2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65

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If a five-seater supercar, with insane practicality and an all-terrain rideability, is your requirement, then the new Mercedes Benz G65 SUV is the perfect car for you. Blessed with an amazing engine and amazing features, this car is here to stay.

With a price starting from $220,400, the Mercedes Benz is just about par with the rivals in terms of pricing for this segment and is powered with a powerful 6.0-liter V-12 engine that generates massive torque and power which is way more than the rest.

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Pros

Premium feel and interior comfort

Sleek design styling throughout the body

Massive 6.0L V12 engine

Loud exhaust note

Cons

A bit old school features

What's New?

AMG’s performance tuned, all-wheel drive system

Drive select modes for better ride quality



Styles

 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in Lunar Blue Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in Polar White color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in Black color  2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 in designo Diamond White Metallic color
Lunar Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

7.1

Engine

6.2

Interior

7.1

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Base

Base

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

$220,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $220,400 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 NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 8, 2019

6.8

Overall Rating


 

6.2/10
Engine

 
 

7.1/10
Interior

 

7.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

And, with a premium ride comfort and roomy interiors and a host of features a its disposal, the Mercedes Benz G65 is definitely the car you would want to see. The SUV competes with the likes of the Bentley Bentagya SUV and the Land Rover Autobiography.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Features

The AMG G65 SUV comes in just a single trim. It is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that generates about 621 hp at 5000 rpm and 738 lb-ft of torque at 2300 rpm. It is a five-seater car that gives a fuel economy of a lowly 12 mpg combined.

Trim

Mercedes AMG G65 Suv

MSRP

$220,400

Key

Features

  • Bi-Xenon headlamps
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Light-sensing auto-on/off headlamps
  • 8" freestanding high-resolution color central screen
  • COMAND system with console-mounted central controller
  • 4.5" high-resolution color multifunction display
  • harman/kardon LOGIC7 sound system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming, USB audio port and Media Interface
  • In-dash DVD/CD player and SD card reader
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • HD Radio receiver
  • Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect services

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The Mercedes Benz AMG G65 has got just a single trim. The good part is that the single trim has so many options and features that man brands could not provide in its top trim.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Engine

6.2/10
“In a straight line, the performance G-class SUVs are shockingly quick. The eye-opening speed of a rhinoceros comes to mind. The vehicles’ cornering abilities are closer to those of an elephant, however.”- Caranddriver

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Mercedes Benz G 65 is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission as standard and produces about 621 hp of power at 5000 rpm and a massive 738 lb-ft of Torque a 2300 rpm.

Models

Mercedes AMG G65 SUV

Bentley Bentayga SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

MSRP

$220,400

$229,100

$199,950

Engine

6.0L V12

6.0L W12

5.0L V8

Transmission

7 Speed Automatic

9 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

621 hp@5000rpm

600 hp@5000rpm

550 hp@6000rpm

Torque

738 ft-lb@2300rpm

664 ft-lb@1350rpm

502 ft-lb@3500rpm

The similarly priced Mercedes and Bentley have a similar 6.0 liter engine which generates appreciable torque and power. However, the much cheaper Land Rover has its task cut out with a smaller 5.0 liter engine lagging behind the other two, big time!

Both these cars offer an automatic transmission type with different speed ratios, with the Bentley offering an insanely high 9- speed system, the land rover offers a 8 speed one, while the Mercedes has a 7 speed system.

Acceleration

From whatever data we have in this category, the Bentley is by far the car to beat in this parameter, while the Mercedes Benz is the worst, that too by a big margin.

Models

Mercedes AMG G65 SUV

Bentley Bentayga SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

0-60 MPH

5.3 sec

3.5 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter mile

13.3 sec

11.9 sec

13.1 sec

Engine

6.0L V12

6.0L W12

5.0L V8

Emission

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

10.5

11.8

11.0

The Bentley is about almost 2 seconds quicker than the Mercedes here, while the land Rover slots in between the two. The quarter mile figures follow a similar pattern, however the difference is not too stark there.

Handling and Steering

It’s not only the solid performance of the engine that the Mercedes Benz is known for. It also has equivalent subtlety and finesse about its handling. The handling is firm and even at high speed, the driver would feel confident. The steering is quite responsive and communicative and is very well weighed, providing good balance and minimum output from the driver.

Braking

The Braking of the Mercedes Benz is definitely way better than its acceleration was, wherein all the three rivals are just about par.

Model

Mercedes AMG G65 SUV

Bentley Bentayga SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

Brake Front (in.)

14.8

15.8

15

Brake Rear (in.)

13

15

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5624

5379

5562

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

119

117

Here, the land rover is marginally better with a stopping distance of about 117 feet. The Bentley and the Mercedes are thereabout as well, making this parameter quite tight.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Fuel Economy

The 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG G65 gives a fuel economy of 11 mpg in the city, and 13 mpg on the highway, and a combined mpg of around 12 mpg, easily the worst here.

Model

Mercedes AMG G65 SUV

Bentley Bentayga SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

MPG (city)

11

12

14

MPG (highway)

13

19

19

MPG (combined)

12

15

16

The Land Rover is the clear winner here, although the same can be said for the Bentley who is just a mpg behind. The Mercedes engine definitely needs some fine tuning here to be much more competitive.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Interior

7.1/10

The cabin of the Mercedes Benz is always the place one wants to be in. The stylish steering with a beautifully laid out dash is pleasing to the eyes. This car has a lot of storage spaces and the comfort and positivity once you enter the cabin is worth mentioning.

The G65 too can house five passengers at once. The seats are very comfortable, with the front seats offering memory saving and lumber support.

Model

Mercedes AMG G65 SUV

Bentley Bentayga SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

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

42.4/56.3/52.5

40.3/NA/41.7

39.3/60.7/42.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.1/56.3/41.9

38.0/NA/40.9

39.2/58.3/47.5

The seats also offer heating and 8 way movement. They are absolutely perfect for the long highway rides. Although, being a wagon, a third row of seats could have been added.

Interior Features

The interior features include:

  • Alarm
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Cruise Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Auto-Off Headlights
  • HID headlights
  • Interior Cargo Shade
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Trip Computer
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Door Locks
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Mirror Memory
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Folding Mirrors
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Power Steering
  • Smart Device Integration
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Climate Control
  • Dual Zone A/C
  • A/C
  • Navigation & Communication
  • Navigation System
  • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System
  • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
  • Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Cooled Driver Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Rear Seat
  • Driver Lumbar
  • Passenger Lumbar
  • Seat Memory
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • 2nd Row Bench Seat
  • Bucket Seats

Infotainment

The Mercedes AMG G65 does get a decent infotainment system which goes about its work. It has got nothing extraordinary about it, however it is still good. The touches are light and sensitive though.

Also, it does have the features like:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Premium Sound System
  • Entertainment System (Optional)
  • Hard Disk Drive
  • Smart device integration

Cargo

The Mercedes Benz scores full marks in terms of cargo capacity in the G65 SUV. It is Huge. It is so good that it can houses those big bags and suitcases without a fuss and can be pretty useful for shifting purposes too.

Model

Mercedes AMG G65 SUV

Bentley Bentayga SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

79.5

17.1

82.8

The Mercedes Benz has storage of about 80 ft3 which is pretty much 5 times the capacity of the Bentley. However, the land rover seems to be the dark horse here with similar figures to that of the Mercedes Benz.

Towing Capacity

All the three are somewhat in the same bracket here, around 7000 lbs. It is what is expected from them as they are competing in the hardcore SUV segment.

Model

Mercedes AMG G65 SUV

Bentley Bentayga SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

7000

7000

7716

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Exterior

7.1/10

This Mercedes Benz always has the three spoked logo on the front, which is a symbol of loyalty, and whatever else happens, the Mercedes always looks good. Add to that the sleek styling of this G65, and it is a win-win situation. The acoustics are such that it would look more roomier than it actually is, thanks to its new design.

Model

Mercedes AMG G65 SUV

Bentley Bentayga SUV

Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB

Curb weight (lbs.)

5624

5379

5562

Length(in)

187.5

202.4

204.7

Width(in)

76.3

78.7

81.6

Height(in)

76.3

68.6

72.4

Ground clearance (in)

7.7

9.6

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

117.9

122.8

Track width (in) F/R

59.1/59.1

66.5/66.7

66.5/66.3

All the cars have pretty much the same dimensions and that could be the reason for both having a quite similar cabin in terms of space.

Even though, the wheel base is almost the same, the ground clearance is one parameter where the Mercedes lags big time, at 7.7, it is easily the worst yet again, wherein the other are touching almost 10 inches.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • Rear Defrost
  • Privacy Glass
  • Power Windows
  • Sun/Moon Roof
  • Running Boards
  • Tires - Front Performance
  • Tires - Rear Performance
  • Full Size Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Aluminum Wheels

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Safety

The safety features include-

  • Emergency-sensing Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • 6 air bags
  • Parking Assist PARKTRONIC
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Distance Pilot DISTRONIC adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive braking technology

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Competition

Bentley Bentayga SUV

This Bentley is the perfect car to be compared with the Mercedes, as both the cars offer the same 6.0 liter turbocharged engine with almost equal power generations along with the ground clearance. Although, the Bentley has better technical aspects such as the acceleration and braking figures, the Mercedes scores on the comfort and convenience part, where in it is absolute luxury.

However, the Mercedes Benz does manages to pip the Bentley here on account of being just a little cheaper, and add to that comfort plays a major role in such a segment.

Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography

The much cheaper Land Rover does get a smaller engine which in turn generates proportional torque and power. The acceleration and braking are pretty much comparable between the two, while the ground clearance of the Land Rover is much better.

However, like a typical Mercedes, this G65 does score on all important aspects, such as the comfort and features on offer. Add to that the massive power generations and the all-terrain drive select ability, and this G65 becomes a must buy here.

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 65 Final Verdict

The Mercedes Benz brand has always been about comfort and ride quality, along with dashing interiors and sleek styling, and the G65 SUV manages to cover them all. It looks good from the outset and feels premium once you enter the cabin. The ride quality is also amazing.

This entire aside, this Mercedes Benz G65 does get some serious competition from the Bentley Bentayga,. Although, both of them have the same engine, producing almost equal power and torque. The Bentley has its own significance and the Mercedes Benz, its own.

While, the Mercedes G65 has better power generation, along with better styling and comfort, the Porsche has better fuel economy, acceleration and ground clearance. A point worth remembering is that that the Bentley is a little more expensive than the Mercedes Benz.

So, if Premium ride comfort, along with better handling and driving quality is the reason for the purchase of this car, then the Mercedes Benz G65 SUV is the car for you. While if money is not a problem and a much more practical buy would be the Bentley Bentayga SUV.