2011 Mercedes-Benz G Class Review

The Car Connection Expert Rating Breakdown?

7.4
on a scale of 1 to 10
Styling
7.0
Expert Rating
Performance
7.0
Expert Rating
Comfort & Quality
7.0
Expert Rating
Safety
7.0
Expert Rating
Features
9.0
Expert Rating
Fuel Economy
4.0
Expert Rating
2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

While many SUVs make the transition into the car-based crossover world, the military-grade Mercedes-Benz G-Class trundles on with its planar body, fantastically powerful engine choices, and downright miserable fuel economy.

A competitor only, really, to the Land Rover Range Rover and the former HUMMER H2, the G-Class was bred for the Iranian military in the 1970s. Rather than mothball the project during that country's revolution, Mercedes instead began building and selling the vehicle, which continues to date, in pretty much the same form since the 1980s, though with major upgrades to its interior, drivetrains and safety features.

With its flat sides, nearly vertical windshield, and strikingly boxy body, it's easy to see the martial application of the G-Class. Clamber inside, though, and a truly rich interior with wood paneling and leather upholstery greets drivers and passengers, just as it does in most other Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Buyers of the $100,000-plus G-Class are offered two choices in performance. The 2011 G550 sports Mercedes' smooth, stalwart 382-horsepower V-8 engine coupled to a seven-speed automatic. The 5.5-liter, 500-hp G55 AMG adds an intercooled supercharger and upgrades to a beefier five-speed automatic to push the barn-door body through the atmosphere. The G550 accelerates to 60 mph in about 8 seconds; the G55 AMG pounces more brutishly to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, while gulping gas to the tune of 11/13 mpg. The smaller V-8 manages 12/15 mpg. The cosmetic distinctions between the two are few, though the G550 has new 18-inch wheels this year, while the G55 AMG has 19-inchers, as well as unique badging and chrome trim, along with illuminated door sills.

Thanks to its enormous curb weight and tall body, the G-Class handles with a top-heavy feel that requires attention in highway driving, particularly in crosswinds. Ultimately, it has astonishing grip, and with the G55's manic power overload, the big SUV can be truly quick. Off-road, it's a billy goat, with exceptional crawling capability and three locking differentials--as well as a true low range--to keep it plugging away in mud, gravel, and snow.

The Car Connection Consumer Review

Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
June 22, 2015
2015 Mercedes-Benz G Class 4MATIC 4-Door G63 AMG

Unique vehicle that provides extrodinary performance.

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
Build quality exceeds expectations Unique design and features Excellent build quality Resale value AMG performance -- Some of the creature comforts could be a bit more modern but the overall uniqueness due to... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
See all user reviews »
Looking for other models of the Mercedes-Benz G Class?
Read reviews & get prices
Compare the 2011 Mercedes-Benz G Class against the competition
Compare All Cars
Related Used Listings
See More Used
s