2007 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review
The G-Class is a powerful SUV with superior off-roading capabilities and a large number of standard luxury and safety features, but it has mediocre on-road drivability, it does not offer side airbags, and it carries a very high price tag.
Automotive reviewers praise the hand-built G Class's superior off-roading capabilities while noting that it has only fair abilities on the open road. "Steering is slow and stiff and heavy feeling," says Forbes says that "the surprising thing about the G500 is that it's so easy to drive.". "Parking the G-class, or guiding it through the shopping-cart assault at the mall, will be hard work." Two models are available, the G500 and the more powerful G55. Critics praise the torque-y V8 engines, though some note that acceleration becomes sluggish at highway speeds. The G Class's suspension is tuned for venturing into the wilderness, but several reviewers note that it's much too bouncy and stiff on the highway. And the G Class's boxy military profile demonstrates both wind resistance and body roll. Not all reviewers dislike the G Class's handling, though.
The base model G Class vehicles have a wide array of standard features, from a premium stereo system to built-in GPS navigation. In fact, so many features are standard that there are no optional features available, with just about everything a driver could want already in the base model. Despite this, many reviewers feel that the G Class is too expensive relative to other SUVs with the same features and better performance. "Yes, the G-Class is very capable off-road," writes a reviewer for Consumer Guide, "but other big luxury SUVs -- including Mercedes' own M-Class -- offer far better everyday comfort, refinement, and performance, often for far less money." IntelliChoice rates the G-Class a "worse than average" value based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class.