Mercedes G-class back in the UK image

It’s ten years since Mercedes-Benz last sold the G-Class SUV in the UK, but the old stager (which dates back as far as 1979) has never gone out of production, and now it’s coming back to this country.

G-Class customers will be able to choose between the G350 CDI, which produces 221bhp and returns fuel economy figures of 25.7mpg, and the flagship G55 AMG Kompressor, which produces 500bhp and reaches 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds – pretty nippy for a 4×4.

Both versions will come with tonnes of standard kit, including bi-xenon headlamps, a heavy duty Harmon Kardon Logic 7stereo, heated memory seats and a full leather interior.

Although it’s unlikely that many owners will drive it too far off the beaten track, the G-class still comes with fully locking differentials, an off road electronic stability programme and low-range ratios in the automatic box.

No G-Class is cheap. Even the G 300 CDI Professional costs from £57,975, the G 350 CDI is priced from £79,975, and the G 55 AMG Kompressor tops the range at £114,975. UK sales will begin this autumn.