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2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review: Your Gateway To The Mob

The US loves luxury SUVs, and there are few more intimidating interpretations of the concept than the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The G-Class has become an icon worldwide for its bold styling, luxury interiors, and connection to the Russian mob. The G550 is a standalone model, and while it might not carry the AMG badge, it still offers a massively capable and luxurious package. Under the hood, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers 416 horsepower, which is effortlessly put to the dirt via a 4Matic AWD system and a nine-speed auto transmission.

The Mercedes G-Wagon offers a premium interior and lots of standard features but can't hide that it is still a heavy box on wheels. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited can match it off-road for a fraction of the price, and the brand-new Land Rover Range Rover also offers stiff competition. Can this time capsule still cut it in 2022?

2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Changes: 🚙What's the Difference vs the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

Not much is changing for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class and those that were hoping for the new MBUX infotainment system are out of luck. The G still makes do with the old Comand system, even three years after launch and even after all the other Mercedes models have switched over to the feature-rich MBUX. Hinting at the future, of course, is the electric G-Class, the Concept EQG, that was first shown in September 2021. On a level more relatable to a 2022 G-Class buyer in the US, the Professional Line exterior trim package is expected to become available this year, encompassing a bunch of exterior changes to make the G more off-road ready, such as fat off-road tires on black 18-inch wheels, mud flaps, stone guards in front of the headlights, blacked-out exterior trim, a tow hitch, and more. The options list is revised and now gains ten additional colors (including the eye-catching new Copper Orange Magno), as well as a rear-seat entertainment system. As standard, the G550 now comes with a tow hitch and rear-seat entertainment preparation.

Pros and Cons

  • It's the ultimate status symbol
  • You can customize the living hell out of it
  • Luxurious cabin
  • True off-road capability
  • Excellent acceleration for its size and weight
  • A brick is more aerodynamic
  • It's not a track car
  • That price tag

2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

Mercedes G-Wagon Exterior

The G-Class has to be one of the most iconic SUVs of all time, and despite its age, it still manages to look good. The best way to describe the look of the G-Class is as "a brick on wheels." With large 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a prominent stainless-steel bash bar, a tow hitch, and a rear-mounted spare wheel, the G-Class manages to look slick and rugged at the same time. Optional extras include 20-inch AMG multispoke wheels, a black brush guard, Night Black Magno exterior accents, and an AMG styling package that adds wider fender flares and chrome trim elements. When decked out in the Professional Line package, it adopts an even more rugged appearance with black 18-inch alloy wheels with off-road tires, stone guards in front of the headlights, mud flaps, blacked-out exterior trim, a roof rack, and rear privacy glass.

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The G550 is classified as a mid-size four-wheel drive luxury SUV and measures 189.7-inches in length, and rides on a 113.8-inch wheelbase. This all-wheel-drive monster is 86.1 inches wide when you include the wing mirrors and stands 77.5 inches tall. The front track and rear track are both 64.5 inches wide. The Mercedes G-Class has a minimum ground clearance of 9.5 inches, which, combined with a relatively short wheelbase, gives it excellent off-road capability. The approach, break-over, and departure angles measure 30, 28, and 31 degrees, respectively. With those ample dimensions, it's no surprise that the G550 SUV tips the scales at 5,554 pounds.

  • Length 189.7 in
  • Wheelbase 113.8 in
  • Height 77.5 in
  • Max Width 74.5 in
  • Front Width 64.5 in
  • Rear Width 64.5 in

Exterior Colors

The 2022 Mercedes G Wagon is far from being a rudimentary off-road vehicle and can be considered a modern style icon, and what do all style icons need? A massive wardrobe, of course! For 2022, Mercedes-Benz offers the G-Class in an enormous array of colors. There used to be nearly 40 among the standard factory colors and G Manufaktur hues and this year, ten more are added. No-cost color options include Magnetite Black metallic, Rubellite Red metallic, and Mojave Silver metallic. Extra-cost colors that caught our eye include designo Diamond White metallic for $2,300 and designo Platinum Magno (matte) for $3,950. A particularly vivid new color is Copper Orange Magno, which was first seen on the G-Class in Mercedes' press images donning the new Professional Line package. The G Manufaktur range includes many exclusive options such as Jupiter Red, South Sea Blue metallic, Sea Blue metallic, and Desert Sand, all of which go for $6,500 each.

  • MANUFAKTUR Mystic Blue Metallic +$2,300
  • MANUFAKTUR Graphite Metallic +$2,300
  • MANUFAKTUR Mystic Brown Metallic +$2,300
  • MANUFAKTUR Moonlight White Metallic +$2,300
  • MANUFAKTUR Cardinal Red Metallic +$2,300
  • MANUFAKTUR Platinum Black Metallic +$2,300
  • MANUFAKTUR Platinum Magno, Limited availability +$3,950
  • MANUFAKTUR Night Black Magno, Limited availability +$3,950
  • G manufaktur Monza Grey magno, Limited availability +$6,500
  • G manufaktur Dakota Brown magno, Limited availability +$6,500
  • G manufaktur Sea Blue Metallic +$6,500
  • G manufaktur Arabian Grey +$6,500
  • G manufaktur South Sea Blue Metallic +$6,500
  • G manufaktur Olive Metallic +$6,500
  • G manufaktur Jupiter Red +$6,500
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2022 Mercedes Benz G-Class Performance

You won't find an AMG badge on the back of the G550, but that doesn't mean that this German bruiser is short on power; in fact, it will leave most hot hatches in the dust from a launch and offers masses of mid-range power. Under the hood of the G-Class is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to a 4Matic AWD system, the G-Class will catapult to sixty miles per hour in only 5.6 seconds, which is about as fast as a 2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning, and will barrel on to a limited top speed of 130 mph. Figures aside, the G-Class' real party trick is its off-road capability; this thing will go where few others dare, and only vehicles such as the Jeep Wrangler genuinely stand a chance of keeping up with it. The G-Class also has an impressive towing capacity of 7,000 lbs. The only thing keeping this SUV from being an excellent all-rounder is its price tag and the fact that the majority of owners will never touch a dirt road in one of these.

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Engine and Transmission

Under the chiseled hood of the G550, you'll find a burly 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 gas engine that churns out a serious 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to an impressive 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission. Combined with a 4Matic AWD system, the G550 launches from the line with surprising enthusiasm and keeps pulling cleanly past 6,000 rpm, all the while emitting a sonorous bark from the tailpipes. There's lots of low-down pull for city driving, but the G550 really shines on the highway, where it will gladly overtake any car at the mere suggestion of throttle input. The nine-speed transmission is well suited to this engine and adapts effortlessly to whatever mood the driver might be in. For those that appreciate a bit more involvement, steering-wheel-mounted paddles allow one to select gears manually.

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

No one will ever expect the body-on-frame G-Class to be a canyon-carving sports car, and it sure as hell isn't, but it has come leaps and bounds since the original utilitarian versions first came out. Seeing as these cars will spend the majority of their time in cities and suburbs, it is good to note that low-speed comfort is excellent: the G-Class will soak up road imperfections like it's nobody's business, and at higher speeds, it feels planted and refined (just don't mind the wind noise). Throw this boxy behemoth into a set of corners with too much speed, and you'll be met with understeer and body roll. Those who want a more dynamic experience can opt for the available adaptive suspension, but even this system can't entirely hide the fact that the G550 is a tall and heavy SUV. Take this machine off-road, however, and things start to make a whole lot more sense. The G-Wagon loves to crawl over obstacles and displays excellent wheel articulation. With three lockable differentials in play, there always seems to be grip in one corner or the other. For sandy conditions, there is a Desert Mode accessible via the Dynamic Select controller. The brakes in the G-Class are considerable and offer good all-around performance. The G-Class isn't a ballerina, but it ain't a bull in a China shop either.

Mercedes G-Wagon Mileage

With a brick wall's aerodynamic characteristics and a 416-horsepower V8 under the hood, the G550 never stood a chance. The EPA rates that this German SUV will manage 17/19/18 mpg city/highway/combined, but real-world driving will see those numbers drop, especially when you get addicted to the glorious shove of torque on offer. To give the G550 a somewhat decent range, Mercedes-Benz has fitted it with a large 26.4-gallon fuel tank, allowing this Black Forest Bear to travel up to 475 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    26.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 17/19 mpg
* 2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G 550 4MATIC SUV

2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Interior

Despite being the cheapest G-Class vehicle on sale for 2022, the G550 offers an impeccably crafted interior that reeks of class and sophistication. The interior is flush with leather, wood, and alloy trimmings and is a far cry from the original G-Class cars. Those going for the AMG model will be hard-pressed to find any significant changes in the build quality of these two interiors, and the layout of most major controls is precisely the same. There's ample space for larger occupants, and the trunk size is good too. Each G550 comes with luxuries such as tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front and rear seats. Optional extras include Nappa leather upholstery and ventilated front seats.

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Seating and Interior Space

The G-Class can be an intimidating thing to get in and out of. Unlike its crossover siblings, the G-Class is a properly lifted thing that sits high off the ground, so shorter occupants will have to make use of the side-steps to avoid a potentially nasty fall. Once inside, however, the G550 offers a ton of interior space and seating for five adults. Legroom and headroom are good enough for six-footers in the front and back. Visibility is good, and the driver enjoys a commanding view of the road, but that cool-looking spare wheel at the back naturally obstructs rear visibility. Both the driver and front passenger enjoy power seats with ten-way adjustability.

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

Interior Colors and Materials

As with the exterior, Mercedes-Benz offers tons of custom colors and materials for the G550, including a wide range of G Manufaktur options. The standard leather upholstery options come at no extra cost to the buyer and include colors like Black, Nut Brown/Black, and Macchiato Beige/Black. Still, color combinations such as Classic Red/Black require selecting the Exclusive Interior package for $5,000, which adds Nappa leather, a Dinamica headliner, and other embellishments to the cabin. Diamond pattern leather seats need the buyer to fork out an extra $12,200 for the Exclusive Interior Package Plus, adding multi-contour front seats and more. G Manufaktur options include Black with Yacht Blue topstitching and Black with Lime Green topstitching. These options require one to select the G Manufaktur Interior Package for an additional $8,100. Trim options include Natural Grain Walnut wood, Light Brown Sen wood, and the most expensive option is the AMG carbon fiber trim for $3,700.

2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Trunk and Cargo Space

With a square body design, the G550 naturally offers impressive cargo space. The G-Class provides a generous 38.1 cubic feet of space behind the second row, which is more than enough to fit one and a half defectors. Pop down the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and you get a sizable 68.6 cubic feet of space, which is slightly less than what you get in the Land Rover Range Rover, another brilliantly practical luxury SUV. Small items can be stored in the center console storage bin, glove box, and there's even a tiny nook in the front console for a phone or set of keys. There are two cupholders in the front, and all doors feature decently-sized door pockets.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Infotainment and Features


At the price you're paying for one of these luxury German bricks, one would expect a pretty impressive list of standard features. The good news is that you do: the 550 offers standard heated leather seats (both rows are heated) with front 10-way power-adjustability with seat memory, and driver's side steering and mirror memory, three-zone automatic climate control, a 64-color LED interior lighting system, heat and noise-insulated glass, a power-adjustable tilting/telescoping steering column, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, and a universal garage door opener. Standard driver aids include active brake assist, attention assist, adaptive cruise control, speed-limit assist, blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and trailer-stability assist. Optional extras on offer include a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and Nappa leather upholstery.


What would a G-Class be without a banging sound system? The standard Burmester sound system includes 15 high-quality speakers, a 590-watt, 10-channel digital amplifier, and sounds excellent when jamming Hot Drum by Joyride. That's not where the Merc's comprehensive multi-media offering begins and ends, of course. The 2022 G550 offers its occupants an impressive infotainment system that features a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment display. The large 12.3-inch screen offers crisp and clear images, but the COMAND touchpad control system can be challenging to use when on the move and, disappointingly, the new MBUX system is still not available on the G. The infotainment system offers standard navigation with no-charge map updates for three years, three years of live traffic info, Bluetooth streaming, dual USB audio ports, HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio with a six-month all-access trial, voice control, an SD card reader, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and preparation for a rear-seat entertainment system. TuneIn Radio, that rear-seat entertainment system, and in-car Wi-Fi are optional extras.

2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Problems and Reliability

While the 2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has had no recalls yet, the 2020 model suffered from five - a loose side-impact crash sensor, an incorrect child safety-lock label, a potential loss of ABS and stability control, an eCall system that may fail or provide emergency responders with an inaccurate vehicle location, and a rear door that may open while driving. That last one on the list carried over to the 2021 model and was joined by two more - a malfunctioning seat-belt locking retractor and a faulty seat-position switch. Mercedes-Benz offers a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty which includes corrosion protection, a roadside assistance plan, and a drivetrain warranty for the same amount of time/distance.


  • 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

2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Safety

The G-Class is yet to undergo an IIHS review or NHTSA crash test, but with a front crash bar, ten airbags, and the weight and shape of the Great Wall of China, you should be pretty safe in case of an accident.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Key Safety Features

Although there hasn't been an official Mercedes-Benz G-Class safety review, the big SUV comes packed with a ton of standard safety features. Basics include ten airbags (including dual front knee airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows), electronic stability control, and the Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call system. Active brake assist, speed limit assist, attention assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot assist, trailer-stability assist, adaptive high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, active lane-keep assist, a rearview camera, and pre-safe are all standard.

Verdict: 🏁Is the New G-Class SUV a Good SUV?

There are way more efficient ways to get a luxury SUV experience, but the G-Class has transcended its contemporary competition and is considered an icon, free from the clutches of progress and politically correct agendas. The G-Class exterior hasn't changed much in decades but still manages to look cool, especially with the optional AMG wheels, and gets modern tech such as adaptive high-beam assist. Inside, the G-Class offers a truly premium experience and features a rich wood and leather interior, which can be upgraded to feature tons of carbon fiber or aluminum trimmings. Interior features such as tri-zone climate control and optional massage seats demonstrate the caliber of the car you're dealing with. There is ample power on offer under the hood thanks to a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that punches out 416 hp. The G-Class has not been crash-tested but comes with all the modern safety amenities, and its improved infotainment system is also on par with the competition. It might cost an arm and a leg, but you buy a G-Class for more than its features or capabilities; you buy it for the image it affords you.

🚘What's the Price of the Mercedes G-Class?

You're going to pay dearly for the privilege of driving around a large turbocharged V8 box on wheels. The new G-Class SUV goes for an MSRP of $133,250 in the USA, excluding tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,050. You can buy nearly five Jeep Wranglers for the price of a Mercedes G-Class. If we were buying, we'd get one in Silver, with the AMG Line Night Package Plus package. On the interior side, we'd go for the metal weave trim with black leather and the $2,220 Seat Comfort Package. Total cost? Just under $143,000.

2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Models

Besides the ballistic G63, which we review separately, there is just one standalone model in the normal 2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class lineup - the G550. It is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 416 hp and which is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, sending the power to all four wheels.

The G550 runs on 19-inch alloy wheels and has LED headlights, a stainless-steel brush guard, side steps, a tow hitch, and a power tilting/sliding sunroof. Inside, it has leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, ten-way electrically adjustable front seats, three-zone climate control, keyless access, 64-color LED ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and an electrically adjustable tilting/telescoping steering column. The COMAND infotainment system incorporates a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, an infotainment touchscreen of the same size, SiriusXM, Bluetooth streaming, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual USB ports, and a 590-watt, 15-speaker Burmester audio system. Among the standard safety features are ten airbags, automatic headlights with auto high beams, attention assist, active brake assist, Pre-Safe, rear cross-traffic alert, active lane-keep assist, trailer-stability assist, blind-spot assist, and speed-limit assist.

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Additional Packages

From the exterior all the way to the type of steering wheel, the G-Class is highly customizable. On the outside, the most expensive package you can go for is the AMG Line styling package with the Night Package Plus add-on. This $7,220 option adds features such as 20-inch AMG multispoke wheels with black accents, Obsidian Black exterior accents, a sport exhaust system, a black brush guard, and a sport steering wheel. The interior is offered with the impressive but expensive G Manufaktur Interior Package Plus, which adds Nappa leather, a Dinamica headliner, exclusive interior appointments, active multi-contour front seats with massage functionality, rapid heating for the front seats, and front-seat ventilation. This upgrade will cost you $13,050. Furthermore, new owners can select an adaptive suspension for $1,400.

At the time of writing, the pricing was not yet available for the new Professional Line package. This package makes the G off-road ready by incorporating features such as off-road tires, headlight stone guards, a roof rack, mud flaps front and rear, rear privacy glass, a Professional spare-wheel holder, and blacked-out exterior styling elements, including the 18-inch alloy wheels, bumpers, and badging. A rear-seat entertainment system is also expected to become available soon.

🚗What 2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Should I Buy?

With so many options on offer, it is rare that you'll ever find two of the same G-Class SUVs. The exterior alone offers a massive combination of color and wheel combinations and a host of AMG parts. The interior is the same story: the G Manufaktur options list is extensive and can set you back quite a lot of cash if you want to go for the most premium package. At least there's only one trim to choose from and one powertrain, which makes things a tad more simple. We'd suggest going for a black one with exclusive Nappa leather and diamond stitching in your favorite color. There are several different wheel designs to choose from, one being the 20-inch AMG wheels with black accents - just be aware that like several other upgrades, this one requires you to add numerous expensive packages.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Comparisons

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 CarBuzz
Land Rover Range Rover Land Rover
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Mercedes-Benz G-Class416 hp17/19 mpg$133,250
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 470 hp13/17 mpg$79,595
Land Rover Range Rover 355 hp18/23 mpg$93,800

2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class vs Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392

These two SUVs come from two very different worlds. Sure, the G-Class used to be a utilitarian off-road machine, but it is a dedicated luxury vehicle nowadays, whereas the Wrangler is a purpose-built off-roading weapon. Both cars are incredibly competent off-road, but that is pretty much where the similarities end. The 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is powered by a 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 engine. Power is sent to all fours via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Jeep is a performance match, and is less refined on the open road, but is just as easy to live with in town. The Jeep's interior is miles apart from the G-Class and is focused on taking lots of abuse. Tech levels in the Jeep are also not as impressive as the Mercedes-Benz, and standard safety features don't come close to the German. Off-road, however, the Wrangler offers healthy competition and is still one of the best off-roaders out of the box that money can buy. Speaking of money, the 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 starts from only $74,640 instead of $133,250 for the G550. Get whatever your budget allows for.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz G-Class vs Land Rover Range Rover

Both these cars sit at the top of the Luxury SUV food chain and enjoy a cult following around the globe. The brand-new Range Rover currently offers two engine options, starting with a 3.0-liter inline-six with a mild-hybrid system that develops 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. This combo was suitable for a gas mileage figure of 18/23/20 mpg on the city/highway/combined on last year's model and the new one should improve on that: so less power, but more efficiency. On the road, the new Range Rover moves the game on and is the more comfortable car to drive but is no athlete in the corners, and off-road, it will stick with the G-Class on most trails, but its lower break-over angle will limit it eventually. The new Range Rover interior is one of the best in its class, and we prefer its new simplistic and minimalist look combined with old-world charm. The interior is spacious, and the front seats offer more adjustability. Cargo space now beats the Merc with a 40.7-cube effort. Standard features are also comparable, but the Range Rover's infotainment system is not as good as that of the G550. The Range Rover starts at only $104,000 but tops out at at $158,000 for now, but far more expensive models exceeding $200,000 will be forthcoming in due course, giving you a wide range of options. We'd go with the Range Rover, especially because the all-new one is a sizeable improvement on the old.

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