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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
[coddles] passengers in luxury...surprisingly quiet at speed
Car and Driver
step-in height is rather lofty -- requiring standard running boards
adequately smooth ride, [but] erratic interior ergonomics
interior noise levels and ride comfort lag behind
Kelley Blue Book
Editors at TheCarConnection.com know that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is comfortable and luxurious—that much is sure. Unfortunately, it's a pretty noisy ride.
If the outside of the G-Class is an industrial shipping container, the inside is practically a luxury suite. Edmunds labels it a "five-passenger luxury SUV," and ForbesAutos reports that in this Mercedes-Benz, 2009's "passenger cabin is comfortable, with heated power front seats and supple leather upholstery," though they point out "the G-Class offers just two rows of seats." Getting into the vehicle isn't easy, though; Edmunds says "step-in height is rather lofty—requiring standard running boards—and it combines with smallish doors to make climbing aboard the G-Class a tight squeeze."
Kelley Blue Book says the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has "generous storage space" and notes that the "rear seats are split in a 60/40 configuration and can be folded and flipped to provide more cargo room." Edmunds, however, calls out the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class for rear cargo capacity that "falls short of full-size sport utilities at 80 cubic feet" and a "swinging cargo door [that] is heavy because of its full-size spare tire and its stainless steel cover."
Reviewers have mixed feelings about the fit and finish of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Edmunds criticizes the Mercedes Benz 2009 G-Class for doors that "close with an unsubstantial 'click' rather than the typical, reassuring Mercedes 'thud.'" Edmunds also notes "premium leather and wood cover most surfaces, and buttons and switches are typical of those found in other Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs, but the upright dashboard and seating position are more Jeep Wrangler than $80,000-plus luxury SUV."
Edmunds states that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is "surprisingly quiet...despite having the aerodynamic attributes of a shipping crate." Kelley Blue Book, however, suggests that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is less than quiet, saying "interior noise levels...lag behind those of the Land Rover Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade." Car and Driver observes the 2009 G-Class is "surprisingly quiet at speed."
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is as luxurious and comfortable as one expects from a vehicle of this price—once you manage to climb in.