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6.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.0
Safety: N/A
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2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class' absurdly high ownership costs, limited passenger room, and poor on-road manners place it low in our rankings. An above-average reliability rating is one of the G-Class’ few saving graces. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Superb off-roading ability
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system

 

 

  • Poor on-road handling
  • Bad fuel economy rating
  • High total cost of ownership

 

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

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

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class – also known as the G-Wagen – is a good used SUV purchase if you have a huge budget, want to make a statement, or want a luxurious companion that can tackle any terrain. (It’s also fitting if you want to drive around like a warlord dictator or a Kardashian.) However, its cramped seating space, sloppy driving dynamics, and terrible fuel economy make it an impractical daily driver.

Used 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Performance and Interior

The standard 2015 Mercedes-Benz G550 is powered by a 382-horsepower V8 engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This is more than enough power for most daily driving situations. Upping the ante even further is the high-performance Mercedes-AMG G63, with its 536-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. This upgraded engine rivals some sports cars in terms of muscle and acceleration. There’s a price to pay for all that power under the hood, though: the G-Class gets poor fuel economy estimates, even in a class of gas hogs. The G550 earns 12 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway, while the AMG model loses 1 mpg on the highway.

The G-Class comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive, and it’s one of the most off-road-capable vehicles on the market. On the flip side, the G-Class handles clumsily on paved roads due to a high center of gravity, significant body roll, and dull steering.

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While many class rivals have three rows of seats, the five-seat Mercedes G-Class only has two rows. Headroom is good all over, but both rows are a little short on legroom. Aside from the lack of space, the multicontour front seats are comfortable.

Given the price of the Mercedes-Benz G, it’s likely you’d expect the utmost luxury. This SUV delivers, with an exquisite wood-trim interior design and amenities like standard leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. You could also find models with Nappa leather or premium quilted leather. The G-Class’ rear seat has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors and three tether anchors.

Almost all features in the G-Class come standard. These include dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch display and the mbrace app suite. Instead of a touch screen, a control knob on the center console manages most of the infotainment features, and the system is generally straightforward and user-friendly.

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Used 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Prices

The price of a used 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class ranges from around $91,000 for a base G550 model to around $111,500 for the performance G63 AMG. What you ultimately end up paying can fluctuate with demand and with the vehicle’s mileage, location, condition, and features.

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

The 2015 G-Class has a predicted reliability score of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is better than average across the industry as a whole. However, several class rivals share this score.

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How Safe Is the G-Class?

The 2015 G-Class did not undergo any safety or crash test evaluations, which is typical for a luxury vehicle. Standard driver assistance and advanced safety features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

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Should I Consider Another Used G-Class?

Mercedes-Benz introduced the G-Class in North America for the 2002 model year. There were no major changes for the couple of model years prior to 2015, so you can likely save money and get essentially the same vehicle by choosing an older G-Class.

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

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is available in two trims: the standard G550 and the performance AMG G63. Most features are standard in both trims, with the major difference being the AMG’s ultra-powerful twin-turbo engine. The AMG also adds different wheels and other design cues. Keep in mind that the average price for an AMG model is much higher than that of a standard G-Class, and AMGs can be harder to find.

If you're spending this much money on a used car, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. Mercedes-Benz CPO 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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2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Other SUVs to Consider

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

The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover has below-average reliability and even higher ownership costs than the G-Class. However, it boasts best-in-class performance both on and off the road. The Range Rover has a supple ride quality and spry handling, and both vehicles have an elegant interior. The Range Rover has more passenger space, while the Mercedes has more intuitive features. Overall, neither of these SUVs is really a good choice, but the Range Rover is the better daily driver.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class or 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser might be the most well-rounded vehicle in the class. It has impressive reliability, seating for eight, solid off-road chops, and a powerful V8 engine. Don't let the mainstream badge and reasonable cost of ownership fool you: the Land Cruiser is chock-full of features and just as luxurious inside as many competitors. There are almost no good reasons to pick a G-Class instead of a Land Cruiser, unless you have a gargantuan budget and are set on driving a luxury brand.

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

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class isn't as reliable as the G-Class, though the GL-Class has a much lower cost of ownership. You'll also save at the pump thanks to the GL-Class' excellent fuel economy. On pavement, the GL-Class boasts better performance, with controlled handling and a cushioned ride. These Mercedes-Benz vehicles have a high-quality interior and share many of the same features, but the GL-Class has roomy and comfortable seating for seven. Save your money and get a better car by buying a GL-Class.

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