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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0


Off-road capability, endearing character, durability, premium feel, strong diesel engine, iconic styling and upmarket badge.


Price, difficult to justify, expensive to run, not as compliant on the road as rivals, off-road abilities will never be tested by most.


The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a long-running and well-respected off-roader. First developed in 1979, the G-Class has been continually evolving and developing to take advantage of new technology while still meeting the needs of its customers.

Regarded by many as one of the most enduring and iconic cross-country vehicles, the G-Class combines impressive off-road abilities with a prestige badge, a high quality interior and upmarket equipment.

Powerful engine and capable transmission

Under the bonnet of the G-Class lies a 211bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine which outputs an impressive maximum pulling power of 540Nm. Official figures say it’ll average 25.2mpg, which might sound low for a diesel but the G-Class weighs a hefty 2,570kg so the engine has to work hard to get the 4x4 moving.

Despite its weight the G-Class performs well and its smooth seven-speed automatic gearbox helps to deliver a relaxing driving experience. From behind the wheel the G-Class feels imperious and, while it’s not as competent on the road as some of the alternatives like the Porsche Cayenne, it’s still a good car to drive.

An extensive standard equipment list

The G-Class is pricey but it comes with a long list of standard equipment. As well as features such as cruise control and climate control, it comes with premium kit such as an upmarket media system, sat-nav and an electrically adjustable steering wheel.

Buyers looking to personalise their G-Class won’t be disappointed either because Mercedes offers a wide range of options that includes different interior and exterior trim finishes and multiple alloy wheel choices. Also available is a comprehensive array of advanced features, like radar-guided cruise control, and accessories like a tow bar.

Is the G-Class worth considering?

The G-Class is likely to appeal to a limited selection of buyers due to its price and boxy styling but it has a lot of charisma and its off-road capabilities are hard to beat.

So, can the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G-Class still compete with more modern alternatives like the Land Rover Discovery, Porsche Cayenne or Volkswagen Touareg? Read the full Mercedes-Benz G-Class review to find out.

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