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2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

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The 2011 Mercedes G-Class continues the legacy of one of the most iconoclastic vehicles in production today. Originally designed for military use, its simple, boxy styling and off-road reputation led Mercedes to adapt it for the civilian market and it went on sale as the G-Class beginning in 1979. Over the years, the G-Class has adopted modern technologies for its interior but the classic boxy body shape has remained remarkably similar. The G-Class is for a very specific driver; Compared to Land Rover's Range Rover, the ride isn't as smooth and the cabin isn't as quiet. That's exactly what G-Class customers are looking for, though: A combination of off-road capability and prestige that can't be found anywhere else, especially for those purchasing the souped-up AMG model.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the old-school ruggedness of what SUV's used to be but also demand high levels of performance and finish, you should definitely look at the G550. If you like the G550 and worship at the altar of "more," consider the G55 AMG.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The G-Class doesn't boast the modern styling, softer ride or interior luxuries of modern SUVs like the Land Rover Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade or even Mercedes' own GL-Class. If you're looking at the G-Class, make sure of your expectations and wants.

What's Significant About This Car?

Aside from new 18-inch twin-five-spoke wheels for the G550, there are no significant changes to the 2011 G550 or the G55 AMG.

Driving the G-Class

Driving Impressions The 2011 G550's power comes from Mercedes-Benz's 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8 engine. Acceleration is surprisingly quick and power is easily accessible through the revs. At highway speed the G550 is very...

comfortable, but its boxiness and sheer bulk make it less than ideal for corner carving. The weight, however, imparts a certain sense of confidence, seeming to keep the G550 planted to the road. The steering, meanwhile, is optimized for off-road driving - where both G-Class models shine. The four-wheel drive system is permanently engaged; for off-road driving or bad weather conditions there's a two-speed transfer case and three buttons on the dash, allowing you to lock the front, center or rear differentials at once or in whatever order you choose. The G55 AMG adds a supercharger to the same V8, making for a monstrous 500 horsepower. The AMG also comes with a high-performance braking system.

G55 AMG
If you're considering the G550, you owe it to yourself to give some serious thought to the G55 AMG. The forcefulness of its 500 horsepower alone justifies its place as the most expensive SUV on the market.

Sculpted Bucket Seats
The sculpted bucket seats are versatile in adjustment options and seat the driver in a firm, upright position, perfect both on the road and off.

2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Details
Interior

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class line makes some concessions to the modern era of SUVs with Mercedes' Comand system with LCD-screen. The boxy shape of the G-Class leaves an interior with plenty of headroom that, combined with its power seats, will seat any driver comfortably, with leather all around and Burl Walnut trim pieces adding to its hand-built feel. The rear seats are in a 60/40 configuration and can fold down to create an impressive amount of cargo room. The G55 adds upgraded wood trim, an anthracite Alcantara headliner and a special AMG steering wheel, shifter and instrument cluster in the dash.

Exterior

The body of the 2011 G-Class wears its simple, military roots from its front-end (with grill and headlamp guard) all the way to its bank-vault like hinged rear gate/door. The nearly 40-year-old basic design definitely appeals to some more than others, but its hand-built quality, thick sheet metal and high, aggressive stance create an undeniable presence.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Both G-Class models come standard with four-wheel drive, a seven-speed automatic transmission, three locking differentials, traction and stability control, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated power front seats, rear park assist, rear-view camera, heated wood and leather steering wheel, bi-xenon headlamps, 18-inch wheels and Comand system with navigation and harman/kardon audio. The G55 AMG gets 19-inch wheels, upgraded paint and chrome body-guard pieces.

Optional Equipment

Save for some accessories and vanity pieces, the Mercedes-Benz G550 has no optional equipment available. The G55 AMG comes standard with all available options.

Under the Hood

The Mercedes-Benz G550's 5.5-liter V8 is an impressive engine, producing a peak 382 horsepower. With the G550's 5,600-pound curb weight, however, the torque the V8 produces is more important (and impressive), giving the SUV acceleration and quickness reminiscent of smaller SUVs without fading at highway speeds. The AMG-tuned G55 is all of that and more; its supercharged V8 can take you from zero to 60 miles per hour in a laugh-inducing, did-that-SUV-just-do-that 5.4 seconds.

5.5-liter V8
382 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/15

5.5-liter V8 Supercharged
500 horsepower @ 6100 rpm
516 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2750-4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/13

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2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 45 Ratings for the 2002 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Best Ever

By on Friday, July 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "go any where, pull the boat, look"

Cons: "paint job"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the 3rd G-wagen I have: 1994, 2004, 2009 G55AMG. Total mileage I had on 1994 - 120000 mi, 2004 - 212000 mi and on 2009 now is about 100000 mi. Only minor problems. This is really one of the most reliable and fun to drive truck."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I've kept my G longer than any other car

By on Thursday, July 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Performance, Style, Fun, Unique, great off-road"

Cons: "price, window regulators fail, ac weak in back"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have a 2002 G wagon that I am just now finally going to be allowed to be pried away from me in order to get a newer one. The vehicle is among the most fun and satisfying to drive of any I have ever owned (a dozen plus cars so far) and I have kept it longer. Why? - Go anywhere, anytime any weather confidence in a vehicle that is perfectly acceptable for business meetings as well - Feels different from any other car I've driven, more solid and capable, and decent handling and pickup considering that its a massive SUV weighing over $5K pounds - Overall quality and reliability has been excellent, I have 120K miles on it with nothing more than regular dealer maintenance, no major failures - More capable off road with stock rims and tires than my friend's "built" off road vehicles - Distinct from all the other cookie cutter SUV's out there and UNLIKE a new rover, Escladade or GL is actually a hard-core off road vehicle - one trip on rough road in the others will blow out your poncey air suspension (speaking from experience) CONS - Rear AC is mediocre - looks bigger outside than it is inside but still big enough, I'm a size 3xl - Window regulators are a weak spot and often break, not ok in a $100K car - the G's don't get the state of the art electronics that the S and GL class do - this is stupid on the part of Mercedes HOW TO BUY By a used one (ideally a lease return) from the Benz dealer that qualifies for "certified" status then pay for the extra FACTORY (not aftermarket) warranty that adds up to 3 years and UNLiMITED MILES to the originally warranty, this both saves you 30% on the price of a new one and gets you a perfect car with a better than new car warranty. I'm VERY picky about what I buy and Mercedes has beautiful lease return cars that have been driven gently all the time - the smartest option dollar for dollar on any MB car."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

My favorite vehicle so far

By on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, great off road"

Cons: "lack of cup holders, needs more back seat room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great to drive, capable on any surface. I have the factory towing package and it pulls like my F350 when loaded below 7,000lbs. Great sound, great heritage rough but refined."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Awesome...

By on Monday, September 03, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "safe, fast, fun to drive"

Cons: "cup holders, keyless go not standard"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A cut above the rest. in a world where range rover is at every corner the G really stands out. It is a great car for the family and in the city. I feel comfortable knowing my 5 year old is riding in the back of this tank. i have S550 as well. The G is luxorious but not luxory especially if you have an S class Benz."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Love my G500

By on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This truck is a monster that everyone looks at!"

Cons: "It gets a very robust 9 mpg!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my G500 last June. I love it. Maintenance is expensive, and so is the fuel, but if you can afford a G, you shouldn't complain. I will be a loyal G owner only trading up to a silver G55 :)"

10 people out of 11 found this review helpful

This truck rules

By on Friday, September 02, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "amazing in every way"

Cons: "cant upgrade the stereo to have ipod interface without going 3rd party"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"What more can i say. I own a few other cars and i never want to drive any of them more than i do this truck. Not to mention how well it tore up the 5 ft of snow we had last winter. best vehicle ever."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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