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2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class does only one thing with distinction: tackle off-road challenges with ease. On the road, however, it’s a poor performer. The G-Class sits at the bottom of our luxury large SUV rankings because it’s less luxurious than its rivals, and it has the highest ownership costs in the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-roader
  • Muscular engines
  • Unsettling ride
  • Sloppy handling
  • Few driver assistance technologies




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 3.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class a Good Used SUV?

Given its high price, you may assume the 2017 G-Class is a good luxury large SUV. You would be wrong. Nearly every other rival is better and less expensive. This Mercedes has a jarring ride, ponderous handling, poor fuel economy, and a shortage of driver assistance technologies. It’s not all bad news for the G-Class, though. It’s a regal rock climber that can fords streams with ease, boasts powerful engine choices, and has a roomy interior. The G-Class also has an above-average predicted reliability rating.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 77 professional evaluations for this 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

Based on 54 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $98,000 and $257,900 for a used 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Its average list price is $152,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cost to Own?

The G-Class’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $43,050. That’s almost $8,500 higher than average for a large luxury SUV.

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

Mercedes-Benz completely redesigned the G-Class for 2019, giving it more passenger space, a new exterior design, and an improved suspension for a smoother ride on the pavement.  The 2019 model also has a higher-quality interior with improved seats, along with new features like LED headlamps and several advanced driver assistance systems. Mercedes-Benz also enhanced the G-Class’ off-roading capabilities.

We don’t have pricing information as of this writing, but there is typically a wide range of tens of thousands of dollars between the base G550 and the top-of-the-line AMG G63. If it is within your means, the updated 2019 G-Class is likely going to be worth the additional investment over the 2017 G-Class, which uses a design that wasn’t updated for years.

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All new luxury large SUVs have lower starting prices than the 2017 G-Class’ average price of $152,300. The two most capable off-road rivals are the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser (starting at $84,565) and the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover ($87,350). These two alternatives also feel more refined out on the road than the G-Class.

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

The 2017 G-Class is part of a generation that dates back to 1990. Not much has changed over the years, and the 2017 G-Class isn't that different from the past few years’ models. The 2016 G-Class added the 12-cylinder Mercedes-AMG G65 trim. The 2016 also received a new 416-horsepower base engine for the G550 trim, replacing the 382-horsepower V8 found in earlier models. If you can afford it, 2016-and-newer models are better choices because of the engine upgrade, but you can likely save thousands by shopping for older models if that isn’t a concern.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has two open recalls. The first recall deals with the cruise control system’s failure to disengage, and the second recall involves incorrect speed limitation software when the SUV is in reverse. Make sure these issues have been corrected before purchasing a 2017 G-Class.

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

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has four trim levels: the G550, the limited edition G550 4x4 Squared, the AMG G63, and the AMG G65. Aside from the 4x4 Squared, there is little difference in the trim levels except for the engines. The base G550 will meet all your needs unless you desire the more powerful engines found in the AMG trims or the additional off-road capabilities of the G550 4x4 Squared.

The G550 4x4 squared has additional off-road components not found in the other models, in addition to a higher stance and a wider body. The AMG G63 has a sport-tuned suspension, a more powerful V8 engine, performance brakes, upgraded leather upholstery, and various unique styling elements. The AMG G65 offers a V12 engine, larger wheels, and additional interior design choices.

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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?

There are no crash test scores for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which is the case with many luxury large SUVs. The G-Class comes standard with a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class or 2017 Land Rover Range Rover?

On off-road courses, the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover gives the G-Class a run for its money, and it might even be more capable off-road. It has a two-speed transfer case and Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which lets you adjust various settings to match the landscape. The Range Rover is also is a much better vehicle on the pavement, with its smooth and composed ride that makes long road trips more palatable. The Range Rover's supercharged V6 base engine has 76 fewer horsepower than the G-Class (but the Rover uses much less fuel, and it has some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class). For those craving more power, the Range Rover offers a supercharged V8 with much more power than the base engine.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class or 2017 Infiniti QX80?

The 2017 Infiniti QX80 may not have the G-Class’ reputation, but it has lots of appeal. The QX80 boasts a powerful 400-horsepower V8 engine, and though its fuel economy estimates are low for the class, they're better than the G550's. The QX80 can’t match the G550’s off-road prowess, but the Infiniti is smooth and agile on the pavement with no discernible body roll in corners. Additionally, the QX80 has much more cargo space than the G-Class, and it can tow up to 8,500 pounds versus the G-Class’s 7000-pound towing limit.

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2017 G-Class Performance

How Does the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Drive?

On paved roads, the G-Class’ handling and ride comfort fall short of most competitors, which tend to ride more smoothly. The G-Class has lots of body lean through turns, sloppy steering, and a jarring ride.

The 2017 G-Class’ base 416-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine packs a punch. This refined engine is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The engines in the upper trims deliver acceleration that’ll pin you to your seat. The AMG G63’s 563-horsepower V8 and the AMG G65’s 621-horsepower V12 can move the G-Class from zero to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds, which is very quick for an SUV of this size.

The G-Class comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive and three locking differentials, which give you excellent traction on rugged terrain. The G-Class is one of the most capable SUVs when the pavement ends. Its boxy design comes in handy on the trails, as it allows the driver to know exactly where the corners and wheels of the vehicle are when navigating through tricky obstacles.

Does the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

All that muscle makes the G-Class extremely thirsty for fuel. The base model gets just 13 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway. The AMG G63 drops to 12/14 mpg city/highway, and the AMG G65 gets 11/13 mpg. The G550 4x4 Squared is rated at 11/11 mpg.

2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 G-Class can tow up to 7,000 pounds.

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2017 G-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 G-Class Seat?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has seating for five on leather upholstery. Headroom is generous in both rows, but taller adults may wish for more legroom. The back seats don't recline very far, which could make things a bit uncomfortable on longer trips. The G-Class has heated and cooled front seats with power lumbar, lateral, and thigh support. The rear outboard seats are heated.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The rear seats in the 2017 G-Class feature two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats.

2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, two 12-volt power ports, navigation, voice recognition, Bluetooth, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display screen. A rear-seat entertainment system is available.

There’s a learning curve with the Mercedes COMAND infotainment system, but it works well once you get the hang of it. The screen has sharp graphics and a well-organized menu, and the physical buttons and knobs that control the system are easy to use.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Cargo Space

With the rear seats folded down, the G-Class can hold 75.1 cubic feet of cargo, which is above average for a luxury two-row SUV. The G-Class has 23.3 cubic feet behind the second-row seatbacks.

2017 G-Class Length and Weight

The 2017 G-Class ranges in length from 14.8 feet long to 15.6 feet long, depending on if it is equipped with the spare tire mounted on the rear hatch. The G-Class curb weight starts at a low of 5,624 pounds and goes up to 6,694 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz built the 2017 G-Class by hand in Austria.

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