2018 Mercedes-Benz G 550 SUV

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2018 MODEL

$123,600 - $227,300

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Overview

The Mercedes Benz G-Class is a powerful mid-size SUV launched in the 1980's. The SUV has a boxy design, unlike other SUVs. Its design hasn't changed much over the years and remains pretty much the same. It was initially developed for military use but later on introduced into the consumer segment and the car was an instant hit.

The G550 is one of the four models of the Mercedes G-class SUV. It is the starting variant of the G-class and is powered by a 4.0L Bi-turbo V8 engine. Also, the G-class is one of the few vehicles boasting three locking differentials.

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Pros

Classy & Elegant Looks

Off-Road capabilities

Spacious Cabin

Cons

Poor fuel efficiency

Overpriced

What's New?

Updated Interiors


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$123600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

4WD

engine type

displacement

243 cu. in.

horsepower

416 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

450 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.7 in./12.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

187.6 in.

width

71.8 in.

height

76.9 in.

curb weight

5724 lbs.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

towing capacity

7000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

196 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/13/14 mpg

highway range

355.6 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

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Ratings

Engine

4.8

Fuel Economy

2.8

Interior

3.8

Exterior

6.6

4.5

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz G 550 SUV G 550

G 550

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$123,600

Configurations
G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (13/13/14)

 2018 Mercedes-Benz G 550 SUV G 550 4x4 Squared

G 550 4x4 Squared

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$227,300

Configurations
G 550 4x4 Squared 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (11/11/11)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 15, 2018

4.5

Overall Rating


 

4.8/10
Engine

 

2.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

3.8/10
Interior

 

6.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The Mercedes Benz G-Class is a powerful mid-size SUV launched in the 1980's. The SUV has a boxy design, unlike other SUVs. Its design hasn't changed much over the years and remains pretty much the same. It was initially developed for military use but later on introduced into the consumer segment and the car was an instant hit.

The G550 is one of the four models of the Mercedes G-class SUV. It is the starting variant of the G-class and is powered by a 4.0L Bi-turbo V8 engine. Also, the G-class is one of the few vehicles boasting three locking differentials.

Features

The G550 SUV is one of the 4 trims of the Mercedes G-class. It starts at $123,000 and is the base variant of the G-class which still comes packed with a lot of features to compensate for its huge price tag.

The car has a modern handcrafted cabin, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, Harman Kardon surround sound system and a sunroof.

Trim

Mercedes G550

MSRP

$123,600

Key

Features

  • 19-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels
  • Stainless-steel brush guard
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power tilt/sliding sunroof
  • COMAND system with a central controller
  • COMAND navigation
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface
  • Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 sound system
  • USB audio port
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto

Engine

4.8/10

Twitchy brakes, tractor steering, tons of power and a mile of body roll make for an exciting but not necessarily good driving experience. -edmunds

The G550 SUV is powered by a 4.0 L Bi-Turbo V8 engine and the power is transferred to the wheels using a 7-speed automatic gearbox.Its engine produces a maximum power of 416 HP and a maximum torque of 450 lb.-ft.

While not the most refined engine among its competitors, it is still loved by many people for its performance of the engine. It is one of the few very cars that use 3 locking differentials.

Models

Mercedes G550 SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover V8 Supercharged SWB

MSRP

$123,600

$84,315

$93,705

$170,995

Engine

4.0L V8 biturbo

5.7L V8

3.5L Twin Turbo V6

5.0L V8 Supercharged

Transmission

7-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-speed automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

416 hp

381 hp

450 hp

550

Torque

450 lb-ft

401 lb-ft

510 lb-ft

502

The rivals also have a similar power output but it is the Range Rover that tops it all with a peak power output of 550 HP. The Rover is powered by 5.0 L Supercharged V8 that is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Next comes the Lincoln Navigator Black label with a power output of 450 HP, which is powered by a 3.5L twin turbo V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Toyota Land Cruiser is the least powerful SUV although it sports a massive 5.7L V8 engine.

Acceleration

The G550 SUV with the 4.0 L BiTurbo V8 hits the 0-60 mph mark in just 5.8 seconds. Though this is impressive for a car that weighs nearly 6000 lbs., it does not feel composed at higher speeds. The old platform on which the car was built has a different type of driving dynamics compared to the modern SUV's.

Models

Mercedes G550 SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover V8 Supercharged SWB

0-60 MPH

5.8 Sec

6.7 Sec

5.5 Sec

4.6 Sec

Quarter mile

14.4 sec @ 95.7 MPH

 

14.2 Sec @ 98 mph

13.1 Sec @109 mph

Engine

4.0L

5.7L

3.5L

5.0L

Emission

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

13.6

11.7

9.3

11.0

The supercharged Land Rover Range Rover is the quickest to hit the 0 - 60 mph mark in just 4.6 seconds. The second is the Lincoln Navigator Black Label. Though the Lincoln Navigator Black Label has a much smaller engine, it hits the 0 - 60 mph mark in 5.5 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The G550 is a comfortable SUV. It features 3 locking differentials, which allows you to handle any terrain nature throws at the G550 SUV. The car sits on a high platform and hence has a higher center of gravity.

There is a fair amount of body roll while going through turns and corners. Though the car hits higher speeds easily, you feel the car shouldn't be driven at this speeds. The car isn't very stable and is not very confidence inspiring at higher speeds.

Braking

The G550 SUV has 12.4-inch brakes on the front and 10.7-inch brakes on the rear to bring the massive SUV to halt. There is a 4 piston system on the front and rear disc of the mammoth SUV. The other SUVs features much larger brakes on the front and rear.

Model

Mercedes G550 SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover V8 Supercharged SWB

Brake Front(in)

12.4

13.97

13.8

15

Brake Rear(in)

10.7

13.58

13.8

14.4

Curb Weight(lbs.)

5724

5815

N/A

5121

70-0 MPH (ft.)

-

183 ft.

191 ft.

186 ft.

Though the Toyota Land Cruiser is not as powerful as the others, it is much heavier than others and requires much larger brakes to stop the massive SUV. The Toyota Land Cruiser comes to a halt from 70 mph in 183 ft. whereas the Lincoln Navigator requires 191 ft. for the vehicle to come to a complete stop.

Towing Capacity

The Lincoln Navigator Black Label has the largest tow capacity among the cars compared here followed by the Land Cruiser. The G550 can tow an impressive 7700 pounds. However, among the behemoths here, the Mercedes G550 comes last.

Model

Mercedes G550 SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover V8 Supercharged SWB

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

7700 lbs.

8100 lbs.

8,700 lbs.

7716 lbs.

Fuel Economy

2.8/10

The Mercedes G550 SUV has a fuel efficiency figure of 13 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway. It delivers a combined fuel efficiency of 13 mpg.

Model

Mercedes G550 SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover V8 Supercharged SWB

MPG (City)

13

13

16

14

MPG (Highway)

14

18

21

19

MPG (Combined)

13

15

-

-

The Lincoln Navigator Black Label is the most fuel-efficient among its competitors. It has a highway mileage of 21 mph and city mileage of 16 mph. The Supercharged Land Rover Range Rover has a highway mileage of 19 mph and city mileage of 14 mph. The G550 SUV has the least fuel efficiency figures.

Interior

3.8/10

When the G-Class was designed for the world's armies in the 1970s, comfort wasn't a priority, and it still isn't. -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Mercedes G550 SUV has a seating capacity of five. Its box type design of the SUV gives ample amount of headroom to the front and rear passengers. The cabin of the G550 is simple, yet elegant. There has been a bit of retouching done to the interior.

Model

Mercedes G550 SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover V8 Supercharged SWB

Passenger capacity

5

8

7

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

42.4/56.3/52.5

38.3/61.0/42.9

41.8/65.2/43.9

39.3/60.7/42.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

40.1/56.3/41.9

38.9/61.1/34.4

40/65.1/42.6

39.2/59.4/40.2

The Toyota Land Cruiser has a seating capacity of eight, which makes it a large and practical SUV. Though the G550 provides the maximum amount of space to the five passengers, it is the Land Cruiser that provides sufficient seating for eight people.

Infotainment System

The G550 SUV features a 7 speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound system. The head unit on the center console features a high-resolution screen and has everything integrated into it.

The infotainment system can be controlled using a rotatable knob that rests on the center console a little behind the gear knob.

Interior Features

  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Power Adjustable seats with memory function
  • Heated Seats
  • Harman Kardon Surround Sound system
  • Rearview Camera

Cargo/Trunk volume

The G550 SUV has a luggage capacity of 38.6 cubic ft. It is not as big as the one on the Land Cruiser but is larger than the ones on the Navigator and Range Rover.

Model

Mercedes G550 SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover V8 Supercharged SWB

Volume (ft. cube)

38.6 Cu. ft.

43.0 Cu ft.

34.3 Cu. ft.

32.1 Cu. ft.

It is the Toyota Land Cruiser that takes over the others in terms of boot space. With a storage capacity of 43.0 Cu. ft., the Land Cruiser has the largest boot among the Land Cruiser, Navigator, and the Range Rover. The Range Rover has the smallest boot with a storage capacity of 32.1 Cu. ft.

Exterior

6.6/10

Today’s G-Class looks like nothing else in the car park, unless it’s parked at the Austrian Army’s long-term lot. -thecarconnection

Dimension and Weight

The G-wagon is characterized by its boxy styling and body on frame construction. The boxy design of the G550 though old never fails to impress. There aren't many changes on the exterior of the SUV. The basic design of the G550 SUV remains the same. There is a lot of right-angled edge look rather than the smooth and curved design of the other SUVs.

Model

Mercedes G550 SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover V8 Supercharged SWB

Curb weight(lbs.)

5724

5815

NA

NA

Length(in)

177.2

194.9

210

196.8

Width(in)

71.8

77.95

79.9

78.1

Height(in)

76.9

74.0

76.3

71.9

Ground clearance(in)

8.1

NA

9.6

8.7

Wheelbase(in)

112.2

112.2

122.5

115

Track width(in) F/R

69.4/70

64.9/64.74

67/67.2

66.5/66.3

The G550 SUV is heavy with a curb weight of 5724 lbs. It is 177.2 inches long and 71.8 inches wide. The box type SUV is 76.9 inches high and has a total ground clearance of 8.1 inches.

 Exterior Features

  • Cornering Lamps
  • High Power Headlamps
  • Power Adjustable Mirrors
  • Daytime Running LED

Safety

The G550 SUV, just like any other Merc has all kind of safety features that are there on Mercedes. The various feature varies from lighting assist, crash protection such as airbags and crash prevention techniques.

It has a tire pressure monitoring system, ABS, Adaptive braking etc. The car parks itself for you using the PARKTRONIC system on the car. It has ESP, blind spot assist and a lot more features.

Safety Features

  • Distance Pilot DISTRONIC
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Parking Assist PARKTRONIC
  • Rearview camera
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • 6-way airbag protection
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • SmartKey
  • Night Security Illumination
  • Anti-Theft alarm system

NHTSA and IIHS ratings are not available.

Competition

Mercedes Benz G550 Vs Toyota Landcruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser is more of a practical SUV. It has a seating capacity of 8, has the largest boot space, and has the best brakes, offers a sufficient amount of space and power. However, it is not made to perform as well as the G550.

The G550 has a lot of features and performs well. It is one of those few cars that come with 3 locking differential, which lets you take on almost all terrain which you face. The G550 is more of a luxury off-road vehicle rather than being a practical SUV.

Mercedes Benz G550 Vs Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator Black Label has a seating capacity of seven. However, it has a boot that is smaller than the G550. The Navigator has better fuel efficiency due to the smaller V6 engine. The Navigator is also more of a practical SUV.

It has better fuel economy, more seating capacity and is the longest SUV. The G550 is a five-seater and is made to perform better off roads, unlike the Navigator that is a practical SUV.

Mercedes Benz G550 Vs Range Rover

Both the G550 and the Land Rover Range Rover are five seaters. In terms of performance on road and off road, it is the Land Rover that beats the Mercedes. The Range Rover has a larger supercharged V8 engine that produces more power output and is quicker than the G550.

The Ranger Rover has all kinds of advanced technologies that help it tackle any terrain you throw at it. Moreover, the Range Rover offers plush luxury cabin, better handling off road and on road. But it is much more expensive than the G550.

Final Verdict

The G550 is not the best performer nor the most practical SUV. It has the luxuries that a Mercedes offers and is able to handle most of the terrain. Though the G550 is able to attain high speeds quickly, it has a fair amount of body roll at corners and handles very poor.

The SUV is still favorite of many because of its rugged design, road presence, and solid build quality and the G550 is one of those cars that features 3 locking differentials. So, if you want to buy this SUV because you like it the way it is, go for it without a second thought.

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