New Merc offering has plenty of Class

MERCEDES’ iconic off-roader has been redesigned with modern features and lines that lend it plenty of charm.

The boxy and sturdy shape is inspired by older models, but the alloy wheels that come as standard bring the car firmly into modern times.

The new Mercedes-Benz G Class surpasses its rivals thanks to a well-built and quality interior, impressive off-road abilities and sophisticated equipment.

The cabin has leather trimmed accents, comfortable seats, and plenty of space, for both the driver and the passengers.

The new G-Class was introduced in the German market last year with a choice of V8 turbocharged petrol engines, and it wasn’t until January that Mercedes completed the line-up by adding a diesel: the six-cylinder, 282bhp G350d, now available in right-hand-drive form, which we elected to test – and which also happens to be, by Mercedes’ own reckoning, the most fuel-efficient G-Wagen that it has yet made.

Just two engines are available for the G-Class in the UK, and they couldn’t be more different in terms of character or performance.The iconic off-roader has been redesigned with modern features and lines that lend it plenty of charm. The boxy and sturdy shape is inspired by older models, but the alloy wheels that come as standard bring the car firmly into modern times. The new Mercedes-Benz G Class surpasses its rivals thanks to a well-built and quality interior, impressive off-road abilities and sophisticated equipment. The cabin has leather trimmed accents, comfortable seats, and plenty of space, for both the driver and the passengers.

Performance

The engines are extremely powerful, with the 3.0-litre V6 diesel reaching 62mph in 9.1 seconds, whilst the huge 5.5-litre V8 AMG engine manages the same feat in just 5.5 seconds and can run at a maximum speed of 130mph. An old-fashioned suspension and chassis make the car feel more bouncy on bumpier roads and off-road, but a seven-speed automatic gearbox offers a smoother driving experience. Though it has a higher price, the G-Class comes with an extensive list of standard features, from cruise control and climate control, to sat nav and media system contributing to the upmarket feel of the car. Personalisation options are also vast, with radar-guided cruise control, various alloy wheels, and interior trim finishes. There is also a Colour Edition model which offers truly eye-catching colour tones, for a car that will stand out from afar on any off-beaten path.

Safety & Economy

For such a powerful off-roader, the G Class still manages to return 28.5mpg with the diesel engine, whilst the CO2 emissions are higher, as expected for a car of this calibre, reaching 261g/km. The standard safety equipment includes airbags, electronic stability control, and an emergency brake assistance system, to name a few. Extra safety features are also available, with a radar-guided cruise control and a blind spot warning system as an option.

Conclusion - Perfect for Driving Enthusiast & Collectors

The Mercedes-Benz G Class is truly in a league of its own, with off-road capabilities that put it well above other cars in the same class. Though it's expensive, it is durable, high-quality, has plenty of charisma and an iconic design that make it a perfect choice for any driving enthusiast or collector.

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