Land Rover Defender vs Mercedes Benz G Class Comparison

land rover defender vs mercedes benz g class comparison

Sometimes owning properties like expensive cars indicate status and wealth, but custom options can enhance exclusivity and off-road capability is part of the list. Both the new 2021 Land Rover Defender and Mercedes Benz G-Class are “symbols” of status and wealth, but the Mercedes Benz G-Class seems to be ahead of the 2021 Defender. Apart from status and wealth, the 2021 Defender and G-Class are the go-to cars for off-road capabilities, more space, performance, and luxury.

In this piece of article, you will get to understand which car to own for all aspects in performance, off-road capabilities, and more.


(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of January 2021.)

 Land Rover DefenderMercedes Benz G Class
Capacity/Doors3-5 doors / 5-7 seater5 doors / 5 seater
Torque550 Nm @ 2000-5000 rpm600 Nm – 850 Nm

@1200-3200 rpm
Top Speed191 Kph180 Kph
0-100 km/h10.2 sec - 18.6 sec13 sec
Max Power394.26 bhp @ 5500-6500 rpm429.9 KW @ 6,000 rpm
Engine2.0L – 3.0L2.0L – 4.0L
Fuel Tank Capacity89L100L
Key FeaturesBlind Spot And Lane Departure

Warnings Accident Avoidance

System, Child Seat Anchors,

Front and Rear Head Airbags,

Pre-Collision Safety System
Bluetooth phone and audio

interface, Apple CarPlay

Android Auto, 3-point

seatbelts with Emergency

Tensioning Devices (ETDs),

Trailer Stability Assist
Fuel Consumption7.22 Km/L – 9.3 Km/L7.3 Km/L – 8.06 Km/L
Length x Width x Height4.94×1.99×1.97 m4.66×1.96×1.96 m
BE FORWARD PRICEUSD 12,720 – USD 97,760USD 15,060 – USD 400,910

Interior & Exterior Comparison

Land Rover Defender

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The 2021 Defender might look reminiscent of the old Land Rover Defender, but in reality, it is a totally high-tech off-roader, modern, and sophisticated vehicle with a unique appearance and looks. The 2021 Defender is available in 2-door 90 and 4-door advanced-duty off-roading equipment, and 110 body styles are available on all variants.

(a) Cabin Storage

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Inside the 2021 Defender comes bundles of convenience and luxury features together such as leather-and-cloth upholstery, heated-and-cooled front seats, an adjustable air suspension, adaptive cruise control, and three-zone automatic climate control. The interior is luxurious and spacious in the 2021 Defender. In the first row cabin, there is the center box, a glove box, a large storage shelf with plenty of room for snacks, phones, keys while in the center, 2 cup holders at the center console, and door pocket panel storage.

The 2021 Defender comes with Land Rover’s latest PIVI Pro infotainment suite with a large 10-inch touchscreen.

(b) Cargo Space

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The 2021 4 door Defender has 78.8 cubic feet with the rear back seats folded down and 34 cubic feet of space behind its second-row seat occupied which is good for the luxury SUV class. The 2021 Defender 110 comes with an optional 3rd row with all rear seats folded, has 69 cubic feet and behind the second row has 34.6 cubic feet.

Mercedes Benz G Class

BROWSE LOW COST USED MERCEDES-BENZ G-CLASS from $15,060

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz G-class is more customizable than ever. The manufacturer offers more than 54 interior upholsteries and 34 different exterior colors. Other upgrades include fresh options and a newly standard 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster, Night Package Magno, an appearance package, and 20-inch wheels.

(a) Cabin Storage

BROWSE LOW COST USED MERCEDES-BENZ G-CLASS from $15,060

The 2021 Mercedes Benz G-class’ interior is all about comfortability, luxury, and more space for people and cargo than the preceding generation. The 2021 G Class standard features include heated front and rear seats with leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering column, three-zone automatic climate control, and a 12.3-inch fully digital gauge cluster.

(b) Cargo Space

BROWSE LOW COST USED MERCEDES-BENZ G-CLASS from $15,060

Apart from being a luxury SUV, Mercedes Benz G Class has tons of cargo space to carry luggage. The G-Class can carry 16 suitcases behind its back row and another 17 bags with those seats folded carrying a total of 33 suitcases. Therefore, the G-Class has larger cargo space than its competitor.

Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption

Land Rover Defender

(a) Engine & Performance

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The 2021 Defender comes fitted with a standard 4-cylinder turbocharged engine linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2021 Defender is also available with an inline-six 3.0L engine which uses the 48-volt hybrid system and an electric supercharger. When looking for more performance, you can choose the V8 engine with a maximum power output of 518-hp supercharged, which can hustle the Defender to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Every model comes with 4-wheel drive and locking differentials for navigating treacherous terrain.

(b) Fuel Consumption

The fuel economy for Defender variants is fairly alike regardless of the size of the engine under the hood. The 2021 Defender 90 model with 4-cylinder consumes approximately 7.65Km/L city and 8.92Km/L highway. For the 6-cylinder engine and the 90’s city rating drops to 7.22Km/L but the highway rating goes up to 9.3Km/L. The 2021 Defender 110 model with the 6-cylinder engine has the same estimates as the 6-cylinder 90.

Mercedes Benz G Class

(a) Engine & Performance

BROWSE LOW COST USED MERCEDES-BENZ G-CLASS from $15,060

The 2021 Mercedes Benz G Class comes fitted with 4 engine options. Petrol engines are the 2.0L M264 I4 turbocharger, 4.0L M176 V8 twin-turbo, and the 4.0L M177 V8 twin-turbo. The 2.9L OM656 D29 R SCR I6 turbo is a diesel engine. Both engines are linked to a transmission 9G-Tronic, and 9 Speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G.

(b) Fuel Consumption

According to the EPA rating, the fuel consumption for Mercedes Benz G Class is approximately 5.5Km/L in the city and 7.2Km/L on the highway.

Final Verdict

The new Land Rover Defender and Mercedes Benz G-Class are both good cars to own and drive around town and on long journey trips. All these cars have their own capabilities to perform a duty or task. From the fuel consumption viewpoint, the Defender scores more points than the Mercedes Benz G-Class, while from the performance viewpoint, Mercedes Benz G-Class tops the new Defender due to the horsepower produced from their different engines. The new Defender is gentle-looking and appears as a rough roadmaster while the G-Class looks like a good terrain vehicle. All in all, both cars are good but the Mercedes Benz G-Class is amazing due to its luxury interior and more space. You can purchase either car from BE FORWARD.

BROWSE LOW COST USED LAND ROVER DEFENDER from $12,720

BROWSE LOW COST USED MERCEDES-BENZ G-CLASS from $15,060

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Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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