2006 MercedesBenz R350 Review

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2006 Mercedes-Benz R350

DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD

CAREY RUSS

2006 R350

The first question of my neighbors asked during the that I had the 2006 Mercedes-Benz was «What is it?» Which is understandable. There really is quite like it.

Mercedes-Benz the new R-Class a «Grand Sports and says it’s all about dimensions, and dynamism. It combines of a luxury sedan, a wagon, a and an SUV into a new type of vehicle.

are two models in the R-Class lineup, the powered by Mercedes-Benz’s new 3.5-liter, V8, and the R500, with a 302-horsepower V8. Both models feature the seven-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a full of safety systems including a safety structure, a full of airbags, and traction and stability

At heart, the R-Class is all about and interior space. Its footprint is in size to that of a premium sedan, like the Mercedes But there is considerably more space than in a full-size sedan, with first-class for six large adults arranged in rows of two. That six six-foot tall people, not adults in the first two rows and two children as an afterthought in the rear. a minivan or SUV, the second- and seats can be folded flat for duty, although an R-Class is a too upscale to want to use for carrying or sheetrock, or making a dump

My R350 test vehicle had worth of options, by no means the complement. The most significant, and were the Airmatic suspension and Panorama sunroof. With its air springs, speed-sensitive steering, and shock damping, the Airmatic the R a true European luxury car and very good handling considering its size. But, the perspective of the best seats in the — the second row — the sunroof is the must-have option. It second- and third- row passengers an like riding in an old dome car, with excellent not only to the sides and front, but as well. And the glass is dark that it should reduce and glare on summer days.

is it? Perhaps the Mercedes-Benz R-Class is the development in luxury transportation.

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APPEARANCE: Automotive taxonomy is not an science, and vehicles like the don’t make it any easier. a two-box shape like an minivan, or wagon, it has its own distinct that are unlike any of those classes. It’s almost enough but too low and sleek to be a minivan, and sliding doors. It’s far to low to be an and has regular passenger car ground Although there is some to the CLS four-door coupe in the grille and prominent beltline, a closer reveals that the two aren’t that similar, and they are only by being Mercedes-Benz The R is not a wagon version of any sedan. It is in profile, with a sloping well-raked windshield, and aerodynamically-designed The wide, low Mercedes coupe gives it a sporty look, by the metallic faux brake and aero-kit appearance of the lower bumper. A prominent cutline on side that angles toward the rear adds a wedge shape. Large wraparound taillights dominate the


COMFORT: Cabin design and is modern Mercedes, with a upscale look and good and control placement. «Spacious» begins to describe the R-Class «Three rows» all too often compromised legroom for both the and third. Not in the R. The front passengers get power-adjustable seats that the level of comfort and long-distance expected from Mercedes-Benz. In the the second-row passengers get seats are nearly identical except for manually-adjustable. Need legroom? no further than the second row of an — there can be almost 40 This is not an airplane. At that the third row would be expected to be Wrong, although with the all the way back — as for instance a seven-foot passenger — in the third would be limited to under 5 foot 10. Six six-footers can fit, happily. Extra-long passenger doors and spring-loaded seats that move and down for third-row access access painless. With six cargo space behind the row is limited; with the third row there is more than for four for a long vacation plus comfortable space for the people, no compromise necessary. the full-length Panorama glass the second- and third-row passengers get an view of the world through glass. The front part for ventilation, although standard and optional tri-zone climate do a great job on their own.

SAFETY: The R-Class unibody is built largely of high-strength with a safety cage the passenger compartment and front and crush zones. Driver and passenger adaptive front inflate according to impact and passenger weight. Window-curtain protect all three rows. antilock brakes with assist ensure quick and traction control and the ESP electronic program work to optimize on all surfaces and in all weather conditions.

AND HANDLING: With the optional air suspension package, the R350 has the of a European luxury sedan, and well-controlled. While keeping the fully-independent front double rear multilink suspension Airmatic replaces the front springs and rear air springs pneumatic spring struts all with an adaptive variable system that monitors motion and automatically selects one of four damping profiles. The can chose between standard, and sport modes to vary the ride response from to slightly firm, and ride can be increased at low speeds for improved It automatically lowers at higher — over 70 mph — for stability and wind resistance. of its size and 4800-lb curb the R350 is by no means a sports but with the lighter unsprung and better suspension compliance of its wheels and tires, it’s not an either. In reality, it is a very luxury vehicle, and there is nothing wrong with

PERFORMANCE: Mercedes-Benz’s new 3.5-liter V6 has yet another home, and its 268 horsepower (at rpm) and 258 lb-ft of torque 2400 and 5000 rpm) can the R350 down the road and efficiently. The engine departs its predecessors by replacing the old single cam, three valve per heads with ones dual overhead cams and valves per cylinder. With the heads, both the intake and cams can be continuously phased for power and emissions performance at all speeds and loads. The seven-speed automatic transmission helps to both fuel economy and Manual shifting is controlled by on the back of the steering wheel but is rarely necessary because of the adaptive shift logic. gets to all four wheels for all-condition traction. Acceleration leisurely at part throttle, but put to floor and, as heavy as the is, it can get up and move quickly, with a time of 8.1 seconds. EPA fuel is 16 mpg in town and 21 on the highway, and according to the computer, I got just under 20 in highway and backroad driving, a little city and commute thrown in for frustration.

CONCLUSIONS: The Daimler side of the combine seems to be learning from its American counterpart, and is new vehicles in new niches, best by the R-Class, a luxury vehicle space.

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