Mercedes-AMG G63 W463 Second Gen Buyers Guide

In 2019, as the automotive world eagerly awaited Mercedes-Benz's unveiling of the new G63 AMG, there was widespread speculation about whether the second generation would match the legacy of its predecessor and retain the unique appeal that made the G Wagon an icon.

When it was shown to the public for the first time, it was a big relief that it was still the SUV we knew, but enhanced. The G-wagen was completely redesigned for the first time in decades, its iconic design has been expertly preserved and carefully evolved.

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 maintained its renowned off-road capabilities and rugged features, similar to those found in the Mercedes-Benz G550. However, it now featured a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine, delivering 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque.

This power is managed by a nine-speed automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters on the steering wheel, enhancing the vehicle's all-wheel-drive system that is designed to favor rear-wheel traction, thus improving handling and acceleration.

The G63 also steps into the 21st century with its technological advancements. While the previous generation came with features like blind-spot monitoring, parking assist, and adaptive cruise control, the 2019 model introduces additional safety features such as forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

On the inside, technology is front and center with two 12.3-inch displays. One serves as a customizable gauge cluster, and the other operates the COMAND infotainment system. Users can control COMMAND through a dial on the center console or by utilizing the two thumb pads on the steering wheel, which allow for smartphone-like swiping actions.

This design means you can keep your hands on the wheel for tasks like changing the radio station, though the central dial remains a viable option, offering a satisfyingly tactile response.

Also, the G-Class got larger significantly, stretching 4 inches longer and almost 5 inches wider. This enlargement is a major advantage for those seated in the back, offering an impressive 6 inches of additional legroom.

The G63 has drive modes for Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual that you can change:

  • Comfort: Designed to maximize fuel consumption, ECO Mode modifies climate control settings and offers earlier gear changes.

  • Sport: This mode sharpens your steering, and allows revs to run higher before gear shifts. This means you’re enjoying the benefit of high-rev torque in naturally aspirated petrol models. Your suspension will flatten which improves cornering at high speeds.

  • Sport+: Sport+ Mode pushes the limits of performance even further. It’s also worth noting that when in Sport+ Mode, the ECO-START® system will be deactivated.

  • Individual: Individual Mode allows you to take control of your vehicle’s performance. Use the touchscreen display to create your own custom drive mode to deliver your ideal combination of performance, comfort, and fuel economy.

While the original G-Wagon has rightfully earned its place in automotive history, the 2nd generation is no slouch.

Some of the competitors to the G63 include the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentagya, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Land Rover Range Rover.

Although these are other great competitors, the Mercedes-AMG G63 stands alone in it’s unique category in terms of how it looks, purpose and history. 

Model Changes (Breakdown by Year)

2019 Mercedes-AMG G63

The 2019 model is the first full year of production for the G63, which replaced the pre facelift 2018 Mercedes-AMG G63.

Featuring a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine, delivering 577 hp.

It has a strong road presence that is unmistakably a new G63. The starting base price was around $147,000. 

2020 Mercedes-AMG G63

In 2020, for the very first time, enthusiasts have the option to equip an AMG-tuned G-wagen with an off-road package.

The optional AMG Trail package, available for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63, outfits the vehicle with all-terrain tires that maintain the same size as the standard all-season tires (275/50R-20), matte-black wheels, a suspension system with revised damping for rugged terrain, a gloss-black front skid plate for enhanced undercarriage protection, rear mud flaps to minimize debris spray, and all-weather floor mats for interior durability. 

Additionally, the AMG Drive Unit becomes a standard feature, offering convenient, quick-access buttons located on the steering wheel for effortless adjustments to both drivetrain and chassis settings, ensuring optimal performance in various driving conditions.

Base price for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 started at $157,000.

2021 Mercedes-AMG G63

For the 2021 model year, Mercedes's enhanced G-Class model is upgraded to include a wireless smartphone charging pad as part of its standard equipment, marking a significant enhancement in convenience and optional 20-inch wheels.

Additionally, there is an expansion of the G manufaktur customization service, offering an even more extensive range of personalization options for those seeking to tailor their vehicle to their specific tastes. 

Mercedes says the total number of combinations included a total of 34 exterior colors and an impressive 54 interior upholsteries. This selection includes both Manufaktur exclusive options and standard offerings, providing a broad spectrum of personalization possibilities.

Mercedes-Benz also released the AMG Night package brings with it sleek black exterior trim pieces, enhancing the vehicle's aesthetic appeal. Furthermore, a new option for a spare tire cover in Night Black Magno was available, providing a stylish and cohesive look to the vehicle's exterior.

The starting price for the 2021 Mercedes-AMG G63 was $157,000.

2022 Mercedes-AMG G63

This year, Mercedes released a special, limited series of Edition 55 models, which will be distinguished by a striking red-and-black interior theme, distinctive exterior graphics, and large 22-inch wheels. 

The Edition 55 was created to honour the moment in 1967 when Mercedes engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher laid the initial groundwork for the brand's high-performance AMG division. Now, 55 years later, Mercedes is commemorating that milestone.

Only 55 of these exclusive models were sold in the United States, making them a rare acquisition for enthusiasts and collectors alike.

The base price for the G63 Edition 55 started at $176,000.

For 2022, the enhanced 4x42 makes a comeback to the lineup, and this iteration is uniquely available for the Mercedes-AMG G63 model.

The Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4² distinguishes itself from the regular G63 with its significantly raised suspension for greater ground clearance, larger wheels and off-road tires, body modifications such as the flared carbon fibre wheel arches, and enhanced off-road equipment such as portal axles which allows for a significant suspension lift.

Mercedes-Benz claims that this new Squared version represents the most customizable G-Class special edition ever created by them. Some of the other options for the exterior include roof rack, ladder, carbon fibre wheel arch extensions, a carbon roof spoiler, even a carbon spare wheel cover.

The starting price for the Mercedes-AMG G63 4x4² was $350,000.

2023 Mercedes-AMG G63

For the 2023 model year, Mercedes has kept changes to the G63 minimal, introducing a few notable enhancements to refresh its appeal. 

Among these updates is the addition of the G manufaktur Logo package which shines an AMG "G" logo on the ground next to the door when the vehicle unlocks, aimed at allowing you to customize your G-Class to stand out distinctly. This personalization scheme presents over a million possible combinations, beginning with your selection from an array of 29 G manufaktur exclusive paint colors.

This extensive choice ensures that your G-Class truly reflects your personal style and preferences.

Additionally, enthusiasts of the G63 4x4 Squared will find two new exclusive paint options to choose from: Copper Orange Magno and Brilliant Blue Magno, enriching the vehicle's aesthetic choices. 

Furthermore, a novel option for 2023 is the availability of a Cherry Wood floor for the luggage compartment in the G63 4x4², marking a stylish update to its luxury features. These subtle yet impactful changes contribute to the vehicle's enduring legacy and appeal.

2024 Mercedes-AMG G63

The 2024 AMG G63 continues as a carryover model. 

A revamped G-class, featuring more streamlined styling and additional powertrain options, is set for 2025, marking the debut of the new EQG G-class electric variant. 

While Mercedes-Benz has not disclosed detailed information, it is anticipated that the upcoming models may include more efficient powertrains, with a hybrid option being a likely addition.

Mercedes-AMG G63 Common Problems

The Mercedes-AMG G63, despite its reputation for a luxurious and robust SUV, is not immune to certain issues that owners and potential buyers should be aware of. 

It is always recommended to get a Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI) from an authorised dealer or a trusted independent mechanic to identify any possible concerns.

Steering and Suspension: Owners report difficulty maintaining control on less than ideal roads, with the car tending to veer off course. This suggests that the vehicle's steering and suspension may not handle rough terrain as comfortably as expected.

Outdated Multimedia System: Users have faced challenges with the multimedia interface, notably with CarPlay. Issues include buggy operation, black screens, system freezes, long loading times, and the necessity for a wired connection. The system's design, seemingly outdated compared to newer models, detracts from user experience.

Malfunctioning Parking Sensors and Radars: The sensors and radars behave erratically, especially in winter conditions with dirt and snow, leading to constant alerts, system shutdowns, and reboots. This can be particularly distracting and frustrating for drivers.

Reliability Concerns: Some owners have had to replace major parts such as the steering rack, brakes (multiple times due to noise issues), and the transfer case, alongside numerous interior components. Frequent visits to the dealer, even if repairs are covered by warranty, raise concerns about the vehicle's long-term reliability.

Infotainment and Electrical Issues: Problems include the infotainment screen going black, unresponsive controls (both on the center console and steering wheel touchpads), and delayed screen responses. There are also instances of the vehicle failing to start on the first attempt, which may point to underlying software or electrical system issues.

These issues, as reported by G63 owners, highlight a range of potential concerns from electronic and software glitches to mechanical and reliability challenges, affecting the overall driving and ownership experience.

Recalls

2019-2021 AMG G63 vehicles 

Electrical system: Wiring (Recall no. 23V097000)

The front axle wiring harness may chafe against an oil cooler and become damaged, which can cause a loss of anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC).

2019-2022 G63 AMG vehicles

Electrical system: Software (Recall no. 22V365000)

An error in the communication module's SIM card software can cause a mobile network connection failure, disabling the emergency call (eCall) system.

2019 AMG G63 Vehicles

Fuel system, gasoline: Fuel injection system: Fuel rail (Recall no. 21V961000)

During the manufacturing process, particles may have been trapped between the fuel rail and injectors, which can cause a fuel leak.

2019-2021 G63 AMG vehicles

Latches/locks/linkages: Doors: Latch (Recall no. 21V353000)

Components within the door latch may prevent the rear doors from latching or opening properly.

2019-2021 G63 AMG vehicles

Electrical system: Software (Recall no. 21V058000)

The software design of the communication module may fail to communicate the correct vehicle location for the emergency call system (eCall) in the event of a crash.

2019-2020 G63 AMG vehicles

Latches/locks/linkages (Recall no. 20V247000)

The embossed lock symbol for the child safety lock on the rear doors may indicate the incorrect lock status of the child safety lock.

2019-2020 G63 AMG Vehicles

Service brakes, hydraulic: Anti Lock/traction control/electronic limited slip (Recall no. 20V090000)

An electrical resistor within the differential locking module may malfunction, interrupting communication between the control unit and the differential locking actuator, possibly resulting in the deactivation of the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) while driving.

2019 G63 AMG Vehicles 

Engine and engine cooling: Engine: Gasoline: Turbo/supercharger (Recall no. 20V048000)

The oil feed line to the turbocharger may leak. An oil leak in the presence of an ignition source such as hot engine or exhaust components can increase the risk of a fire.

2019 G63 AMG Vehicles

Electrical system: Wiring (Recall no. 19V820000)

The front door wiring harnesses may have been improperly routed causing damage to the individual wires during opening and closing of the front doors. 

Maintenance and Ownership Costs

Ownership of the Mercedes-AMG G63 can be a thrilling experience, but it is accompanied by considerable maintenance and operational costs befitting a high-performance luxury vehicle. 

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class Maintenance Schedule has two different services known as Service A and Service B, along with several other important intervals at 50,000 and 60,000 miles. As a rule of thumb, you should plan for Service A every 10,000 miles, and Service B every 20,000 miles.

Here’s a breakdown of what owners can expect:

10,000 MILES (Service A)

  • Engine oil replacement

  • Oil filter replacement

  • Fluid checks and refill (as needed)

  • Brake inspection

  • Reset maintenance light

20,000 MILES (Service B)

  • Cabin air filter replacement

  • Brake fluid flush and replacement

  • Engine oil replacement

  • Oil filter replacement

  • Fluid checks and refill (as needed)

  • Brake inspection

  • Reset maintenance light

30,000 MILES (Service A)

  • Engine oil replacement

  • Oil filter replacement

  • Fluid checks and refill (as needed)

  • Brake inspection

  • Reset maintenance light

40,000 MILES (Service B)

  • Cabin air filter replacement

  • Brake fluid flush and replacement

  • Engine oil replacement

  • Oil filter replacement

  • Fluid checks and refill (as needed)

  • Brake inspection

  • Reset maintenance light

50,000 MILES (Service A + Additional Items)

  • Spark plug inspection and replacement

  • Engine air filter replacement

  • Fuel filter replacement

  • Engine oil replacement

  • Oil filter replacement

  • Fluid checks and refill (as needed)

  • Brake inspection

  • Reset maintenance light

60,000 MILES (Service B + Additional Items)

  • Transmission fluid flush and replacement

  • Transmission filter replacement

  • Cabin air filter replacement

  • Brake fluid flush and replacement

  • Engine oil replacement

  • Oil filter replacement

  • Fluid checks and refill (as needed)

  • Brake inspection

  • Reset maintenance light

Here is a rough estimate of typical service costs associated with the Mercedes-AMG G63:

  • Oil Change: Costs can range from $300 to $400 at independent mechanics, but at dealerships, this service might cost between $600 to $900, depending on the oil used and the dealership's labour rates.

  • Minor Service: This service package, including an oil change, cabin air filters, and engine air filters, can cost around $1,000 to $1,500 at a dealership. Independent luxury car service shops may offer slightly lower prices.

  • Major Service: Including all items in the minor service, plus replacement of spark plugs, brake fluid flush, and transmission fluid flush, you might expect to pay between $2,500 to $4,000 at a dealership, with the higher end accounting for labour and parts specific to the G63.

  • Tires: For a set of high-performance all season tires suitable for the G63, such as the Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season, costs can range from $1,200 to $2,000, depending on the tire size and specifications required for the vehicle.

  • Brakes: While the rotors on the G63 should last a long time, they should run about $1,000 each. And the cost for a full set of aftermarket brake pads that meet OE (original equipment) specifications is approximately $500 to $800. 

  • Transmission: While generally reliable, transmission services or repairs for the AMG Speedshift MCT can be costly due to the advanced technology and labour involved.

Please note, these estimates should be used as a guideline. For the most accurate and up-to-date pricing, it's recommended to consult directly with a Mercedes-Benz dealership or a reputable independent mechanic specializing in high-end vehicles.

Extended Warranty and Service Packages:

Mercedes-Benz often offers service and maintenance packages that can be purchased with a new vehicle or within the original factory warranty period. These can help to mitigate some of the costs associated with routine maintenance.

Options List

The Mercedes-AMG G63 offers a wide range of options and packages, allowing buyers to customize their vehicles according to their personal tastes.

The main upgrades on the G63 focus on improving the luxury experience of the G63. Some of these options include:

Seat Comfort Package

Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Front Seats w/Massage, Rapid Heating Functionality for Front Seats, Front Ventilated Seats

Exclusive Interior Package Plus

designo DINAMICA Headliner, Exclusive Interior Package Plus, Frameless Rearview Mirror, Seat Comfort Package, Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Front Seats w/Massage, Rapid Heating Functionality for Front Seats, Front Ventilated Seats, designo Floor Mats, Diamond Stitching, Nappa Leather Dashboard

In the more recent G63’s, Mercedes-Benz offered additional interior options that included:

G manufaktur Interior Package

Active Multicontour Seat Package Plus, Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Front Seats w/Massage, ENERGIZING Comfort Control, Rapid Heating Front Seats, Front Ventilated Seats, Exclusive Interior Package, upper door panels, kneepads plus inside of tailgate in exclusive Nappa leather, G manufaktur Front Passenger Grab Handle Badge

G manufaktur Interior Plus Package

G manufaktur Interior Package Plus, upper door panels, kneepads plus inside of tailgate in exclusive Nappa leather w/diamond design, Upper & Lower Dashboard in Nappa Leather, G manufaktur Front Passenger Grab Handle Badge, Armrests in Exclusive Nappa Leather, Active Multicontour Seat Package Plus, Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Front Seats w/Massage, ENERGIZING Comfort Control, Rapid Heating Front Seats, Front Ventilated Seats

Active Multicontour Seat Package Plus

Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Front Seats w/Massage, ENERGIZING Comfort Control, Rapid Heating Front Seats, Front Ventilated Seats

With the exterior, there were a few subtle optional upgrades that came available for the G63 that give it a more high end look if you desired. Some of these options included:

AMG Performance Package

AMG Top Speed Delimiter, Increases top speed to 149, AMG Carbon Fiber Engine Cover AMG Trail Package

Interior Rubber Floor Mats, Black Under Guard Protection, Wheels: 20" AMG Matte Black Twin 5-Spoke, AMG RIDE CONTROL Suspension, All Terrain Tires, Rear Mudflaps

AMG Night Package

AMG Night Package (P56), Exterior Mirrors in Obsidian Black, Brush Guard in Black, Black Under Guard Protection, Spare Wheel Cover in Obsidian Black, trim bumper elements, Gunmetal Grey Front Grille 

AMG Night Package Plus

MB Star in Black, AMG Night Package (P56), Exterior Mirrors in Obsidian Black, Brush Guard in Black, Black Under Guard Protection, Spare Wheel Cover in Obsidian Black, trim bumper elements, Gunmetal Grey Front Grille, Roof in Obsidian Black, Exterior Lettering in Black, Wheel Arches & Bumpers in Black 

Night Package magno

darkened indicators, tail lights and headlamps, Night Package - Magno (NPM), Wheel Arches & Bumpers in Black Magno, MB Star in Black, Brush Guard in Night Black magno, Spare Wheel Cover in Night Black magno, Roof in Night Black Magno, Under Guard Protection Night Black magno, Exterior Mirrors in Obsidian Black, Exterior Lettering in Black, Gunmetal Grey Front Grille 

For the ultimate in personalization, Mercedes-Benz’s G manufaktur program allows for an even greater level of customization. Similar to BMW's Individual program, G manufaktur  offers an exclusive selection of fine leathers, unique interior trims, and special paint finishes that can make each G63 uniquely tailored to the owner’s specification.

Key Options

  • Any of the interior packages such as Seat Comfort Package, Exclusive Interior Package Plus and G manufaktur Interior Package

  • AMG Performance Package

  • AMG Night Package

2022 Mercedes-AMG G63 options list

2023 Mercedes-AMG G63 options list

Mercedes-AMG G63 Price and Values (G63 4x4²)

The Best Mercedes-AMG G63 To Buy

When it comes to buying a G63, there are a few key factors to consider that can affect the car's long-term value.

For the G63 that most likely appreciated in value will be the special off-road variant G63 4x42, with its stand out features and distinctive off road styling, it will be a collectors item in the coming future. Some might like the Edition 55 models, as there were unique features that would make it stand out as a special edition, but the changes might not be enough for it to have a large margin compared to a standard G63.

Since there has not been as many different variants released for the G63, you should look for the ones with the right options. One’s that come with optional interior upgrades and packages to any AMG exterior packages are a bonus.

Additionally, if you find a G63 that has the AMG Performance package, it would be an option you’d enjoy if you like to do spirited driving.

In the context of a shifting automotive market leaning towards electrification, the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine in the G63 stands out as an increasingly attractive choice  to those who prioritize traditional performance SUV characteristics. 

Additionally, the condition and mileage of the car are also important factors to consider when buying a G63. There are many that have been driven hard and have been neglected. But the ones that are more likely to retain their value in the long run and will fetch the most money will be a well-maintained example with low mileage.

It is also important to note that having a PPI (Pre-Purchase Inspection) done is necessary. With these types of vehicles, they may be used more frequently, leading to increased wear and tear, which can result in hidden issues or potential future repairs that are not immediately apparent. A thorough inspection by a qualified mechanic can uncover these problems, ensuring that you are fully aware of the vehicle's condition before making a purchase decision.

Therefore, it's important to do your research, compare prices, and look for well-maintained examples if you are considering purchasing a G63 with the goal of not losing any money.

Conclusion

In conclusion, for around ($180,000+) the Mercedes-AMG G63 is a great choice for a super-luxury SUV that you can rely on that will hold its value.

While some of its competitors are the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and Land Rover Range Rover, the G63 stands out as a unique blend of rugged off-road capability and luxury, offering an unmistakable design and performance that merges the heritage of Mercedes-Benz with state-of-the-art technology and comfort.

If you’re in the market for a luxury SUV, you cannot go wrong with a G63.

Car Hacking Shortcuts

  • Special editions like the G63 4x4² are future collectibles

  • Optional interior and exterior upgrades are desirable

  • 2019+ G63 are great hacks

  • Look for well-maintained, low miles G63


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