2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Military bragging rights combined with a civilian license the G 550 is a vehicle that pushes the limits to what should be. King to the throne of off-roading and an astoundingly polarising design the G 550 is renegade that simply does not give up.

The well-trod ladder frame SUV is still built by hand in the Meynr Factory in Graz the G 550 comes with a 4.0L bi-turbo V8 with three locking differentials that are enough to conquer any off-road that you throw at it.


Timeless classic emerges once again with rounded edges the G- Wagen now appeals to the urban demographic too. Once reserved for people who wanted brute strength and nothing less the G 550 is now an all-round package that delivers on all fronts.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Features

The G550 SUV is one of the 4 trims of the Mercedes G-class. The G-class starts at $123,000 and the G550 SUV is the base variant of the G-class. Even though this is the base variant, it 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

2019 Mercedes G550

MSRP

$123,600

Key Features

19-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels

 

Stainless-steel brush guard

 

LED Daytime Running Lamps

 

Multifunction steering wheel

 

COMAND system with central controller

 

Hands-free Bluetooth interface

 

Hands-free Bluetooth interface

 

Harman/Kardon LOGIC sound system

 

USB audio port

 

Apple CarPlay

 

Android Auto

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The G class was commissioned by shah of Iran for Military purpose , but that doesn't end there . Till this date the G class remains an outdated and crude mode of transport and the 4x4 squared adds  a pinch of madness to it. Availiable as an standlone option you can add difftent convenience an safety packages which raises the cost substantially.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Engine

"There is essentially no turbo lag, and the engine propels the G-Wagen forward with astounding force. Torque is transmitted to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic." Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The G550 SUV is powered by a 4.0 L Bi-Turbo V8 engine and the power is transferred to the wheels using a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces a maximum power of 416 HP and a maximum torque of 450 lb.-ft.

It is not the most refined engine among its competitors but still, many people love the 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

5.7L V8

3.5L Twin Turbo V6

5.0L V8 Supercharged

Transmission

9 G-tronic 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 Range 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

N/A

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 these 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.)

N/A

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 best towing 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.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Fuel Economy

"The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is famous for a few things; fuel-efficiency isn't one of them." - Car connection

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

17

16

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.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior

"When the G-Class was designed for the world's armies in the 1970s, comfort wasn't a priority, and it still isn't. Nevertheless, the G63 is a remarkably quiet place to spend time, and the front seats are well-built and well-contoured." - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Mercedes G550 SUV has a seating capacity of five. The 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.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Exterior

"While even traditionally rugged SUVs such as Range Rovers have softened their lines in recent years, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class retains the boxy, upright look it has had for nearly four decades. Aerodynamic it's not, but the G-Wagen's design is honest, masculine and pragmatic." Kelley Blue Book

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

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 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

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 vs Toyota Land Cruiser

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 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.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 vs Lincoln Navigator Black Label

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.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 vs Land Rover 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 a plush luxury cabin, better handling off road and on road. But it is much more expensive than the G550.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Final Verdict

The Box on wheels configurations remains the same for this year too and manages to instill nostalgia in the eye of the beholder. This badass of yesteryear becomes slicker with the 9 speed gearbox borrowed from the guys at AMG. All in all, there is no one defeats this car when it comes to off-roading.

Pros

Classy & Elegant Looks

Spacious Cabin

Off-Road capabilities

Cons

Poor fuel efficiency

Overpriced

Wind Noise

What's New?

Modern handcrafted cabin

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$124500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

416 hp @ 5,250 rpm

torque

450 lb.-ft. @ 2,250 rpm

transmission

9-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle trailing link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

113.8 in.

length

189.7 in.

width

76 in.

height

77.2 in.

ground clearance

9.3 in.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Fusion Red Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Polar White color  2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Iridium Silver Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Emerald Green Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Black color
Fusion Red Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550

G 550

power
416-hp @ 5,250 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
mpg
14 combined

$124,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
G 550 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9AM) Starting at $124,500 MSRP (13 mpg/14/17 mpg) 416-hp @ 5,250 rpm, 4 L, V8, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
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9-speed automatic manual all wheel drive 5 NA

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