MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ G CLASS AMG STATION WAGON SPECIAL EDITIONS G63 Carbon Edition 5dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2363 g/km

It's said that cockroaches will be the only thing to survive a nuclear conflagration. Whoever said that clearly never drove a Mercedes G-Class. It's a vehicle that neither time, progress, fashion nor legislation can kill and this second generation version is better than ever. It'll be irrelevant to virtually everyone, but for that merest fraction of a percentage point of UK buyers, it's the greatest car on earth.

G SHOCK

The indestructible Mercedes G-Class soldiers on in second generation form. Jonathan Crouch gazes in awe.

Ten Second Review

It's said that cockroaches will be the only thing to survive a nuclear conflagration. Whoever said that clearly never drove a Mercedes G-Class. It's a vehicle that neither time, progress, fashion nor legislation can kill and this second generation version is better than ever. It'll be irrelevant to virtually everyone, but for that merest fraction of a percentage point of UK buyers, it's the greatest car on earth.

Background

You might well know it as the G-Wagen, that slab-sided truck more readily associated with squaddies trailing in convoy along autobahns, but the G-Class has come a long way from its utilitarian origins. It was first sold to the general public way back in 1979 and as it ploughs unstoppably into another decade on sale, it's been treated to an extensive redesign that's left almost everything changed, but nothing much different. Don't think that means the G-Class has gone soft in its dotage. Although it's no longer a stripped-back, rough and ready mud plugger, it's still built from the same solid materials. It's just that the market for these cars has changed and the G-Class has changed to reflect a newer, more moneyed customer base. You can now spend some serious coin on a G-Class and there's a privileged queue of people looking to do just that.

Driving Experience

On the face of it, putting a 577hp engine into a tall off-roader sounds a bad idea. No, scrub that. It sounds an absolutely certifiable notion. The Mercedes-AMG G 63 is that car and it's the flagship model in the G-Class range. This time round, it uses the AMG brand's 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and it clouts the G 63 to 62mph in 4.5 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of up to 137mph. Believe me, you wouldn't want to go faster, despite improvements to the car's suspension, stability control system, monster brakes up front and the clever AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 9G-TRONIC automatic gearbox. The G 63 AMG might hog the headlines but the G 400d diesel model with its 2.9-litre straight six diesel engine offers a touch more real-world relevance. This powerplant has an output of 326hp and has available torque of 700Nm across an engine speed range of 1600 to 2400rpm. Whichever version you buy, that mountain of torque should be adequate to drag you out of most sticky situations, while the G-Class' three electrically controlled 100-percent differential locks, ladder frame and rigid axle characteristics also underline its mettle in rough off-road terrain. There's a 3.5-tonne towing capacity with both engines.

Design and Build

The G-Class still has one of those faces that even its mother would find hard to love. Lantern-jawed doesn't even cover it, but its sheer anti-fashion nature has, rather perversely, made it quite a chic item. Mercedes has always resisted the temptation to substitute straight edges for Bezier curves and the latest car continues to feature the sort of aerodynamics last seen when whole warehouses were swept away in the Boston Molasses Flood. The plus side of this is that there's a decent amount of space inside. The external modifications have been kept deliberately subtle to preserve the classic look. This second generation model is 53mm longer and 121mm wider than its predecessor. But measuring 4,715mm long and 1,881mm wide, it remains more compact than its Range Rover rival. Previous owners will recognise classic G-Class details such as the distinctive door handles, the exterior protective strip, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door and prominent indicator lights. Less familiar are the narrower, more precise panel gaps this time round. Things have taken a big step forward inside, where there's multifunction steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls for the infotainment system, plus an electric handbrake and a gear selector stalk mounted on the steering column. An analogue instrument panel comes as standard, but a 'virtual' display is optional. Hallmarks of the original G-Class include a grab handle in front of the front passenger and chrome switches for the three differential locks. Boot capacity is 667-litres - or 1,941-litres with the seats folded.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at around £101,500 for the base G400d 'Edition' variant; it's around £108,000 if you want sportier 'AMG Line Premium' trim - and around £116,000 with 'AMG Line Premium Plus' spec. The Mercedes-AMG G 63 variant costs just under £154,000 - or just under £172,000 for the top 'Magno Edition' version. Standard equipment on the Mercedes-AMG variant includes a 12.3-inch digital cockpit display and a 12.3-inch infotainment display - creating a widescreen cockpit. Plus there's 64-colour ambient lighting, Thermatronic three-zone automatic climate control, a Burmester surround sound system and a 'Parktronic' parking system with a 360-degree camera. Other features include Multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, an electric sunroof and smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). AMG kit on the G 63 includes the AMG sports exhaust system, 20-inch alloy wheels finished in titanium grey, AMG Ride Control suspension and AMG high-performance brakes. Plus as usual with a G-Class, there's permanent four-wheel drive with three 100% locking differentials.Safety-wise, there's a Driving Assistance package that features Blind Spot Assist and Active Distance Assist Distronic. Options include an 'AMG Night package' that includes 21-inch alloy wheels (22-inch alloys available as a cost option) and exterior details finished in obsidian black. There's also a 'Winter package' that adds a heated windscreen and an auxiliary heater.

Cost of Ownership

Given that the G-Class tends to be purchased by individuals of rather hefty net worth, the day to day running costs aren't hugely relevant to the buying decision. That said, Mercedes is a company that likes to measure itself by some tough criteria and inefficiency is seen in company circles as an example of engineering laziness. It's not something that looks good on the corporate account. To that end, Mercedes has worked at improving the efficiency of the G-Class range across the board but even so, the monster G 63 AMG model only manages 17.2mpg on the combined cycle. Emissions are no better, with this MK2 model G 63's 373g/km showing; Al Gore won't be tooling about in one of these. The G400d fares a little better but maybe not by as much as you'd imagine - 26.4mpg and 281g/km. Most rivals do better. But can any of them get you where a G-Class will go? We rather doubt it.

Summary

Judging the Mercedes-Benz G-Class by the usual criteria just doesn't work. The normal rules resolutely don't apply. It's an oddity but a rather wonderful one and long may it continue. This second generation re-design offers proof that the G-Class has moved with the times, whilst maintaining its essential character. It's unashamedly expensive and when you examine the actual prices these cars leave dealers for, it's hard to justify. Best not to even try. With huge sales mopped up by the Middle East, Russia, China and the US, the UK is very much a minority interest market, but that doesn't mean the G-Class doesn't attract interest. The G400d diesel model would appear to be the most relevant to our requirements but if you're going to be silly, go the whole hog and stretch to the G 63 AMG. It's something strange and wonderful and the motoring world is better for its existence.

  • Heated windscreen
  • Rear wiper
  • Privacy glass
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Dark tinted heat insulated glass

  • Active brake assist
  • Anti lock brake system with Brake Assist
  • Electronic four wheel traction control
  • Electronic Stability Program with Anti Skid Control
  • Hill start assist
  • Red painted AMG brake calipers
  • AMG high performance braking system with internally ventilated and perforated brake discs
  • Adaptive brake with hold finction, priming and dry parking in the wet

  • AMG floor mats with AMG lettering

  • AMG Ride Control suspension

  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Communications module (LTE)

  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with ECO start/stop and 5 modes (comfort, slippery, sport, sport+ and manual)
  • Parking assistance PARKTRONIC
  • Attention assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Active lane keep assist
  • Power assisted steering

  • Preinstallation for rear seat entertainment

  • AMG instrument cluster with dual bonded 12.3" widescreen displays
  • AMG specific IWC design analogue clock
  • Trip computer
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Mercedes connect me
  • COMAND online HDD Nav with media interface, radio/CD/DVD/MP3, 12.3" screen, linguatronic voice control
  • Mercedes-Benz emergency call
  • Touch pad controller for COMAND online

  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Door mirror memory
  • Electrically adjustable/heated and integrated indicators door mirrors with automatically dimming on driver side

  • AMG carbon fibre trim

  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • Burmester surround sound system with 16 speakers
  • DAB digital radio module
  • Aux-in socket

  • Running boards
  • Electric glass tilt/slide sunroof + one touch open/close
  • Stainless steel spare wheel cover
  • V8 BITURBO lettering
  • AMG bodystyling with exclusive Mercedes AMG G 63 front aprons with cooling air intakes and AMG flared wheel arches
  • AMG performance exhaust system, selectable ,left and right two chrome trimmed twin tailpipes
  • Rear side wing doors

  • 3rd brake light
  • Multibeam LED headlights with adaptive highbeam assist plus
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Thermotronic automatic climate control

  • AMG metal badge on front seat backrest
  • Designo dinamica microfibre roof lining in Black
  • Load protection net
  • Silver air vents
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Ionisation of interior air including fine particle activated charcoal filter system
  • Door centre panels, door trim, armrests in doors with nappa leather
  • 12V socket in centre console, rear and load compartment
  • Silver chrome steering wheel trim with AMG lettering + silver aluminium shift paddles + 12 o clock marking and touch control buttons
  • 3 spoke flat bottom AMG performance steering wheel in carbon fibre/DINAMICA microfibre
  • 2 cup holders in front and rear
  • AMG steering wheel buttons
  • Illuminated AMG door sill panels in brushed stainless steel
  • Memonry for steering wheel
  • Rubber mat for load compartment
  • Electrically adjustable steering column, with automatic adjustment for entry/exit

  • Tail lights featuring LED technology
  • Ambient lighting with 64 colours and projection of brand logo

  • Stowage space pack - G class
  • Driving assistance pack - G Class

  • Pre-safe system for anticipatory occupant protection
  • i-Size and ISOFIX Child Restraint system
  • Front side airbags
  • Rear side airbags
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Black seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Airbags - windowbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts

  • Electric front seats with memory function
  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • Rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Electric front headrests with memory
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Anti-theft alarm system/interior protection with tow-away protection and interior monitoring systems
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Keyless Go access/ignition system

  • Trailer coupling with ESP trailer stabilisation

  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT 9G Tronic sports transmission with cruise control and variable speed limiter
  • 4MATIC permanent four wheel drive
  • Electronic selectable low range gearing
  • Differential lock

  • Space saver spare wheel

  • Noise Level dB(A): 74
  • CO: 0.396
  • HC: 0.018
  • NOx: 0.025
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0005
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 363
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 8.6:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 3982

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 12.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 19
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 20.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 17.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 17.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 22.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 14.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 13.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 16.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 16

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 84225
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 72
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 585
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Carbon Edition
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 430
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 627
  • Engine Torque - NM: 850
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 585
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.5
  • Top Speed: 137
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 86.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Tyre Size Rear: 295/40 R22
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 22" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 295/40 R22
  • Wheel Style: AMG CROSS SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 2187
  • Height: 1966
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4873
  • Width: 1984
  • Wheelbase: 2890

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2560
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3200
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 667
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 640
  • Max. Roof Load: 200
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1941
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 13.5

  • Leather upper dash trim: Included

  • Solid paint: £0
  • G manufaktur magno paint: £4,750
  • G manufaktur roof painted in obsidian black: £650
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Body colour bumpers: Included
  • G manufaktur bright paint: £4,000
  • G manufaktur non-metallic paint: £4,000
  • G manufaktur metallic paint: £4,000
  • G manufaktur solid paint: £4,000
  • Exterior protective strip with trim insert in black: Included
  • G manufaktur bumpers and wheel arch flaring in obsidian black metallic: £650

  • AMG G Manufaktur nappa leather upholstery: Included

  • G manufaktur dashboard in two-tone nappa leather: £650

  • AMG Performance pack - G class: £1,995
  • G manufaktur pack with exclusive nappa leather upholstery- G Class: £7,995
  • Rear seat entertainment pack - G Class: £3,495
  • AMG night pack - G63: Included
  • AMG Magno night pack - G Class: £0

  • Metallic - Emerald green: £0
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £0
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £0
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £0
  • Metallic - Cavansite blue: £0
  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £0
  • Metallic - Rubellite red: £0

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • G manufaktur bright - Opalite white: £4,000
  • G manufaktur metallic - Periclase green: £4,000
  • G manufaktur solid - Classic grey: £4,000
  • G manufaktur non-metallic - Vintage blue: £4,000
  • G manufaktur magno - San jose orange: £4,750
  • G manufaktur magno - Opalite white: £4,750
  • G manufaktur magno - Kalaharl gold: £4,750
  • G manufaktur magno - Green hell: £4,750
  • G manufaktur metallic - Travertine beige: £4,000
  • G manufaktur non-metallic - Desert sand: £4,000
  • G manufaktur non-metallic - Deep green: £4,000
  • G manufaktur metallic - Sea blue: £4,000
  • G manufaktur metallic - Graphite: £4,000
  • G manufaktur metallic - South seas blue: £4,000
  • G manufaktur metallic - Indium grey: £4,000
  • G manufaktur metallic - Hyacinth red: £4,000
  • G manufaktur metallic - Olive: £4,000
  • G manufaktur bright - Mystic blue: £4,000
  • G manufaktur magno - Platinum: £4,750
  • G manufaktur magno - Night black: £4,750
  • G manufaktur magno - Manganite grey: £4,750
  • G manufaktur magno - Citrine brown: £4,750
  • G manufaktur magno - Monza grey: £4,750
  • G manufaktur magno - Dark olive: £4,750

  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Black with red top stitching: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Black with yacht blue top stitching: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Black with white top stitching: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Black with gold top stitching: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Platinum white/black: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Bengal red/black: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Titanium grey/black: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Saddle brown/black: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Black with lime green A-band: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Black with bengal red A-band: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Yacht blue: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Espresso brown: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Bengal red: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Titanium grey pearl: £0
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Saddle brown: £0
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Macchiato beige/espresso brown: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Bengal red: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Bengal red/black: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Black: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Black with gold top stitching: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Black with red top stitching: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Black with lime green A-band: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Yacht blue: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Black with yacht blue top stitching: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Espresso brown: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Platinum white/black: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Saddle brown: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Saddle brown/black: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Titanium grey pearl: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Black with bengal red A-band: £7,995
  • G manufaktur nappa leather - Platinum white/black - 923A+P76: £0
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Titanium grey/black: £7,995
  • G Manufaktur pack - Exclusive Nappa leather - Platinum white/black - 923A+P77: £7,995

  • 22" AMG cross spoke forged wheels painted in titanium grey with high sheen finish: £0
  • 22" AMG cross spoke forged wheels painted in matt black with high sheen rim: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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