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Should You Buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class?

Should you buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class? Yes, yes you should.

Ok, maybe more information is needed, but that’s the gist. If by some miracle you can get your hands on the new and redesigned G-Class, then, by all means, jump on the occasion. Heck, it doesn’t even matter if you need a new vehicle. It doesn’t even matter if you actually like the G-Class. If you have the opportunity to buy it from your dealer and you have the cash, then do it and figure out what you will do with it afterwards.

Chances are, you can resell it for a hefty profit. As I’m writing this, new 2020 G-Class models are going for $100,000 over sticker price. Some are going for almost $300,000. Granted those are the more expensive AMG versions, but still. They are priced at $195,900 from the dealer. The Mercedes-Benz G 550 we drove for a week is priced at just over $147,000. Both will cost more if a dealer does have one in stock, but they will be worth even more on the open market.

Now, Mercedes-Benz doesn’t want you to speculate with the G-Class and we advise against it as well. It may burn some bridges. But what you should take from all of this is that getting your hands on a G-Class means getting your hand on one of the very few luxury vehicles that doesn’t depreciate. Just look at previous G-Class generations. Models from three or four years ago are still going for $125,000 or more with over 50,000 kilometres. Models from 2012 or 2013 are still close to $100,000.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

The G-Class is a sound investment as far as luxury vehicles go. Demand is high, supply is low, and the G-Class has a loyal following that is ready and willing to spend money. The last G-Class was by all accounts a terrible vehicle and it still is worth some serious money. Just imagine how this new-generation G-Class which is better in every possible way by a mile will do in the pre-owned market.

That’s the beauty of this new G-Class. It preserves everything that made the previous G-Class so appealing. The unmistakable boxy design, the uniquely high driving position, the square turn-signal housings that are right in your field of vision as you dominate the road, the spare wheel in your rear-view, and the doors. Oh, the doors. No other doors sound like the G-Class’ doors when they close. The closest thing we can think of is a 1980’s Porsche. They slam shut like a vault would, and the clang they make when they lock is enough to give you chills. I’ve driven almost a hundred cars in the last year, and this is the one I remember most.

The great thing about the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is that you can actually now enjoy all of the aforementioned features without compromising on drivability and comfort. Let’s be honest, the last G-Class wasn’t exactly refined. It was annoyingly jumpy and nervous, and you never really felt in complete control. And, if you didn’t get the G 63, you had very limited performance to play with.

This new G-Class does away with all of that. For starters, the new G 550 is more than powerful enough. It features a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that delivers 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. It powers the G-Class to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds, but it feels faster. It also sounds great. There’s a distinctive growl at startup that used to be reserved exclusively to AMG models.

The new G-Class isn’t more comfortable than a GLE or a GLS despite its price, but it certainly now feels like a luxury SUV as opposed to, say, a Jeep Wrangler as the last G-Class felt. It’s quite like a GLC is quiet and you can spend hours behind the wheel without a problem. The last G-Class would wear you down, but you dealt with it because it was so darn cool. The new G-Class is still really cool, but now it’s actually comfy.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Why You Should Buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

  • Incredible resale value
  • Probably the coolest vehicle you can buy right now
  • Definitely one of the most exclusive vehicles you can buy
  • People will notice your G-Class like they notice a Ferrari
  • One of the best off-roaders in the world. That hasn’t changed
  • More agile in the city than its size would have you believe
  • Interior quality and craftsmanship are on par with the most luxurious Mercedes-Benz vehicles
  • Mercedes-Benz G-Manufaktur Colours will make your Mercedes-Benz G-Class stand out even more
  • You no longer need to buy a G 63 to enjoy strong performance from a G-Class. The G 550 also sounds great
  • So much more comfortable than the last G-Class
  • Decent towing capacity (3,500 kg or 7,716 lb)

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

  • You may not be able to buy one. Stocks are low and demand is high.
  • From a pure practicality standpoint, the G-Class isn’t suited to families. It has a small cargo area and rear seat space is so-so.
  • You probably don’t care about this, but fuel economy is laughable. Expect over 20.0 litres per 100 kilometres easily.
  • You can get a more comfortable, more spacious, and almost as prestigious SUV for less money. Think Range Rover. With the kind of money needed for some G 63 models, you can get a Lamborghini Urus.

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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