The Mercedes-Benz G-Class was originally developed for military use back in the 1970s as a heavy-duty four-wheel-drive conveyance, but it has been updated over the decades and given as many luxuries, conveniences and refinements as possible. Not that there’s any denying the G’s utilitarian roots: At nearly 3 tons, describing it as an over-engineered, leather-lined rolling bank vault would be an apt portrayal. It’s tall with a healthy step-in height, its doors close with a reassuring clunk, space efficiency is unexceptional and its heft contributes to poor fuel economy and ponderous handling.
So is it practical? Not really. Capable? Definitely. Desirable? Oddly, yes. As such, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class isn’t the best choice for a single or even two-vehicle household, but if you’ve got a multicar setup with spots for a variety of cars, the G-Class is one cool super truck to add to the fleet.