A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Combining rugged performance with an iconic boxy exterior style, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a hallmark of the SUV segment. It manages to combine true off-road capabilities with luxurious comfort and outstanding on-road performance in a way that most automakers never quite achieve.

Key Features

The interior offers sculpted bucket seats that cradle you comfortably no matter whether you’re roaring down the blacktop or hitting the trail with your SUV. You’ll find a number of standard features here that are costly extras from other automakers, including the standard 4-wheel drive system, a 7-speed automatic transmission, and more. The G-Class also features three locking differentials and standard stability control. Heated seats are also a standard feature.

Changes for 2012

There were quite a few changes for the 2012 model year. The most important was the elimination of the high-end G55 AMG model (the high-performance variant of the G-Class). The automaker also introduced a new trim package (Edition Select) that brought some of the features of the departed AMG model to the rest of the line. New exterior and interior colors were also introduced.

What We Like

We really like the fact that unlike many SUVs on the market, the G-Class manages to retain its off-roading roots. The luxurious cabin is another high point, and the engine’s performance is world-class.

What Concerns Us

While it’s a great vehicle, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class isn’t perfect. It handles poorly around sharp turns (something common to all SUVs), and the handling in general isn’t that nimble. The front seats also have limited legroom. The fuel economy is a very low point for the class, and the interface used with the navigation system could be better.

Available Models

There are two trim options available for the G-Class – the standard G550 and the Edition Select (which doesn’t really bring a lot of changes to the performance aspect of the SUV). Both trim levels use the same engine – a 5.5-liter V8 engine with 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque, capable of offering 12/15 mpg.

Major Recalls

No recalls have been issued for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Common Issues

While most drivers love their G-Class, there are some pretty common complaints. The most common is the horrible fuel economy. The second is the limited space in the interior – this isn’t a particularly roomy SUV, especially for tall drivers and passengers riding in the front.

Mercedes Benz G Class Interior


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