2018 Mercedes-Benz G 550 vs 2016 Land Rover Defender

2018 Mercedes-Benz G 550 vs 2016 Land Rover Defender

Every good story begins with “once upon a time”, right? Well, in the case of the Land Rover Defender, it’s a story that ended in bittersweetness. Maybe it’s because they realized how difficult it is to produce an authentic off-roading masterpiece, or maybe it’s because they couldn’t compete with their Mercedes-Benz rival in the same segment. Whatever the case, see how this now-extinct model compares here as we look at the 2018 Mercedes-Benz G 550 vs 2016 Land Rover Defender.

While the Defender no longer roams the streets, a recurring face has stood the test of time in the G 550. Bold and stern yet unrefined, the G 550 dates back to the 1970s when it was developed for the military. Even today it embraces a timeless rugged exterior not found on many others. Check out how it stacks up against the last Defender model below.

2018 Mercedes-Benz G 550


2016 Land Rover Defender

$123,600 MSRP $58,500
13 city/14 hwy mpg Fuel Efficiency 17 city/24 hwy mpg
7-Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
416 Horsepower 122
450 lb-ft Torque 266 lb-ft
5.9 seconds 0 to 60 time 15.8 seconds
4WD Drivetrain AWD
79.5 cubic ft Max Cargo Volume 56.5 cubic ft
10 Number of Airbags 8
Standard (PARKTRONIC) Parking Assist Not Available
8 inches Entertainment Screen Size 8 inches
Standard Keyless Start Standard

Performance in the 2018 G 550

You might walk by these two and think they’re almost identical. However, when you look at the specs above you’ll see that beneath these rugged exteriors, only one actually embodies the true essence of an off-roading powerhouse. That would be the 2018 G 550, complete with a 4.0L V8 biturbo engine that grinds out 416 horsepower - nearly 300 more than the Defender. And while the Defender almost makes up for it in torque, the G 550 comes out ahead yet again with other intelligent performance features such as:

  • Direct injection and multispark ignition

  • Efficient turbocharger configuration

  • NANOSLIDE cylinder wall technology

  • Permanent all-wheel drive with 2-speed transfer case

  • Three lockable differentials

  • 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with shift paddles

  • and so much more.

Take a step back in time with the technology of the future in the 2018 G 550. To see this remarkable SUV for yourself, get in touch with the team here at Mercedes-Benz of Indianapolis today!

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