Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Mercedes Benz G-Class VS 2014 Jeep Wrangler Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Mercedes Benz G-Class

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2014 Jeep Wrangler

Safety Comparison

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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 Jeep Wrangler doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes G-Class are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jeep Wrangler has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The G-Class has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Wrangler and are only available for the front seats.

The G-Class has standard NECK-PRO Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Full time four wheel drive is standard on the G-Class. Full-time four wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Wrangler.

The Mercedes G-Class has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Wrangler doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The G-Class has standard Parktronic™ to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The G-Class also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The G-Class’ blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The G-Class has standard mbrace, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the G-Class and the Wrangler have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Mercedes G-Class weighs 1043 to 1743 pounds more than the Jeep Wrangler. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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The G-Class comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Wrangler’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

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The G550’s standard 5.5 DOHC V8 produces 97 more horsepower (382 vs. 285) and 131 lbs.-ft. more torque (391 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The G63’s standard 5.5 turbo V8 produces 251 more horsepower (536 vs. 285) and 300 lbs.-ft. more torque (560 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the G550 is faster than the Jeep Wrangler (automatics tested):

G-Class

Wrangler

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.2 sec

4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

84 MPH

Top Speed

133 MPH

99 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the G-Class G63’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Wrangler doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The G-Class has 6.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 2dr’s standard fuel tank (25.4 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The G-Class has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler Unlimited’s standard fuel tank (25.4 vs. 22.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

G550

G63

Wrangler

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

14.8 inches

11.9 inches

Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

The G63’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Wrangler are solid, not vented.

The G-Class stops much shorter than the Wrangler:

G-Class

Wrangler

70 to 0 MPH

185 feet

217 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

150 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the G-Class has larger standard tires than the Wrangler (265/60R18 vs. 225/75R16). The G63’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Wrangler (275/50R20 vs. 255/75R17).

The G550’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler’s standard 75 series tires. The G63’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G550 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Wrangler. The G63’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Wrangler Sahara.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The G550 handles at .64 G’s, while the Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the G550 is quieter than the Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (78 vs. 83 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The G-Class has 20 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Wrangler Unlimited (124 vs. 104).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The G-Class has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Wrangler Unlimited with its rear seat up (45.2 vs. 31.5 cubic feet). The G-Class has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Wrangler Unlimited with its rear seat folded (79.5 vs. 70.6 cubic feet).

The G-Class’ standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Wrangler 2dr’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the G-Class has a power telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When three different drivers share the G-Class, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a memory system.

The G-Class’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The G-Class’ standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Wrangler.

The G-Class’ front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Wrangler’s optional power windows’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The G-Class’ standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s optional power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

On a hot day the G-Class’ driver can lower all the windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote--remote must be aimed at door sensor. The driver of the Wrangler can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The G-Class’ standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Wrangler.

The G-Class’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Wrangler’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the G-Class to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Wrangler doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the G-Class has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the Wrangler.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The G-Class has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Wrangler has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sahara/Rubicon.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the G-Class has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Wrangler doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The G-Class has standard power remote mirrors. The Wrangler only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The G-Class’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep charges extra for heated mirrors on the Wrangler.

The G-Class’ power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Wrangler’s optional power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 Wrangler’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The G-Class has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Wrangler offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The G-Class has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Wrangler. The G-Class also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Wrangler.

The G-Class’ standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Wrangler doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The G-Class’ standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Wrangler doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the G-Class has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Wrangler doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the G-Class has a standard Distronic Plus, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Optional Mercedes-Benz Apps for the G-Class allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Wrangler doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the G-Class, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Wrangler.

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