We've spent a day at the wheel of the G-Klasse and, after an experience like this, we can sincerely say that it's a shame that carmakers do not focus more on cars like this. It's pretty understandable though, because building an outstanding vehicle that would only sell in limited numbers is not quite a smart business idea, and most companies would rather lose money than get some profit with such a project.
The good bit about the G-Klasse is that it exists. If nobody had ever built such an off-roader, no one would have known that the automotive industry can be fun in any weather condition, on any type of terrain. The car has so many features that it makes it exciting in both on- and off-road environment, providing very surprising performances just when you don't expect them.
The bad part is that the car could be phased out of production as soon as 2015 when the contract between Mercedes-Benz and Magna Steyr which currently builds the vehicle in Graz runs out. Of course, most of us would like to see the off-roader continue beyond 2015, but the same problem we told you earlier remains: is it really profitable?
There's no ugly side when talking about Mercedes' G-Wagen but, if we really have to name one, we would go for the price. Not many can own one and that's probably why the Germans are keeping it so expensive. After all, what would be so special about a car that everybody drives?