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Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class may be a luxury SUV but it is also a proper, tough 4×4, its makers dubbing it “stronger than time.” It was developed as a military vehicle in the 1970s, the first passenger version revealed in 1979 and in those days very spartan. Mercedes turned it into a luxury vehicle in 1990, and the current second generation launched in 2019 – still with its body on a box-section frame for going far off-road in comfort.   

“This is no mere posing machine” says Parkers, pointing to the three lockable differentials and low-range transfer gearbox, while adding that such ability comes at a cost. Currently there are just two engine options, a 3.0-litre 326hp diesel or the outrageous AMG petrol of 577hp and a purchase price above £150,000. A 420hp petrol variant is rumoured, but not around yet.

Testers praise the levels of luxury inside the G-Class, and the extensive equipment. “Despite its utilitarian persona, it exudes typical Mercedes luxury with swathes of leather inside, a modern infotainment system and all the clever driving tech Mercedes can throw at it,” says What Car? 

“All models come fully loaded,” adds Motors.co.uk, highlighting 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry, mood lighting and climate control, plus two 12-inch display screens with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. 

But where the latest G-Class has really scored is on its driveability. Compared to its predecessor Top Gear calls it “a revelation”, adding that the ride, steering and drive are on another level, even before you take it off road.

Finally while everything about the G-Class screams expense, Motors.co.uk point outs that it’s so desirable that when you come to sell it, you will get more money than usual back.

 As of March 2022, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class holds an Expert Rating of 69% from 22 reviews.

G-Class highlights

  • Genuine tough off-roader
  • Surprisingly competent on the road
  • Quality fit and finish
  • Lots of equipment

G-Class lowlights

  • Pricey – to buy and to run
  • Needs a sensible petrol engine
  • Anything but subtle
  • Not that much rear seat room

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £101,565 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: February 2019

90%

ADULT OCCUPANT

83%

CHILD OCCUPANT

78%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

72%

SAFETY ASSIST

The current Mercedes-Benz G-Class was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and gained a five-star rating. Testers highlighted the performance in the side barrier and side pole impact tests, in which the car scored maximum points, and also praised the standard-fit autonomous emergency braking, which can detect pedestrians and cyclists.

There were some concerns however with chest protection of rear-seat passenger in a frontal offside impact.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of March 2022, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. But it’s a 2.5-tonne SUV with a big diesel or massive petrol engine, so it’s only slightly more eco-friendly than a coal-fired power station on wheels.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has received

2021

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Luxury Car

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There are lots of luxury SUVs around but step off road and the G-Class will eat most of them for breakfast. Few rivals can combine its off-road ability and its plushness. The likes of the Land Rover Defender or the Toyota Land Cruiser might do the off-road bit, while the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne or Range Rover tick the luxury box.

But for the best mix of both, the Merc has few rivals – so long as you can bear its huge costs.

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