2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

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2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG 65 is the latest version of AMG class SUV. This beast does not only conquer uneven terrains but also beats other performance cars on their field. It has AMG style body with exquisite styling, superior performance and cutting edge technology.

The AMG G65 hides a 621 hp powerhouse producing 738lb.-ft. of torque married with 7-speed automatic transmission with 4-wheel drive.  It has a very spacious and Luxurious cabin featuring AMG sport seats, high-quality leather interior, power seats, climate control and many more. The AMG G 65 has a lot of optional packages and accessories to suite your style.

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Pros

Proven offroading capability

Powerful engines

Upscale cabin-material

Cons

Below average fuel economy

Very pricey

Lacks decent cargo space

What's New?

No significant changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$222700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

365 cu. in.

horsepower

621 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

738 lb.-ft. @ 2300 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in./14.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

187.5 in.

width

76.3 in.

height

76.3 in.

curb weight

5691 lbs.

ground clearance

7.7 in.

capacity

towing capacity

7000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

170 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

41590 mpg

highway range

330.2 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in Alien Green color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in Black color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in Dakota Brown Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in designo manufaktur Desert Sand color  2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in designo Mystic Brown color
Alien Green

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Base

Base

power
621 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
12 combined

$222,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $222,700 MSRP (11/12/13) 621 hp @ 5500 rpm, 6 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic four wheel drive 5   Alien Green
  Black
  Dakota Brown Metallic
  designo manufaktur Desert Sand
  designo Mystic Brown

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 28, 2018


The Mercedes AMG 65 is priced at $222,700. It is currently competing with Land Rover Range Rover SV autobiography , Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Bentley Bentayaga Onyx Edition.     

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Features

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 has no extra variants but don't let it disappoint you, no one other than Mercedes understand their customer's requirement better. To compensate for not offering other variants Mercedes provides a whole lot of customizable options to enhance your AMG G 65 on a different level.

The G65 comes with packages like Exclusive Leather or AMG Performance Studio, AMG night package with several optional interiors, exterior, entertainment customizable and accessories.

Trim

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

MSRP

$222,700

Key Features

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Larger brakes and a performance-tuned suspension
  • AMG Performance Studio
  • 10-way power-adjustable and heated seats
  • Heated back seats
  • Power-folding and heated mirrors
  • Adaptive cruise
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Navigation

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It's true that there is no other variant of AMG G65 so no extra power upgrade or hybrid engine, powerhouse options or a little costlier/cheaper variants but there sure is a lot to choose. The optional interior, exterior features or accessories choices totally depends on the customer but for the packages, the AMG Night package adds black accent whereas the Exclusive leather package offers more comfort and both are quite affordable.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Engine

"The Mercedes G-Wagen is already something of a juxtaposition: an SUV with hardcore off-road ability, yet still capable of swift acceleration. That’s what happens when you stuff a powerful engine under the hood. With the AMG models, Mercedes’ G-Class is even more extreme"- KBB

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 AMG G65 has a big handcrafted 6.0L V12 Bi-turbo engine coupled with AMG speed-shift plus 7G Tronic automatic transmission. It produces 738 lb.-ft. of torque at the rate of 2,300 rpm. Featuring such enormous powerhouse makes it the most powerful SUV in its class with the potential to conquer any terrain with sheer power.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SVautobiography Dynamic SWB

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

MSRP

$222,700

$177,200

$161,600

$195,000

Engine

6.0L V12 Biturbo

5.0L Supercharged V-8

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8 4.8 L/293

Twin-Turbocharged 6.0L W12

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

621hp @ 5,500 rpm

557hp @ 6,000 rpm

570hp @ 6,000 rpm

600hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque

738 lb.ft.@ 2,300 rpm

561 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm

590 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

664 lb.-ft. @ 1,350 rpm

Not a single SUV in this class has the might to challenge AMG G 65 in terms of power while the price difference explains the story behind it. As for its half-beaten challengers, Bentley Bentayaga has second most powerful engine followed by Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover.

Acceleration

The Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 featuring a 621 hp 6.0L V12 powerhouse with 7-speed automatic which shifts quickly to get from 0-60 mph in 5.2 sec while there is no data on the quarter mile margin. The AMG G65 with such enormous engine does not stands up to its performance expectations.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SVautobiography Dynamic SWB

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

0-60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.1 sec

3.8 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

13.2 sec

12.4 sec

N/A

Engine

6.0L

5.0L

4.8L

6.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

14.7

11.0

10.4

11.8

Even after featuring the strongest and the most powerful engine in the whole class AMG G 65 gets outshined by both Land Rover Range Rover and Porsche Turbo S. The Porsche Turbo S having a 570 hp engine performs far beyond its expectations getting 0-60 mph in mere 3.8 sec.

Handling and Steering

The 2018 AMG G 65 gives a different level of driving experience. It is responsive on tracks but is more responsive off-tracks providing precise control. It features a recirculating ball steering with electromechanical power assist. It has rigid front/rear axel suspension with longitudinal transverse links to strengthen the suspension.

On off-roads the gas pressurized shock absorbers with AMG calibrated coil springs offer less bumpy, stable rides. The 4-wheel electronic traction system and Electronic stability program offers better controls over the vehicle.

Braking

The AMG G 65 features 14.8/13.0 inch front/rear ventilated disc brakes. G 65 also comes equipped with some braking features like Adaptive braking technology, Anti-lock braking system and Brake assist which comes real handy while off-roading.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SVautobiography Dynamic SWB

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Brake Front (in.)

14.8

15.0

N/A N/A

Towing Capacity

The AMG G65 has a towing capacity of 7,000 lbs. For a vehicle possessing biggest powerhouse in its class offering the least towing capacity might be a disappointment but 7000 lbs. is like towing 2 mid-size sedans at once which is quite satisfactory.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SVautobiography Dynamic SWB

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Maximum Towing Capacity

7,000 lbs.

7,716 lbs.

7,716 lbs.

7,700 lbs.

The Land Rover Range Rover and Porsche Turbo offer same towing capacity with Bentley offering slightly less. Compare to the competition AMG G 65 has way worse towing capacity than all.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy is the only section where Mercedes G 65 disappoints us. It offers 11/13 mpg in city/highway with a combined mileage of 12 mpg. Well, you can't expect a 621 hp car to save a few bucks on gas. Hencec its also the least fuel efficient car in the lot. 

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SVautobiography Dynamic SWB

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

MPG (city)

11

14

14

12

MPG (highway)

13

19

21

19

MPG (combined)

12

16

17

15

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo leads the segment with the best in class fuel economy followed by Land Rover Range Rover and Bentley Bentayga.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Interior

"The G63's interior has a new display screen, a user-friendly tech interface and a host of other features, but that still doesn't fix the fact that there's no space. Even average-size drivers don't fit well, it's hard to climb into, there's no lateral space, and the back seats are worse"-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 is a 2-row 5 seater SUV. It has an elegant looking, classy, and luxurious handcrafted modern cabin with AMG sports front seats. This car features heated and ventilated 10-way power front seats with memory and split-folding heated rear seats. The pre-installed ambient lighting is there to compliment dual tone Designo Napa leather interior finish.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SVautobiography Dynamic SWB

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

42.4/46.3/52.5

39.5/60.7/42.2

39.6/58.9/40.6

40.3/NA/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.1/56.3/41.9

39.1/59.5/37

39.0/57.0/36.0

38.0/NA/40.9

It has DINAMICA headliner with power tilt/sliding sunroof for better ventilation and view. It also features tinted windows for rear doors, rear quarter and cargo door for better privacy. Mercedes has offered several optional interior features as well to enhance comfort and to ensure more interesting rides.

Interior Features

The AMG G 65 offers an amazing blend of modern style infotainment system with old-school buttons controls, actually a lot of them. It features a multi-function steering wheel for better access to multimedia. The COMAND system offered by Mercedes gives you access to audio video control hand-free calling and optional navigation function.

  • Designo Napa Leather Interior
  • Power Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column
  • 4.5-inch Instrument Cluster
  • Heated Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Rear Seats
  • Dual-zone Climate Control
  • Internal Ambient Lighting
  • Electrically Heated Windshield
  • Garage Door Opener
  • Auto Dimming rearview/side mirror

Infotainment

It has all the standard infotainment features that other modern cars have with the old school buttons to control mirror, seat air cooler, radio CD/DVD player. As for the optional features the G65 doesn't have much optional infotainment feature.COMAND System with Central Controller

  • COMAND Navigation
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • Sirius XM Traffic with Weather Service
  • HD Radio Receiver
  • Apple Car-play
  • Android Auto
  • Hand-free Bluetooth Interface
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  • Harman/Kardon LOGIC Sound System
  • Voice Control
  • USB Audio Port
  • In-dash CD/DVD player

Cargo Volume

The Mercedes AMG G65 has a massive 38.6 cubic foot of cargo volume which can increase to 79.5 cubic foot thanks to the rear-folding seats. It has an old-school tailgate that provides full access to the cargo area. The Mercedes has best in class cargo volume. The Porsche offers better standard cargo volume than the Bentley but the Bentley offers better trunk space after folding rear seats.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SVautobiography Dynamic SWB

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Behind 2nd Row (ft.3)

38.6

24.5

23.7

17.1

Behind 1st Row (ft.3)

79.5

68.6

60.2

62.6

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Exterior

"While even Range Rovers have softened their lines, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class retains the boxy, upright look it has had for decades. Aerodynamic it's not, but the G-Wagen's design is honest, masculine and pragmatic"- KBB

Dimension and weight

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz G 65 is a big tough SUV with a futuristic design and AMG style body. It is not much of an aerodynamic SUV. Weighing 5691 lbs. it is 187.5 inch. long and 76 inches wide. The 46-inch body height offers better headroom and high riding seats. It has 7.7 inches of ground clearance which is perfect for an off-road vehicle and the 112.2 inch of wheelbase keeps it stable.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SV autobiography Dynamic SWB

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Bentley Bentayga Onyx Edition

Curb weight (lbs.)

5691

5505

4927

5269

Length(in)

187.5

196.8

191.1

Width(in)

76.3

81.6

78.7

78.7

Height(in)

46.3

73.3

67

68.6

Ground clearance (in)

7.7

8.7

7.6

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

115.0

114.0

117.9

Track width (in) F/R

59.1/59.1

66.6/66.3

65.4/65.9

66.5/66.7

The AMG G65 is the heaviest vehicle in this class. The Land Rover Range Rover has the maximum dimension which makes it quite spacious and the 8.7-inch massive ground clearance makes it pretty effective off-tracks.

Exterior Feature

  • Bi-Xenon Headlamps
  • Daytime LED lights
  • 21-inch AMG cross-spoke wheels
  • AMG Sport Exhaust System
  • Heated power Side-mirrors with power fold-in

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Safety

The Mercedes-Benz G 65 comes packed with tons of safety features while managing an adventurous struck ride. Mercedes has focused on providing more off-road suited safety features than on road safety features. All the required safety features are standard in this SUV leaving no space for optional features.

The G65 features Trailer Stability assist for better trailer handling. The Distance pilot DISTRONIC features offered by Mercedes is a radar-based cruise control that adapts to your set speed according to the flow of traffic.

The Standard safety features are-:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Parking Assist PARKTRONIC Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Baby-Smart Child-seat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Competition

Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SV-autobiography Dynamic SWB

The Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged SV-autobiography is a 5 passenger SUV featuring a powerful 5L V8 engine. It is less powerful than AMG G 65 but has better fuel efficiency. The Land Rover Supercharged is far more affordable than the G65 as well.

Priced at $177,200 this SUV beats Mercedes G65 big time, as it's a lighter, spacious, more aerodynamic, has better acceleration, ground clearance, and stability than Mercedes.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is $161,600 SUV. It has a very elegant aerodynamic body. Featuring a twin-turbo V8 engine coupled with 8 speed automatic and all-wheel drive, this SUV has best in class acceleration. It is not the best SUV around but considering the price gaps, this car has the might to challenge the G65.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Final Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 might be considered a rugged offroader SUV but in reality, it is a vehicle which can offer the best in class luxury. It is the most capable and versatile luxury off-roader in the market today. Well, you might forget your way but with Mercedes G65 you will never get stuck.

On head-on comparison, the G 65 losses in providing comfort, aerodynamics and offers worst fuel efficiency among all but it are also the most versatile, agile, and has a better cargo space. Don't forget it overwhelms all its competitors in off-road capability. It is the most expensive and powerful SUV in its class but comparing the performance offered and the price margin this SUV is very well defeated by all its adversaries.