New BMW X7 And Mercedes G-Class Battle It Out On The Road

The last time we checked, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the BMW X7 were not direct rivals.

The former is a capable body-on-frame off-roader while the latter is a comfortable and roomy unibody SUV that can accommodate up to seven passengers. However, how many G-Class buyers will take their vehicles off the beaten track during ownership? Very few, as most of these boxy luxury SUVs will spend their entire lifetime on city streets.

Mercedes-Benz is clearly aware of that and has made the second-generation G-Class more comfortable and refined, as well as more luxurious. In theory, a customer could consider both of these SUVs for a purchase, even though the pricing is very different.

Also watch: BMW X7 Declared The World’s Best 3-Row Luxury SUV Bar None

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class starts at $124,500 (G550) while the X7 xDrive40i is priced from $73,900. Not even the range-topping X7 xDrive50i gets close to the Mercedes in terms of pricing, as it starts at $92,600.

So why does Throttle House compare these two vehicles then? Well, until the all-new GLS comes out (it won’t be long, as it’s scheduled to debut at the New York Auto Show tomorrow), the G550 is the closest flashy luxury SUV Mercedes can put up against the X7.

In the detailed video review, the hosts analyze the two massive SUVs’ exterior and interior styling, as well as how they are like to drive on the road. There’s no off-road comparison because that’s not the point of this review — and everyone knows the G-Class would demolish the X7. Instead, the review tries to find how similar these two luxury SUVs are to live with and how they fare on the road. After all, 99 percent of owners will probably never drive them on anything else than paved roads.


  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    One of these is an iconic vehicle with actual heritage and off road ability, the other is a gaudy and tacky mess made for suburban housewives.

    I’ll take the G Wagen.

    • DaruniaG

      So you´re implying that the G wagon isn´t driven by Housewifes? lol

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        Of course it is, but at least it has heritage and off-road capability.

        The X7 is a lifted minivan without sliding doors.

    • PK

      i concur!

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    …so they couldn’t just wait til they got the new GLS?

  • TheBelltower

    The G wagon is a chic tractor that you could imagine being passed down within the family through generations and eventually restored. The X7 may have some advantages, but it won’t likely be kept after it ages.

    • Belthronding

      Well said ,sir !

  • Aeromann

    This battle is irrelevant… ?

    • Bo Hanan

      Thaaaank you. I wondered if anyone else got it. And I don’t have 24+ minutes to sit and watch these young ladies try to play Jane Bond.

      • Aeromann

        You’re welcome. ?

  • PK

    so basically.
    g class = elephant
    x7 = hippo

  • SteersUright

    These two are emerging as some of the best to watch auto reviewers today.
    On these two trucks, both hugely desirable and cool for completely different reasons. However, that BMW grills is beyond preposterous, especially the way it rides up and over the top of the hood! I wish they’d offer it in two sizes, one for Russian oligarchs and another for regular folk with good taste.

  • Aeromann

    I will take the G.

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