World-class engines; go-anywhere skills; steeped in tradition; plenty of modern technology
Decades-old platform; not great at taking corners; unsophisticated ride quality
A new, even more muscular AMG version joins the lineup, the V12-powered G65. The G550 has a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and sees some exterior styling revisions, plus the option of an adjustable suspension (a first for the G-Class). All versions have new instrument clusters. See the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class models for sale near you
The less-expensive G550 delivers a reasonably competent drive (especially now that it can come with an adjustable suspension), and its V8 is surprisingly responsive. If you're seriously considering a G-Class, then there's no doubt your budget is considerable. In which case, why not go for the newest V12-powered G65? It's the status symbol among status symbols. Find a Mercedes-Benz G-Class for sale
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes in G550, AMG G63 and AMG G65 versions.
The G550 ($120,825) comes with a rich list of standard items, including alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED lighting accents, a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitoring system, keyless entry and starting, heated and ventilated 10-way power front seats with driver's-side memory settings, heated rear outer seats, leather upholstery, two 12-volt outlets in the cabin and one 115-volt outlet in the cargo area, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon 12-speaker surround-sound system and the COMAND infotainment system with navigation, a USB port, an-SD card slot, auxiliary audio input and a 7-inch central display.
The AMG G63 ($140,825) adds 20-in wheels, an AMG-tuned suspension, a sport exhaust, special styling cues and designo leather upholstery.
The AMG G65 ($218,825) brings 21-in wheels and diamond-patterned stitching for the leather, as well as a huge engine.
There aren't many options. Highlights are a rear-passenger entertainment system, a stainless-steel brush guard, carbon-fiber trim, faux-suede headliner and a heated steering wheel.
Cargo space amounts to 45.2 cu ft. with the rear seats up and 79.5 cu ft. when they're folded down. Every G-Class has a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.
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2016 BMW X5 M -- The G-Class range now has the distinction of having more AMG variants than regular versions, so consider the high-performance 567-hp X5 M: crazy fast and super capable.
2016 Infiniti QX80 -- Based on the excellent overseas Nissan Patrol SUV, the QX is a legitimate off-roader, and its styling rivals the G-Class for sheer audacity. It also costs tens of thousands of dollars less.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover -- The current generation of Range Rover is lighter than before, so it can run circles around the hefty G-Wagen.
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR -- As an alternative to an AMG G-Class, the 550-hp RRS SVR is sumptuous, civilized, swift and spine-tingling.
2016 Lexus LX 570 -- Anyone with a penchant for old-school luxury SUVs should check out the LX. It's based on the venerable Toyota Land Cruiser and also has dismal fuel economy.
Used Mercedes-Benz G-Class -- Since the G-Class' current platform dates back to 1990, you could pick up a used model and save a bundle while still enjoying the same styling and driving character.