Townsville Bulletin - - Cars Guide -

De­sign THE G is Mercedes’ old­est con­tin­u­ally pro­duced model. And its ex­te­rior has barely al­tered in 32 years, us­ing the same con­glom­er­a­tion of squares and rec­tan­gles. The wind­screen is ver­ti­cal and this is the only Benz with the spare tyre mounted on the back. The util­i­tar­ian theme con­tin­ues in­side where, de­spite the lux­ury em­bel­lish­ments, the G is clearly de­rived from a 4WD de­signed to climb alps or pa­trol the streets of Kabul. It looks and feels old and up­right and there’s not a lot of of room. Driv­ing THOUGH the abil­ity to make a moun­tain into a mole­hill is hugely im­pres­sive, you might not en­joy driv­ing be­tween peaks. The G55’ s reg­u­lar-road ride is pretty aw­ful; un­set­tled, un­re­solved and bor­der­line un­civilised. But it is ac­cel­er­a­tively stun­ning, get­ting from stand­ing to 100km/ h in 5.5 sec­onds. They’re both heroes of­froad, but the diesel is the bet­ter of the two on the black­top. Ver­dict THE Merc you never knew the world needed. Score: 6/ 10

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