Getting into the G-Class will mean climbing up for all but the very tallest of drivers, but thankfully the car’s standard-fit running boards-cum-steps perform a double function.
Once you’re in, although you might expect to find limited head room having risen to such altitude, you really don’t. Mercedes’ improvements to interior passenger space, which have allegedly added almost 70mm to elbow room up front and 150mm to second-row leg room, do tell; and so a car that didn’t quite measure up before on proper luxury SUV passenger space now absolutely does.
While other markets offer the G-Class without digital instruments, Mercedes’ UK distributor includes both its Comand Online infotainment system and its twin 12.3in digital instrument screen as standard – and it spreads out behind the button-busy steering wheel in a way that may seem alien to anyone familiar with the decades-old simplicity that this car used to represent. The instrument display itself is adaptable and clear, however, and the usability of the infotainment set-up is made particularly creditable by the sheer choice of ways in which you can input to and interact with it.