2006 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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$80,900

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2006 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Distinctiveness
  • Construction quality
  • German engineering
  • Rugged personality
  • Performance potential of G55 AMG

The bad:

  • Price
  • Fuel economy
  • Unwieldy handling
  • Acceleration of G500
  • Cabin noise

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Military heritage
  • Unique appearance
  • 469-hp G55 AMG model
  • Serious offroad capability
  • Grand Edition models

2006 Mercedes-Benz G-Class review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Mercedes-Benz took a bold step toward the ultimate sport utility vehicle with its G500, which evolved from the no-compromises Gel�endewagen sold in Europe. Soon after its 2002 debut, the German automaker added a high-performance G55 AMG edition with a hand-built 349-horsepower V-8.

For 2005, the G55 AMG got a far more potent supercharged V-8 that produced 469 hp. Exclusive chrome trim and “V8 Kompressor” badging identify the G55 AMG, which has larger vented and slotted front brakes. Monoblock AMG 18-inch wheels are 9.5 inches wide. Interior features include “designo” charcoal Nappa leather upholstery, AMG gauges and natural maple wood trim.

Mercedes-Benz focuses largely on road-going manners with its M-Class model, but the G-Class is a hard-core offroad machine. Handcrafted in Graz, Austria, the G-Class competes against the Hummer H1 and Land Rover Range Rover.

New limited-production Grand Editions of both models debuted in summer 2005 and feature velour floormats and special interior choices. Little has changed for the 2006 model year.

Exterior
This distinctive SUV’s strictly utilitarian appearance is somewhat softened by body-colored bumpers and rocker panels and a stainless-steel spare-tire cover. At 185.6 inches long overall on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the G-Class is 3 inches shorter than the 2006 M-Class, but it stands 6.3 inches taller.

Rigid front and rear axles and three locking differentials are installed. In extremely low-traction situations, a little grip on one front wheel should be enough to pull the G-Class through a trouble spot.

Interior
Leather upholstery is complemented by burl walnut or maple wood trim. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, power windows and locks, 10-way power front seats with three-position memory, a navigation system and Mercedes-Benz’s Tele Aid system, which offers emergency and theft-tracking services. The front and rear seats are heated. A Harman Kardon premium sound system includes a six-CD changer. Rear parking assistance is standard.

Under the Hood
The 5.0-liter V-8 in the G500 produces 292 hp and 336 pounds-feet of torque. An electronically controlled five-speed-automatic transmission sends the power to a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a Low range, which offers shift-on-the-fly operation at up to 15 mph. The G55 AMG’s supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 cranks out 469 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque.

Safety
Antilock brakes have electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist for automatic full-power braking in panic stops. Mercedes-Benz’s Electronic Stability Program and side curtain-type airbags are standard.

Driving Impressions
Though it’s far smaller than the Hummer H1, the G500 delivers a comparably unique experience. This SUV conveys the impression of looming height — emphasized by its relatively short, narrow body.

Everything about the G500 seems bolt upright, including the seating positions. Even though the vehicle’s height is partly an illusion, there’s a tendency to keep its speed way down when rolling through curves and corners. This SUV’s operation is defiantly trucklike, and it emits a degree of sluggishness and plenty of sound while accelerating. Not only does the G500 look ready to tackle the most demanding terrain, but it also feels ready — which detracts from its prowess and pleasure on ordinary paved surfaces.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

No mechanical issues

I have had people who tell me that I'm being materialistic when I tell them that my passion includes cars & motorcycles, but I don't care. I love the G class.

4.7

AMG for me.

The G55 AMG is an amazing vehicle. Not only is it rare on the road, but off road it leaves the Range Rover standing by a mile. I find this funny as most Range Rover drivers think they rule the world on the road as well as off it. The Mercedes is very reliable and safe. I am very happy with mine. Another plus is it retains $ value very well which is great.

4.6

2006 E320 CDI

Great car to drive. On a trip from SW Florida to the northeast, the car averaged 38 MPG. Good acceleration and faily quiet engine noise. So far the vehicle is very reliable,(only 6500 miles). One negative is that there is not enough cup holders. I am buying a 2007 E320CDI by the end of the year.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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