The G550 feels as if it was carved from a block of granite: heavy, solid, and so unique...oh, and really, really old. Yes, it's equipped with modern conveniences, but the interior is a strange brew of features and design elements from various decades and disciplines. The ergonomics are questionable and the placement of many of the controls, like the lumbar adjustors, seem like an afterthought. And what's with the aftermarket-esque cupholder? I realize that Mercedes' main concern when designing and engineering the G-wagen was not focused on where you put your Starbucks, but at more than $100,000, an integrated cupholder should be standard. As should an auto-up feature on the driver's side window.
But despite all this, the G550 is still one of the coolest, most interesting vehicles sold in America and, surprisingly, it's fairly easy to live with day to day. The shallow dash, thin A-pillars, and upright windshield and side windows make for an unobstructed view of the road making it less scary than you'd think to park and maneuver in urban settings, although, the heavy steering can be exhausting in these same situations.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor