2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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$88,200

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2008 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:

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

5 trims

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Notable features

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

2008 Mercedes-Benz G-Class review: Our expert's take

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

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

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Awesome Vehicle

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 exotic. Then in the morning enjoy a little light to light racing of mustangs and the like this truck can deliver. And if that dose not get any better on the weekend you can take it camping or off-road, where you can lead your hummer/jeep friends around with ease. The only downer is the G55 is a it sure is thirsty beast. But who cares!!

4.4

Most cut car in the world!

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.

5.0

Offroad or City - Best SUV out there

Just immaculate, this car turns heads and has the power and stance to back it up. Wherever I am, one thing is guaranteed: I will be asked about this car. By far my favorite SUV, although I do wish I spent the extra for a G55. Regardless, if you are the type of person who will spend the money for perfection, this is your car.

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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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