2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

MSRP $80,000 - $130,900

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2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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The Mercedes-Benz G Class, most popularly known as the G-Wagen or Geländewagen, is one of the longest-produced vehicles from the brand and was developed as a military vehicle initially. The SUV also offers a truly unique drivetrain layout with three fully locking differentials, a feature that is quite hard to find even at present. Over the years, the overall design language and the practicality of the SUV have been preserved exceptionally well by the brand and it is still one of the most capable and durable off-roaders in the world.

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Pros

Comfortable ride quality 

Plush and opulent cabin

Power-packed V8 powertrains 

Plenty of high-tech features on offer

Superb off-roading capabilities

Cons

Dull handling

Compact cargo space

Towering ride height makes ingress and egress cumbersome

Dated infotainment system

What's New?

The optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is now offered as standard 

The AMG G 63 gets wireless charging as standard

Mercedes G manufaktur now offers more customization options 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$80000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

152 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

243 cu.in.

horsepower

416 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

450 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

7 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions

wheelbase

113.8 in.

length

189.7 in.

width

76 in.

height

77.5 in.

curb weight

5554 lbs.

ground clearance

9.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

7000 lbs.

payload capacity

1394 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/18/19 mpg

highway range

501.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

G 550$130,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Black color
Black

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

4.8

Fuel Economy

2.8

Interior

3.8

Exterior

6.6

5.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

5.0

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The 2021 G Class is a part of the 2nd generation W463 model of the vehicle introduced back in 2018. The 2021 model brings no upgrades and remains mechanically untouched as well. The SUV is offered with a standard V8 engine and also gets the much-loved AMG treatment too. The price of the vehicle starts at a hefty $131,750 while the AMG-badged model costs $156,450. In the segment, the G Class competes with the Toyota Land Cruiser, Lincoln Navigator, and the Land Rover Range Rover.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV front view
2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV rear view

4.8/10
Engine and Performance

2.8/10
Fuel Economy

3.8/10
Interior

6.6/10
Exterior


2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Features

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G Class is offered in two trim levels only which are the G 500 and the performance-oriented AMG G 63. The AMG model is covered in a separate review. The base model or the standard model comes in a fully equipped state right out of the factory and the brand also offers several optional packages to better equip the SUV. The powertrain and drivetrain remain the same and the vehicle can seat 5 people. Some of the standard features include three-zone climate control, front and rear leather seats with heating function, LED interior ambient lighting, and sunroof among other features. The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster available as an option previously is now standard. Some of the available packages include the Seat Comfort package which adds massaging and ventilation for front seats, the AMG Line package which adds some AMG-inspired interior and exterior styling cues along with several other minor tweaking options.

Trim

G-Class

MSRP

$131,750

Key Features

19-inch wheels

 

Three locking differentials

 

LED DRL

 

Three-zone climate control

 

COMAND system with a central controller

 

Heated front and rear leather seats

 

Burmester audio system 

 

12.3-inch touchscreen display

 

Apple CarPlay

 

Android Auto

 

Forward collision mitigation system

Which Trim should you buy?

Since the SUV is available in a single trim only we would recommend you to get the Seat Comfort Package for a better and more comfortable experience inside the SUV. If you wish to opt for the AMG G 63 trim, the AMG Trail package is a must-have for off-roading purposes.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Engine and Performance

4.8/10

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G 550 is powered by a standard 4.0-liter Bi-turbo engine. It is capable of dishing out a maximum of 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of maximum torque. The power figures are more than adequate and the engine always has some extra grunt the moment you floor the gas pedal. Being a Bi-turbo unit, the turbo-lag is almost negligent and the power delivery is almost instantaneous. The refinement levels are right on point and the motor has a deep note too being a V8.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV engine bay

The motor is paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission with a standard 4WD layout. Moreover, the drivetrain is one of the most interesting parts of the vehicle apart from being one of the rarest in the segment. The drivetrain features three fully locking differentials that offer a superior off-roading capability to the SUV and allows the vehicle to crawl out of almost any situation. The SUV is not only adept at tackling the toughest of the terrains out there, but it can also accelerate like a sports car and has a 0-60mpg sprint time of 5.8 seconds. The quarter-mile stretch timing stands at an impressive 14.3 seconds as well.

Models

Mercedes-Benz G 550

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover Westminster 

MSRP

$131,750

$85,665

$101,855

$113,500

Engine

4.0L Bi-Turbo V8

5.7L V8

3.5L Twin-Turbo V6

5.0L Supercharged V8

Transmission

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

416 hp

381 hp

450 hp

518 hp

Torque

450 lb-ft

401 lb-ft

510 lb-ft

461 lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.8 sec

6.6 sec

5.3 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter mile (mph)

14.3 sec

15.1 sec

13.8 sec

12.7 sec

Top speed (mph)

155 mph

142 mph

157 mph

155 mph

The Toyota Land Cruiser gets the biggest powertrain here, a massive 5.7-liter V8 pumping out a rather measly 381 horsepower. It is also the slowest accelerating vehicle here but possesses excellent off-roading capabilities nonetheless. The Lincoln Navigator is the quickest one here with the smallest powertrain, a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 but is only marginally quicker than the G 550. The Land Rover Range Rover with its supercharged 5.0-liter V8 pumps out a hefty 518 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque but posts some unimpressive acceleration times.

How well does the Mercedes-Benz G Class handle?

Agility and handling is not something any serious off-roading machine was synonymous with but when combined with modern tech things are a lot better at present. The G 550 with its plethora of techs such as stability control and traction control works quite aggressively to keep the SUV planted in case you want to throw it around the corners.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV ride and handling

But the significantly high center of gravity combined with the aerodynamics of a brick, the SUV feel nervous around the twist and turns when carrying considerable speeds. The ride quality is sorted though, with exceptional off-roading capabilities on tap.

Braking Performance

The braking performance of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G 550 is decent at the most while the AMG G 63 has impressive performance owing to its AMG treatment. The G 550 gets a rather small set of brakes at both the front and rear wheels as compared to the segment and covers a significant distance before coming to a halt. The same is the case with the rest of the rivals in the segment given the hefty curb weight of the vehicles. Advanced techs such as the forward collision mitigation system and the ABS ensure that the vehicle doesn’t lose its composure and deliver the best possible braking performance.

Models

Mercedes-Benz G 550

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover Westminster 

Brake Front (in)

12.4

13.97

13.8

15

Brake Rear (in)

10.7

13.58

13.8

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,724

5,815

5,673

5,121

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

183 

191 

186 

The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the heaviest vehicles in the segment, weighing almost 6,000 lbs, and gets a set of sizable brake rotors to take care of all those heft. It posts a decent braking distance of 183 ft. The Lincoln Navigator trails the Land Cruiser in terms of curb weight closely but has a longer braking distance at 191 ft. The Land Rover Range Rover gets the biggest sets of brakes here but has a rather low curb weight and offers an acceptable braking performance by covering a distance of 186 ft.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Fuel Economy

2.8/10

With all those heft and a power-packed Bi-turbo V8 under its hood, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G 550 has some disappointing fuel efficiency ratings. The city mileage of the SUV stands at a meager 13mpg while the highway mileage is set at 15mpg. The combined mileage is rated at 14mpg. The SUV gets a decent-sized gas tank holding about 26.4 gallons of gasoline and offers a set of acceptable driving range figures.

Models

Mercedes-Benz G 550

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover Westminster 

MPG (City)

13

13

16

16

MPG (Highway)

15

17

21

21

MPG (Combined)

14

14

17

18

Fuel Capacity

26.4

24.6

23

27.5

Range (City/highway)

343.2/396

319.8/418.2

368/483

440/577.5

The Toyota Land Cruiser has a marginally better highway mileage than the G 550 but identical city and combined mileage ratings but have even lower driving range numbers owing to the smaller gas tank. The Lincoln navigator’s smaller yet punchy twin-turbo powertrain delivers better overall mileage ratings as compared to the G 500 and the Land Cruiser. It also has better driving range figures despite having a comparably smaller 23-gallon gas tank. The Land Rover Range Rover also returns identical fuel economy figures to the Navigator but impresses with its combined mileage rating and a set of impressive driving range figures owing to its big 27-gallon gas tank.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior

3.8/10

The Mercedes-Benz G wagon has come a long way in terms of its interior despite retaining its similar boxy exterior design language. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G 550 has a plush and comfortable cabin to boast of and the headroom and legroom on offer are impressive as well owing to the tall design of the vehicle. The cabin gets ample space but the ergonomics are not so friendly owing to the shape of the vehicle. Also, getting in and out might be quite a task for some since the footsteps are higher than usual and the door openings are short.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV front seats

Despite the limitations, there is no lack of comfort and both the front and rear seats are covered in leather along with heating function as standard. Moreover, the optional Seat Comfort package adds the much-revered massaging and ventilation functions for an enhanced luxurious experience. The cargo capacity on offer is also decent at 38.6 cu-ft.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV cargo area

Models

Mercedes-Benz G 550

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover Westminster 

Passenger Capacity

5

8

7

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

41.9/57.8/38.7

38.3/61.0/42.9

41.8/65.2/43.9

39.5/60.9/39.1

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.5/57.4/39.5

38.9/61.1/34.4

40/65.1/42.6

39/59.3/46.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

38.6

43.0

34.3

32.1

The Toyota Land Cruiser might have slightly smaller interior dimensions on paper but in reality, it feels like a luxury chariot on wheels. The comfort levels are excellent along with the robust build quality of Toyota. The cargo capacity is also impressive at 43 cu-ft as well. The Lincoln Navigator has almost identical interior dimensions to the G 550 and has plenty of luxury appointments throughout the cabin as well. The cargo capacity on offer is slightly lower than the G 550, measuring at 34.3 cu-ft. The Land Rover Range Rover gets a minimalistic yet rich interior with an elegant design language with an abundance of high-tech features on board. The space on offer is also excellent and is more spacious than the G 550.

Some interior features are:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front and rear leather seats
  • LED ambient interior lighting
  • Sunroof
  • Digital instrument display

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G 500 gets a 12.3-inch touchscreen display as standard running on the rather old COMAND infotainment system. The interface might be old but is not obsolete yet. It has a decent layout and offers an excellent touch response along with fluid animations and crisp graphics. The connectivity options are limited though since it is an aged system and some of the standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Burmester surround-sound system among other features.

Some infotainment features are:

  • The 12.3-inch touchscreen display with COMAND infotainment system
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • Two USB ports
  • 15-speaker Burmester audio system
  • Satellite radio and HD Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • A Wi-Fi hot spot and a rear-seat entertainment system(optional)

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Exterior

6.6/10

Over the years, the overall design language and shape of the Mercedes-Benz G wagon has remained the same and the 2021 G 550 also sports the same old boxy design too. The front end now looks a bit more aggressive than before with the new headlamp design and round LED DRLs integrated into the headlamp units.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV 

The all-LED headlamps look modern and accentuate the boxy design of the SUV quite well. The side profile looks neat with the classy styling cues from the old G wagon. The rear end looks old-school with the tailgate-mounted spare wheel with a wheel cover. The ground clearance on offer is a towering 9.5-inches. 

Models

Mercedes-Benz G 550

Toyota Land Cruiser

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Land Rover Range Rover Westminster 

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,724

5,815

5,673

5,121

Length (inches)

189.7

194.9

210

196.9

Width (inches)

76

77.95

79.9

78.1

Height (inches)

77.5

74.0

76.3

73.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.5

8.9

9.6

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

113.8

112.2

122.5

115

As compared to the rivals, the G 550 has smaller dimensions owing to its old design language and has a short wheelbase too. The Toyota land Cruiser looks like a behemoth when compared side-by-side with the G 550 and has more on-paper exterior dimensions than the G wagon as well. It has a slightly shorter wheelbase than the G Class but fails to offer impressive ground clearance like the G 550. The Lincoln Navigator is the longest one here with the most appealing exterior design and excellent ground clearance on offer, but its long wheelbase restricts its off-roading capabilities making it suitable for mild off-roading and an ideal urban luxury chariot. The Land Rover Range Rover has a sporty and elegant design with decent ground clearance for good off-roading capabilities.

Some exterior features are:

  • Cornering lamps
  • High power LED headlamps
  • Power adjustable mirrors
  • Daytime running LED
  • LED headlamps
  • 19-inch wheels

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Safety

The tall and boxy design of the Mercedes-Benz might make it look like an unsafe vehicle but the 2021 G 550 comes with a plethora of safety techs and a superb build quality to keep the occupants safe in almost any scenario. The vehicle doesn’t get any crash rating from the NHTSA or IIHS unfortunately. The standard safety techs include Forward collision mitigation and lane departure mitigation among others.

Some standout safety techs are:

  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Parking Assist PARKTRONIC
  • 6-way airbag protection
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • SmartKey
  • Night Security Illumination

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Competition

Mercedes-Benz G Class vs Toyota Land Cruiser

The mighty Toyota Land Cruiser has been a solid performer over the years and rivals the G 550 directly with its impeccable build quality, safety, and superb off-roading abilities. Surely the Land Cruiser can scale most of the terrains with ease but the G 550 has an edge over the former owing to its design and superior ground clearance along with the unique three locking differentials.

Toyota Land Cruiser

Mercedes Benz G Class vs Lincoln Navigator 

The Lincoln Navigator is more comfortable and luxurious than the G 550 and has a better overall design as well. The Navigator isn’t as off-road friendly as the G 550 but offers superior on-road comfort and better driving dynamics as compared to the latter. It also triumphs over the G wagon in terms of fuel economy as well.

Lincoln Navigator 

Mercedes-Benz G Class vs Land Rover Range Rover

The ultimate face-off between German excellence and British elegance results in a fruitful outcome. The Range Rover offers a perfect blend of comfort and off-roading capability with an intelligent drivetrain and also has an overall better fuel economy as well. On the inside too, the Range Rover is more tech-rich and elegant but lacks the reliability of the G 550.

Land Rover Range Rover

 

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Final Verdict

The G Class is best suited for those who absolutely love off-roading and want to shell out a hefty premium for a vehicle that is also comfortable for day-to-day driving. The downsides of the G 550 such as the poor fuel economy and the lackluster handling are overpowered by the superb off-roading abilities and the old-school design of the SUV. Overall, if you’re an adventure-loving person with very deep pockets, the G 550 is the one for you.

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