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2017 Mercedes-Benz G 550

Original MSRP Range
$122,400--$225,000
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
11--13 MPG City / 11--14 MPG Hwy
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2017 Mercedes-Benz G 550

What We Like

World-class engines; go-anywhere skills; steeped in tradition; coolly brutal, brutally cool; plenty of modern technology

What We Don't

Decades-old platform; not so great at corner-taking; unsophisticated ride quality; crazy expensive

Overview

What's New in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G 550?

A new version joins the ranks, the G 550 4x4². This is a more dedicated off-road variant with portal axles (for superior ground clearance) and longer suspension travel. Some new cabin decor schemes have also been introduced. See the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class models for sale near you

Which G 550 is the Best?

Unless you're planning a predawn raid on a hilltop fortress miles from any paved road, you probably don't need the G 550 4x4². Then again, you don't absolutely need the G 65 either. But no one would blame you for wanting it. For something so practical and dedicated to absolute functionality, choosing to buy a G-Class has an element of whimsy to it. Find a Mercedes-Benz G-Class for sale

 

How Much Does a 2017 Mercedes-Benz G 550 Cost?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes in G 550, G 550 4x4², G 63 AMG and G 65 AMG versions.

The G 550 ($123,325) 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, blind spot monitoring, keyless entry/start, heated/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, an auxiliary audio input and a 7-inch central display.

The G 63 AMG ($142,325) adds 20-in wheels, an AMG-tuned suspension, a sport exhaust, special styling cues and designo leather upholstery.

The G 65 AMG ($221,325) brings 21-in wheels and diamond-patterned stitching for the leather. As well as that huge engine.

The G 550 4x4² ($225,925) has the same engine as the regular G 550. And it comes with off-road hardware that's even more serious, such as portal axles. These raise the G-Class above the level of the wheels' hubs (military Humvees have the same kind of setup). The result is an impressive 17.2 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 51.6 degrees, a break-over angle of 47.4 degrees and a departure angle of 43.8 degrees. The suspension has dual springs and damper struts, and it can wade through more than 3 feet of water. It also has skid plates and 22-in alloy wheels.

Option highlights are a rear-passenger entertainment system, 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, 79.5 when they're folded down. And every G-Class has a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.

G 550 Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
G-Class G 550 4MATIC SUV$122,400 / $113,8328 Cylinder41613 / 147-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
G-Class G 550 4x4 Squared SUV$225,000 / $209,2508 Cylinder416117-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G 550 a Safe Car?

The G-Class comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and just four airbags: two in the front and two full-length side-curtain airbags.

Standard electronic safety aids include blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera and the Mbrace2 telematics system, which features automatic collision reporting, a stolen-vehicle locator, an SOS button and remote door locking.

The G-Class has not been crash-tested by any agencies in the United States.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2017 Mercedes-Benz G 550 vs the competition

2017 BMW X5 M -- The high-performance 567-hp X5 M is crazy fast and super-capable.

2017 Infiniti QX80 -- Based on the excellent overseas Nissan Patrol SUV, the QX is a legitimate off-roader, and its styling rivals the G-Class's for sheer audacity. It also costs tens of thousands less.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover -- The current generation of Range Rover is much lighter than before, so it can run circles around the hefty G-Wagen.

2017 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.

2017 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-Wagen -- Since the G-Class's 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.

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