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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
frustrating old-school COMAND electronics interface
no major options for the G-Class
Kelley Blue Book
significant civilian upgrades for the 2007 model year and they continue for 2008
According to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class offers a fair number of options that range from useful to superfluous.
It’s a year of change at Mercedes-Benz: 2008’s G-Class has a redesigned instrument cluster, steering wheel, rearview camera, and a hands-free interface for the obligatory cell phone, reports Edmunds. This is on the heels of what J.D. Power calls "significant civilian upgrades for the 2007 model year," including "navigation, bi-Xenon headlamps, a 7-speed automatic transmission, new fog lamps and center console, as well as new interior leather trim and better front-seat cushions."
Audiophiles will also be gratified to know that both the Mercedes-Benz 2008 G55 and Mercedes-Benz 2008 G500 offer the Harman/Kardon premium brand stereo system, an AM/FM in-dash single CD player with six-CD changer and 10 speakers, and a year's subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio--all as part of the standard package, not as an expensive option. In fact, Kelley Blue Book reports that "other than some dealer-installed upgrades, there are no major options for the [Mercedes-Benz] G-Class."
J.D. Power adds that the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes with trailer-hitch pre-wiring, a universal (Home Link) garage door opener, and an electrically heated windshield. Kelley Blue Book also reports dual-zone automatic air conditioning and bi-xenon headlamps. Unfortunately, these are not of the "adaptive variety," but amenities include Smartkey remote control and an infrared remote opening and closing of the windows as well as the sunroof.
On the minus side, Edmunds notes that the "often-confusing last-generation COMAND interface system" has been retained. The COMAND system is what controls both the stereo and the DVD navigation system (also standard). This Cockpit Management and Navigation Device system saves space, but according to Edmunds is not particularly user-friendly. Many reviewers had expressed hope that Mercedes-Benz's 2008 vehicles would become more logical to operate.
Cars.com reports that Mercedes also offers at no additional charge its Tele Aid system, which provides emergency and theft-tracking services.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has comprehensive standard features and a handful of ultra-luxury options.