Mercedes R350 CDI Review | Autocar

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Mercedes-Benz G 350 CDI Base

Mercedes R350 CDI

What is it?

For a there signs were Mercedes-Benz was set to give up on the R-class. in 2005, the big MPV has never really to fulfill the hype placed on it. It or so we thought, destined to be abandoned as of the German car maker’s cost efforts.

And yet now, despite sales of less than those originally projected – of them at heavily discounted Mercedes-Benz is giving the R-class a chance – prompted, it says, by of rivals, most notably BMW the 5-series GT, to muscle in the market it had used to calling its own.

At the heart of the R-class’s renewed to win over buyers is a heavily appearance. Gone is the odd combination of cues adorning the original replaced by a more cohesive design that gives it an more confident air, the front-end which benefits new headlamps, grille, bonnet and – all reflecting the latest Mercedes-Benz

The revised R-class continues to in both short and long-wheel guise – the latter stretching to and supporting a third row of seats to space for up to seven in a largely interior. It’s impressively and versatile.

However, finding a space large enough to its exceptional width of 1922mm can difficult and begs the question as to why hasn’t seen fit to equip it side parking sensors those available on the 5-series GT.

In a move that is crucial to its of gaining sales momentum in the UK, has also given its up-market MPV a new of diesel engines in a line-up supports both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive models, the latest, high power of its 3.0-litre V6 common rail


With a gutsy 261bhp and ft of torque, it is clearly the pick of the offered in the heavily facelifted kicking out 40bhp and 81lb ft than before while a 2.9mpg reduction in overall at 33.2mpg in the four-wheel drive CDI 4Matic driven here.

The R-class is also among the models to benefit from a version of Mercedes-Benz’s 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox. Standard the line-up, it gets a faster torque converter that now decouples the engine at standstill for fuel savings among detailed changes.

What’s it

Mercedes-Benz G 350 CDI Base

Together, the new engine and gearbox the R350 CDI 4Matic with an step off and good turn of away from the traffic – the prodigious torque making weight of its 2175kg kerb Indeed, for such a big car it is quite and impressively smooth in continual conditions.

But with those oversize and a large turning circle, driving is not where it excels. It is at a cruise out on the motorway where the MPV finds itself most at With all that torque at 800rpm above idle, it distance with consummate But while mechanical refinement is impressive there is a fair of wind noise around the exterior mirrors at speed.

four-wheel drive helping and a armada of electronic driving the R-class hangs on remarkably when driven hard winding roads – better the M-class and G-class with it shares its underpinnings and is build at Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant in the US.

And with air springs and adaptive it also rides with the comfort setting provides a pleasingly relaxed nature the sport setting gives it a tauter feel. However, it never be considered sporting. role is left to the E-class which is a good deal agile at all times.

Should I buy

If you’re in the market for a large SUV or estate, it’s definitely considering the revised R-class. The changes, particularly the new top-of-the-line engine, make it a good more desirable than

Granted, it is not a car that appears to great sense but it grows on you the you drive it, especially over distances. As always, though, to have its limitations around

Mercedes-Benz G 350 CDI Base
Mercedes-Benz G 350 CDI Base

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