2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

#31
in Suvs
2017 MODEL
$122,400 - $225,000 See Inventory Prices

FILTER BY YEAR

FILTER BY STYLE

2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

With roots in the military, this SUV was brought to life in 1979 for the first time for the civilians. With the main aim of the vehicle to transports military personnel and accessories on any terrain, this vehicle boasts a higher ground clearance and a more than capable engine to handle the off-roading madness.

See detailed review »

Pros

Classy & Elegant Looks

Spacious Cabin

Off-Road capabilities

Cons

Poor fuel efficiency

Overpriced

Wind Noise

What's New?

Updated Interiors


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$122400

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

137 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

285 cu. in.

horsepower

449 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

450 lb.-ft. @ 2250 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. /13.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

115.9 in.

length

197.9 in.

width

74.8 in.

height

55.8 in.

curb weight

4707 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

38.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

1334 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

171 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/20/25 mpg

ev range

330.2 mi.

highway range

462.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.



Styles

 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in designo manufaktur Agate Green color  2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Black color  2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Capri Blue Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in Atomic Silver color  2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class in designo manufaktur Light Ivory color
designo manufaktur Agate Green

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine

4.0

Interior

4.0

4.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550

G 550

power
416 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
13 combined

$122,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $122,400 MSRP (13/13/14) 416 hp @ 5250 rpm, 4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic four wheel drive 5

 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4x4 Squared

4x4 Squared

power
416 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
11 combined

$225,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4x4 Squared 4dr SUV (4L 8cyl 7AM) Starting at $225,000 MSRP (11/11/11) 416 hp @ 5250 rpm, 4 L, V8,
See Full Specs
7-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Top Mercedes-Benz Cars

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 43
9.6/10

Engine: 396 hp @ 6100 rpm, 3 L V6

MPG: 21 combined

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45
9.4/10

Engine: 208 hp, 2 L I4

MPG: 26 combined

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63
9.3/10

Engine: 550 hp @ 5750 rpm, 5.5 L V8

MPG: 15 combined

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43
9.5/10

Engine: 362 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L V6

MPG: 23 combined

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63 S Wagon
8.8/10

Engine: 603 hp @ 5750 rpm, 4 L V8

MPG: 18 combined

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63
9.5/10

Engine: 469 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4 L V8

MPG: 21 combined

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45
9.2/10

Engine: 375 hp, 2 L I4

MPG: 25 combined

2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43
9.1/10

Engine: 362 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L V6

MPG: 23 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

4.3

Overall Rating


Boxy and braggy is what this G thing has going for it, add 19-inch wheels to the mix and we have a retro-progressive renegade that defies time and remains immortal even after 40 years. Sporting a 4L Bi-turbo V8 and three locking differentials the G550 is one for the history books.


5.0/10
Features

 

4.0/10
Engine

 
 

4.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Features

5.0/10

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

2017 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

We Recommend

An all round vehicle that manages to stay to its roots and up the ante at the same time the G 550 is a great vehicle that is here to stay.

2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Engine

4.0/10
“Apparently, there is someone out there who thinks that their normal G-wagen just isn't capable enough off-road, which is kind of nuts when you think about it, as it features three locking differentials, a massively powerful V-8 engine, huge ground clearance and construction techniques that make closing any door on the truck feel like locking a bank vault. But if the normal G550 is only kind of nuts, this one is full-on bonkers.” - Cars.com

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 7-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 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 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

-

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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Fuel Economy

“The 2017 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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior

4.0/10
“When the G-Class was designed for the world's armies in the 1970s, comfort wasn't a priority, and it still isn't. 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.

2017 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 isn’t much 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

2017 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

2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Competition

2017 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 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.

2017 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.

2017 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.

2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Final Verdict

The Box on wheels configured car does well on vintage, nostalgia inducing looks and the three locking differential is still one of the things that make this car standout. But with only a few things going for it this car feels like an antiquated machine that is going on fond memories of yesteryear. With outdated tech and a more wind noise than someone would care to bear this Grandpa is finally shows its age.