Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Review 2024

Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen At A Glance


+Near unstoppable, off-road, rugged and capable

-Land Rover utilitarian for Range Rover money

More Land Rover than Range Rover (but at the latter's money), the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen was a real beast of burden with excellent off-road ability to match. Engineered and originally built by Steyr-Daimler Puch in Austria, it was designed with military use in mind, so hardly a recipe for luxury and comfort.

A high price, lack of equipment and that utilitarian style hampered early sales success in the UK, especially in the wake of the more affordable (and comfortable) Mitsubishi Shogun and Isuzu Trooper. Offered in short- and long-wheelbase as well as a selection of four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. But today, it remains in production, and continues to sell on the back of some amazing AMG engine options.

But as a classic off-roader the G-Wagen has bags of appeal, thanks to its timeless design and rugged build.

Ask Honest John

What would be a good petrol equivalent to my Land Rover Discovery?

"I have a 2015 Land Rover Discovery and wish to change to a petrol equivalent vehicle. It needs to be an automatic with comfortable seats and a raised seating position. What vehicles would you suggest I shortlist? "
The Discovery is a 7 seater. There's the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon G63/G55 AMG and, the GL/GLS 63/55 AMG. I can't think of any other 7-seat petrol equivalents apart from perhaps a Volvo XC90 T8: You can get supercharged petrol V6 and V8 engines in the Range Rover Sport, V6 petrol turbos in the Porsche Macan, V6s and V8s in the Porsche Cayenne, and, of course, all manner of huge, petrol engine SUVs from the USA.
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