Around 120,000 readers cast their votes, and the verdict is clear: In the category “Off-road vehicles and SUVs over € 60,000”, more than 37 percent of the readers of Europe’s largest-circulation 4×4 magazine “Auto Bild Allrad” decided in favour of the G-Class.
Second place was also taken by Mercedes-Benz with the GL-Class, with more than 26 percent of respondents voting for the luxury liner. Mercedes-Benz emerged as the most successful brand in this readers’ vote, where there was a choice of 136 vehicle models in nine categories: models bearing the Mercedes star won seven top-3 places.
Since 1979 the G-Class has been winning coveted awards in year after year, and has notched up a series of victories in readers’ votes. There are currently three body variants in the “G” family. The short Station Wagon, long Station Wagon and Cabriolet can be equipped with a V6 diesel engine featuring the very latest BlueTEC emissions control technology. The G 350 BlueTEC delivers an output of 155 kW (210 hp) at 3400 rpm, and a remarkable torque of 560 Nm over an engine speed range from 1600 to 2400 rpm. A powerful 5.5‑litre V8 petrol engine with 285 kW (388 hp) and 530 newton metres is available as an alternative. The top-of-the-range G 55 AMG, which is only available as a long Station Wagon with four doors, has a supercharged V8 engine generating 373 kW (507 hp) and an impressive maximum torque of 700 newton metres.
The evergreen Mercedes-Benz off-roader continues to offer a superior synthesis of high-performance drive and dynamic handling control systems. The standard specification includes the electronically controlled traction system 4ETS, the Electronic Stability Program ESP and three differential locks selectable at the push of a button, alongside the permanent all-wheel drive with off-road ratio and the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission.
Source: Daimler AG