2020 Jeep Wrangler vs. 2020 Mercedes G-Class

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Safety

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Both the Wrangler and the G-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Jeep’s powertrain warranty covers the Wrangler 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the G-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the G-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Wrangler’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Wrangler has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the G-Class’ independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Wrangler 4-door gets better mileage than the G-Class:

MPG

Wrangler 4-door

Manual

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/23 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo V6 Diesel

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/22 hwy

3.6 V6 Hybrid

19 city/22 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/22 hwy

G-Class

Auto

550 4.0 turbo V8

13 city/17 hwy

AMG 63 4.0 turbo V8

13 city/15 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Wrangler 2-door gets better mileage than the G-Class:

MPG

Wrangler 2-door

Manual

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/25 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo V6 Diesel

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/24 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/23 hwy

G-Class

Auto

550 4.0 turbo V8

13 city/17 hwy

AMG 63 4.0 turbo V8

13 city/15 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Wrangler 2.0 Turbo/3.6 eTorque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Jeep Wrangler uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The G-Class requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jeep Wrangler higher (5 out of 10) than the Mercedes G-Class (3). This means the Wrangler produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G-Class every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Wrangler offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The G-Class doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Suspension and Handling

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The Wrangler Rubicon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The G-Class doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Wrangler 4-door’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the G-Class (118.4 inches vs. 113.8 inches).

The Wrangler Sahara 4-door handles at .68 G’s, while the G 550 pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Wrangler Sahara 4-door executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the G 550 (29.5 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 30.7 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Wrangler 2-door’s turning circle is 10.1 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (34.5 feet vs. 44.6 feet). The Wrangler 4-door’s turning circle is 5.2 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (39.4 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Wrangler Sport 2-door has a greater minimum ground clearance than the G-Class (9.7 vs. 9.5 inches), allowing the Wrangler to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Wrangler Rubicon 2-door’s minimum ground clearance is 1.3 inches higher than on the G-Class (10.8 vs. 9.5 inches).

Chassis

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The Jeep Wrangler may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1350 to 1650 pounds less than the Mercedes G-Class.

The Wrangler 2-door is 1 foot, 10.9 inches shorter than the G 550, making the Wrangler easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Wrangler 4-door has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the G-Class with its rear seat folded (72.4 vs. 68.6 cubic feet).

The Wrangler’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the left swing out door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The G-Class’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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The Wrangler can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Wrangler can be unhitched and driven around locally. The G-Class can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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The Wrangler’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The G-Class does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Wrangler has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the G-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Wrangler has standard extendable sun visors. The G-Class doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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The Jeep Wrangler JL comes in four door and soft top bodystyles; the Mercedes G-Class isn’t available as a soft top.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Wrangler owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Wrangler will cost $8985 to $9680 less than the G-Class over a five-year period.

The Wrangler will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Wrangler will retain 67.99% to 87.28% of its original price after five years, while the G-Class only retains 43.42%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Wrangler will be $90107 to $97788 less than for the Mercedes G-Class.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its February 2019 issue and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4-door won out over the Mercedes G 550.

Motor Trend selected the Wrangler as their 2019 Sport Utility of the Year. The G-Class has never been chosen.

The Wrangler was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2012 4x4 of the Year. The G-Class has never been chosen.

The Jeep Wrangler outsold the Mercedes G-Class by over 31 to one during 2019.

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