Automotive Traveler Magazine 2011 02 2011 MercedesBenz R350 Page 1

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Mercedes-Benz Vision GST

Behind the Wheel: 2011 R350

Our family guy, Sam spends a week behind the of the Mercedes-Benz R350, wondering why it been more successful in the

In the late 1990s, Mercedes-Benz the car division’s first truck the M-Class SUV. The company’s division had supplied the world vans, medium- and heavy-duty and the rugged Geländewagen, but the car division had not an American-style SUV until the Alabama-built emerged in 1997.

The company quite a bit about American for such vehicles in the wake of launch. So, when Mercedes-Benz the second generation, it brought out flavors.

First was the new M-Class. was the award-winning, seven-passenger GL-Class. The model was the much-overlooked R-Class. sales of the R-Class have underwhelming, peaking in 2006 at 18,168 units.

Perhaps its sales stem from the design. Although every throws around the term to describe what would been a station wagon or SUV a few years ago, the R-Class be one of the few vehicles to deserve such a It’s related to the M-Class—but definitely not an SUV. It has three of seats—but you wouldn’t call it a

When Mercedes-Benz introduced the at the 2001 Detroit show, it was the Vision GST (for Grand Tourer). In Europe, touring of cars are simply station in the United States, and the R-Class has the of a tall, modern station

Once you look inside, the car takes on another theme.

rows of seats each room for two passengers, instead of a third passenger in between (although a seventh seat is an Each of your well-dressed is provided the comfort of a leather all his or her own. The seating alone this more of a six-passenger car than a minivan.

With ample headroom the R-Class is not quite six-feet on the outside. Bowing to the pressure of SUV owners, the R-Class features a driver’s seating position and a nose to give a command-of-the-road From the helm, you’d you were piloting any of the Mercedes-Benz luxury cars—if not for the better

All the luxury touches one expects a Mercedes-Benz are here. A panorama stretches over all seats. In to covering the heated seats, wraps around the steering Hand-polished burl walnut highlights the console. The featured infotainment system sits in the middle of that console, the sound system, video Bluetooth phone, and navigation.

broadcasts through the standard FM and AM are enhanced with terrestrial HD and satellite Sirius programming. iPod or MP3 player can be added to the in addition to the included hard storage unit.

The in-dash six-disc changer additional one-disc player in the can handle both CDs and DVDs, can play through the rear monitors (along with the monitor when the vehicle is No matter what the source is, the emanates through excellent speakers that include a subwoofer. catching every of Don’t Mess with the or Public Enemy.

With the restyle, the R-Class lineup was to two models. I drove the R350 by a 3.5L DOHC V6 producing 268

Mated to the seven-speed automatic and 4Matic all-wheel drive, the has been rated at 15 m.p.g. and 19 m.p.g. on the highway. For better economy, the optional R350 replaces the gas engine with a V6 turbo diesel unit. it provides an ample 210 horsepower, it has a miserly rating of 18 m.p.g. town and 24 m.p.g. on the open

Swinging open the large doors allows your to jump right into first-class seats. Unlike seats, which are compromised in to allow interior reconfigurations, the has thick, leather-clad spaces for posteriors to ride comfortably in Each of the four rear can be folded individually, providing up to 85 feet of cargo space.

Not a Mercedes-Benz comes without flaws. On the minor side is the stalk mounted just the turn signal, which can easily set the cruise when to make a lane change. window switches took a bit of adjustment on the operator’s part to close them.

Mercedes-Benz Vision GST

The excellent DVD took three adult men 20 to get an image on the rear monitors, 10 minutes after cracking the owner’s manual. A lack of pervades the COMMAND system, Bluetooth linking and navigation difficult than it needs to be can’t I use the provided number pad for

Lastly, the handling of the vehicle is a bit when empty but does more evenly balanced a few passengers aboard.

Even the kids love this the R-Class is not your typical substitute. The space aft of the third row is not as voluminous as a minivan’s cargo Large rear hinged are less kid-friendly than think, especially in the parking lot of local Target. It weighs a bit than the average minivan, but of that heft is transferred sound deadening and luxury like thicker, more seats.

It may not be a minivan, but it is a very luxury car. What vehicle provides luxury for six adults like the R-Class? some SUVs have a row of seats, but they’re not as comfortable as found here. Your sedan looks great in the executive lot, but do you really three colleagues cheek-to-cheek the rear?

Sam Fiorani wishes to thank the delivery driver who purchased a cone from his kids’ sale while dropping off particular test vehicle.


Wheelbase: 126.6

Length: 203.0 inches

77.1 inches

Height: inches

Mercedes-Benz Vision GST
Mercedes-Benz Vision GST
Mercedes-Benz Vision GST
Mercedes-Benz Vision GST

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