The new 2019 Mercedes G 500 looks (almost) like the old one, but is completely new. And it remained a a pure luxury off-roader with character, as Autobild’s first test shows.
Break out of everyday life. Departures, worries and constraints just drive away and your mind flies to the best place where they do not find you – who does not dream of this? For the escape vehicle we would have an idea: the new 2019 Mercedes G-Class. Completely new, but fortunately further built to off-roader purity requirement, with ladder frame, large ground clearance (24 centimeters), transfer case, reduction and three differential locks.
Visually, the new generation seems barely changed, it is as edgy and upright on the wheels as it was since 1979. It’s all there: round headlights, patch turn signals in front, thick circumferential protective strip, hinges on the outside. And still the central locking sounds like a shot in the dark when snapping. But the G 500 is now five inches longer, but especially six wider. This brings noticeably more space inside.
You climb up in the cabin, sit incredibly high (92 cm above the road), incredibly sublime and very comfortable. On board, practically everything is new, even if beautiful details such as the sturdy grab handle for the passenger remained. And somehow the wide-screen display layout fits quite well into the G, as angular as it is. As in the S or E-Class, there are now two 12.3-inch displays for digital instruments (1012 euros) and Navi (series). Welcome to the modern age.
Also modern is the 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo with 422 HP. It powers the G 500 completely effortlessly and incredibly casually. It further impresses with his deep, soothing bass voice. Pass through tunnels only with open windows, preferably several times.
The chassis now has front independent suspension, the test car came with adaptive dampers (1547 euros). And the steering is now a rack and pinion steering, not a historic recirculating ball steering as before. Result: The G-Class drives with a previously unknown ease – but please do not confuse it with light-footedness.
The 2.5-ton truck is powerful and emphatical on the road, drives stoically straight, comfortable. If necessary, the ESP intervenes early and courageously. Overall, a driving experience that can not be compared with any SUV or crossovers. This is an off-road vehicle. With whom we would like to drive to the end of the world. Right now! If there was not a small problem: The new G-Class costs from 107,041 Euro …
The relatively modest test score (because of the environment and costs) deceives about how great the G-Class is. A true character. With design for eternity, crazy engine, overwhelming charm.
|Top speed||210 km/h|
|Wheels size||275/50 R 20 V|
|Tires||Pirelli Scorpion Zero Allseason|
|Emissions CO2||276 g/km|
|Trunk volume||454-1941 l|
|Price (Germany)||112.360 Euro|