2016 Mercedes-Benz G550: Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
What Is It?
The Mercedes-Benz G550, also known as the G-Wagen, has been in production since 1979. Originally designed for military use, the current model is completely modern but it looks basically the same as it did when it entered production more than 30 years ago. Although it’s designed to be extremely tough with impressive off-road capability, the G-Class has become more of a showpiece rather than a true go-to off-road vehicle — you’re more likely see one driving around Hollywood than the Himalayas (granted, that’s probably the case with almost any vehicle, but you get the point). Our test Wagen was the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G550. Chock full of standard equipment, the only options on this vehicle are designo Classic Red Nappa Leather upholstery and Platinum Black trim, adding up to a total retail price of $125,075. Expected competitors of the G-Wagen would be the Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX570 or perhaps the new Bentley Bentayga; however, many potential owners would probably cross shop an exotic sports car to satisfy similarly narcissistic desires.

<Slide 1/11>