2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Mercedes‑Benz G‑Class. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG:
    13 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    416-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    5 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Distinctiveness
  • Driving visibility
  • Off-road capability
  • Power
  • Attractive dashboard

The Bad

  • Ungainly handling
  • Clumsy ride
  • Road noise
  • Seating position
  • Interior space

Notable Features of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

  • New 416-hp, turbo V-8 for G550
  • New 621-hp G65 AMG version available
  • Permanent four-wheel drive
  • Seats five

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its GLE-Class SUV, but the G-Class is a hard-core off-road machine that seats five people across two rows. It competes with the Land Rover Range Rover. High-performance AMG variants are also available.


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New for 2016
Mercedes offers a new G65 AMG performance model that's powered by a handcrafted turbocharged V-12 engine, and the base G550 gets a new turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 416 horsepower. An adaptive suspension is now available for the G550.

Significant Standard Features

  • 416-hp, turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Two-speed transfer case
  • Three locking differentials
  • 8.1 inches of ground clearance
  • LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlamps
  • Heated windshield
  • Comand multimedia system
  • Navigation system
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo
  • Backup camera
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control with full-stop capability
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear entertainment system

G63 and G65 AMG

Mercedes offers high-performance versions of the G-Class in the form of the G63 AMG and the new-for-2016 G65 AMG. Both models feature turbocharged engines — the G63 AMG a V-8 and the G65 AMG a V-12 — tha...

Vehicle Overview

Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its GLE-Class SUV, but the G-Class is a hard-core off-road machine that seats five people across two rows. It competes with the Land Rover Range Rover. High-performance AMG variants are also available.


(Skip to details on the: G63 and G65 AMG)

New for 2016
Mercedes offers a new G65 AMG performance model that's powered by a handcrafted turbocharged V-12 engine, and the base G550 gets a new turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 416 horsepower. An adaptive suspension is now available for the G550.

Significant Standard Features

  • 416-hp, turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Two-speed transfer case
  • Three locking differentials
  • 8.1 inches of ground clearance
  • LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlamps
  • Heated windshield
  • Comand multimedia system
  • Navigation system
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo
  • Backup camera
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Adaptive cruise control with full-stop capability
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear entertainment system

G63 and G65 AMG

Mercedes offers high-performance versions of the G-Class in the form of the G63 AMG and the new-for-2016 G65 AMG. Both models feature turbocharged engines — the G63 AMG a V-8 and the G65 AMG a V-12 — that are hand built. Other changes include a sport exhaust system, high-performance brakes and unique styling cues.

What's Special

  • 563-hp, turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine with 560 pounds-feet of torque (G63 AMG)
  • 621-hp, turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 with 738 pounds-feet of torque (G65 AMG)
  • Unique grille design
  • Side exhaust pipes

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The G-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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