2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

MSRP range: $131,750 - $156,450
Edmunds suggests you pay$132,291

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2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

  • Impressive off-road abilities
  • Powerful V8 engines
  • Refined interior
  • Unmistakable exterior styling
  • Ponderous handling
  • Difficult to get in and out of
  • Limited cargo space
  • Previous-generation Mercedes infotainment system
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster now standard on G 550
  • Wireless charging now standard on AMG G 63
  • More customization offered via Mercedes G manufaktur list of options
  • Part of the second G-Class generation introduced for 2019

Mercedes-Benz began selling its boxy, utilitarian G-Class in the U.S. market in 2002. Still based on the original military vehicle from the 1970s, it became a cult icon despite (and possibly a little bit because of) its dated, old-school SUV design. Though it looks almost identical to the original, the second-generation G-Class that debuted a few years ago is, with few exceptions, new from the tires up. It seats five people, comes in G 550 and AMG G 63 specification, and has no direct competitors that offer the same blend of purpose-built design, unstoppable off-road capability, and high-end interior materials and technology.

For the 2021 G-Class, Mercedes has mainly added some optional cosmetic enhancements, including a range of G manufaktur exclusive paint colors and upholstery choices. The 12.3-inch digital instrumentation is now standard equipment, and the AMG G 63 gains standard wireless smartphone charging. For more details about the flagship SUV from Mercedes-Benz, be sure to see our Expert Rating below for the one-of-a-kind G-wagen.

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The G-Class relies on style and emotion, rather than planning or execution, to justify its price. There's power and authority from behind the wheel, but this SUV is a mess when it comes to ergonomics and practicality. The technology is a letdown too.
We tested the G 550. Its V8 engine sounds burly and muscular when you mash the gas and, in our testing, gets this SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. That's an average time for a V8-powered luxury SUV.

Beyond that, the G isn't much of a performer. The high center of gravity and noticeable body roll don't instill confidence around corners. The traction and stability control systems also aggressively activate to keep your wheels on the ground should you try to get enthusiastic with your driving, which is probably just as well. The steering is precise and weighted appropriately but entirely numb. A wide turning radius makes navigating tight spaces a chore.

When it's on, the auto engine stop-start system is jarring and intrusive. On the plus side, the transmission is smooth and responds quickly to driver demands.
The G 550 is compromised in places by its design. The ride is a bit truckish, but it takes the edge off bumps and avoids feeling busy over rough pavement. The seats are nicely cushioned and supportive — perhaps overly so. The seats are rather narrow, especially for a vehicle in this class, and the adjustable side bolsters just don't open enough for even relatively svelte drivers.

Noise from the road and from other traffic is pleasantly muted, and the engine settles into a deep, unobtrusive rumble when cruising. But there's noticeable wind noise at freeway speeds, which is likely due to the G-Class' upright styling.
The G-Class' boxy shape results in some serious ergonomic limitations. The seats are rather high, and while there's some adjustability, the only seating position that really works is to sit tall and square. While the headroom is superb, the shorter door openings and high seat cushions mean passengers will have to duck while navigating the high step up. The step rail is too high to be very useful. While rear passenger space is reasonable, the rear doors' limited range of motion creates more difficulty in getting in and out than it should.  

You get a commanding view of the road ahead, but the front window roof pillars are thick and upright — enough to hide pedestrians waiting to cross at a stoplight. The rear view is partially obstructed by the rear-mounted spare tire, and the small side mirrors don't show you a whole lot either.
Sadly, the G-Class is stuck with the old Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment system rather than the newer MBUX. It's not a bad system, but it's comparatively limited in functionality. The navigation display and commands are less sophisticated, for example, and the voice commands are finicky and limited.

We also had some issues with the G-Class' advanced driver aids. Adaptive cruise works well enough, though it lacks the Traffic Jam Assist feature of other Mercedes products. Lane keeping, however, is abrupt in its intervention, engaging the brakes to drag the vehicle back into line. It's upsetting to experience, and it makes the G 550 unpredictable to other drivers. Worse, it only intervened occasionally without any real way to tell whether it was primed to go off or not.
The G 550 is far from the most practical large SUV. The side-opening cargo door requires space to operate, but at least it's hinged properly for curbside use. The load floor is high and not that deep, and it is limited on the sides by bulky body intrusions. The second-row seat doesn't fold flat. Its resulting ledge makes it so long, and bulky items can't simply be slid back. Cabin storage for personal items is also rather limited for such a large SUV.

If you're planning on using your G-Class as a family taxi, installing child seats is helped by easily accessible car-seat anchor points. But lifting kids and seats up into the cabin can be hard. Bulkier rear-facing seats and infant convertibles might force front passengers to scoot forward more than they'd like.
We averaged about 13 mpg in our testing of the G 550, which is slightly below the EPA's estimate of 14 mpg in combined city/highway driving. This Mercedes is a very thirsty vehicle — thirstier than an Escalade — and on par with a Lamborghini Urus.
You have to decide why you want to buy a G-Class. Mercedes offers interiors of this caliber, along with more and newer technology, on some of its less expensive vehicles. For what you get, the G-Class certainly is not up to the standards of other $100,000-plus Mercedes-Benz products.
The G-Class is almost a caricature of an idealized SUV experience. There's power and authority to spare, and the view over the hood is like nothing else on the market right now. It's a vehicle that gives you reasons to ignore its many, many shortcomings. Mercedes has mastered the art of emotional appeal across its range. And while the G-Class makes a terrible flagship for its technology and dynamics, it's an amazing flagship for the brand's pathos.

Which G-Class does Edmunds recommend?

Some G-Class customers think there is no substitute for the AMG G 63, but our pick is the G 550. It delivers the bold style and legendary capability for which the G-Class is known and gives you plenty of opportunity to customize its exterior appearance and interior materials.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class models

Mercedes offers the 2021 G-Class in standard G 550 and performance-tuned AMG G 63 specification. Each is well equipped right out of the box. Feature highlights include:

G 550
Though it's not the most expensive version of the G-Class, the G 550 provides everything you need for storming the castle:

  • Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine (416 horsepower, 450 lb-ft of torque)
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 19-inch wheels
  • All-wheel drive
  • Two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing
  • Three locking differentials (help provide extra off-road traction)
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Heated front and rear leather seats
  • LED ambient interior lighting
  • Sunroof

Technology and safety features include:

  • Digital instrument display
  • 12.3-inch central touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Burmester surround-sound system
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the G-Class and the car in front)

AMG G 63
Walk into the Mercedes dealership and request the "best" version of the G-Class, and the AMG G 63 is what you'll buy. But it's only the best if you want the following features:

  • Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine (577 hp, 627 lb-ft)
  • 20-inch wheels
  • AMG body styling and unique grille
  • AMG performance brakes
  • Adjustable adaptive suspension
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Simulated suede headliner

Options for the G-Class include the following:

  • Seat Comfort package (ventilated and massaging front seats)
  • AMG Line (G 550 only, adds AMG-inspired exterior and interior style enhancements)
  • AMG Trail package (AMG G 63 only, adds off-road optimized suspension, all-terrain tires)
  • Various exterior and interior customization options
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Average user rating: 5.0 stars
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  • spaciousness
  • handling & steering

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Owner of 2021 G
G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)
Love the power and handling of my G. This vehicle is more of a niche market SUV. Not for all but don’t hate cause you don’t have one. It’s roomy and enough space for what it is. It’s a brick and I love that I grew up in 80’s when most cars were boxy and had hard lines. Best Luxury SUV I’ve ever owned and I have other brands nothing like the uniqueness of this vehicle.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class video

MARK TAKAHASHI: It's been 40 years since the G-Wagen appeared. But finally, we have a redesign in this, the 2019 Mercedes Benz G-Class. [MUSIC PLAYING] This G-Class for 2019 is bigger-- slightly bigger. But more importantly, it's better. It's better on the road, and it's better off-road. Under the hood is a 416 horsepower, 450 pound-feet of torque V8. It has an independent front suspension and rack and pinion steering versus the recirculating ball, which was horrible on the last G-Class. This one should drive better in every condition. On the inside, it should also be much nicer. So we have the design that's between E-Class and S-Class, with a dual-pane glass and really nice leather and great seats on top of that. It has all the amenities and advanced safety features you expect from a modern Mercedes-Benz. Expect it to show up sometime in late 2018, well above $100,000. So in a lot of ways, nothing has changed, but a lot has changed with the G-Class. For more information on the G-Class and all of its competitors, head over to edmunds.com.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class First Look | Detriot Auto Show

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, but since the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
17 City / 19 Hwy / 18 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.4 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: four wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 416 hp @ 5250 rpm
Torque: 450 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 189.7 in. / Height: 77.5 in. / Width: 74.5 in.
Curb Weight: 5554 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 38.1 cu.ft.
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Our experts’ favorite G-Class safety features:

Tightens seat belts, closes windows, and adjusts head restraints when the system detects an imminent collision.
Active Distance Assist Distronic
Maintains a driver-set distance between the G-Class and the car in front. Can bring the G-Class to a stop and automatically resume travel.
Active Brake Assist
Warns if a front impact with an object or pedestrian is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class vs. the competition

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class vs. Land Rover Defender

Equip a Land Rover Defender 110 X with every conceivable option and accessory, and you'll still come in at least 10 grand short of the G-Class' base price. That represents real value in purposeful box-on-wheels design and go-anywhere capability. Plus, the Land Rover seats up to seven people. Granted, the Defender's slightly more efficient mild hybrid powertrain arrives at 60 mph a fraction of a second later, but the new-for-2022 Defender 110 V8 should solve for that.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class vs. Land Rover Range Rover

If the Land Rover Defender 110 is a little too rough around the edges for you, the Land Rover Range Rover could be an ideal alternative. Less a blunt-force instrument and more a precision-tuned scalpel, the Land Rover Range Rover trades attitude for quietude and matches the G-Class in refinement and prestige.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class vs. Maserati Levante

Think of the Maserati Levante as the Ferrari of SUVs, and you're not far off-base. When equipped with its available V8 engine, the Italian-made Levante is fast and fun to drive. And like the G-Class, it's rare — you simply don't see many of them on the road. Get the Maserati if you want something sleeker and sportier than the G-Class.

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Is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 G-Class both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.0 out of 10. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz G-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the G-Class gets an EPA-estimated 14 mpg to 18 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the G-Class has 38.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class:

  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster now standard on G 550
  • Wireless charging now standard on AMG G 63
  • More customization offered via Mercedes G manufaktur list of options
  • Part of the second G-Class generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class reliable?

To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the G-Class. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the G-Class's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 G-Class and gave it a 7.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 G-Class is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The least-expensive 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $131,750.

Other versions include:

  • G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $131,750
  • AMG G 63 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $156,450
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What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the next question is, which G-Class model is right for you? G-Class variants include G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG G 63 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of G-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is offered in the following submodels: G-Class SUV, G-Class AMG G 63. Available styles include G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A), and AMG G 63 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A).

What do people think of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 G-Class 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 G-Class.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 G-Class featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $132,800. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $509 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $509 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $132,291.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is 0.4% below the MSRP.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG G 63 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG G 63 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $176,850. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG G 63 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $678 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $678 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $176,172.

The average savings for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG G 63 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 9A) is 0.4% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

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