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2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the most capable and luxurious off-road SUVs available, reviewers said, but it has an uncomfortable rear seat, a small cargo area and it gets poor fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of power
  • Vault-like construction
  • High-quality interior appointments
  • Limited cargo and towing capacity
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cramped rear seats




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

When it was new, reviewers said the G-Class was constructed like a bank vault, with luxury appointments that are sure to please. They did caution that the slab-sided Benz has significant body roll, thanks to its tall, boxy shape. The G550’s cargo capacity isn’t great and it can only seat five people, so if you’re looking for a people mover, you may like the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class better.

Powering the Mercedes G550 is a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8 that reviewers said was well-matched to the off-road SUV. The more powerful G55 AMG is also available. The G-Class has full-time four-wheel drive standard. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 11/15 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. Additionally, the G-Class falls short when it comes to towing and cargo space. It can only tow 3,500 pounds and carry a maximum of 79.5 cubic feet of cargo, so if you’re looking for a more capable vehicle, the GL-Class or nearly any segment competitor is a better choice.

Inside, reviewers said the standard leather seats up front were fairly comfortable, but some found those in the rear to be short on space. The G550 includes Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, Bluetooth, heated front and rear seats, a 40-gigabyte hard drive, navigation and a Harman Kardon stereo as standard equipment.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the G-Class, you may also like the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover. The Range Rover is equally capable off-road and also swaddles its occupants in luxury. Like the G-Class, the Range Rover can only seat five and has low cargo space for the class, so if you need an SUV with more space, you should probably look for a three-row SUV.

Another alternative to consider is the 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser is a more practical alternative, as it seats up to eight, gets better fuel economy and has a much higher tow rating at a much lower price. Reviewers also said the Land Cruiser is capable off-road and offers levels of luxury that are surprising for an SUV wearing the Toyota badge.

Compare the G-Class to the Range Rover and Land Cruiser »

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