The Mercedes G-Class’ interior comes with plenty of uber-plush materials and bundles of futuristic features, but the optional carbon fibre trim looks a bit naff…
The Mercedes G-Class’ interior comes with many features you’ll find in other Mercedes cars, but laid out in a simpler, square arrangement that mirrors the G-Class’ unapologetically boxy exterior.
There’s a huge streak of brushed metal that stretches the full width of the dashboard and links each of the four turbine-like air vents – something of a Mercedes signature these days. The metal toggle switches that operate the heating and ventilation controls have been borrowed from other Mercedes models, but the chunky leather-clad grab handle just above the glovebox is a G-Class exclusive.
What looks like leather on the dashboard, doors and seats is actually a man-made alternative called ‘Artico’ upholstery. Thankfully, it feels very plush and is more than convincing enough to trick your passengers into thinking they’re perched on some genuine cowhide.
Pick an AMG G63 model, though, and you get upgraded Nappa leather alongside a sportier flat-bottomed steering wheel and the option of some rather chintzy carbon fibre trim on the centre console.
If that’s not your cup of tea, you can go for some glossy piano-black plastic inserts or a set of lovely unvarnished wood trims. These looks especially classy bathed in one of the G-Class’ customisable mood lighting – of which there are 64 colours to choose from.
Besides a super-fancy dual-screen infotainment system, the G-Class comes with some lovely old-school touches – from the huge grab handles to the chunky switches for operating its locking differentials
The G-Class comes as standard with a widescreen infotainment system consisting of two huge 12.3-inch displays stretching halfway across the dashboard. The central display deals with the car’s various on-board settings and lets you program the satellite navigation. The second unit replaces conventional analogue dials with customisable graphics on a super high-resolution screen.
Unlike in a Range Rover Sport or Porsche Cayenne, neither display is a touchscreen. Instead, you’ll navigate through the various menus using a scroll wheel on the centre console and a set of touch-sensitive pads on the steering wheel.
Together, they make it a doddle to scroll through menus while you’re driving, but the scroll wheel is partially obscured by a rather bulky touchpad which feels like it’ll give you repetitive strain injury if you use it for long periods.
Thankfully, the menus are laid out simply and sensibly, so it doesn’t take long to change the radio station, adjust the car’s suspension settings or enter an address into the satellite navigation.
On the subject of sat-nav, the Mercedes G-Class’ standard navigation system is easy to use. It delivers clear directions and overlays your route on seriously sharp, brightly coloured maps that are dead easy to read.
You can also use your smartphone’s navigation apps through the Mercedes G-Class’ built-in screens if you prefer. This feature works with both Apple and Android phones, but neither the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto apps quite fill the Mercedes’ huge central display. As a result, you’re left with a rather ugly blank space on the left-hand side.
These features also let you play music from apps including Spotify through the Mercedes G-Class’ stereo. This, in top-spec AMG G63 cars, is a 15-speaker Burmester unit that sounds absolutely spectacular and comes with a set of lovely laser-etched speaker grilles dotted about the cabin.