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big, boxy and about as modern as a dial-up phone
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retains its bygone-era design
The 2010 G-Class certainly stands out from the crowd. Its design is based on military vehicles, and as such it can seem very basic. The sides are flat, the windshield is very nearly vertical, and the overall shape is strikingly boxy in an age where even pickup trucks have gone aero. Kelley Blue Book notes the design is "old (over 28 years, in fact)" and describes the "big" and "boxy" shape as "modern as a dial-up phone." J.D. Power chimes in on the G-Class' "iconic, upright and basically boxy exterior design." Edmunds feels the shape perfectly suits "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."
The interior's more of the same, with rugged shapes, flat door panels, and lots of tall glass areas. Edmunds says the G-Class "retains its bygone-era design," while Kelley Blue Book calls the soft leather and genuine wood accents a "21st-century touch." The cabin is decked out in leather and chrome in abundance, to justify the G-Class' extreme price tag. Cars.com also notes the G-Class' "leather upholstery is complemented by burl walnut or maple wood trim." For 2010, buyers will see light cosmetic touches like new side trim and chrome accents, with a leather-padded dash inside.
Striking or outdated? The 2010 Mercedes-Benz G-Class' shape is so old, it's now retro-cool.