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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
interior noise levels and ride comfort lag behind
Kelley Blue Book
If the outside of the G-Class is an industrial shipping container, the inside is practically a luxury suite. Inside, the G-Class impresses with all the headroom you're likely to need. It is somewhat narrow, though, and front-seat passengers will notice the width the most since the center console is fairly tall and bulky. The seats themselves are typically firm and power-adjustable, with multicontour adjustments. The second-row bench has some bottom-cushion tilt to soften the flat cushion.
It's a five-seat SUV with plenty of cargo room, but passengers will notice it takes a good climb to get into the G-Class, and cargo loading through the side-hinged rear door takes a higher lift than in today's crossovers. 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 observes 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 2010 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."
High-quality materials and an excellent finish mark the cabin. Edmunds criticizes its test vehicle 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." Kelley Blue Book takes issue with noise levels, suggesting they "lag behind those of the Land Rover Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade," but Car and Driver observes the 2010 G-Class is "surprisingly quiet at speed."
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is as luxurious and comfortable as one expects from a vehicle of this price-once you manage to climb in.