MercedesBenz RClass First Drive Review Car Reviews Car and Driver

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Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Call it but boring.

Mercedes-Benz has been new models by the litter lately. For we counted nine new Mercedes ranging from the entry-level for thousandaires to the $456,000 SLR for billionaires. All of were of determinate gender—sedan, SUV, and so forth. But now the German has given birth to a mutant hard to categorize—the 2006 is neither sedan, wagon, nor van, although it has bits and of each.

The five-door, six-passenger might be considered a crossover, but definition fails because it to SUV-ish vehicles that from passenger-car platforms. The R It’s based on a much-modified of the latest Mercedes M-class unibody platform. Although built at the same state-of-the-art in Alabama as the M, the R shares little its plantmate. The driveline is pretty the same, but in its major dimensions no similarity: The R’s 126.6-inch is 11.8 inches longer; the 203.0-inch-long R tops the M by 14.8 and it’s 6.3 inches lower and 2.3

Mercedes is tagging the R as a sports a catchy but mostly vague phrase that doesn’t the R’s identity crisis. But aside, the R is nothing if not big. about four inches than a Cadillac Escalade or Pacifica, with which the R can be to share some conceptual And at a height of 65.2 inches, it is inches lower than the and 1.3 inches closer to the ground the latter. It weighs about pounds in V-6-powered R350 and 4900 in the R500 V-8 version.

All mass is wrapped in sheetmetal doesn’t look much anything else on the road. The angled hood flows a leading edge that appear out of place on a Mercedes car. The arc of the roofline is reminiscent of the provocative CLS500 but for the hatch-hinging at the rear. And the sculpted character that runs from the openings to the tail end is also a bit These wedgy-roundy elements the R an eye-catching look in an eccentric as if George Barris had chopped and a minivan.

What’s most van-like the R is its floor plan—three rows of that coddle a six-pack of in the sort of comfort and luxury one has to expect from a Mercedes. The row has the look and feel of an S-class and the second row is about as spacious, seats that adjust as well as recline. The third row is than that found in SUVs and is fairly easy to get to, women wearing short might find modest and exit to be problematic.

Mercedes-Benz R-Class

With all the seatbacks upright, only enough cargo in the back to carry a few cases of noir, but with the second and rows folded flat and the console unlatched, the cargo is long enough, but not quite enough, to inhale four-by-eight-foot of building material, as unlikely as might be. There are also of places to squirrel away in the R—console bins, door and so forth. And in a major philosophical Mercedes has admitted that cup aren’t just a bit of American the R can be had with as many as eight of Big Gulp repositories. Among the choices of entertainment gear, an iPod dock in the glove

Aside from the frills, the environment of the R is well thought and most of the controls are deducible resorting to the owner’s manual. An would be the cocktail-stirrer-sized shifter on the column. Actually, it’s an switch: Flick it up for drive, for reverse, and push to park. To gears manually, there are a of rocker switches on the back of the steering-wheel crossbar.

Driving the automatic transmission in manual is a bit like operating a BlackBerry, there are seven gears to cycle through, each so spaced that the experience is aural than physical. You feel the shifts, but you can hear the reach for the high notes. The V-8-powered R we sampled ran up and down the without breathing hard, though its 302 horsepower doesn’t up to carrying the R500’s two-and-a-half Neither did the poundage appear to handling. We didn’t encounter switchbacks over about 200 of Alabama countryside, but the R500 high-speed sweepers with noticeable body roll and pitch excessively under The R’s agility and balance—aided by all-wheel drive—belie its size. And it has indefinable gravitas that’s so

All this, Mercedes says, can be had for 50K. Well, maybe not That sum buys an R350 a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and a fair of standard equipment. But if you opt for an R500 a suitable combination of option are eight to tempt buyers—you’re at around 70 grand. That’s what you’d expect for a Merc, even if you can’t out exactly what it is.

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