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2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class ranks in the middle of the luxury large SUV class. It boasts a terrific reliability rating, but it has a rough ride and less interior comfort than many rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-roader
  • Muscular engines
  • Above-average reliability
  • Unsettling ride for luxury class
  • Cumbersome and difficult to handle on pavement
  • Few driver-assistance technologies




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class isn’t your everyday luxury large SUV. Its bold, old-school styling may appeal to buyers looking to make a statement. However, its harsh ride, poor fuel economy, and ponderous handling make it impractical for daily driving. Still, it has excellent off-road capabilities, powerful engines, and a good reliability rating.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 75 Mercedes-Benz G-Class reviews to give you an idea of this SUV's pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, cargo space, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 G-Class is the right SUV for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The average price for a used 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is $117,200, according to more than 50 listings on our site. Prices range from $89,900 up to $163,000. Demand as well as a vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location can all affect price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, five-year ownership costs for the 2016 G-Class are not available.

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

The base price of a new 2018 G-Class is several thousand dollars higher than the average price of a used model. Buying a new model gets you a few more tech features (like a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto). But overall, it's not worth the added cost. For the price of a new G-Class, you can get a used model in the AMG trim, which has an upgraded engine that’s much stronger than the new model’s base V8.

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Since most used G-Class models are so expensive, you can buy nearly any new luxury large SUV for less money. The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover and 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser both pair exceptional off-roading capabilities with posh interiors. If the G-Class's monstrous engines appeal to you, you may like the 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, which has a 520-horsepower V8. Buyers who but want a more comfortable Mercedes-Benz model should consider the 2018 GLS.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The 2016 G-Class has an above-average reliability score of four out of five stars from J.D. Power and Associates.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Recalls

There are three recalls on the 2016 G-Class at the time of writing. Two recalls cover issues that could lead to an accident, including the cruise control not disengaging and a potential loss of steering. The third recall addresses the potential for a door-opening cable to fail, which could make it more difficult for you to get out of the vehicle in an emergency.

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

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is part of a generation that began in 1990. For 2016, Mercedes added a new twin-turbo base engine and the AMG G65 trim. Models from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 model years are all very similar. Buying an older model could save you some money, but note that G-Wagens from previous years earn lower scores than the 2016 model, which has a more powerful base engine. You could also consider a 2017 G-Class, which is unchanged from the 2016 model, though it will likely have a higher price tag.

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

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes in three trims: G550, AMG G63, and AMG G65. The base model has a twin-turbo V8 engine, the AMG G63 has a larger V8, and the AMG G65 has a V12. The base model has more than enough power for most drivers, but performance enthusiasts will want either of the two available engines.

Each model comes standard with lots of features. You get dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated 10-way power-adjustable front seats, driver’s seat memory settings, heated rear outboard seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a sunroof. Standard tech features include two 12-volt power ports, navigation, voice commands, Bluetooth, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen. A number of safety features also come standard. There are just a handful of available features, including a rear-seat entertainment system, a heated steering wheel, and upgraded leather upholstery.

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What Does Mercedes-Benz's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

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 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. This warranty can be renewed for a fee. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll receive the one-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 165-point inspection.

If you’re unsatisfied with your CPO vehicle, Mercedes’ Exchange Privilege program allows you to exchange it for another CPO vehicle of equal or lesser value within seven days or 500 miles. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz’s CPO program is about average. It’s better than BMW’s but not as robust as Jaguar’s or Lexus’, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the G-Class?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) don’t conduct crash tests on most luxury large SUVs. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is no exception.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes standard with parking sensors, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. No other safety features are available.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class or 2016 Land Rover Range Rover?

The Land Rover Range Rover is another luxury large SUV with outstanding off-road performance. However, the Range Rover's comfortable, composed ride on smooth surfaces makes it a more well-rounded SUV than the G-Class. The Range Rover's standard supercharged V6 engine doesn’t have quite as much power as the G-Class, but it earns much better highway fuel economy estimates.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class or 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The Toyota Land Cruiser is a more practical and roomier SUV than the G-Class. The Land Cruiser has a third row of seats that slide and recline. It also offers over six more cubic feet of cargo space than the G-Class. Additionally, the Land Cruiser comes with many more advanced technology features. The Land Cruiser also has a powerful V8 engine and excellent off-road abilities.

Which Is Better: 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class or 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL?

If you plan to keep mostly to paved roads, the Mercedes-Benz GL is the better choice for you. It's one of the few 3-row SUVs with adult-friendly seating in all three rows, and it has an upscale interior. The GL's performance is also top-notch. It handles like a car and has a range of strong engines. Additionally, the GL gets some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class.

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2016 G-Class Performance

How Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Drive?

Also known as the G-Wagen (short for Gelandewagen), the G-Class has plenty of power and can tackle dirt trails, but its on-road performance is not great. The 2016 G-Class' base engine is a biturbo 416-horsepower V8 that produces vigorous, smooth acceleration. The engine is mated to a quick-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission. For a more potent engine, look to the AMG G63 trim’s 563-horsepower V8 and the high-performance AMG G65’s 621-horsepower V12. The V12 can take the G-Class from zero to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds, according to Mercedes-Benz.

The G-Class is one of the most capable off-road SUVs available. It makes easy work of unpaved roads, thanks to its standard full-time four-wheel drive and three locking differentials that create better traction. However, on smooth roads, the G-Class has a rough ride, dull steering, and lots of body roll in turns.

Does the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine, the G-Class gets 13 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway, which are some of the lowest estimates among a class of gas guzzlers. The AMG G65 only gets 11/13 mpg city/highway.

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Towing Capacity

The G-Class can tow up to 7,000 pounds, which is less than most rivals can handle.

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2016 G-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 G-Class Seat?

The five-seat 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has a high-end cabin that is well-constructed with first-class materials. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and there is plenty of head- and legroom in both the front and the back.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the G-Class' rear seats. This system has not been evaluated for its ease of use.

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Features

The G-Class is loaded when it comes to standard features. Among just a few of the perks are a sunroof, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system. The COMAND infotainment system takes some getting used to, but it gets easy to operate with practice. A rear-seat entertainment system is available.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cargo Space

Behind the back seats, the G-Class has 40.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Fold the seats down, and there's 75.1 cubic feet. That’s more cargo space than most competitors have. But because of the large wheel wells that intrude into the cargo area, it can be hard to haul wide objects.

2016 G-Class Length and Weight

The 2016 G-Class is just under 16 feet long. The base G550 has a curb weight of 5,820 pounds, while the AMG G65 weighs in at 5,924 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Built?

The 2016 G-Class was built in Graz, Austria.

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