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Pros: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the most iconic SUVs of all times. The boxy shape lends it an unmistakable look. Despite what the exterior might suggest, there are plenty of modern features and amenities inside.

Cons: Prices are off the charts, gas mileage is low (even by large SUV standards), and the step-in height is huge. The ancient design, which has barely evolved in decades, will not please everyone. As for handling, there's a top-heavy feel that demands attention.

2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Price and Fuel Economy: The G-Class is an icon, and as such there aren’t many options to it when it comes time to purchase. There are two models available and they are: 

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz G 550 $122,600 
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG $152,700 

Everything about this SUV is big, including the amount of gas it burns. Both engines are heavy on the octane, but the V8 sips slightly less at 19.9L/100km in the city and 16.1L/100km on the highway. The V8 Bi-Turbo achieves nearly identical readings with 20.0L/100km in the city and 16.6L/100km in the city. 

Improvements and Changes: The 2015 G-Class is mainly a carryover from 2014, and there have been no major changes or improvements. 

Powertrain: The standard 5.5L V8 engine produces 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque, all channelled through the German manufacturer's 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system with low and high ranges, as well as three locking differentials. 

The Bi-Turbo version of the same V8 generates a whopping 536 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque in the G 63 AMG, dropping 0-100km/h times from 6.1 to 5.4 seconds. 

Both models use a 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission.

Cargo Capacity: There are 480 litres of trunk space in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, although you can fold the rear seats and take advantage of a gigantic 2,250-litre cargo area. 

Safety: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz G-Class comes equipped with all manner of standard safety equipment and airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution along with stability control. The list also includes a rearview camera, active parking assist, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and an emergency calling system. 

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