Mercedes-AMG G65 Has Plenty Of Charm But Can It Make Up For Its Age?

Mercedes is putting the finishing touches on the all-new G-Class but the outgoing model remains popular with countless fans and celebrities.

While it’s common knowledge that the G-Class has been around for decades, it’s a tad surprising how far the current model has fallen behind newer crossovers and SUVs.

In the latest video from Doug DeMuro, he checks out the Mercedes-AMG G65 which he describes as the “single stupidest car for sale today.” After highlighting the SUV’s impressive exhaust note, DeMuro quickly points out its lack of modern convenience features such as a passive entry system and a power-operated tailgate.

Given the vehicle’s age, it also has some old school design quirks including exposed hinges, large door gaps, and visible screws on the turn signals and reflectors. Even when Mercedes added newer features, they didn’t turn out perfectly as the rearview camera basically shows you the rear tire carrier and some pavement.

Of course, the G65 has some redeeming qualities including its insane twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 621 hp (463 kW) and 738 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque. It makes the G-Class incredibly thirsty at the pump but it enables the SUV to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds which isn’t bad for something that weighs 5,691 lbs (2,581 kg).

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  • Craig

    OK. We get it. YOU don’t ‘get it’. What a bitchy review.

  • Dennis James

    It’s quite strange, seeing this guy’s negative review made me really like and “get” that car 🙂 There’s a reason Mercedes is still selling it. Part of its appeal is all those “old”, “outdated” and “annoying” things that make up the car’s character.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Doug completely missed the point of this car and why it still exists. All of those things which he slammed is the reason why people love this car. It looks unique, the door hinges make it look old school and badass and the panel gaps in the door indicate that the basic body construction hasn’t changed since the 1970s!

    And to add further insult to injury he ends the review with a laughable Doug Score! Yikes!

    • I ALWAYS HIT STOP WHEN HE GET’S TO THE DOUG SCORE.

  • BGM

    Holy cow what an eye opener! Now more than ever I judge the people who get this thing as poseurs…… When you put the Gwagen up against a top range Range Rover it’s clear which is the better vehicle… Except that for attention whores the RR is a commoner’s vehicle, so they get this mastodon… Better them than me…

    • Matt

      Are you saying these quirks are news to you? Everyone knows the G-Class is effectively a 1979 military vehicle, nothing Doug mentioned is surprising at all.

      • IT SURPRISED ME THAT IT WAS A CRAPPY AS IT IS.

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  • europeon

    I have made the effort to watch this, despite promising I’ll never again watch what this rtard is doing, and I wasn’t disappointed – he’s still an idiot that doesn’t understand car.

  • Vottek Mäxle

    “This car can only be driven by people who just have no shame in their appearance”. Says the guy wearing a white T-shirt underneath a T-shirt.

    • lagunas3ca

      +1

  • TheBelltower

    I would love one of these, but with the 4L base engine. Paying over $230k for a V12 is overkill and ruins the simplicity of it. I don’t care about the other flaws. Exposed hinges are cool.

  • FlameWater

    Anyone who buys this is an idiot or clearly from dubai

  • I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THE APPEAL AND THIS EXAMPLE LOOKS PRETTY CRAPPY INSIDE. DOUG DOESN’T SEEM TO BE IN HIS USUAL PERKY MOOD.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Well, the only stupid one in this video is himself. Certainly he is too stupid to understand the objective of the G-wagen. It’s never meant to be a beauty pageant competitor, for that a GL-500 would be sufficient. It’s never meant to be a sportcar, for that a GLC 63 AMG would be more than enough. And it’s never meant to be a sofa on wheels, for that, there’s Maybach S600. G-Wagen is about toughness, practicality and off-road durability. It’s meant to play with mud and dirt, not to do catwalking with high-heels at the mall. It is an icon. Period.

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