments, they make the longest trip a bit less taxing." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Despite the G's large exterior dimensions, legroom is at a premium in any seat. There is ample headroom, though." -- Edmunds
- "The seats are also fantastic, with pneumatic bolsters and lumbar that can be precisely adjusted to fit your body." -- Jalopnik (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)
The 2015 G-Class comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, Bluetooth, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch display. The G-Class offers nearly all of its features as standard equipment on both G550 and G63 AMG models.
Reviewers say that the COMAND infotainment system, which is operated by a knob and dashboard buttons, is easy to learn and has straightforward menus. They appreciate that the display screen is large and clear, and some add that the Harman Kardon stereo has great sound quality. However, a few critics say the climate controls are placed low on the center stack and are hard to reach, and some dashboard buttons require a precise push.
- “As with most current Mercedes vehicles, a large centrally mounted display screen is operated via the COMAND electronics interface knob and dash-mounted buttons. Like most 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 (2014)
- "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)
- "… 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 2015 G-Class has 40.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 75.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s a bit better than what others in the class offer. Still, most critics are unimpressed with the G-Class' cargo area, reporting that the intrusive wheel wells and heavy side-mounted cargo door make it difficult to load items. They're also disappointed with the small-item storage spaces in the cabin.
- "Cargo capacity is generous. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The G-Class also 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. … 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
- "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 … space requires opening a heavy swing-gate - and minding the limited clearance behind." -- Cars.com (2013)
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