Mercedes claims the car, which it refers to as a Grand Sport Tourer, is a revolutionary breakthrough in automotive packaging. The price is a little higher than some but the quality is excellent. We got a great deal on the used car and look forward to taking on some great road trips this summer! That aside, the ride on the optional 19-inch rims of the sports package is harsh, particularly over corrugations and lane markers. Both are backed by a slick seven-speed automatic transmission that's electronically activated by a column-mounted mini-shift lever and offers TouchShift gear changes via buttons on the steering wheel. It has been 2 years, and knock on wood, it has no problem at all.
And it consistantly wants to run well over the speed limit. The full-time, all-wheel-drive system has three open differentials but no low range. Everything adjusts to suite the driver. Got a pretty good deal too! The speed the cruise is set to is steady and effortless. I take my car to a local Mercedes specialist for annual maintenance. From the side, it looks more minivan-ish than R-Class owners might like to admit. I love the elegant styling, the quick response from the V6 and the 7 speed automatic but above all I love the room and comfort.
Inside, though, it's all Mercedes. Also big are the swing-out rear doors no van-style sliders here that offer access to generous centre-row buckets and, surprising for this scale, not-so-generous third-row seats. The third row of seats do fold neatly and without fuss into the floor to provide impressive luggage space if you are only transporting four people. In addition the panoramic sunroof is unbelievable for the 3rd row passenger. Sitting like a pretend indicator stalk, the thing spends its time in waiting for the unwary driver. The R-Class is not one of them.
Test drive this crossover and be ready to fall in love! People are constantly asking what is that thing. Jack rabbit starts are just too much fun with this five liter V8. The oversized rear doors open out 90 degrees and are far better than sliding doors. Some question the looks- I think the fastback look is awesome. It exceeds expectations on the interstate. Also, the back doors swing out almost to a 90 degree angle, which is great in some instances, but with kids you have to be careful where you park. Style, space, and civility are cornerstones of the R-Class experience.
But with 64 percent of R-Class interior volume devoted to passenger space, average-sized adults can travel comfortably in tier two or even three. Longer than the front doors. But that could be an illusion of its size and well-silenced ride. Unusual, but certainly not unique. This vehicle is very smooth and quiet and luxurious and big on room. Comfort is a big plus.
In purpose, the R-Class is similar to the Chrysler Pacifica, in that both offer three rows of seats, two seats per row. I have to admit that I was not overly impressed when I bought it. The diesel is not actually coarse but it is more noticeable than should be the case in a car from a company with such a long history of diesel development. This is what it is best at. Mercedes-Benz make some exceptional and highly desirable cars.
Hand-polished wood, hand-fitted leather seating inserts, well-formed front buckets with a powered driver's perch, and numerous other power assists, plus cruise control highlight the common luxo touches. The test car was noisy on idle and, when sitting in gear at the lights, there was an intrusive vibration resonating from the back of the dash panel. You can comfortable seat 2 adults, 2 big adults, in the 3rd row, no problem. The interior lives up to expectations; typical new school Mercedes. The single-piece tailgate with a large bumper-level cutout simplifies loading. Looks, practicality, performance, safety, comfort this car scores high in all areas. There is nothing inherently bad about the R-Class.
There are plenty of the usual luxury suspects throughout the cabin, including one-touch windows, soft-touch indicators, heated seats and speedtronic cruise control. It is way more economic than the Land Rover and carries everyone in more comfort with room to spare. . The car is amazingly smooth yet responsive. The multi-contour seats are awesome! The only con I can come up with is that the back doors are long. Third row is adequate for adults. Its 165kW of power and thumping 510Nm of torque launch the 2.
The perplexing thing is that nobody, during development, saw any need to have some form of lockout on a shifter that has been positioned to be knocked unintentionally. Standard trimmings on the R-Class, offered as the R350 with 268-horsepower, 3. You might think that since DaimlerChrysler owns Mercedes and Chrysler. And its corporate cousin, the , is definitely present in spirit if not sheer sumptuousness. Which it still does, and while the R-Class uses a few bits and pieces from the M-Class, it's an entirely different vehicle. It is a pleasure to drive with power to spare.