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Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.7
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2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes G-Class sits near the bottom of our luxury large SUV rankings mostly due to its insanely high costs. Among its other faults are cramped legroom and terrible fuel efficiency.

Pros & Cons

  • Fantastic off-road prowess
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Sloppy road manners
  • Below-average fuel efficiency
  • High costs

 

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 G-Class is a luxury large SUV with some appealing traits, but its astronomically high average list price and exorbitant ownership costs make it hard to recommend. And for such a high price, shoppers shouldn't have to worry about clumsy handling on paved roads.

If you really want to make a statement and don’t mind the high price that comes with this off-road-capable Mercedes, consider the G-Class. If not, there are plenty of more well-rounded options.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 69 Mercedes-Benz G-Class reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has an average list price of $94,200, which is well above average for the class. Prices range from $74,000 to $116,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cost to Own?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class' five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $38,200, or about $7,640 per year. That's above average for a luxury large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New G-Class?

The redesigned 2019 G-Class has a staggering starting price of $124,500. That's even more costly than the already stunningly high price range of the 2015 G-Class. That said, the 2019 is a much better SUV. It adds a multitude of standard driver assistance features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring. It also has a nine-speed automatic transmission in place of the previous seven-speed automatic transmission. You'll have to decide if it's worth the extra bucks, though.

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It shouldn't be hard to find a new luxury large SUV that’s better overall and less expensive. These include the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLS, which starts around $70,150 and features potent engine options, a comfortable ride, and lots of standard features.

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Which Model Year of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class Is Best?

Mercedes first introduced the G-Class for the 2002 model year, and there have only been minor changes since then. The high-performance G55 AMG was discontinued for 2012, only to be  reintroduced for 2013. Additionally, the AMG G65 trim and twin-turbocharged base engine debuted for the 2016 model year.

Unless you're gung-ho about the 2016 model's changes, we recommend shopping through models prior to 2015 to save money. You will likely get a nearly identical vehicle.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Recalls

There is one open safety recall for the 2015 G-Class. Mercedes issued a recall on steering coupling that may have been insufficiently tightened, resulting in a loss of steering. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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

The 2015 Mercedes G-Class comes in two trims: G550 and G63 AMG. The main difference between these two trims is the engine each comes with. While the G550 features a potent 382-horsepower V8 engine, the performance-enhanced G63 AMG ups the ante with a brutish 536-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. The AMG also touts larger wheels and unique styling. The base trim is more than enough for most shoppers, and it's a lot easier to find.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz G-Class Warranty

Mercedes-Benz offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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 has expired, you’ll just receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Mercedes has a good CPO program among luxury brands. However,  Lexus and Volvo's CPO programs are more robust.

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How Safe Is the G-Class?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2015 G-Class. This Mercedes comes standard with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and parking sensors.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class or 2015 Land Rover Range Rover?

The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover has a much lower average list price than the G-Class, and it's just as capable as the Mercedes when it comes to off-roading. The Rover has a comfier ride than the Mercedes, but the G-Class has more intuitive technology and a much higher reliability rating. Neither of these models are the best options in the class, but the Range Rover is slightly more practical.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class or 2015 Lexus LX?

The 2015 Lexus LX is a fine choice among luxury large SUVs, and it won't clear out your bank account like the G-Class. The Mercedes is a more refined vehicle with nicer interior materials and technology features, but the Lexus is still a better vehicle overall. The LX's strengths include a superb reliability rating, great off-road ability, and stable handling both on- and off-road.

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2015 G-Class Performance

How Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Drive?

The 2015 G-Class is one of the most capable off-road vehicles out there, but we can't speak highly of its performance on paved roads. It suffers from excessive body roll around corners and numb steering on paved roads.

On the bright side, both of its standard and available engines make loads of power. A 382-horsepower V8 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission come standard. Step up to the performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG G63 trim, and you'll get a muscular 536-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 that's paired with the same quick-shifting automatic.

Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 G-Class gets poor gas mileage for the class. With the base engine, it delivers 12 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway. Models with the upgraded engine return earn 1 less mpg on the highway.

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2015 G-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 G-Class Seat?

The G-Class has seating for up to five people. There are two rows of comfortable and supportive seats. Both rows have a good amount of headroom, but legroom is minimal for taller occupants.

Nappa leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated first- and second-row seats, and ventilated front seats are standard.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

For installing child safety seats, the rear outboard seats of the G-Class have two full sets of LATCH connectors.

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Features                               

For the most part, the G-Class' standard COMAND infotainment system is easy to use. It features a large 7-inch display with a well-designed menu, along with dash-mounted buttons and a control knob. Standard features include navigation, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cargo Space

Inside the G-Class, there's 40.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 75.1 cubic feet of space with that row folded down. This is a good amount of room for the luxury large SUV class. However, critics bemoan the Benz' heavy side-hinged cargo door and large wheel wells, which impede cargo space.

2015 G-Class Length and Weight

The 2015 G-Class is 15.5 to 15.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,798 to 5,805 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Built?

Mercedes built the 2015 G-Class in Austria.

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