Drive MercedesBenz R500 Review

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Mercedes-Benz R 500

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For an exercise in semantics, consider new R-Class. It looks like a and is designed to tote around than your average of occupants — in this six.

Yet it’s not a people-mover. calls it a Grand Sports This is probably because the of mediocrity afforded by the people-mover tag sit well with the model’s in the market — the base CDi costs $82,900, and you can fork out as as $122,900 for the range-topping R500L.

But spending a couple of weeks in Rs, I reckon Benz is spot on. But if you one for the practical benefits of a people-mover, you be disappointed.

The R’s big unique point is its six-seater (three of two) capacity. The middle-row get individual, fully adjustable seats, just like up front. The rear seats flat into the floor, versatility.

And as you’d expect in a $119,200 there’s plenty of equipment, satellite navigation, Harman Logic 7 sound system, leather seats, power adjustment, climate control for rows, parking sensors, alloys and a fully-fledged safety

But in practice the R-Class cabin is mediocre behind the front The middle-row seats are mounted divided by a bulky removable armrest and score points for and ambience. However, that’s by a surprising shortage of leg space for adults in the short wheelbase we sampled. More costly L add 235 mm to the wheelbase.

As a five-seater, the R is similarly forcing you to sacrifice half the space. It’s a shortcoming you don’t get in a regular wagon or

So the R’s talent is carrying then? Well, as far as passenger and comfort goes, the two final-row are about as good as it gets, this six-foot scribe to squeeze in without complaint. But space is cut appreciably with six on making serious family-moving difficult.

For the driver, the R500 more sense. The 225 kW 5.0-litre V8 is a staple and just as enjoyable time around. Velvety and boasting the kind of polished that makes driving effortless, it’s more capable of lifting its skirts and serious if required. But with kilograms to tote around, performance is potent rather snappy.

Fuel economy is not a tale. Our R500 consumed a 18.6 L/100 km around dropping to a more acceptable but uneconomical 13.9 L/100 km a stint of highway cruising.

With adjustable air suspension, big wheels and tyres and Benz’s all-wheel-drive system, the R500 better than something big and heavy has any right to. The ride is nicely compliant, and can be adjusted to a setting if desired, and noise are restrained.

The R500 also with the poise, agility and you’d expect of a Benz out on the road but push harder and all weight rises to the surface. steering emphasises the ponderous

The R-Class doesn’t seem to whether it wants to be sporty or The result is it’s not amazingly in either department. But it looks drives well enough and has no competition and that will be enough to win a loyal following.

and equipment

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

As expect for a $119,200 vehicle the has a good serve of toys, sat nav, Harman Kardon sound system, power leather front seats, steering adjustment, cruise, control for both rows, sensors and 18-inch alloys. Benz’s mammoth options and you can spend even more.

Under the bonnet

Mercedes-Benz R 500

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

The 225kW 5.0-litre V8 has the kind of flexibility that makes positively effortless. But with a 2153kg to tote around, performance is merely potent than snappy. Fuel not surprisingly, is not a happy tale. We 18.6L/100km around town, to a still hefty 13.9L/100km a stint of gentle highway

How it drives

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

adjustable air suspension, big 18-inch and Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive the R500’s road manners are a cut most people movers. an impressively relaxed cruiser, plush ride quality and noise levels, and drives assurance and poise when the turns twisty. Push though, and all that weight rises to the surface. Disappointingly steering only emphasises the feel.

Comfort and practicality

Rating: 3.0 out of 5

The R’s USP is its six-seater (three-by-two) capacity. passengers get their own fully buckets, just like up front, while the comfy seats fold flat the floor, either one or both at a

However, boot space is with six on board, making the claim pretty flimsy if any people toting duties are on the while five occupants a sacrifice in load space you don’t get in a regular wagon or mover. And leg room is tight for occupants. Costlier ‘L’ versions add to the wheelbase and it’s much we’d say.


The R-Class has yet to be put through the NCAP test program but, Benz’s stellar history, is to be a strong performer. Eight stability/traction control, anti-lock with brake assist and the pre-crash system make up a on-paper argument.

Mercedes-Benz R 500
Mercedes-Benz R 500
Mercedes-Benz R 500
Mercedes-Benz R 500
Mercedes-Benz R 500


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