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2012 Mercedes G-Class G 550 SUV

2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

(0 Stars)  Not so much an SUV as a tank.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
It's been thirty-two years since the Gelaendewagen ("overland vehicle") debuted, and it just keeps getting better with age. New utility vehicles designed with on-road comfort as the top priority have left the G-class without peer. It rides on rigid axles with an all-wheel-drive system that uses a two-speed transfer case and three electronically locking differentials to provide world-class off-road ability. In fact, when the world ends, we fully expect cockroaches will emerge from the rubble driving G-class SUVs. Its military roots may be obvious when you look at the underbody, but the G-class delivers an exceptional interior just like you'd expect from Mercedes-Benz. Ten-way heated and ventilated power seats, dual-zone climate control, and a Harman/Kardon stereo are standard. In three decades of production, the formidable G-class has received relatively few updates. There's surprisingly little rear-seat room for such a big vehicle. The slow-acting recirculating-ball steering is either endearingly retro or annoying, depending on your viewpoint. The door handles are difficult to operate, and the doors are difficult to close completely once you're inside the cabin. With the supercharged AMG variant discontinued, the only model remaining is the G550, which is still frighteningly quick thanks to a 382-hp V-8 that emits a burly growl. Some of its rivals might be more comfortable to drive, but with its old-school credibility, boxy good looks, and extreme off-road capability, the Gelaendewagen still reigns supreme.

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2012 G 550 SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.5L V eight-cylinder OHV
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 12 MPG city, 15 MPG highway, 13 MPG combined and 330 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
25.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 382 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 391 ft lb of torque @ 2,800 rpm

'12 Mercedes G 550 SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Drive  
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Electronic Transfer Case
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Adjustable Pedals
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Memory Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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DVD Entertainment
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
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