Jeep Wrangler Duels Mercedes G-Class, New Defender In Off-Road Test

The Ford Bronco is here, but not really here. It will hit US dealerships in the spring of 2021, and from recent sightings and video footage it looks like a pretty promising off-roader.

Meanwhile, as North America awaits the return of the metal icon, the off-road community has plenty of toys to play with. Three of them are the Mercedes G-Class, the Land Rover Defender and, of course, the Jeep Wrangler.

Which of these three are the best off-roading anyway? Coach did a full test for us to find out.

The video is embedded at the top of this page, and while you can watch it to see specific off-road details on these rugged machines, let’s lay out a few numbers here that aren’t on the video above – the engine specs.

The Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon here is, of course, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 Chrysler Hurricane light hybrid engine, the only gasoline option available in Europe. It produces up to 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts (274 PS) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque.

The new Defender 110, on the other hand, is most likely powered by a 2.0-liter diesel here, producing 237 hp (177 kW) and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of twist.

The Mercedes G-Class, specifically the G350d here, is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine that develops 282 hp (210 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of traction.

But of course, off-roading isn’t about engine power and horsepower. There are other things to consider like approach angles, ramp angles, departure angles, potential differential lock, depth of wade, and axle knuckle.

That said, which of these three is the best according to Coach? Take 20 minutes of your time and watch the video at the top to find out.

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