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      Launch year
      2018
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Old school SUV, digitally remastered

Best bits

  • Huge charm and appeal from its old-style looks 
  • It might look old, but it is bang up to date underneath that body, and inside  
  • It now drives properly, which makes it capable rather than scary, particularly the G63 

Not so great

  • Yes, it no longer feels like it’s going to kill you, but it is still a ladder chassis underneath there
  • It only seats five, there being no additional seats in its huge boot
  • It will cost a fortune to run it, but it’s unlikely you’ll care 

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Overall verdict

"The G-Class is an icon that Mercedes-Benz could have ruined with its clean sheet re-engineering and re-design for 2018, but it didn’t. It is an incredible vehicle, looking to all intents and purposes like the car that preceded it for many decades, but being all new. It now drives properly, yet it retains all the appeal of its predecessor. We want one."

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"You might think we’re being disingenuous saying the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was introduced in 2018, you just need to look at its styling to suggest it wasn’t. The original is much older, the G-Class, also known as G-Wagen is able to trace its roots back to late 1970s. 


2018 was the year that Mercedes-Benz finally decided time was up for the G-Class, and replaced it. And what do you replace a 40+ year old iconic model with? Another, that looks exactly the same. The lengths the company went to do so are extraordinary, saving antiquated details like exposed door hinges, labouring for ages to produce wing-topping indicators that would pass modern crash regulations, and plenty more besides.


The result might look all but identical, but the current G-Class only carries over a handful of bits, and we mean a handful. The list includes just the headlight washer nozzles, the sun visors, the tow bar, spare wheel cover and the button for opening the door. 


They sweated over that button, and the noise it makes when the door opens and shuts, Mercedes-Benz knowing to mess with the G-Class formula would be potentially ruinous to the G-Class’s unique, and enduring appeal. 


They pitched it exactly right though, with the new G-Class there’s all the charm of the original, but with some expectation of a good drive. 


They've achieved this too, all while retaining its incredible off-road capability, the G in G-Class standing for ‘Gelandenwagen’ which roughly translates to terrain vehicle, the original being developed as a working vehicle and for the military. 


Sure, these days, that ‘terrain’ is more likely to be the carpark around the back of Harrods, under an apartment in Monaco or nothing more challenging than a steep driveway in Beverly Hills, but that it can still take on the G-Class’s long-standing test route around the Schockl Mountain in Austria, underlines Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to the G-Class’s off-road legacy. 


In the UK there are two engine choices, a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder diesel badged G350 d, and the Mercedes-AMG G63, it having an off-road developed version of the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 that also sees service in cars like AMG’s GT R and GT R PRO. Amusing madness, as a 585PS V8 in a vehicle that retains a ladder chassis shouldn’t work, but Mercedes-Benz’s band of G-Class obsessed engineers have somehow managed to make it do so. 


Inside it’s luxurious, and the touchscreen tech would have been the stuff of science fiction back when the original G-Class was introduced in the 1970s. 


SUVs get a bad rep, and perhaps justifiably so, but the G-Class seems to be impervious to this, its ancient, boxy looks are charming, its retained ability somehow vindication of its existence. It’s the ultimate SUV subterfuge, and incredibly appealing too, assuming you can afford it, as even that diesel will be knocking on £100,000 with a couple of options added, and the G63 adds around 50% on top of that.    


In another 40 years we’ll probably not be allowed vehicles like the G-Class, enjoy it while you can. 


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G350d Night Edition 5dr Tip Auto

  • 2018
  • 19,655 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Mercedes-Benz of Grimsby
  • Lincolnshire, DN377LG
Price:£64,900
PCP: £1,047.00/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £1,047.00, Customer Deposit: £9,735.00, Total Deposit: £9,735.00, Optional Final Payment: £29,492.00, Total Charge For Credit: £10,972.00, Total Amount Payable: £75,872.00, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.55%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

G350d Night Edition 5dr Tip Auto

  • 2018
  • 14,894 miles
  • Mercedes-Benz of Poole
  • Dorset, BH152BD
Price:£74,995
PCP: £1,180.64/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £1,180.64, Customer Deposit: £11,249.00, Total Deposit: £11,249.25, Optional Final Payment: £36,855.64, Total Charge For Credit: £14,432.29, Total Amount Payable: £89,427.29, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 33.6ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class right for you?

Nobody, and we mean absolutely nobody, really needs a twin turbo powered V8 petrol SUV with 585PS, side exiting exhausts and the breadth of ability that’ll allow it to both climb up mountains and blast down autobahns at ridiculous speeds. 


Just because you don’t need it, doesn’t mean you don’t want it. While we could all argue that the G-Class shouldn’t exist, the sales figures underline that it should. We’re unapologetic here in liking it, it’s no less ridiculous than the supercars it so often shares company with, in concept though, we do concede that the G63 is more than a little bit silly. 


The G350 d is the best one to have, if only to save you from stopping to fuel it up quite so often. What’s the saying though? If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly, and the G63 is the grizzly, and some. Do it. 


What’s the best Mercedes-Benz G-Class model/engine to choose?

The best, or the one you want? Quantifiably, the G350 d is the best G-Class, as it’s the most faithful to the original’s concept. The AMG has to concede to its diesel relation off-road (only a bit, though) thanks to suspension designed to help it contain its huge power, and the consumption is a bit punishing, even for those with pockets deeper than the Mariana Trench. In truth, as much as we, and many buyers, are seduced by the lunacy of the G63, it’s the G350 d that’s the one to have. 


In truth, the G350 d is quick enough, 7.4 seconds to 62mph is plenty fast in something this size and weight, and it’ll tow better, go further off-road, carry more and be a little bit easier to justify should the environmental activists, or your conscience, come knocking. Oh, go on, just by the G63 and go and enjoy it, you’ve worked hard for this.   


What other cars are similar to the Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

The most obvious rival to the G-Class is Land Rover’s Range Rover, which also has a rich off-road heritage and retained ability, even if it’s unlikely ever to require it as it’s morphed through time, convincingly, into a luxury vehicle. 


Other big premium SUVs include BMW’s X7, Audi’s Q8 and a host of others, but none, not even that Range Rover, exude the sort of old-school charm, yet breadth of ability of the G-Class. You could pitch the new Land Rover Defender against the G-Class, but its renewal, while impressive, doesn’t come close to the G-Class’ abundant cool, though, likewise, neither does the Brit’s price tag. 


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