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2005 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Review

Luxury off roading has never been this much fun.

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Overview

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a luxury SUV that is available in a G500 or G55 AMG model. Originally used for military purposes in the 1970s, the G-Class models are known for its dependability and ruggedness. On the road, it has a commanding presence, as a result of its attractive design and powerful engine. Drivers can take the G-Class off roading with confidence since it's built with stability and traction control and four-wheel drive. Passengers enjoy a luxurious ride with plenty of room and more than sufficient comfort. Also, take into consideration that Mercedes makes some of the safest vehicles on the market. Add in a host of luxury options, and the G-Class is a great buy if you can handle the expense.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, 5.4-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz G500, Mercedes-Benz G500 Grand Edition, Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, Mercedes-Benz Grand Edition

What's New

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz G-Class sees an upgraded engine with more power and better performance. The trims that are available are now called the G500 and G55, and each model has a sequentially numbered ""Grand Edition"" badge located on the center console of the vehicle.

Exterior

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is tall compared to other SUVs, measuring nearly six feet in height. It is over 15 feet in length with a wheelbase of about 14.5 feet. A frontal view shows its striking chrome grille with the Mercedes logo in the center and unique-looking headlights. Fitted on the body-colored front bumper are the daytime running lights. From the side, it has a clean-cut look that speaks both professionalism and authority. There is a platform step to assist in entry and exit of the vehicle. The two rear windows are tinted for privacy. The backside features a stainless steel spare tire cover and a tinted rear window. The G-Class models sit on 18-inch wheels that are almost a foot wide. There is privacy tinted glass on the cabin, sides, and rear.

Interior

The interior of the 2005 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is truly luxurious. Hand-polished burl walnut trim is complimented by beautiful leather upholstery. Five people can be seated comfortably. In the front, there are heated 10-way power seats with four-way head restraints and pop-out cup holders. An armrest sits in the middle of the front seats. In the rear, there is 60/40 split folding heated seats with adjustable head restraints and cup holders attached. There is full carpeting throughout the interior, along with carpeted floor mats. The dash has an attractive design with logically-arranged gauges and controls. The steering wheel is also loaded with lots of controls. There is a host of really nice features, which include a COMAND dashboard screen that controls a navigation system, the Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid system, which is a tracking device for emergency situations and theft prevention, and a premium sound system includes a six CD changer.

Performance & Handling

Two engines are available in the 2005 Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The G500 is packed with a five-liter, eight-cylinder engine that pumps out 292 horsepower and 336 lb-ft of torque. The G55 AMG has an impressive, 5.4-liter, eight-cylinder engine that cranks out 469 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Both the G500 and G55 AMG offer only a five-speed automatic transmission. The 2005 Mercedes-Benz G-Class models come with a beam front suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed up with a beam rear suspension with coil springs. An anti-traction system is installed to provide better traction when driving on slippery road conditions.

Safety

All models of the 2005 Mercedes-Benz G-Class are equipped with anti-lock disc brakes on all four wheels. In addition, there is brake assist to aid in better braking during emergency stops. There are driver and front passenger airbags as well as front and rear window curtain side airbags. Front seat belts are three-point height adjustable with an emergency tensioning device installed. Rear seat belts are also three-point height adjustable. A universal Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system is used at rear outboard seating positions. An Electronic Stability Program comes standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz G-Class: 12/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Strong engine
  • Comfortable Seating
  • Plenty of cargo room

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Rear visibility

Sum Up

Luxury off roading has never been this much fun.

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