2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class | new car review

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 by
2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
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AEDAED 475,000 - 675,000
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  • 2015 G-Class
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 95%
  • Interior
    Editor: 95%
  • Quality
    Editor: 95%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 95%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The G-Class or G-Wagen as it was called from 1979 to 1993 is a mid-sized SUV that is synonymous for its boxy styling and body-on-frame construction. Originally developed as a military vehicle following a suggestion by the Shah of Iran who was a major shareholder at the time, the Mercedes G-Class is one of the most iconic SUV’s on the market today.

Pros

* The combination of exterior styling and interior materials is spot on.
* Engine output is simply fabulous.

Cons

* Makes you question if you're paying for the car, or the nameplate.

Looks

Most cars undergo a significant change when they’ve been in production for over three decades, but not the G-Class. It still possesses all the good bits from rounded headlamps to the horizontal piping that runs the length of the car, to the wheel at the back. I for one, absolutely love the boxy appearance of the legendary G-Class.

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class front

Feels

Unlike the exterior, the interior has developed, and has a strange fetish for all things tech. Various buttons run along the sides of the seats and the centre console, while a multimedia screen sits neatly atop the dashboard. With top-notch materials adorning the interior of the 2015 , it is in actual fact, simplicity refined.

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class interior

Engineering

If for whatever strange reason you considered the G-Class only suitable for tackling the concrete jungle, you’d be extremely incorrect. Fitted with three differential locks, the G-Class is able to intelligently direct power to the wheels that do have traction in order to plough through a tricky situation with ease.

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class front

What’s on offer?

Being the baby of the lot, the V8 fitted in G500 coughs up an impressive 388 horsepower and 530 Nm of torque. But obviously that wasn’t enough for the mental people at AMG who kept tweaking the engine to pull more juice out of it before finally settling at 536 horsepower and 761 Nm of torque beneath the hood of the G63 AMG.

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class front

Summing it…

If you’ve got pockets deep enough to stash between AED 475,000 and AED 675,000, then the G-Class is possibly something you could have in your garage. Sure, you could get a top of the line Range Rover well within that budget as well, but why would you?!

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Mercedes-Benz G 5002015 Mercedes-Benz G 63
Engine/ Cylinders5.5 litre / V85.5 litre / V8
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
388 hp @ 6,000 RPM536 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
530 Nm @ 4,800 RPM761 Nm @ 5,000 RPM
Tranmission7 speed automatic7 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h6.1 secs5.4 secs
Top speed210 km/h210 km/h
PriceAED 475,000AED 675,000

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