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2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class was new.


Interior: 8.0

With a host of features standard, reviewers say that the G550 has an interior that fits its heritage as a Mercedes Benz. However, they also note that the cabin could be more comfortable, and competitors offer more refinement and utility.

Compare the G550's cabin with the Land Rover Range Rover's cabin -- the Range Rover offers almost as many amenities, plus a much bigger does of comfort.

  • "It's amazing how Mercedes managed to line the previously Spartan G-wagen with a fully modern Mercedes interior; anyone who has driven a new Mercedes in the past fifteen years will immediately be at home in this luxurious cabin, as everything will be familiar." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Though it competes with luxury giant Land Rover's Range Rover, the G550 does not return the same refined ride or quiet cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book


The G-Class seats five people in two rows of heated leather seats. While the front seats get little attention, several reviewers say the back seat is uncomfortable. Others in the class, like the Land Rover Range Rover, have more comfortable seating.

  • "Sculpted bucket seats help keep the driver and passengers in place when the off-roading gets tough  . . . You'll find the G550's seats to be very tall and upright and somewhat firm, in traditional Mercedes fashion." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The VIP in back will certainly complain, as rear legroom is limited and sadly, there's no rear center armrest." -- Edmunds
  • "There's plenty of front-seat headroom, and front passengers get an enormous, panoramic 180-degree view of everything. The A-pillars are skinny, and the windshield is so close you feel like you can reach out and touch the hood. Rear passengers don't fare as well, as rear-seat legroom is skimpy." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The G-Class has a wealth of standard interior features. In fact, the set of features is so rich that there are no optional features for the G-Class; everything is included with the base model. These include automatic climate control, a DVD navigation system, power windows and locks, 10-way power front seats with three-position memory, satellite radio, and the Tele Aid system, with emergency and theft-tracking services, not to mention a new instrument cluster and reworked dashboard controls. Critics generally praise the sheer quantity of features, even if they complain that the dash layout and switchgear could be better -- especially for a $100,000 SUV.

  • "The weird buttons for inflating seat-lumbar bladders get in the way every time you try to fasten your seatbelt." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "There are a few other age spots, too. The controls for the air-bladder seat adjustments look and feel like they came out of a two-generations-old Korean parody of a luxury car. The stubby dash puts the seating position so close to the windshield that, if the prospect of licking the suction cups on your radar detector grosses you out, you can simply lean forward and lick the windshield instead." -- Car and Driver
  • "Although modern Benz electronics and climate controls are fitted to the G550, there's no getting around the 30-year-old truck architecture. The navigation system and its fussy COMAND controls are located at knee level; the simple climate controls are at your shins." -- Edmunds


Competitors offer more space for transporting cargo than the Mercedes Benz G550

  • "Cracking open the rear cargo door, you'll find a huge, blocky space with humps on each side that make laterally stowing golf clubs difficult. The rear seats fold down and flip forward, although the latter is impossible without moving the front seats far forward. In total, there are 79.5 cubic feet of available cargo space." -- Edmunds

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