It's hard to find the right words to describe how you feel when you finally have the chance to leave the city at the wheel of the G-Wagen. Just imagine a 4.5 meter long box stuck to the road and racing along the country's public streets. It's just like you'd put a magnet on your fridge and drive it around with another magnet from the other side of the door.
Anyway, the G 350 CDI is much more powerful in reality than it seems when looking on the paper sheet. As we told you earlier, the transmission box reacts very fast, so acceleration times are pretty impressive for such a non-aerodynamic vehicle (its drag coefficient is just 0.54). This specific configuration flies from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.1 seconds, while topping at 175 km/h (108.7 mph).
But the fun only begins when leaving the paved road in favor of mud or snow. We were damn lucky to test the G-Klasse during winter because this was the only way to find out that the off-roader is much more stable on ice than we are on our feet. Yep, that's right, the car reacts in an astonishing way when driven on icy roads, regardless if we're talking about acceleration, braking or left or right steering. The real surprise came when we actually stepped out of the car and saw that the road was so icy that we could even see ourselves in it!
The G-Wagen has almost anything you want to make yourselves feel comfortable, especially when it comes to longer trips. Comfy seats, automatic air conditioning, cruise control for highway driving, heated seats and a pretty silent engine that lets two of you chit-chat for the whole duration of the trip. What could only be considered a small problem is the navigation system that comes only with a small screen and with a phone-like keyboard which, of course, takes a while to get used to.
Leaving all these things aside, the boxy vehicle is surprising from any point of view but, above all, it's fun to drive. Throw it in the snow and it will feel like a little kid inside a toy store. Find a riverbed and you'll make the car as happy as your wife was when you finally had the guts to propose her. And, after that, you'll be happy too.
Traction control is absolutely amazing, of course, if the car is shoed with the appropriate tires. Steer right and the car will go that way, it doesn't really matter if the road is full of ice, sand, mud or anything else. Brake and the car will stop for sure, just be sure to hold yourselves in the seats.
The suspension system proves to be the solution for an off-road, so it uses front and rear rigid axles with longitudinal and transverse links, coil springs and gas-pressurized shock absorbers. In plain English, you steer, it goes. Plain and simple.
The trunk has a capacity of 480 liters but it can be increased to up to 2250 liters depending on the seat configuration, which means you have enough space to almost move your furniture from one place to another.Continue reading
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