His real name is Abovi Ugboma but most people know him by his stage name, Bovi. He is no doubt one of those who had been in the entertainment industry for a long time and in fact, he had been in the business of comedy even before it became a profitable venture.

In spite of the influx of many young talents into the comedy industry, Bovi is still a huge force to reckon with, coupled with the success of his own comedy show, Man on Fire. He held the third edition of the show few months ago, after the show went on two years break.

Days after the show, which was attended by a huge crowd, Bovi bought a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon sport utility vehicle for his wife, Kris. In the auto market, the G-Wagon AMG, which is an advanced trim level of the normal G550, cost him tens of millions of naira. And in spite of its huge cost, at least compared to its competitors, the G-Wagon is like a must-have for many.

Looking for a sport utility vehicle that has a bold styling, an impressive outlook, excellent on- and off-road capabilities, reliable, intimidating appearance, powerful engines and one that would make an instant statement, the Mercedes Benz G-Wagon should be on top of your list.

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Even though some users expressed reservations about its poor fuel economy, they still admit that the G-Wagon is a vehicle to own, and it is even more so that it excels where the pavement ends.

To say the G-Wagon is versatile is a wild understatement; it’s also an icon of prosperity that is perhaps uniquely resistant to rational analysis.

The G-Wagon is a refined square, it’s heavy, it steers and rides like the decades-old military vehicle that it is, and people love it anyway and Mercedes has done an admirable job of polishing the agonizingly old design with modern features.

Its off-road capability inspires confidence and it can be guided through just about anything nature throws at it, and more importantly, the steering wheel rarely registers the impact. Thus, the driver is in a comfort mode.

Performance

Powering the Mercedes-Benz G-Class are three turbocharged engines: two V8s (G550, G 63) and a V12 (G 65). While the G550 uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, the AMG G 63’s twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 pumps out 536 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. With 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, the AMG G 65 offers the peak performance.

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The AMG gets an AMG-tuned seven-speed automatic transmission, which distributes power to all four wheels through a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case. Also included are electronically locking front, center and rear differentials for off-road use.

In Edmunds track testing, a G 63 moved to 60 miles per hour in just 5.3 seconds, which is not bad for a three-ton SUV. Despite the added power and performance, the G 63 achieves the same fuel economy as the G550, with Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 12 miles per gallon in the city, 14mpg on the highway and 13mpg in combined driving. Not even its auto-stop-start system could help to improve its fuel economy estimates.

Features

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a five-passenger SUV that is offered in three trims: G550, AMG G 63 and AMG G 65.

Standard features on the G550 include 19-inch alloy wheels, dual side-mounted exhaust outlets, bi-xenon headlights, sunroof, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring system. It also comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, two 12-volt power ports; one for each seating row; and a 115-volt household-style outlet in the cargo area.

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Also included are the COMAND electronics interface with a high-resolution seven-inch display, navigation system, voice commands, traffic reporting, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system with CD and DVD player, a USB audio input, an auxiliary audio jack, HD radio, satellite radio and an SD card reader.

Safety

Standard safety features for all 2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class models include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags and side-curtain airbags. Also included are hill hold assist and Mercedes’ mbrace2 emergency telematics, which includes services such as automatic collision notification, an emergency response button, stolen vehicle location and remote lock/unlock.

In Edmunds brake testing, the G 63 posted a 120-foot stop from 60 miles per hour, with negligible fade after repeated hard braking, an astonishing performance for a 5,934-pound vehicle.

The good: It has ample headroom, excellent off-roader and muscular engines. Regardless of its weight, it reaches highway speed effortlessly and it even has sports car-like acceleration.

The bad: Surprisingly, it comes short in terms of storage and cargo space. Some described it as an unsettling ride for luxury class; cumbersome and difficult to handle on pavement and few driver-assistance technologies.

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