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2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

The Mercedes G-Class has a luxe cabin and great off-road performance. But its cumbersome on-road handling, jarring ride, and steep used car prices push this posh off-roader to the back of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Top-quality interior
  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Poor on-road handling
  • Low fuel economy
  • Limited legroom and cargo space




Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class a Good Used SUV?

The Mercedes G-Class has rightfully earned a reputation for muscular engine performance, stellar off-road ability, and first-rate interior quality. Ultimately, though, the boxy G-Class has too many drawbacks to recommend it over its more refined – and often far more affordable – luxury large SUV rivals, including Mercedes’ own GL-Class. The 2014 G-Class – or G-Wagen, as it’s often called – has ponderous handling, a brittle ride quality, and poor fuel economy. It’s also not offered with third-row seating.

Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Performance and Interior

The 2014 G-Class is available with two engine options. The base model G550 has a 382-horsepower V8, and the G63 AMG has a 536-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. Both feature a refined seven-speed automatic transmission, high- and low-range gearing, and permanent all-wheel drive. The engines hustle the hefty SUV up to speed with ease, especially the G63’s AMG-built V8, which can rocket the G-Class to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. The downside to this muscle is terrible fuel economy. The G550 manages just 12 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway, and the G63 earns a paltry 12/14 mpg city/highway.

The G-Class disappoints with poor on-road driving dynamics. The SUV is clumsy when rounding turns. Its steering is slow and rather unresponsive, the brakes are strong but have a mushy pedal feel, and a firm suspension does little to soften the impacts of bumps and potholes. That said, the G-Class excels off-road. Its solid axles and steep approach and departure angles allow the Mercedes to tackle rough terrain. All models are equipped with front, center, and rear locking differentials that provide superb traction. The G-Class has a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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The Mercedes G-Class is a 2-row SUV with five seats. Notably, most other luxury large SUVs offer seating for seven or eight. The G-Class’ boxy proportions yield outstanding headroom in both rows, and the large windows and upright driving position provide a commanding view of the road. The leather seats are soft and nicely contoured as well, but legroom can be somewhat slim in the back seat for taller passengers. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The G-Class offers 40.3 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 75 cubic feet with them folded, which is small by class standards.

The G-Class pleases with quality cabin materials and elegant dashboard styling. That said, significant wind and road noise permeate the interior at highway speeds. Mercedes equips all G-Class SUVs with a host of standard features, including a 7-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB inputs, and mbrace internet connectivity. Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system uses a center console control knob and additional dashboard buttons. The system does take some time to get used to, but overall its quick responses and simple button layout make it user-friendly.

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Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Prices

The price of a used 2014 Mercedes G-Class SUV ranges from about $81,100 for G550 models to around $96,800 for G63 AMG models. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The Mercedes G-Class has solid reliability, earning a score of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the G-Class?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published crash test results for 2014.

The G-Class has many standard active safety features, including blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, active parallel park assist (Parktronic), and forward collision warning with brake assist and adaptive cruise control (Distronic Plus).

Should I Consider Another Used G-Class?

Mercedes introduced the G-Class in North America for the 2002 model year, and it has seen continual updates since. Though there were no major changes for 2014, the 2013 G-Class received a redesigned interior, an updated infotainment system, additional safety features (including Distronic Plus, Parktronic, and blind spot monitoring), and a new G63 AMG model. You can save money by shopping for a similarly equipped 2013 G-Class SUV. Just know that 2012 models won’t share these substantial updates.

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz G-Class Is Right for Me?

Mercedes offers the 2014 G-Class SUV in two trim levels: G550 and G63 AMG. The G550 has a 382-horsepower V8 engine, while the G63 AMG has a twin-turbo 536-horsepower V8.

Both models share the same standard equipment, which includes Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, a 7-inch infotainment screen, a navigation system, Bluetooth, an AM/FM/satellite radio, a CD player, a USB input, and a suite of active safety features.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned G-Class. Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If the new-car warranty is expired, you’ll just receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mercedes G-Class or 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser and G-Class both have strong reliability ratings and can traverse difficult off-road terrain without breaking a sweat. The Land Cruiser, however, offers a much more comfortable ride on-road, as well as seating for eight, more cargo space, and a more robust 8,200-pound towing capacity. Used Land Cruisers are typically far less expensive than used G-Class models. We named the Land Cruiser the 2014 Best Luxury Large SUV for Families.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mercedes G-Class or 2014 Land Rover Range Rover?

The 2014 Range Rover and G-Class rank at the very back of the luxury large SUV segment. The Range Rover offers a roomier interior, a smoother ride, and luxuries like massaging seats, which the Mercedes can’t match. However, it trails far behind the G-Class in terms of reliability. In the end, neither are great options due to their sky-high prices. There are better, more affordable alternatives in this class.

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