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utilitarian appearance

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retro, ultra-boxy looks and macho image

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a rare and burly SUV

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Big, boxy and about as modern as a dial-up phone

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$88,200 $111,900
4MATIC 4-Door 5.0L
Gas Mileage 12 mpg City/15 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V8, 5.0L
EPA Class 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
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TheCarConnection.com's editors researched a wide range of road tests of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class to write this definitive review. TheCarConnection.com's resident experts also drove the Mercedes-Benz G-Class to help you decide which reviews to trust where opinions differ, to add more impressions and details, and to provide you with the best information.

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is derived from a design for military vehicles. The flat sides, the nearly vertical windshield, and the ultra-boxy shape is wonderfully retro--a reminder of the days when sport-utility vehicles were few and far between. The interior styling is similarly Spartan, but trimmed with a little wood.

Both the 292-horsepower Mercedes-Benz G500 and the 493-hp G55 AMG use V-8 power to push this ute's barn-door aerodynamics through the air. A seven-speed automatic helps the less powerful version accelerate to 60 mph in about 8 seconds. The AMG version's high-torque five-speed automatic is slightly more brutish--and right in character. With it, the big V-8 achieves a dismal 11/13 mpg, while the smaller V-8 manages 12/15 mpg.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class's top-heavy ride requires your full attention on-road; the tall profile makes it susceptible to crosswinds, and it tends to wander a good deal at speeds over 60 mph. You won't have one hand on the wheel, the other working a cell phone or fiddling with the radio while driving this vehicle. Its gas pedal and steering are also heavy and make you work. In exchange, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class offers the kind of extreme off-road capability that's proven useful for everyone from the Shah of Iran to Shaquille O'Neal. An automatic four-wheel-drive system with electronic locking differentials and low-range gearing is standard.
Anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control are also standard in the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, as are curtain airbags.

Both G-Class models sport a rearview camera, a hands-free phone system, a navigation system, and multicontour power leather seats. A Bluetooth wireless interface and special-order paint and trim are optional, but there's no American-style DVD entertainment system. The price? A mere $88,000, or more than $110,000 for the AMG edition.


  • Rugged styling
  • Extreme off-road capability


  • Dismal fuel economy
  • Seats only five passengers
  • Lunar price tag
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