Despite being the cheapest G-Class vehicle on sale for 2023, 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 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.
The G-Class can be an intimidating thing to get in and out of. Unlike its crossover siblings, the G-Class sits high off the ground, so shorter occupants will have to make use of the side steps to clamber aboard. 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 and both front and rear seats are heated.
|Mercedes-Benz G-Class Trims||G 550 4MATIC|
|Headroom Front Seat||41.9 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||40.5 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||38.7 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||39.5 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||57.8 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||57.4 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||56.9 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||57.2 in.|
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 faux-suede headliner, and other embellishments to the cabin. Diamond pattern leather seats need the buyer to fork out an extra $12,400 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 $8,300. 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.
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 16 carry-on suitcases. 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, glovebox, 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.
|Mercedes-Benz G-Class Trims||G 550 4MATIC|
|Box Height (Area)||44.3 in.|
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, an auto-dimming interior and driver's exterior mirror, 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 multimedia offering begins and ends, of course. The 2023 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.