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.
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.