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2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

While most reviewers report that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has a high-quality interior with lots of premium materials and solid construction, some say it has outdated styling. According to most critics, the front seats offer ample support and comfort and there's plenty of headroom and legroom. Most test drivers think the COMAND infotainment system is easy to use after an initial learning curve. The G-Class has more cargo room than many competitors.

  • "The interior is full of high-tech and ample comfort." -- Car and Driver
  • "What I love about the G-Class is the juxtaposition between the hardcore, off-road dynamics, old-world chassis tuning, and the completely modern and luxurious interior. Inside, it's absolutely a Mercedes, with rich leathers and nice materials." -- Autoblog
  • "No matter how much luxurious leather and wood trim Mercedes can cram into the G-Wagen's cabin, it simply can't escape its utilitarian origins with boxy shapes and hard corners in abundance." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Inside, the G550 continues to show its age thanks to an upright windshield, limited shoulder room and blocky design. Yet its (sic) exceedingly well built and now features a new instrument panel and a center stack that brings the secondary controls into the 21st century." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G550 seats up to five people in two rows and comes standard with 10-way power-adjustable front seats that are heated and ventilated, as well as heated rear seats, leather upholstery and a power tilting and telescoping steering wheel. Upgraded leather, a heated steering wheel and sport seats with additional side-bolstering are optional.

Many critics agree that the front seats are very comfortable and supportive, but a few note that the driver's seat isn't as comfortable as those in other Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The front seats offer a commanding view of the road ahead and ample headroom, according to some testers. Some auto writers report that the rear seatback doesn't recline enough, which could be uncomfortable on long journeys. They add that rear-seat passengers will find generous headroom and legroom.

  • "The seats are covered in a quality of leather appropriate for a sport/utility that starts at $120,825, though the driver's seat lacks the comfort of the brand's cars and other SUVs, which have some of the best, most sumptuous seats in the world, even before you turn on the power massage. This Benz does not offer massages, either." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Seat comfort is often overlooked in most reviews, but the 2015 MB G-Class's front seats are worthy of praise. Supportive, firm and offering a wide measure of versatile adjustments, they make the longest trip a bit less taxing." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Headroom is plentiful, and legroom is pretty good, the latter mostly on account of the front seat's limited rearward travel. The bench seat is rather upright, which might cause a comfort problem on longer trips." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The sky-high seating position affords a view of the tops of most other cars, aided by an upright windshield and spindly A-pillars." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 G-Class include a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring. A rear-seat entertainment system is available.

Some reviewers say the COMAND infotainment system is straightforward, though a few note it may take some time to learn how to use. Some critics report that the display screen has sharp graphics. The physical buttons and controls are simple to use, according to some test drivers, though others say the climate controls are placed too low and are not easy to reach.

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  • "There's no lack of technology, either. Mercedes' COMAND system controls everything, buttons and knobs for driving controls and HVAC settings are easy to locate and use, and everything feels premium. If you've ever driven a Mercedes, the tech inside the G-Class will feel completely familiar." -- Autoblog
  • "Controls are a fine mix of utilitarian (the three prominent locking-differential buttons displayed front and center) and elegant (a crisp, 7-inch tablet-style command screen)." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "As with most current Mercedes vehicles, a large centrally mounted display screen is operated via the COMAND electronics interface knob and dash-mounted buttons. Like most infotainment systems, it requires a little getting used to, but its menu structure and overall ease of use are excellent." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The climate controls are mounted too low for convenient access. Most audio and navigation functions run through Mercedes' COMAND control interface. The central 'joystick' falls easily to hand. Though the dashboard screen is a bit on the small side, it's not overly difficult to read. The navigation system itself is not hard to program, but map markings and street names are not clearly labeled." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 G-Class has 40.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 75.1 cubic feet with them folded, which is above average for the class. However, many test drivers report that the wheel wells take up quite a bit of space, so loading wide items may be difficult. Additionally, they say there are few useful interior storage compartments.

  • "The G-Class also comes up surprisingly short in terms of storage and cargo. Cupholders are limited to awkward and flimsy plastic bits that plug into the dash and center armrest. We suggest using sealed containers only and stowing them in the door pockets." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "For such a tall vehicle, the G-Class has a surprisingly low load floor. The rear wheel wells intrude on the cargo area quite a bit, so wider items might need careful packing. Interior storage is pretty poor. The center console is reasonably sized, but the single cupholder and dual door pockets are mounted low. Thus, they are difficult to access." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Cargo capacity is generous: over 45 cubic feet behind the 2nd-row seats and nearly 80 with them folded." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "[A]ccessing the cargo area's respectable 45.2 cubic feet of space requires opening a heavy swing-gate - and minding the limited clearance behind." -- Cars.com (2013)

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