The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class remains a top option for those who want luxurious styling and features along with plenty of character and capability. The 2019 model year marks the first full renovation for the G-Class, and even so, the updates are relatively subtle.
The styling for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is still boxy and upright. This is actually to the extent that a casual observer may not realize how much has changed between the 2018 and 2019 G-Class models. The lines have gotten cleaner while the windshield remains upright. Inside, the dashboard combines the squared-off surfaces that the SUV is known for with S-Class styling cues. If you opt for the AMG model, you will get deeper wheel flares, running boards, 22-inch wheels, and distinctive badges and grille.
When you take a closer look, the differences between the current G-Class and its predecessors become clear. They include tightly integrated body cladding, exactly pressed body panels, and LED headlights with siped driving lamps.
Under the Hood
The G-Class needs a powerful engine to move a vehicle of its size, and Mercedes-Benz delivers with your choice of powertrains. The AMG G63 features a 577-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 with 627 pound-feet. Meanwhile, the G550 has a detuned version of this engine with 416 horsepower with 450 pound-feet of torque. This engine has a zero-to-60 time of 5.8 seconds and reaches 130 miles per hour. Or the upgraded engine in the AMG G63 needs 4.4 seconds to reach 60 mph and can hit 149 mph, despite weighing 5,700 pounds. No matter how you configure your 2019 G-Class, it comes with a nine-speed automatic that features a wider gear set to maximize off-roading.
To enhance the driving feel, both powertrains offer driver-selectable modes. The G550 has Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Individual programs, while the G63 has Slippery, Sport, Sport+, Comfort, and Individual.
The G-Class looks and acts the part when it comes to off-roading. While the vehicle remains a body-on-frame SUV, it has three differential locks, a two-speed transfer case, and full-time four-wheel drive as standard. The solid front axle has been replaced by a double-wishbone independent one that enhances on-road performance while improving stability off-road. With the G-Class, drivers will experience great performance both on and off the road. It does the best, however, when you get off the beaten path and want to head out on an adventure. After all, it does have 9.5 inches of ground clearance and a fording depth of 27.6 inches.
As a luxury model, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes standard with leather upholstery, memory for power-adjustable front seats, automatic emergency braking, keyless ignition, active lane control, and Burmester audio. It also has a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen and the option to swap out the conventional gauge cluster with a display of the same size. As far as individual options, you can configure the G-Class with adaptive dampers, rear-seat entertainment, a heated steering wheel, and massaging front seats. In terms of safety features, all G-Class models come standard with attention assist, active lane control, and forward-collision warning featuring automatic emergency braking. You can get adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, rear side airbags, and active park assist, as well.