Owning any Mercedes-Benz G63 in Nigeria is a sign of millionaires vibes, there’s nothing else on the road that’s quite like the 2023 Mercedes-Benz GG63, especially on the Nigeria road. The original G-wagen was an icon, a military vehicle with the interior of an S-Class, Owned by politicians, celebrities, and top class businessmen and it remained on sale for what seems like forever.
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The redesigned second-generation version of the SUV arrived in 2019, retaining all of the looks, panache and capability of the original but with a more refined interior and better in-car tech and driver aids. That said, it’s far from the most comfortable or best-driving luxury SUV on the road. The GG63 wins on charm more than anything else.
The Mercedes-Benz G63 was redesigned in 2019, but for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz G63, the SUV sees only a few minor equipment changes. New for 2023, a G Professional package includes a roof rack, spare wheel holder, cherry wood trim for the luggage compartment, and matte black 18-inch wheels. An optional logo package is also newly available.
Adding to the Mercedes-Benz G63’s off-road chops, the interior is all about luxury and offers more space for people and cargo than the previous generation. Standard features include a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster, heated front and rear seats with leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering column, and three-zone automatic climate control. With the check of a few option boxes, buyers can enjoy massaging front seats with ventilation, a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather upholstery, and a digital gauge display.
Edmunds Expert Tested the 2023 Mercedes-Benz G63 gives review
How does the G-Class drive? We tested the G 550. Its V8 engine sounds burly and muscular when you mash the gas and, in our testing, gets this SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. That’s an average time for a V8-powered luxury SUV.
Beyond that, the G isn’t much of a performer. The high centre of gravity and noticeable body roll doesn’t instil confidence around corners. The traction and stability control systems also aggressively activate to keep your wheels on the ground should you try to get enthusiastic with your driving, which is probably just as well. The steering is precise and weighted appropriately but entirely numb. A wide turning radius makes navigating tight spaces a chore.
When it’s on, the auto engine stop-start system is jarring and intrusive. On the plus side, the transmission is smooth and responds quickly to driver demands.
How comfortable is the G-Class? The G 550 is compromised in places by its design. The ride is a bit truckish, but it takes the edge off bumps and avoids feeling busy over rough pavement. The seats are nicely cushioned and supportive — perhaps overly so. The seats are rather narrow, especially for a vehicle in this class, and the adjustable side bolsters just don’t open enough for even relatively svelte drivers.
Noise from the road and from other traffic is pleasantly muted, and the engine settles into a deep, unobtrusive rumble when cruising. But there’s noticeable wind noise at freeway speeds, which is likely due to the G-Class’ upright styling.
How’s the interior? The G-Class’ boxy shape results in some serious ergonomic limitations. The seats are rather high, and while there’s some adjustability, the only seating position that really works is to sit tall and square. While the headroom is superb, the shorter door openings and high seat cushions mean passengers will have to duck while navigating the high step-up. The step rail is too high to be very useful. While rear passenger space is reasonable, the rear doors’ limited range of motion creates more difficulty in getting in and out than it should.
You get a commanding view of the road ahead, but the front window roof pillars are thick and upright — enough to hide pedestrians waiting to cross at a stoplight. The rear view is partially obstructed by the rear-mounted spare tire, and the small side mirrors don’t show you a whole lot either.
How’s the tech? Sadly, the G-Class is stuck with the old Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment system rather than the newer MBUX. It’s not a bad system, but it’s comparatively limited in functionality. The navigation display and commands are less sophisticated, for example, and the voice commands are finicky and limited.
We also had some issues with the G-Class advanced driver aids. Adaptive cruise works well enough, though it lacks the Traffic Jam Assist feature of other Mercedes products. Lane-keeping, however, is abrupt in its intervention, engaging the brakes to drag the vehicle back into line. It’s upsetting to experience, and it makes the G-Class unpredictable to other drivers. Worse, it only intervened occasionally without any real way to tell whether it was primed to go off or not.
How’s the storage? The G-Class is far from the most practical large SUV. The side-opening cargo door requires space to operate, but at least it’s hinged properly for curbside use. The load floor is high and not that deep, and it is limited on the sides by bulky body intrusions. The second-row seat doesn’t fold flat. Its resulting ledge makes it so long, that bulky items can’t simply be slid back. Cabin storage for personal items is also rather limited for such a large SUV.
If you’re planning on using your G-Class as a family taxi, installing child seats is helped by easily accessible car-seat anchor points. But lifting kids and seats up into the cabin can be hard. Bulkier rear-facing seats and infant convertibles might force front passengers to scoot forward more than they’d like.
- Fuel Economy
How’s the fuel economy? We averaged about 13 mpg in our testing of the G 550, which is below the EPA’s estimate of 16 mpg in combined city/highway driving for the 2022 model. This Mercedes is a very thirsty vehicle — thirstier than an Escalade — and on par with a Lamborghini Urus.
Is the G-Class a good value? You have to decide why you want to buy a G-Class. Mercedes offers interiors of this calibre, along with more and newer technology, on some of its less expensive vehicles. For what you get, the G-Class certainly is not up to the standards of other $100,000-plus Mercedes-Benz products.
The G-Class is almost a caricature of an idealized SUV experience. There’s power and authority to spare, and the view over the hood is like nothing else on the market right now. It’s a vehicle that gives you reasons to ignore its many, many shortcomings. Mercedes has mastered the art of emotional appeal across its range. And while the G-Class makes a terrible flagship for its technology and dynamics, it’s an amazing flagship for the brand’s pathos.
How much is the 2023 Mercedes-Benz G63 in Nigeria
The 2023 Mercedes-Benz G63 in Nigeria ranges from ₦200,000,000, Additional features will come with more fees, These include the Exclusive Interior package that adds the nicer Nappa leather upholstery and snazzier trim pieces. The Seat Comfort package includes massaging front seats with ventilated cushions, and the available adaptive dampers allow adjustable ride quality. The only other option we’d choose is the heated steering wheel.
Mercedes-Benz G-Class models
The 2023 Mercedes G-Class comes in standard G 550, performance-tuned AMG G 63, and outrageous AMG G 63 4×4 Squared specification. Each includes a generous list of standard equipment. Feature highlights include:
It’s not the most expensive version of the G-Class, but the G 550 provides everything you need for storming the castle:
- Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine (416 horsepower, 450 lb-ft of torque)
- Nine-speed automatic transmission
- All-wheel drive
- Two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing
- Three locking differentials (help provide extra off-road traction)
- 19-inch wheels
- Brush guard
- Tow hitch receiver
- Three-zone climate control
- 12-way power-adjustable front seats
- Leather upholstery
- Heated front and rear seats
- LED ambient interior lighting
- Power sunroof
Highlights of the onboard technology include:
- 12.3-inch digital instrument display
- 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
- Satellite radio
- Navigation system
- Mercedes Me connected services (three-year trial subscription)
- Burmester surround-sound system
Mercedes G-Class driver assist features include:
- Semi-automated parking system
- Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
- Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn’t used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
- Blind-spot warning with a rear cross-traffic warning (alerts you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
- Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the G-Class and the car in front)
- Automatic high-beam headlights
AMG G 63
For added power and bragging rights, the AMG G 63 is ready to serve with:
- Turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine (577 hp, 627 lb-ft)
- 20-inch wheels
- Upgraded headlights
- AMG body styling
- AMG performance brakes
- AMG performance exhaust
- AMG adjustable adaptive suspension
- Upgraded leather upholstery
- Synthetic suede headliner
- Surround-view camera
AMG G 63 4×4 Squared
New for 2023, the AMG G 63 4×4 is impossible to ignore thanks to:
- Raised suspension
- Unique portal axles with a wider track
- 22-inch wheels
- All-terrain tires
- Exclusive paint colors
- Matte-finish carbon fiber interior trim
- Artificial suede-wrapped AMG steering wheel
Option packages for the G-Class include the following:
- Exclusive Interior package (premium leather and synthetic suede interior)
- Seat Comfort package (ventilated and massaging front seats)
- Night package (adds blacked-out exterior trim and details)
- AMG Line package (G 550 only; adds AMG-inspired exterior and interior style enhancements)
- AMG Trail package (AMG G 63 only; adds off-road-optimized suspension, all-terrain tires)
- Numerous exterior and interior customization options