India Exclusive: Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG

Although it carries the AMG badge, the G63 doesn’t really behave like one. The feel from the electronic steering wheel isn’t confidence-inspiring and doesn’t feels weighty enough at high speeds. Plus, the lazy steering wheel needs additional input when you’re making the hefty G turn directions. And despite the ride being on the stiffer side, there’s considerable body roll going around corners. Here, the superbly supportive seats come to the rescue. The adjustable lumbar and thigh bolstering make sure you aren’t thrown out of the seats while cornering hard.

While the driver and front passenger are having a ball, life at the back is less than exciting. But there’s enough legroom in there and the seats are firm but comfortable. Also, this Mercedes comes with excellent visibility for its occupants. The high seating position, high roofline, large glass area and slim pillars all mean great outside visibility, so navigating through crowded neighborhoods isn’t a problem.

Sure, there are downsides to this package – stiff suspension, uninspiring handling, fuel efficiency – but they’re mostly overlooked when you listen to that mighty eight-cylinder make music through the twin exhaust pipes. If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, then this is the wrong set of wheels for you. Given the `2.1 crore (on-road, Bangalore) asking price for the G63 AMG, you could also look at the more modern Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, which costs less and has better driving dynamics. But remember, the G-Wagen was developed three decades ago – you can’t ask a 34-year old SUV to do more than this.

(Words: Devesh Shobha, Photos: Nitin Rose)