The 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class consists of two models: the G 550 and the performance-oriented AMG G 63 (reviewed separately). Although it was new from the ground up last year, the G 550 retains a very familiar silhouette, one that has impressed the world with its off-road ability and dogged reliability for over four decades.
Still built in the same Austrian town that gave birth to the first G-Wagen, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV features a body-on-frame chassis with an independent front suspension, a front, center, and rear locking differential and a 416-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8. Of course, we know here in the U.S., most if not all G 550 SUVs will probably never have to conquer obstacles higher than a Neiman-Marcus parking curb, but hey, it’s nice to know a vehicle as luxurious as the G-Class can tackle nature’s worst if asked.
Mercedes G-Wagon’s development started at the end of the 1970s. It was built to focus on off-roading capabilities and maximum comfort and safety. Initially, it was made to be a military car, so there were several countries across the world used it to serve their naval and military force. Its excellent off-roading capabilities, superb drive, good stance, and strong presence after that also attracted a number of individuals, which led to the appearance of a civilian variant in 1979.
Driving the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Highway cruising proves an effortless chore in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G 550. Under normal driving conditions, the 9-speed automatic delivers smooth, nearly imperceptible shifts. Put a little more pressure on the gas pedal, and those shifts suddenly become more apparent, with crisp, quick changes. The transmission works well in all situations, and never feels like it’s hunting around for just the right gear. The variable-assist power steering remains light and effortless when prowling parking lots for an open space, but quickly firms up once the G 550 reaches highway speeds.
Better still, we experienced none of the drift or vagueness sometimes experienced in large, body-on-frame trucks. The G-Class’ tall body does exhibit more body roll than found in an Audi Q7 or Land Rover Range Rover, but the big Mercedes’ well-sorted suspension keeps it to a minimum. While we appreciate the visibility afforded by the tall roof and flat-panel windshield, plus the large directional signals prominently mounted atop the front fenders, the design is a magnet for wind noise. Off-road, the Mercedes-Benz G 550 remains one of the most capable SUVs, easily rivaling the Land Rover Range Rover and Lexus LX 570.
Is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class a good off-road vehicle?
Even wearing its fancy new clothes and high-tech interior, the G-Class is still an off-road champ at heart. It offers an independent front axle, three locking differentials, a terrain-management system for varying conditions and 9.5 inches of ground clearance. A 31-degree approach angle and 30-degree departure angle should make most off-roaders very happy.
Why does the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class look so old-fashioned?
When Mercedes-Benz redesigned the G-Class last year, it could have gone with a slicked-out version. Instead, it chose to stay true to the original vehicle’s design, merging modern design and safety features with such unique oddities as exposed hinges, a flat windshield and a very un-aerodynamic greenhouse. We wouldn’t call it retro, but rather, evolutionary.
Does the 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class hold its value?
Unlike many expensive luxury SUVs, the G-Class actually holds its value pretty well after it leaves the showroom floor. The G-Class’ 5-year residual values easily beat those of the Land Rover Range Rover, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and BMW X7, but fall just a point or two shies of the Lexus LX 570.
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Why do some people call the 2020 G-Class a Gelandewagen?
When it first appeared in 1979, Mercedes’ big SUV was given the name “Gelandewagen,” which translates as “cross-country vehicle.” It wasn’t the luxury liner you see today, but instead a stripped-down, rugged go-anywhere vehicle intended for the most inhospitable places on earth. When it finally arrived here in 2001, the G-Wagon simply became the G-Class.
Brand New Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Prices in Nigeria
|2020 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 4MATIC Price||68 million – 80 million|
|2018 Mercedes-Benz G 63 4MATIC Price||55 million – 65 million|
|2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G65 Price||81 million – 85 million|
Foreign Used Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Prices in Nigeria
|Model year||Price in Nigerian Niara|
|Tokunbo Benz G-Class 2004 price||16 million – 25 million|
|Tokunbo Benz G-Class 2008 price||18 million – 27 million|
|Tokunbo Benz G-Class 2009 price||20 million – 30 million|
|Tokunbo Benz G-Class 2011 price||28 million – 35 million|
|Tokunbo Benz G-Class 2012 price||30 million – 40 million|
|Tokunbo Benz G-Class 2013 price||40 million – 53 million|
|Tokunbo Benz G-Class 2014 price||52 million – 60 million|
|Tokunbo Benz G-Class 2015 price||55 million – 70 million|
Prices of Locally Used Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon In Nigeria
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2004 price||7.5 million – 12 million|
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2006 price||5.2 million – 15.5 million|
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2008 price||9.6 million – 19 million|
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2009 price||22 million – 30 million|
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2010 price||22 million – 30 million|
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2011 price||20 million – 27 million|
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2012 price||33 million – 40 million|
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2013 price||30 million – 40 million|
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2014price||20 million – 55 million|
|Locally used Benz G-Class 2015 price||17 million – 60 million|