The second-row bench has some tilt built into its bottom cushion, which softens the flatness of the seat, and it's also heated. The 2014 G-Class is carried over in base form as the G550, powered by a 5. Once off-road, you can place the two-speed transfer case into low and have plenty of power and traction to deal with surprisingly steep grades and rugged terrain. Mercedes has advanced the looks of the G-Wagen just enough to make it recognizable as a modern vehicle, rather than a compromised version of a military workhorse. Two G Class models are defined by their powertrains. The appeal of the G-Class clearly rests in its extreme off-road talents. Mercedes also bundles more safety technology into the latest G Class, including its Tele Aid system, which provides emergency and theft-tracking services.
Anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution along with stability control are standard in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, as are side-seat and curtain airbags. Acceleration is strong and, unlike the old G500, doesn't fall off at highway speeds. It's a small segment, and the G-Wagen stands out in the crowd with its flat sizes, tall roofline and relentlessly rectangular profile. They offer versatile adjustment options and a firm grip for the driver. 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. Those who venture off-road will appreciate its gargantuan 391 lb-ft of torque, which is reached at a low 2,800 rpm.
It's upholstered in leather, with a heated wood and leather steering wheel, power-adjusted for height and telescopic length. One of the more storied production vehicles still available, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was adapted from an iconic military-only off-roader. 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. The 2012 G-Class will accelerate from rest to 60 mph in about six seconds, which is amazing for such a heavy vehicle. 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.
But be warned: Though it competes with luxury giant Land Rover's Range Rover, the G550 does not return the same refined ride or quiet cabin. The likely combined scores are the reason we've given the G Class a green score we typically reserve for supercars. The cabin has better small-item storage, at least, though the cup holder is definitely an ad-hoc affair--it's a mesh bag hanging on a plastic ring to the right of the center console. If you're seeing a military-grade Jeep on the outside, then take a look inside for the real shocker—the G-Class' interior is every bit deserving of its Mercedes-Benz nameplate. Originally designed for use as a military vehicle, the G-Class found its way to U.
A strong contender in any field, the 5. . The gas pedal requires a hefty foot too, and so do the brakes. The top-heavy feel and hefty controls demand attention, though electric steering feels lighter than the former recirculating-ball setup. It's all straight lines and no curves.
Ride quality's managed well enough for such a rugged ute, though noise levels climb on textured pavement and gravel paths. It uses a paddle-shifted version of the seven-speed automatic to punch new barn-door holes in the atmosphere. With the rear seat in its usual place, the cargo area measures just fewer than 80 cubic feet. Big, boxy and about as modern as a dial-up phone, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G550's military roots serve it well, especially when it comes to off-road capability. 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.
It's an automotive piece of amber jewelry—nearly prehistoric, but in a way that makes it that much more desirable in a modern world. On-road performance is about what you'd think. The steering system still doesn't offer much feedback, since it's up against an electric motor, live axles, four-wheel drive, and massive 18-inch or 20-inch tires--any one of them, krypton to natural wheel feel. It maintains its rugged character, in part, by dismissing the latest terrain-control systems adopted by many of its competitors. The G has ground clearance of almost 8. The G550 features an advanced four-wheel-drive system that is permanently engaged. The G's ride is generally composed on smooth surfaces, ready to rumble with tire noise when the texture turns to gravel, or worse.
Along with its 382 horsepower, the 5. Taller drivers and passengers, however, will wish for more legroom. Cargo room is as good as you'd expect and headroom is outstanding. A look at the kbb. The G-Class needs this much power because it is almost literally built like a tank or at least an armored personnel carrier , and weighs just over 5,500 pounds. That is, until stability control intervenes--as it does quite often, and quite early, before the G Class' heavy doses of body roll trigger all sorts of red flags in the traction system, cutting engine power and engaging brakes to scrub off speed before it scrubs off tire tread.
A lane-departure warning system and blind-spot monitors are new additions to the safety list. The G Class probably passed that milestone when it still could park in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Opening it for cargo loading exposes a design detail that marks the G Class as old-school ute. 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. The leather trim is Nappa, and the headliner is Alcantara sueded material. But, if you're concerned about gas mileage, you should probably shouldn't be looking for one of these in the first place.
In the 5,600-pound G550, the normally aspirated V-8 and automatic combine for acceleration to 60 mph of 6. Be ready to travel to test-drive a G-Class, as most are sold as special orders and finding one on a lot is rare. The G's appeal is all about the latter, and once it's off any kind of graded path, it shines. Over a five-year period, the G550 should hold strong projected residual values for its segment, better than the Lincoln Navigator but just slightly above the and Cadillac Escalade. Top speed is reined in to 130 mph. The seats themselves are typically firm and power-adjustable, with multicontour adjustments, and heating and ventilation.