2020 Mercedes G-Class vs. 2020 Lincoln Navigator

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes G-Class have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Lincoln Navigator doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The G-Class’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Navigator doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the G-Class. But it costs extra on the Navigator.

Both the G-Class and the Navigator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

Engine

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The AMG G 63’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 127 more horsepower (577 vs. 450) and 117 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 510) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mercedes G-Class is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:

G 550

AMG G 63

Navigator

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

4.1 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

12.6 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

108.9 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the G-Class’ fuel efficiency. The Navigator doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The G-Class has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator (26.4 vs. 23.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G-Class’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Navigator:

G 550

AMG G 63

Navigator

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

14.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

13.2 inches

The G-Class stops shorter than the Navigator:

G-Class

Navigator

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the G-Class’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Navigator (295/40R22 vs. 285/45R22).

The G-Class’ optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Navigator Reserve/Black Label’s 45 series tires.

The G-Class has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Navigator; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG G 63 handles at .75 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4WD pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The G 550 is 1 foot, 8.3 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the G-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The G-Class has .1 inches more front headroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Navigator.

Towing

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The G-Class’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator’s (7000 vs. 6200 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 5% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The G-Class has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Navigator doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the G-Class is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Navigator’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The G-Class’ Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Navigator’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

Economic Advantages

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The G-Class will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the G-Class will retain 43.42% of its original price after five years, while the Navigator only retains 40.74% to 41.56%.

Recommendations

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The G-Class was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2019. The Navigator has never been an “All Star.”

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