The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a powerful luxury SUV synonymous with success. With a commanding presence on the road and a proven off-road pedigree, the G-Class is ready for anything and can do it with style.
A midsize SUV, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class seats five. It’s available in two models, the Mercedes-Benz G550 and the Mercedes-AMG G 63. Both are powered by a turbocharged V8 engine. A nine-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive also are standard.
The G-Class is all new for 2019. According to Mercedes-Benz, only the door handles, spare-tire cover and headlamp washers were carried over from the previous model year.
In an era of swooping designs that often make it difficult to define the line between SUV and station wagon, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class retains a boxy, upright design. Revisions for 2019 give the iconic box on wheels a fresh take, but it isn’t difficult to recognize the military origins of Mercedes’ storied SUV. The new model is longer and almost 5 inches wider, making the vehicle more intimidating than ever. Thanks to lightweight materials, the new “G-Wagen” grows in size inside and out, but loses 375 pounds.
Mercedes’ premium SUV is loaded with standard features. It comes with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlamps, taillights and daytime running lamps, a power tilt-and-sliding glass sunroof and a full-size spare tire mounted to the rear door. The G-Class can be fitted with a long list of options, including 20-inch wheels and a glass roof.
Special packages include an AMG body styling kit that includes flared wheel arches, a sport exhaust and unique brake calipers. A Night Package blacks out the standard model’s extensive chrome and aluminum highlights with darkened exterior mirrors, spare tire cover, grille, brush guard and wheels. The look even extends to the black-tinted headlights and directional signals.
The G-Class cabin is luxurious and comfortable. For many years, the G-Class has been recognized as the benchmark for combining off-road utility and pampered civility. Updates for 2019 prove Mercedes’ steadfast commitment to making the G-Class a segment leader in both areas. Increased proportions have created more legroom for both the front and rear passengers. The back seat is spacious and offers an open and comfortable seating area for three adults. Rear passengers are provided with an additional 5 inches of rear legroom in the standard folding 60/40-split rear bench seat. Rear cargo space is impressive for a midsize SUV and is aided by the tall roofline and the large swinging rear door. Mercedes’ dedication shines in every handcrafted detail. Materials are attractive and long-wearing.
A high level of standard equipment includes leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, three-zone climate control and a leather-wrapped, wood-trimmed power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Optional features include multi-contour front seats with ventilation and massage, upgraded leather and trim packages, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that replaces the standard analog gauges.
Two variations of the biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine are available for the 2019 G-Class. The G550’s V8 produces 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. The AMG G 63’s handcrafted engine is tuned to 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. All models are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel-drive.
Although improved over the outgoing model, G-Class EPA ratings certainly qualify the SUV as a gas guzzler. The G550 is rated at 13/17 mpg city/highway, and the G 63 gets 13/15 mpg city/highway. Fortunately, a 26.4-gallon fuel tank helps put some distance between gas station visits.
The new G-Class features a new suspension that improves handling and comfort while not compromising off-road versatility. A center-console-mounted switch allows the driver to select from five driving modes. Each preset includes unique combinations and variations of the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and assistance systems. An additional “G-Mode” adapts the accelerator characteristic, steering, transmission and adjustable damping of the chassis for maximum off-road capability. Three different differential locks provide maximum control even in the most challenging off-road situations.
Our G 63 review vehicle proved itself to be a comfortable daily driver with excellent provisions for a small family. The spacious cabin and comfortable seating were excellent for commuting and longer drives. The striking good looks were a hit at the local cruise-in car show. While we did not have the opportunity to take the AMG off road, we used the vehicle in ways that the majority of owners will and found it to be pampering, yet fun and exciting.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class provides a long list of technology features. Mercedes-Benz’s infotainment system includes navigation, a 12.3-inch center console display and a 15-speaker, 590-watt Burmester audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. A complimentary three-year Sirius XM subscription also is included. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interact with cell phones to provide hands-free telephony and apps.
The G-Class also comes with a rearview camera. A long list of standard active safety technology includes blind-spot monitoring, active distance assist, emergency calling and traffic signal reorganization. Rear cross-traffic alert, active lane keeping and attention assist are also included.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 starts at $124,500, not including transportation and handling charges, and a destination fee. The AMG G 63 model starts at $147,500. With additional options, the G63 easily can top $170,000.
Mercedes makes no excuses for the exclusive pricing of the G-Class. Owners are an elite group that value the mystique of the SUV, along with the off-road prowess, long list of standard equipment and luxurious interior. Competitors include the Land Rover Range Rover, which starts around $106,000. Both are nicely equipped and offer excellent off-road capabilities. However, the Range Rover’s styling and presentation are closer to the mainstream SUV market than the military-flavored G-Class. The Range Rover’s base model also offers more power and better fuel economy.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is an iconic vehicle with a storied past that includes military and racing applications. With its makeover for 2019, the G550 and G 63 add refinement and road manners, but keep the off-road capabilities and aggressive styling.
By Chris Brewer (Last Updated 6/14/2019)
Chris Brewer is an automotive writer and photographer from Northeast Florida. Chris is a regular contributor to numerous automotive magazines and runs Jacksonville’s Cars & Coffee. Brewer also works as the director of communications for The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, a world-renown automotive event and two-time winner of the International Historic Motoring Event of the Year.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Pricing
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The price range for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is $142,989 - $219,800.
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$124,500 - $147,500
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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Pricing By Trim
TrimPrice RangeAverage Selling PriceCARFAX Value
G 550$139,225 - $155,997$148,008$119,980 - $154,630
AMG G 63$199,890 - $227,500$212,706$164,690 - $182,140
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