2013 MercedesBenz GClass The Washington Post

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Mercedes the G-Class for 2013 with styling tweaks, a remodeled and an updated AMG variant: the 544-horsepower G63 Compare the two here. or stack up the and 2012 G-Class here. We a G550, whose six-figure gives it few direct competitors Land Rover’s Range and a well-optioned Porsche Cayenne. them here .

Like a Building

The G-Class’ body-on-frame is built for off-roading and towing, as its maximum towing capacity But the resulting highway manners for an experience that’s like a building. The solid-axle suspension a preferred by hard-core off-roaders along clumsily at highway sending soft shudders the chassis over expansion Wind noise is admirably low for an SUV the aerodynamics of a boxcar, but constant rumble persists.

Changes in direction produce will-it-tip-over body roll. and close to an evasive maneuver has the stability system cutting gas and brakes until the SUV rights Not that you’d ever to drive aggressively; the steering an outdated, recirculating-ball setup, and it as well connect to the front through a telegram messenger. the wheel left or right, and the eventually responds. Steering is a numb mess, as is the G-Class’ 43.5-foot turning circle. lightly; the G550 shouldn’t be around.

At least Mercedes’ V-8 matches well to the SUV, weighs the equivalent of two Honda sedans. Typical of Mercedes, the has a relaxed, gradual progression, but the aspirated V-8 hurries the G550 to speeds if you push the gas hard. The seven-speed automatic displays kickdown lag but little gear and a Sport mode eliminates of the initial gas-pedal sleepiness.

Mercedes estimates the G550 60 mph in just 6 seconds crazy for something this size. The (no surprise) is gas mileage, which the EPA an awful 12/15/13 mpg (city/highway/combined). The G63 hits 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds similar EPA mileage. It also has disc brakes, which improve on the G550’s soft, pedal.

I suspect the G-Class’ off-road capabilities will minimal usage, but even capabilities seem yesteryear. The four-wheel-drive system employs a transfer case and locking center and rear differentials hardware. Our tester’s wheels easily through wet, mud, but without the height-adjustable that other pricey employ, ground clearance in the is just 8.1 inches. The Lexus LX has 8.9 the Range Rover adjusts up to inches. Mercedes says the can ford 19.7 inches of the Ranger Rover can handle Approach and departure angles short of Land Rover’s SUV, too.

Old with the New

A redesign this added some more pieces to the G-Class’ short, dashboard among them a navigation screen and a steering and center controls that those in Mercedes’ other The sky-high seating position a view of the tops of most cars, aided by an upright and spindly A-pillars. High-grade and wood surrounds you, and the Kardon stereo can blat out hip hop, which seems the appropriate music to blare in a

The comforts largely end there. The seats have short that sag forward as you elevate the Even with the seat-angle in full-reverse tilt, I felt I was sliding off. Tall will find front scant, hampered by too little adjustment range. A single, front cupholder hangs latte inches from the passenger’s knee, and various pieces the solid metal the door locks look from a 1985-era Mercedes. The seats have adequate and a high seating position, but the cargo area’s respectable cubic feet of space opening a heavy swing-gate and the limited clearance behind.


Features Pricing

The G-Class has not crash-tested. Standard features front airbags plus curtains for both rows, but no side-impact airbags. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability are also standard. The G63 gets front and rear discs. here for a full list of features.

The G550 starts at about The G63 runs more than or about the price of Land top-tier Range Rover Edition. Neither G-Class has any options. Standard features 18-inch wheels, leather heated and cooled front heated rear seats, a system and Harman Kardon with USB/iPod integration and phone and audio streaming of luxury, but well short of the seats, panoramic moonroofs and entertainment systems offered in upper-crust SUVs.

The G63 adds wheels and unique bodywork, as as the turbo V-8. Shell out cash, and Mercedes’ Designo can outfit either G-Class a multitude of custom paint and options.

G-Class in the Market

Mercedes has no plans to shelve the anytime soon. Press for a loosely related concept car debuted at the 2012 L.A. Show mused that the off-roader could still be in 2025. Given the G-Class’ few decades, it may not look much by then. It’s like wind-up watch: all style, usability. Problem is, cars days need to be so much


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