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2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Review: Offroad Royalty

The Mercedes AMG G63 is an automotive oddity that has survived the test of time and has become somewhat of a pop-icon in its own right. The G-Class of SUVs started life back in the seventies as hardcore Overlanding 4x4s that were used by police forces and renowned adventurers alike. It was and still is, regarded as one of the most capable off-roading vehicles of all time. Then AMG decided to turn it into a jewelry box. The G-Class of today is a high-performance road car with enough luxury features to make luxury sedans look like base models. Under the hood of the 2020 G63 lies a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that's good for 577 horsepower, and a gut-wrenching 627 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 model now comes with an optional 4x4 package that turns this SUV into what it once was: a serious overland machine. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 goes up against the capable Lamborghini Urus, and the stately Bentley Bentayga.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 AMG G63?

The iconic G-wagon comes off of a full redesign for 2019 and is more capable than ever. Mercedes-Benz hasn't stopped there; the 2020 car is the first AMG-tuned G-Class to be offered with an off-road package that adds off-road optimized ride-control suspension, a black under guard, rear mudflaps and all-season floor mats, as well as all-terrain tires. The AMG drive unit is now standard, which offers quick access to drivetrain and chassis settings for on-the-go adjustability.

Pros and Cons

  • Massively powerful
  • True off-road capability
  • Classic styling
  • Lots of standard safety features
  • Lots of wind noise
  • It's thirsty
  • Doesn't do corners
  • Hip-hop superstar image

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2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
AMG G63 4MATIC
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$156,450
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2020 AMG G63 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 191.9 in
  • Wheelbase 113.8 in
  • Height 77.4 in
  • Max Width 78.1 in
  • Front Width 65.1 in
  • Rear Width 65.1 in

Exterior Colors

  • designo Mystic Blue Metallic +$2,300
  • designo Graphite Metallic +$2,300
  • designo Mystic Brown Metallic +$2,300
  • designo Diamond White Metallic +$2,300
  • designo Cardinal Red Metallic +$2,300
  • designo Mocha Black Metallic +$2,300
  • designo Platinum Black Metallic +$2,300
  • designo Platinum Magno +$3,950
  • designo Night Black Magno +$3,950
  • G manufaktur South Sea Blue Metallic +$6,500
  • G manufaktur Desert Sand +$6,500
  • G manufaktur Jupiter Red +$6,500
  • G manufaktur Desert Silver Metallic +$6,500
  • G Manufaktur Midnight Blue +$6,500
  • G manufaktur Monza Grey magno +$6,500
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2020 AMG G63 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

It is simply impossible to get around the fact that the 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 weighs close to 6,000 pounds and is built like a medieval fort. Add to that its high ride height, and you can start to formulate a picture in your mind as to how this bulk of muscle will handle. To Mercedes-AMG's credit, they have done all that they could to reign in the unruly G63, but the handling characteristics still leave much to be desired. It must be said that ride comfort at lower speeds is much improved over older generations of the G-Glass, almost hiding its off-roader roots, but when it comes to hitting the corners, the G63 simply responds with body roll and understeer. Handling is much better than the first-gen W463 however. The steering feel is not as bad as you'd think, despite being electronically assisted, and at higher speeds weighs up nicely. Driving on the highway at higher speeds feels stable, but we can't get over the amount of wind noise this thing generates.

2020 AMG G63 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 38.7 in
  • Front Head Room 41.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 40.5 in

2020 AMG G63 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 AMG G63 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 a good SUV?

Some regimes prop up their dictators despite them clearly showing early signs of decomposition, and some, such as communist Russia, even embalm their leaders so that they can live way past their sell-by date. Mercedes-AMG has done the exact same here: the G-Class has gone from superiorly rugged and capable off-roader to bloated and overpowered suburban limousine for the rich and famous. Yes, it can still go off-road, but the overwhelming majority of these cars will never smell dirt, nevermind hit a dusty off-road trail. What we have here then is a relic of the past that has been propped up by new and more powerful engines, chassis development, cutting edge safety systems and luxurious interior appointments. It's a strange phenomenon that we see around the world: people want to cling on to the past no matter the cost. It's time to let the G-Class go.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 Comparisons

Bentley Bentayga Bentley
Lamborghini Urus Lamborghini
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Mercedes-AMG G63577 hp13/16 mpg$179,000
Bentley Bentayga 542 hp15/24 mpg$187,600
Lamborghini Urus 641 hp12/17 mpg$225,500

2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 vs Bentley Bentayga

When the Bentayga made its debut in 2015, many traditionalists were shocked that Bentley, a producer of ultra-luxurious sedans and coupes, was going to enter the SUV market, but as we've come to see, this transition has done little to damage Bentley's prominent brand image. The entry-level 2020 Bentayga is also powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine and produces 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, all of which is sent to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The exterior design absolutely reeks of money, and the powerful V8 engine propels this handsome hulk at impressive rates of speed. The interior is on the same standard as the G63 and feels impeccably insulated and refined. We also appreciate its engaging drive and customization potential. On the other hand, the Bentley's infotainment system lags far behind, and rear-seat comfort is not as impressive. Still, give us the Bentley.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 vs Lamborghini Urus

We never thought we'd see the day when Lamborghini would produce a modern SUV, but with the popularity of this class of car on the up, the Italian supercar manufacturer didn't really have any choice but to jump on the bandwagon. The 2020 Urus is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine producing a massive 641 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, greatly overshadowing the G63. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. We appreciate the fact that Lamborghini is the only supercar brand with an SUV history, and it is clear from the Urus's performance that it is very much a child of Lamborghini stock. The striking exterior design is matched by a good-looking interior, and we were surprised at just how capable this car can be off-road. The interior, however, is cramped when compared to the G63, the rearward visibility is near zero, and you'll pay dearly for the privilege of owning one. In this comparison, we'd go with the Lambo.

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