Mercedes G-Class review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 front
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD watersplash
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD rear seats
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 front left tracking
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 right side tracking
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 right side cornering
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD dashboard detail
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD rear off-road
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD front seats
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD boot open
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 front
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD watersplash
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD rear seats
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 front left tracking
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 right side tracking
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 right side cornering
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD dashboard detail
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD rear off-road
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD front seats
  • Mercedes G-Class 2021 RHD boot open
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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. 

Overview

Objectively, there’s no 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.

  • The way it looks
  • Interior looks great and is pretty spacious
  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Handles like a supertanker
  • Expensive in every way
  • Lumpy ride
New car deals
Target Price from £123,500
or from £1,379pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Used car deals
From £77,990