A 2+2+2 seating arrangement for a total capacity of six people was standard, with a 2+3+2 configuration optional. I bought this preowned and had nothing major except for lightbulb replacement; however, I have read multiple complaints about quality. Small issues with tailgate locking, springs, shocks, alternator. We crammed our stuff in duffle bags for our 7 day trip. You will either need a cargo hauler, or the carry all for a receiver. The second-row captain's chairs are quite comfortable and even the third row is suitable for adults as long as trip durations are moderate. I had the Yakima swingman 4 bike rack on it with 4 large bikes.
The remaining trims come equipped with V8 engines. Some what like a minivan. We are in love with the panoramic glass rooftop as well as the very large and accommodating rear doors! At first I was weary about the V8's fuel economy but I easily get 16-18 around town and 25 on the highways. But while the rear doors provided a huge opening to ease getting in and out, they were very long and could result in plenty of dings in the mall parking lot. We took it on a 4000 mile family rip a month after buying it. It handles and brakes like a sports car! Great ride due to the long wheel base and rear air suspension, still handles well though.
I have owned numerous Mercedes vehicles and this is by far my favorite, outside of an S Class! The styling takes a little getting used to but it does grow on you especially if you need the room or want to be comfortable. ForSale 90 of 92 people found this review helpful Must read!!! You will either need a cargo hauler, or the carry all for a receiver. Stepping up to the R500 provides 18-inch wheels and heated front seats. On June 2010 my wife was driving in the city with both our kids when an elderly lady wich had a suspended licence drove right into her lane she crashed head on. This is no sports car, but for what it is, Mercedes engineers did themselves proud. I haven't had it for long but no issues whatsoever thus far.
It also comes standard with all-wheel drive to provide extra traction in times of inclement weather. I am very disappointed to see that they are no longer making this model! For people hauling it can not be topped. I have done all repairs myself. We are in love with the panoramic glass rooftop as well as the very large and accommodating rear doors! After looking at 6 vehicles, we are thrilled with the R350. I had the Yakima swingman 4 bike rack on it with 4 large bikes. Though the doors open wide and avoid the minivan-like styling inherent in sliding rear doors, they are quite long and heavy.
I just keep my fingers crossed since we are planning to keep this baby for a while. Trust me when I say, it is anything but confused! It is very thirsty riding around town but for long trips I can't imagine riding in anything else. Trust me when I say, it is anything but confused! Peeling rubber coating on controls. The chairs are great and the Panorama view makes it more enjoyable. It is the most comfortable people hauler I have ever driven or ridden in. The biggest changes took place for 2011, when a styling refresh saw a larger grille debut and the oddly shaped front lights give way to cleaner units that looked more like those used on other Benz models.
There should be no shame in being a minivan, the most practical, efficient and versatile people hauler on the planet. Had to just start it for the last 4 days. Prior to the transmission going the car randomly drops the left side suspension. Just don't call it one. This makes one even after extended ownership want to use the cruise control in place of the actual turn signal. We still averaged 25 mpg at 70 to 75 mph. User Reviews: Showing 1 through 10 of 198.
As I said this thing hauls people, but it has little room for luggage. In reviews, we noted that the R-Class was certainly roomy and boasted excellent interior materials. Gauges are well placed and controls are mostly intuitive. You can drive this puppy for 16 - 20 hours and get out feeling like it was a trip around the block. When you first see it in person, you might be surprised by its size. Dash is elegant yet simple. We loved every moment of using it, great long-range cruiser -- never felt tired as a driver, passengers never complained as there is unbeatable leg room across both 2nd row and 3rd row.
New mirrors, wheels, taillights and bumpers rounded out the exterior remake, while new headrests, new wood accents and a revised instrument display updated the cabin. Its large, wide-swinging traditional rear doors, for instance, weren't as family-friendly in a tight parking lot as a minivan's sliding doors. This Benz features three rows of two-passenger seating. We took it on a 4000 mile family rip a month after buying it. With the second- and third-row seats lowered, the R-Class can hold 85 cubic feet of cargo.
The most recent version of this model came in a choice of R350 gas V6 and R350 Bluetec diesel V6 trims. Of course, the R-Class wasn't as versatile as a real minivan. I was going to get a C class but the incentives for this car made me take a look at it. Neither engine produced especially impressive acceleration. This makes one even after extended ownership want to use the cruise control in place of the actual turn signal. Rogue was a big mistake. The latter made only 210 hp but delivered an impressive 400 pound-feet of torque along with highway fuel economy in the low- to mid-20s.
I will say the only thing that I dislike about the model is the placement of the turn signal and cruise control arms. Don't love the car that much. The seven-speed transmission has a lot to do with the vehicle's impressive performance; although we think it could downshift a little quicker, it's geared perfectly and clicks off swift upshifts when the driver has his foot down. Although the R-Class wasn't quite as roomy as a minivan and only featured six standard seats a seventh seat was optional , it was essentially a luxury family hauler for those who would never have considered owning a traditional minivan. In 2008 I bought for my spouse an R350 4Matic.