Mercedes-Benz G-Class G550

2017 Mercedes-Benz G550

Pros: Gutsy acceleration; off-road prowess; ostentatious combination of retro utilitarian looks with truly luxurious trimmings and up-to-date comfort and infotainment features

Cons: Antiquated basic design; subpar on-road steering, handling, and braking; awkward, somewhat-cramped seating position; stratospheric sticker prices; awful fuel economy

CG Says: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class gets a new model for 2017. The G550 4×42 has bigger wheels, higher ground clearance, and other off-road enhancements. Other G-Class models are unchanged. G-Class is a premium midsize SUV with truck-like body-on-frame construction and seating for five passengers. The base G550 and G550 4×42 are powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine with 416 horsepower. The AMG G63 has a 563-hp turbocharged 5.5-liter V8, while the topline AMG 65 has a 621-horsepower turbocharged 6.0-liter V12. All G-Class models have a seven-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a two-speed transfer case. Available features include park assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, and autonomous emergency braking. With General Motors’ Hummer brand dead and buried, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is probably the most flamboyant SUV on the road. It’s little wonder it’s such a hit with athletes and the Hollywood set. Ironically, this vehicle has some of the most capable off-road hardware you can find, but the overwhelming majority of its well-heeled owners will likely never set a wheel off the pavement. From that standpoint, aside from the “bling” factor, there’s not a whole lot to recommend the G-Class. It drives and handles every bit the trucky box it is, while being overly loud and extraordinarily thirsty. If those things don’t matter and you crave its style more than anything else, by all means go for it. Otherwise, a Range Rover or Porsche Cayenne might serve you better

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Austria
Base Prices G550: $122,400
G550 4×42: $225,000
AMG G63: $141,400
AMG G65: $220,400

Base Engine
turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 (G550, G550 4×42)
Horsepower
416
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
11-13
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
11-14

Optional Engine
turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 (AMG G63)
Horsepower
563
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
12
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
14

Optional Engine
turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 (AMG G65)
Horsepower
621
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
11
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
13

MY2016 G-Class (Euro Spec)
2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G65
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² (European model shown)
2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4 Squared