Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The standard G550 is powered by a 416-horsepower, 4.0L turbocharged V8. The high-performance AMG G63 is powered by a twin-turbo 5.5L V8 that makes 563 horsepower, making the big off-roader almost unnaturally quick. The AMG G65 is powered by a 6.0L twin-turbo V12 that produces 621 horsepower and 738 lb-feet of torque. All three engine options are mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Thanks to a serious mechanical 4-wheel-drive system, complemented by modern electronics, the G-Class has the goods for serious off-roading as well as simply taking on slippery road conditions. The system comes with three differential locks to distribute power in whatever way is best for the conditions. On- or off-road, traction is aided by the electronic stability control system, which also helps distribute power left to right.

The G-Class is a truck-like SUV in look and feel, yet its interior is appointed with top-notch luxury materials, including premium leather, burl walnut trim and wood and leather trim elsewhere.

Inside, the G-Class provides a very upright driving position that is different from that of any other vehicle from the brand's lineup. The rear seats even have enough room for adults, but they're not as easily reconfigurable for cargo when compared to most modern SUVs. Also, the back door is hinged on the side rather than the top.

All G-Class models includes HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear fog lamps, 12-way adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, dynamic cruise control and dual-zone climate control. Mercedes' COMAND touchscreen audio control system is included as well.

Safety features include mbrace2 emergency SOS that will automatically call for help in the event of an accident, blind-spot sensors, a back-up camera and a full suite of airbags for all occupants.

Options include adjustable suspension, a rear-seat entertainment system and a heated steering wheel.

Editors' Review

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Jun 2019

Some things just don't make sense. Ducky Dale didn't get the girl in Pretty In Pink (even though he's such a nice guy!), I can't seem to lose weight despite cutting my carbs down to crying-shame levels, and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 -- a nearly 6,000-pound SUV -- can accelerate to 60 miles per hour quicker than many sports cars.

How brilliantly absurd.

The G-Class is all-new for 2019, save for a couple of iconic, carryover bits like the door handles, spare tire cover, headlight washers and sun visors. Yet it still retains the same shape, and is bursting with over-the-top charm in its most raucous AMG G63 guise. And now, it's a lot easier to drive.

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The Good The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 gets easier to drive this year with better steering and more comfortable suspension.

The Bad Some might find it's in-your-face attitude a bit too much.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a quick, attention getting SUV it's tough to beat the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 9
  • Media 8

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