2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Class vs. 2021 Land Rover Range Rover

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G-Wagen or Range Rover? Year after year, this question commands the attention of the world’s most demanding off-road adventurers. Although there’s a steep difference in starting price, the wide range of options on the 2021 Range Rover allows these two models to face off head-to-head–and, truth be told, the G-Wagen falls far short of its rival’s standard.

Compare the 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen vs. Range Rover today to find out how they measure up on performance, off-road capability, and interior luxury. Once you’ve seen what our team has uncovered, you might never look at the G-Wagen–or the Range Rover–in the same way ever again!

Performance & Capability: G-Wagen or Range Rover?

If you’re comparing the G-Wagen vs. Range Rover, you’re the type of driver who won’t let anything hold you back from adventure. So, which of these SUVs is really going to satisfy your drive to reach new heights? Start by comparing the engines in each model’s lineup:

G-Wagen Engines

  • 4.0L V8 biturbo – 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque
  • Handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 biturbo – 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque

Range Rover Engines

  • 3.0L P360 i6 MHEV – 355 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L P400 i6 MHEV – 400 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L TD6 DIESEL – 255 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.0L P400e PHEV – 398 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.0L P525 V8 GAS – 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.0L P565 V8 GAS – 557 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque

Comparing horsepower and torque specs is important, but it won’t tell you everything you need to know. Here’s what else you should keep in mind about the performance offered by each model:

  • Fuel economy in the G-Wagen tops out at 17 mpg city, 19 mpg highway. With its diesel engine, the Range Rover enjoys up to 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
  • Accessing more power is easier if you choose the Range Rover. A 518-hp V8 is optional in the Westminster Edition, which starts at almost $30,000 less than the G-Wagen.
  • Driving modes can greatly improve performance in a wide range of conditions. While the G-Wagen offers standard Dynamic Select with ECO, Comfort, Sport, and Desert modes, only the Range Rover offers adaptable Terrain Response® 2, which can automatically switch between Sand, Rock, Gravel, Grass, Mud, Snow, and General settings.
  • Ground clearance looks a little more impressive in the G-Wagen–until you activate the standard air suspension in the Range Rover. Doing so gives you a two-inch advantage over the Mercedes-Benz, and lets you ford almost eight more inches of water.

Before you hit the trails near Greenwich, explore our off-road checklist or check out the Land Rover brand’s official guide to off-road driving.

Luxury & Interior Quality: G-Wagen or Range Rover?

If you’re deciding whether the G-Wagen or the Range Rover is best for your needs, you don’t want just any off-road SUV. You want a vehicle that’s just as impressive on the inside as it is on the trails!

Although both models include an extraordinary range of luxurious amenities, the Range Rover offers more options and more impressive interior dimensions:

  • 11 distinct trim options–including seven with the standard wheelbase and four with the optional long wheelbase–make it easy to find a Range Rover that fits your sense of style. This year’s lineup features the much-anticipated 50th Anniversary Edition. By contrast, here are just two G-Wagen builds to choose from.
  • In terms of legroom, the G-Wagen and the Range Rover are more or less evenly matched as standard. However, only the Range Rover offers a wheelbase extension that pushes second-row legroom out to 46.8 inches. That’s a seven-inch advantage over the G-Wagen.
  • Cargo volume in the G-Wagen tops out at 68.6 cubic feet with the rear seats down. Even the standard Range Rover does better, with 70.9 cubic feet at maximum. And, with the wheelbase extension, you’ll have 77.5 cubic feet at your disposal.
  • Additional storage space can be found throughout either model’s cabin, but only the Range Rover offers an optional refrigerator compartment. You’ll have to buy one separately, as an accessory, if you choose the Mercedes-Benz.
  • Rear Executive-Class Seating is also optional on the Range Rover. Although it reduces your total seating capacity to four, it gives your passengers much more room to settle in. It even adds rear seat ventilation–a feature that’s completely unavailable on the G-Wagen.

It’s Time to See the Range Rover for Yourself!

For many, performance this impressive needs to be seen to be believed! Step into our virtual showroom to begin your shopping experience from any local home or office, or make an appointment before you drive in from New Canaan or Stamford. We can’t wait for you to see what this one-of-a-kind off-road luxury SUV can do.

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