It is somewhat narrow, though, and front-seat passengers will notice the width the most since the center console is fairly tall and bulky. The G Class' stability control and four-wheel-drive system provide more than an extra dose of safety when driving in heavy-duty or off-road situations. The stability system tailors its programming when towing, and of course, the G Class still has three locking differentials, which more advanced drivers can use to extract themselves from difficult terrain when lesser vehicles fail to proceed. New for 2012 A new Edition Select Package offers a few interior and exterior upgrades including side exhaust pipes and silver-colored wheels. Neither of the organizations that crash-test vehicles to assess their safety have rated the 2014 G-Class, but we're giving it high marks thanks to its sheer mass and long list of safety features. It uses a paddle-shifted version of the seven-speed automatic to punch new barn-door holes in the atmosphere.
The extreme price tag nets lovely leather trim on the seats and door panels, chrome on the differential-lock switches, and a choice of finishes to replace the burl walnut--carbon fiber-alike trim or piano black, if you like. Brash, boxy, and often blinged out, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has come far--very far--from its roots as a utilitarian vehicle for soldiers. Piano-black trim is specified in the place of wood, though it's possible to order your G63 as you want it. New for 2012 A new Edition Select Package offers a few interior and exterior upgrades including side exhaust pipes and silver-colored wheels. Nearly every feature available from Mercedes is standard on the 2014 G-Class, making it a a high-tech and high-luxury vehicle no matter how you build it.
It's a well-sorted drivetrain, smooth in highway driving and docile until it's not. No, it's not exactly easy to climb into, but if you're able to manage its extravagant price and dramatic rectangular exterior, our guess is that you can probably manage hopping into the driver's seat, too. Top speed is reined in to 130 mph. Mercedes also bundles more safety technology into the latest G Class, including its Tele Aid system, which provides emergency and theft-tracking services. Long story short, I bought the car. In the past, the G550 model has been rated at a very thirsty 12 mpg city, 15 mpg highway. The muscular, rorty engine pounces to 60 mph in just 5.
The regular shapes, flat door panels, and tall glass areas keep the bygone flair intact, but hosing it out after a day completely off the beaten path? The G550 also has ambient lighting; auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors; stainless-steel running boards; rain-sensing wipers; an integrated garage door opener; and walnut trim. It's said that the G-Wagen was designed in the 1970s for the Shah of Iran's military, and it's since only evolved when absolutely necessary—to meet safety regulations impossible to envision when it launched 33 years ago, and to add current luxury technologies equally unimaginable back then. It's a small segment, and the G-Wagen stands out in the crowd with its flat sizes, tall roofline and relentlessly rectangular profile. It's a side-loader--instead of swinging up and out of the way, the heavy rear door swings away to the left, under the weight of a spare tire and its heavy steel cover. The G has ground clearance of almost 8. We spoke for a few mins before she put on a plate for a test drive. It looks heavy-duty-and it is--save for towing capacity, which is a distinctly European-sounding 3500 pounds, about what you'd get in a Ford Flex.
Inside, the G Class impresses with all the headroom you're likely to need, ever. In other words, no multitasking allowed. The second-row bench has some tilt built into its bottom cushion, which softens the flatness of the seat, and it's also heated. A rearview camera is standard, and it's useful since visibility is constrained at the rear, where a wide frame surrounding the rear window blocks out most of the view. It's upholstered in leather, with a heated wood and leather steering wheel, power-adjusted for height and telescopic length. The chassis itself is actually heavier than before, but overall the G is 170kg lighter. Ride quality's managed well enough for such a rugged ute, though noise levels climb on textured pavement and gravel paths.
The gas pedal requires a hefty foot too, and so do the brakes. The G550 sports Mercedes' widely used, smoothly stalwart 388-horsepower V-8 engine with 391 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a seven-speed automatic with a high degree of manual gear control. It hasn't changed mechanically, so there's reason to believe that the current model will maintain that rating. The G's appeal is all about the latter, and once it's off any kind of graded path, it shines. Dating back several decades, it's now so archaic and old-fashioned that it's hopelessly hip though hardly hipster.
The top-heavy feel and hefty controls demand attention, though electric steering feels lighter than the former recirculating-ball setup. Gave days of notice that I was coming and even had an appointment scheduled. The car was in Pristine condition. A rearview camera and parking sensors are standard, and are useful since visibility is constrained at the rear, where a wide frame surrounding the rear window blocks out most of the view. It seems sturdy, though, and as a rule, the G Class interior is marked by a high degree of fit and finish. But, if you're concerned about gas mileage, you should probably shouldn't be looking for one of these in the first place. Mercedes-Benz fits the G Class with nearly all the safety gear it puts in other vehicles.
The G Class probably passed that milestone when it still could park in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. It competes with the Land Rover Range Rover. The second-row bench has some bottom-cushion tilt to soften the flat cushion. I would definitely recommend Florida Performance cars to my family and friends. An automatic four-wheel-drive system with three electronic locking differentials and low-range gearing keeps it clawing over rocky paths and plugging through muddy bogs where you'll only find Land Rover Defenders and Toyota Land Cruisers and other endangered species.