97. MERCEDES G-CLASS

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

NEARLY 40 years on from its de­but, the ‘Gelän­dewa­gen’ (Ger­man for cross-coun­try ve­hi­cle) is still go­ing strong, and is the flag­ship of the Mercedes 4x4 range.

All Mercedes SUVS use a ‘G’ pre­fix to iden­tify their off-road lean­ings, but none is likely to match the G-class in the rough. It has the off-road abil­ity of a Land Rover De­fender and the lux­ury of a Range Rover, while the G 63 ver­sions pack pre­pos­ter­ous V8 power. Price range: £92,070-£154,245 Our pick: G 350 d (£92,070) En­gine: 3.0-litre V6 diesel, 245bhp Trans­mis­sion: 7-spd auto, per­ma­nent 4WD Top speed: 119mph Econ­omy: 28.5mpg CO2: 261g/km

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