The Mercedes G-Class is one of the most recognisable cars on – or indeed off – the road, and this latest model is more luxurious than ever, but other large SUVs are better to drive
The Mercedes G-Class is a high-riding SUV that comes with a very luxurious interior and a range of powerful petrol and diesel engines. It might look a little old-fashioned, but it’s one of the most accomplished 4x4s on sale and a serious alternative to the likes of the Range Rover Sport and the Porsche Cayenne.
Step inside, however, and you’ll have no clue that this is a car designed to climb mountains and ford rivers. It comes with an uber-luxurious cabin that’s filled to bursting with plush leather, brushed aluminium and a futuristic dual-screen infotainment system borrowed from the S-Class.
Speaking of infotainment, the G-Class’ new system is more intuitive to use than ever and comes with satellite navigation, smartphone-mirroring for Apple and Android phones and a high-resolution digital driver’s display instead of conventional analogue dials. Top-spec G 63 models even get AMG-specific displays and plenty of sporty carbon-fibre trims on the dashboard and doors.
Whichever model you go for, the G-Class has a very spacious five-seater interior. The Big Friendly Giant himself would fit in the front seats with room to spare and there’s more than enough head and legroom in the back for very tall adults to get comfy. The boot has no trouble swallowing everything you might need for a lengthy camping holiday, too.
The new G-Class is a far cry from the old-fashioned model it replaces. It’s just as imposing to look at, even more luxurious inside and – in G 63 trim – faster than some supercars!
If you do decide to take your G-Class off the beaten track, you won’t have to worry about getting stuck – it’s one of the very best off-roaders around. All models, from the entry-level diesel to the high-performance G 63, come with three locking differentials to help stop individual wheels spinning on slippery and uneven surfaces. You also get special driving modes to help keep you moving on everything from a sandy beach to a rocky mountain pass.
Don’t think it’ll be uncomfortable to drive on the road, however. Sure, its huge body can make manoeuvring through tight city streets a bit tricky, but its suspension does a good job ironing out bumps around town – if you avoid the optional 22-inch alloy wheels, that is.
It’s pretty quiet at motorway speeds, too, and comes with plenty of high-tech assistance systems that were missing from the old model to help make your life easier and safer. You get adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and even a self-parking system that’ll steer you into bay and parallel spaces automatically – handy in such a big car.
These technological leaps all help make the latest G-Class one of the best large luxury SUVs on sale, but they can’t hide the fact that it’s also one of the most expensive.