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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
[acceleration] figures are impressive, considering the G's massive weight and aerodynamics resembling a concrete wall
Car and Driver
unending reserves of low-end torque
Kelley Blue Book
Experts at TheCarConnection.com find it impossible to ignore that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is built for off-roading. It does fine on the pavement—but really shines off the beaten path.
"All models are equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive," reports Edmunds. Cars.com notes that "the automatic transmission feels better groomed for [highway driving], downshifting two or three gears at a time for quick, confident bursts of power." Car and Driver states that "a sprint to 62 mph is accomplished in 5.9 seconds and the vehicle tops out at 131 mph. Both figures are impressive, considering the G's massive weight and aerodynamics resembling a concrete wall." Edmunds says the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is "quicker to 60 mph than any other comparable large SUV we've tested."
Off-road capability is a big selling point for the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Edmunds suggests the G-Class is better off pavement than on: "the G exhibits significant body roll, while its front and rear solid-axle suspension is better suited for tackling rugged off-road hills than it is for cruising through Beverly Hills." Car and Driver states that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class "will go places others can't" and "negotiate the most taxing terrain thanks to solid axles, high ground clearance, and three lockable differentials." ForbesAutos agrees, calling this Mercedes-Benz 2009 model "eminently off-road capable."
Steering the G-Class requires substantial upper-body strength; "the old-school recirculating-ball steering requires Popeye arm strength and offers limited feedback at higher speeds," says Edmunds. However, Cars.com reports "full-power braking in panic stops."
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a strong off-road performer—and although it looks great cruising streets and expressways, it’s not in its element there.