The 2021 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz G class is more than a luxury SUV for the wealthy and famous. It’s a legendary off-road icon that lives up to its reputation. The G-class is only available to those who are in a certain tax bracket. However, anyone can appreciate its tall, square design, which has been its hallmark for decades. Mercedes has redesigned the Gelandewagen’s exterior, but the company also added a sophisticated independent front suspension to improve its road handling. The vehicle’s larger dimensions make it more spacious than its predecessors. Additionally, the interior styling and materials are now in line with its luxury heritage. The G-wagen would not be complete without a strong frame, adequate ground clearance, and three locking differentials. A powerful 416-hp twin turbo V-8 powers all four wheels and pairs with a nine speed automatic transmission. The 577-hp Mercedes AMG G63 is a great choice for those who prefer a faster and more luxurious experience. However, we recommend the classic 2021 G-class.
What’s new for 2021?
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-class has a lot of customization options. The company’s G Manufactur program offers 34 exterior colors and 54 interior upholstery options. The 12.3-inch fully-digital gauge cluster has been updated. There are also new options such as 20-inch wheels, and Night Package Magno.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
Each G-class is six-figures in price. Then again, the cost can go up with all the expensive options. We would avoid expensive upgrades and instead make thoughtful choices to improve our G-class. The Exclusive Interior package adds a nicer nappa leather upholstery to the vehicle and more trim options. The Seat Comfort package features ventilated cushions on the front seats, as well as adjustable dampers that allow for a more comfortable ride. We would choose the heated steering wheel as our only alternative.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
The G550’s twin-turbo V-8 produces 416 horsepower and 450lb-ft torque. The G63, which is tuned for AMG performance and produces 577 horsepower and 627 lbft, costs nearly $25,000 more to begin. The G550 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Its engine transmits power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. We found that the 2019 G550 had significantly improved road handling than the previous model thanks to its independent front suspension and lower center of gravity. Its square and tall body made wind noise at higher speeds and didn’t make the SUV feel agile around corners. The G550’s steering is more precise than ever, and the ride quality on even the most difficult surfaces is excellent. Mercedes equips every G-class with three locking differentials as well as a low-range gear. This makes it capable of handling any terrain. This, along with a generous ground clearance and a maximum weight towing capacity of 7000 pounds makes it an invaluable tool for socializing.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The G550 is only for those who have the money to buy it. Every model should earn at least 13 mpg in cities and 17 mpg highway. One was tested on a 75-mph highway fuel economy route. It failed to meet government standards and earned 15 mpg in real life.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The G-class’s offroad abilities are enhanced by the luxurious interior that offers more room for passengers and cargo than previous generations. The standard features include a 12.3 inch digital gauge cluster, heated rear and front seats with leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. There is also three-zone automatic climate control. Buyers can have heated front seats, ventilation, nappa leather upholstery and a digital gauge display by checking a few options boxes. G manufactur options have the most luxurious aesthetic, and can be customized with more than 54 interior upholstery options. However, they are expensive. Although there is plenty of headroom in both the front and rear seats, it’s not as luxurious as some high-end SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The Benz still has plenty of cargo space. We tested the Benz with 16 suitcases in its back row, and 17 more bags folded. (33 total).
Connectivity and Infotainment
G-wagens feature a 12.3-inch infotainment screen that can be controlled primarily through a touchpad and rotary knob on the center console. The system, which includes voice commands and steering-wheel controls, is easier to use than more complex touch-heavy options. The system also includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Burmester 15-speaker audio system that is 590 watts. If you are looking to upgrade, you can add a WiFi hotspot or rear-seat entertainment.