What Car? says...
If you’ve flicked through a celebrity magazine or visited Harrods lately, you’re probably familiar with the Mercedes G-Class. This square-sided SUV may be popular with the rich and famous, but it was initially developed as a military vehicle back in the 1970s.
The ‘G’ stands for Geländewagen, or ‘cross-country vehicle’, so the G-Class isn't a case of style over substance. Indeed, despite a number of big updates over the years, the looks and character haven’t really changed a great deal. This is very much an old-school 4x4 with rugged suspension, a separate chassis and a high centre of gravity – attributes that make it incredibly competent off road. The Mercedes G-Class can certainly go a lot farther than Kensington High Street; think of it as a posh Land Rover Defender and you’re not a million miles away.