Despite its familiar looks, the latest-generation of the G-Wagen is completely new, boasting improved aerodynamics, better practicality, better tech, and a more luxurious interior. It’s also a more capable off-roader, which says a lot, all things considered.
The first batch of official reviews comes courtesy of Autogefuhl, Auto Express and Auto Trader, who combined to test two versions of the car in the flagship G63, as well as the entry-level G500.
Whichever version you purchase, you’re likely to notice increased levels of interior room, be it out in front or in the backseat. However, don’t go hoping you’ll be sitting as comfortably as you would in a Range Rover, because the G-Class, while luxurious, is a little more utilitarian than the British SUV.
Put either of the two G-Wagens in motion and you’ll also notice the improved performance. It’s not just straight line acceleration though, as the new-gen SUV also comes with more responsive steering. Unfortunately, wind noise is still an issue due to the upright windshield, but to its credit, the 2018 G-Class is quieter than its predecessor.
As for differences between the G500 and the G63, the latter has stiffer suspension, leans less in the corners and is obviously quicker in a straight line, despite the fact that the G500 is already quick for an SUV its size.
Add it all together and it would seem as though Mercedes have done a great job at improving the G-Class nameplate. The general consensus is that it’s still not a perfect vehicle and it’s certainly not for everybody, but if you were into it before, you’ll definitely be into it even more now.