While the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class impresses reviewers with its off-road supremacy and powerful engines, they note its poor on-road handling and lack of legroom.
A twin-turbocharged V8 engine powers the base 2016 Mercedes-Benz G550, and reviewers say it's smooth and powerful. A larger twin-turbocharged V8 and a twin-turbocharged V12 are optional. Critics report that the optional V8 delivers impressive acceleration. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, and test drivers note that it executes smooth, quick shifts.
The G-Class earns some of the lowest fuel economy estimates in the class, at an EPA-estimated 13/14 mpg city/highway. Auto writers are disappointed in the G-Class' body roll around corners and numb steering. Still, they say it is very capable off-road.
The 2016 G-Class' cabin has premium materials and excellent build quality, according to some reviewers, though others think its styling is outdated. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, with plenty of headroom, most testers write, though they say legroom is limited. The G-Class has above-average cargo capacity for the class.
The G-Class comes standard with a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, an infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional. Most reviewers report that the infotainment system is easy to use after an initial learning period and has crisp graphics.