Mercedes G350 CDI Review | Autocar

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Mercedes G 350

Mercedes G350 CDI

What is it?

A offroading icon given a new of life. Mercedes Benz has recently begun importing examples of Steyr-Puch’s classic 4×4 into the UK.

Available in drive and with a choice of engines for the first time, you can put one of handbuilt 4x4s on your for a mere £80k. But assuming not a UN peace-keeper or professional mountaineer, the isn’t so much “would you be to mad to buy but “exactly how mad would you need to A little bit nerve-frayed, or a stark lottery-winner? Our test example, a turbodiesel, gave us a good

What’s it like?

Mercedes be applauded for the thoroughness of its update to the this oil-burner gets seven-speed auto ‘box, power steering even, and an acceptable 25mpg. You get a full nav system as standard as well as leather, ISOFIX child anchorages even, while DVD screens, a heated steering and a TV tuner are on the options list.

And yet the G-class’ driving experience determinedly, irredeemably old tech. 18in alloy wheels 60-profile winter tyres with the G-class’ rough and “railing link and panhard suspension for an alarmingly choppy on typical urban roads. is as plentiful as you’d ever given the G-class’ approximate control and lack of steering

But this is a car you’d only drive slowly, particularly larger bumps and dips, for of being thrown out of your And regrettably, Mercedes’ electro-hydraulic steering doesn’t seem to be enough for the G-class: the car’s is now seriously heavy and slow to centre.

None of which matter much if you were the G350 for its considerable offroad This car will forge of standing water – than a Land Rover – and has approach and departure to humble a Toyota Land There are three separate locks too for peerless traction in conditions, and a low-range transfer for the seven-speed ‘box.

Add to all that the incredible reputation the G-class has in 4×4 circles for reliability and robustness, and if you regularly off the beaten track, you might forgive the car its ‘characterful’ on-road and handling.

Mercedes G 350

Should I buy one?

Whatever you do, buy the G350 Bluetec because you it’s a luxury SUV; commercial vehicles are significantly refined and comfortable. While a Rover is just about the comfortable road car you can buy, tester would rate a as just about the least

As a true go-anywhere offroader – now added creature comforts – the has a place for those who can afford the It’s certainly got character to and provides a real sense of But as an everyday road car, both antiquated and compromised.

Mercedes G350 Bluetec LWB

£81,715; Top speed: 108mph; 9.1sec; Economy: 25.2mpg; 295g/km; Kerbweight: 2575kg; type, cc: V6, 2987cc, turbodiesel; 208bhp at 3400rpm; Torque: ft at 1600 to 2400rpm; Gearbox: auto

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