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MERCEDES-BENZ G CLASS AMG STATION WAGON

G63 5dr 9G-Tronic

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The Mercedes G-Wagen is at its most astonishing in 585hp G 63 V8 petrol form. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

On the face of it, putting a 585hp engine into a luxury SUV shaped like a portakabin sounds a bad idea. No, scrub that. It sounds an absolutely certifiable notion. But Mercedes has done it anyway, reasoning correctly that oligarchs and squillionaires will find the idea of a Gelandewagen powered by the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 from the AMG GT supercar almost impossible to resist. Perhaps though, the whole point of enormous wealth is indulging your inner fantasies and the way the handbuilt V8 in this exclusive SUV explodes under heavy acceleration in a frantic volley of noise all the way to the point where it crashes against the 7,000rpm rev limiter is certainly addictive. Giving this car the kind of charm it would need to offer if your other SUVIP choices included a Lamborghini Urus or a twelve cylinder Bentley Bentayga.

Driving Experience

The old AMG-fettled G-Class model had a 5.5-litre V8, but this new generation design's lighter, torquier unit puts out 85hp more and clouts the G 63 to 62mph in just 4.5s and onto an electronically limited top speed of 137mph - or 149mph if you're crazy enough to pay Mercedes £2,000 to de-restrict it, in which case you really have got more money than sense. You'll get to enjoy the engine much more once you get the hang of all the different drive systems. As part of the G-Wagen re-design, Mercedes has added in its 'DYNAMIC SELECT' set-up which in its top 'Sport+' setting, ramps up the throaty note of the AMG sports exhaust. There are also the usual 'Sport', 'Comfort' and 'Individual' options, plus an extra 'Slippery' mode for rainy days and icy mornings. All the choices you can make here affect throttle response, steering feel, stability settings and the shift timings of the new 9G-TRONIC auto gearbox that all G models now get and which features in a G 63 in more sharply-focused SPEEDSHIFT form. 'DYNAMIC SELECT' can alter suspension feel too because another thing this new-era model can now offer is adaptive damping, a standard feature for a Mercedes-AMG customers and a virtually must-have option elsewhere in the range.

Design and Build

You might be tempted to think that the styling of this G-Class hasn't changed much, but of course it has. The military-style upright flat windscreen for instance, embellished by a signature from Gottlieb Daimler in its bottom right hand corner, is this time raked by a further degree. And the round headlights gain full LED beams or, as in the case of this G 63 model, 'MULTIBEAM' LED technology that adapts them to the road and other traffic. The grille has been subtly re-designed too, featuring vertical slats with this G 63 petrol variant. A Gelandewagen without a tailgate-mounted spare wheel would look wrong - this G-Class remains the only large super-luxury SUV to retain one - but there's no reason why this appendage should obscure rear vision quite so much, so the rear window has been widened around it. Inside, this modern model features the widescreen cockpit display we've previously seen in all of Mercedes more conventional large models, with a 12.3-inch central COMAND infotainment screen bonded seamlessly to a digital instrument display of the same size. A more characteristic G-Wagen feature is the huge great old fashioned dash-mounted grab handle. Rear seat space has dramatically improved and there's a 667-litre boot.

Market and Model

Hand-built by Steyr-Puch in Austria, this is an exclusive car which, as you've probably already guessed, means that it's going to cost you a suitably exclusive price. For this test, we opted for the Mercedes-AMG G 63 4.0-litre petrol twin turbo V8 variant that over 60% of buyers in this country choose, which from launch cost from just over £143,000. The only SUVs that can compete with a G-Wagon's extreme capability off road (contenders like Land Rover's Defender and Jeep's Wrangler) are much less capable on-tarmac - and anyway, they sit in much cheaper and less luxurious market segments. Super-luxury SUVs that are comparably priced and sized against this Mercedes - the Range Rover for instance - don't have this car's classic, military-surplus feel. Nor are they as capable off road. The AMG engineering elements of this top variant include a quick-shifting 'AMG SPEEDSHIFT' version of the 9G-TRONIC auto gearbox and an 'AMG RIDE CONTROL' version of the brand's new adaptive damping package. There are AMG red brake callipers and an AMG sports exhaust system with chrome-trimmed twin tailpipes. The radiator grille is of a unique design, as are the 20-inch 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels. Plus there are illuminated AMG door sill panels. And nappa leather features on both the AMG Performance steering wheel and the ventilated multi-contour AMG sports seats.

Cost of Ownership

Go for this G 63 Mercedes-AMG V8 petrol variant and you can of course throw any thoughts of running cost efficiency out of the window. Again, there's an improvement in the officially quoted figure thanks to the body weight reduction. And to the fact that the 4.0-litre V8 features cylinder de-activation so that under light throttle loads, it chugs about on only four cylinders, this switch designated when operational by a little icon at the top of the instrument cluster. Unfortunately, these engineering improvements don't make as much difference as you might hope. The old 5.5-litre AMG V8 G-Wagen managed 17.8mpg on the combined cycle; this 4.0-litre one theoretically returns 21.4mpg. In reality, if you drive this car regularly as the burbling V8 repeatedly encourages you to, you'll often only achieve half of that. Not of course that anyone likely to be able to afford a £150,000 585hp Gelanderwagen will ever be unduly bothered by the thought of such excess. They might though, be more bothered by the frequency with which this rate of thirst makes it necessary to continually re-fill the 100-litre fuel tank. Servicing is every year or 12,500 miles, whichever comes first. It's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance.

Summary

Here's the car that tops our guilty pleasures list. Whether you want to make a really big statement with your choice of SUV or you simply want the most capable, road-sensible off roader there is, the Mercedes G-Class - especially in this G 63 guise - offers a money-no-object solution. With a design dating back to the Seventies, it may be old in concept, but it remains classily cool with an appeal remaining undimmed against the changing fads of automotive fashion. Judging this car by the usual criteria just doesn't work. As ever with a Gelandewagen, the normal rules resolutely don't apply. What's changed is the way that with this new-era model, that appeal has been very cleverly updated. It's thoroughly modern, but all the things that make a G-Class special and unique remain intact. We could have been served up a lifestyle-orientated copy of the original. But this remains the real thing.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency21.60mpg
Emissions
Emissions373.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed137mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Active lane keep assist
  • AMG dual bonded widescreen cockpit displays
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, sport, sport+ and Individual)
  • AMG instrument cluster
  • AMG specific IWC design analogue clock
  • Attention assist
  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • COMAND online HDD Nav with media interface, radio/CD/DVD/MP3, 12.3" screen, linguatronic voice control
  • Communications module (LTE)
  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Mercedes-Benz emergency call
  • Parktronic audio/visual front and rear parking aid
  • PAS
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Touch pad controller for COMAND online
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Aux-in socket
  • Burmester surround sound system with 16 speakers
  • DAB digital radio module

Exterior Features

  • AMG bodystyling with exclusive Mercedes AMG G 63 front aprons with cooling air intakes and AMG flared wheel arches
  • AMG performance exhaust system, selectable ,left and right two chrome trimmed twin tailpipes
  • AMG specific panamericana radiator grille with AMG logo
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Dark tinted heat insulated glass
  • Door mirror memory
  • Electric slide and tilt sunroof
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Exterior protective strip with trim insert in black
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Trailer coupling
  • V8 BITURBO lettering on front wings

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • 12V socket in boot/load compartment and rear passenger compartment
  • 2 cup holders in front and rear
  • Ambient lighting with 64 colours and projection of brand logo
  • AMG floor mats with AMG lettering
  • Electric adjustable steering column with memory
  • Electric front headrests with memory
  • Electric front seats with memory function
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Illuminated AMG door sill panels in brushed stainless steel
  • Ionisation of interior air including fine particle activated charcoal filter system
  • Load protection net
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Rear head restraints
  • Thermotronic automatic climate control

Packs

  • Driving assistance pack - G Class
  • Exterior styling pack - G class
  • Stowage space pack - G class

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS with Brake Assist
  • Adaptive brake system
  • Airbags - windowbags
  • AMG high performance braking system with internally ventilated and perforated brake discs
  • Auto hold function
  • Black seat belts
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Dry braking
  • Electronic four wheel traction control
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • i-Size and ISOFIX Child Restraint system
  • Pre-safe system for anticipatory occupant protection
  • Red painted AMG brake calipers
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti-theft alarm system/interior protection with tow-away protection and interior monitoring systems
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless Go access/ignition system
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • AMG Ride Control suspenion
  • Differential lock
  • Electronic selectable low range gearing
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

Wheels

  • Space saver spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.528
  • CO2 (g/km)
    299
  • HC
    0.016
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    75
  • NOx
    0.028
  • Particles
    0.0002
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    373

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    3982
  • Compression Ratio
    8.6:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    V8
  • Cylinders
    8
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    9 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    32
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    21.6
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    25.5
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    17.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    16.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    16.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    14.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    12.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    15
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    17.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    16.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    20
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    22.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    18.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    4.0
  • Badge Power
    585
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    50E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    83
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    72
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4.5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    585
  • Engine Power - KW
    430
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    627
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    86.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    850
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2500
  • Top Speed
    137

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    Yes
  • Tyre Size Front
    295/40 R22
  • Tyre Size Rear
    295/40 R22
  • Tyre Size Spare
    SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style
    AMG CROSS SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    22" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1966
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4873
  • Wheelbase
    2890
  • Width
    1984
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2187

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    100
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3200
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1941
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    667
  • Max. Loading Weight
    640
  • Max. Roof Load
    150
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2560
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    13.51
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