The G-Class sits at the very top of Mercedes’ SUV model hierarchy. Its mission is to be a rival for a Range Rover as much as for a Jeep Wrangler. That’s what makes it different from a Land Rover Defender, for example; and it also means it must come with an associated showroom price that will likely raise the odd eyebrow.

It’s a positioning that the G-Class, in its old-gen forms, might certainly have struggled to justify – but the new one’s transformed dynamic credentials as a luxury car and its remade interior mean it now carries a near-£100,000 asking price with credibility to spare. The truth is, if you’re convinced that the G-Wagen now looks like the money from without – and we would agree – nothing it does on the road or off it will give you cause to rethink.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
The G350d is expected to outperform both the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Range Rover Autobiography in terms of residual values

Mercedes UK gives you full digital instruments, an extended leather interior, design-feature LED headlights, three-zone climate control, colour-selectable ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control and 20in alloy wheels on the G350d as standard. It also gives you all of the key four-wheel-drive hardware on the car at no extra cost, although you do need to pay extra for underbody protection.

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