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2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

Despite its rugged exterior, inside, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class offers top-notch materials and handsome trims. The front seats offer ample support and comfort and there's plenty of headroom, but legroom can be lacking for taller folks. The COMAND infotainment system is easy to use after an initial learning curve, and the climate controls are user-friendly. The G-Class has more cargo room than many competitors.

  • "Though brutish on the outside, the 2017 MB G-Class's 5-passenger interior is another story. This is still a Mercedes, after all. Its cabin is almost entirely handcrafted, featuring premium leather on the seats and dash. Polished wood and chrome accents abound." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Build quality on the G63 is quite good, but you'd expect that from something this expensive. Panel gaps are big but even. The doors shut with a pleasing thunk." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The 2017 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.

The G-Class' front seats are comfortable and supportive, but not as pleasant as those in other Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Those up front will also enjoy a commanding view of the road ahead. Headroom is vast throughout the cabin, but taller riders will want more legroom. The rear seatback doesn't recline enough, which can be uncomfortable on long journeys.

  • "When the G-Class was designed for the world's armies in the 1970s, comfort wasn't a priority, and it still isn't. Nevertheless, the G63 is a remarkably quiet place to spend time, and the front seats are well built and well contoured." -- Edmunds
  • "The G's squared shape means headroom is practically unlimited, but taller occupants may wish for more legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 2017 Mercedes-Benz 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.

The COMAND infotainment system is straightforward and has a sharp display, but it may take some time to get accustomed to. The HVAC controls and buttons are well-marked and conveniently located.

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  • "Stalks and switches are well labeled and placed where you expect them to be, the tech interface is easy to use, and the big-dial HVAC switches are great." -- Edmunds
  • "Controls are a fine mix of utilitarian (the three prominent locking-differential buttons displayed front and center) and elegant (a crisp, 8-inch tablet-style command screen)." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 G-Class has 40.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind its rear seats and 75.1 cubic feet with them folded. That’s an above-average amount of space for the segment. However, the wheel wells claim lots of space, so loading wide items may be difficult. Additionally, there are few useful interior storage compartments.

  • "Surprisingly subpar cargo area and cabin storage. The cargo area is tall, but the backseat leaves a large step when folded and doesn't fold horizontally." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo capacity is generous: over 45 cubic feet behind the 2nd-row seats and over 75 with them folded." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)

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