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STYLING | 7 out of 10
retro, ultra-boxy looks and macho image
a rare and burly SUV
Big, boxy and about as modern as a dial-up phone
Kelley Blue Book
If you like the look of military trucks, you might appreciate the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Derived from a design for military vehicles, its flat sides, nearly vertical windshield, and ultra-boxy shape are wonderfully retro--a reminder of the days when sport-utility vehicles were few and far between and didn’t offer DVD players.
J.D. Power reports that the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has an "iconic, upright and basically boxy exterior design.” Kelley Blue Book calls the design "old (over 28 years, in fact)" and says it's "big, boxy and about as modern as a dial-up phone." ForbesAutos points out that it could "pass for the postal-delivery vehicle in a gated community," while Edmunds reports that it will appeal to "those who consider on-road driving dynamics secondary to pulling up to the valet stand in a blinged-out, off-road vehicle dripping with Rambo levels of testosterone."
In contrast, the interior decor of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is upscale, according to Cars.com: "leather upholstery is complemented by burl walnut or maple wood trim." Kelley Blue Book makes a similar observation, calling the soft leather and genuine wood accents a "21st-century touch." Nonetheless, Edmunds observes that although the interior has received a "mild refresh" since 2006, the current G-Class "retains its bygone-era design."
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is boxy and perhaps dated, but it displays the distilled essence of a sport-utility vehicle.