Mercedes-Benz G-Class review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£96,180
Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2019 RHD rear seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

There’s no denying that the hand-built G-Class is expensive to buy, finance and run. The cheapest diesel version has a high five-digit price while the top-spec G63 Colour Edition will cost you the same as two Audi SQ7s.

The G350d comes with lots of equipment, including 20in alloy wheels, ambient lighting, three-zone climate control and front and rear heated seats. For an extra level of luxury, the Premium Pack adds the Burmester stereo, panoramic roof, 360deg parking and the adaptive suspension we mentioned earlier, at extra cost. The AMG G63 includes that package as standard, as well as distinctive AMG body styling. 

The G-Class holds onto its value very well, although the Range Rover performs better still. As for fuel economy, even the diesel fails to manage 30mpg, returning just 25.9mpg in official tests. CO2 emissions are also an eye-watering 252g/km (although that’s nothing on the 299g/km of the G63), easily placing the G-Class in the top bracket for first-year road tax and benefit-in-kind company car tax.

You get plenty of safety kit as standard, such as blindspot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and active cruise control. Euro NCAP gave it the full five-star rating, although it scores less points in specific categories than the best in the luxury SUV class, including the Volvo XC90.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2019 RHD infotainment
Mercedes-Benz G-Class 2019 front left tracking
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Verdict

Objectively, there’s really no sensible reason to buy a G-Class. While it’s extraordinarily capable on rough terrain, there are better choices for on-road driving, and for considerably less money. Subjectively, though, it’s hard not to be drawn in by its old-school charms. So, while it doesn't get a particularly high What Car? star rating, we wouldn't dream of telling you not to buy one. We would, however, be a bit jealous.

  • Impressively quick
  • Interior looks great and is pretty spacious
  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Handles like a supertanker
  • Expensive in every way
  • Lumpy ride