2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Mercedes‑Benz G‑Class. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

  • Standard DVD navigation, bi-xenon headlights
  • Leather door grip
  • New instrument cluster
  • Serious offroad capability
  • Grand Edition models

2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
For 2008, Mercedes-Benz touched up the G500 — a former military vehicle — by updating interior pieces, including the instrument cluster. New taillights and hands-free communication features were also added. The G500's competitors include the Hummer H2 and Land Rover Range Rover.

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 SUV, but the G-Class is a hard-core offroad machine.


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. For 2008, a new instrument cluster, steering wheel, rearview camera and telephone interface have been added. The door-handle grips are wrapped in leather. DVD navigation is standard.

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Vehicle Overview
For 2008, Mercedes-Benz touched up the G500 — a former military vehicle — by updating interior pieces, including the instrument cluster. New taillights and hands-free communication features were also added. The G500's competitors include the Hummer H2 and Land Rover Range Rover.

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 SUV, but the G-Class is a hard-core offroad machine.


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. For 2008, a new instrument cluster, steering wheel, rearview camera and telephone interface have been added. The door-handle grips are wrapped in leather. DVD navigation is standard.

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 horsepower and 336 pounds-feet of torque. An electronically controlled seven-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 and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

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 airbags are standard.

Driving Impressions
Though it's far smaller than the now-discontinued 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

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Awesome Vehicle

by 500 HP+ addiction from Calgary Alberta on August 3, 2011

If you want a "sleeper" that a wolf in sheeps clothing the G55 owns this distinction. A night on the town you have a unique vehicle that turns heads in a down town and can easily park beside any ... Read full review

(4.0)

Most cut car in the world!

by Person from Mexico City on March 3, 2008

Very beefy and muscely. Great looks, great comfort -- could have better urban performance but amazing off road capability! Very reliable!Interior design could be better and steering is numb. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The G-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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