New Mercedes R-Class Review
What do you get if you take an MPV, a 4x4 and an estate car and mix them all together? The answer is simple, you get the new Mercedes R-Class. Why didn't anyone think of it before?
The New Mercedes R-Class combines the best of each type of vehicle and once again Mercedes create yet another niche for yet another vehicle. Room for six full size adults is provided in the R-Class's capacious interior and because this is a 2 + 2 + 2 there really is a decent amount of room. Drop the two rear rows of seats and the load space increases from an adequate 305 litres to a cavernous 2366 litres on the long wheelbase models.
With all Mercedes models you get a fair bit of kit as standard and the R-Class is no exception. This car has got more letters than a Harley Street doctor, ABS, ESP, ASR, 4ETS, 4Matic 4WD, the list just seems to go on. For those who haven't got the latest acronym dictionary this roughly translates into, anti lock braking, electronic stability control, acceleration skid control, electronic traction control and the Mercedes four-wheel drive system. Also standard is the Mercedes Pre-safe system, recognising when a collision or impact is inevitable, the Pre-safe system automatically closes the windows (if they are open) to avoid occupants or their limbs from being ejected through the aperture, seat belts pre-tension, the seats adjust to the most favourable position and air cushions within the seats inflate to give passengers the best protection.
Engine options include two petrol units and one diesel. The petrol range has the R 350 as the entry level model, this model is powered by a 3.5 litre V6 with a power output of 272 bhp, it can accelerate from 0 - 62 mph in 8.3 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph. The second petrol derivative is the R 500, take a look under the bonnet and you will find a 306 bhp, 5.0 litre V8, with a top speed of 149 mph, the R 500 can accelerate from 0 - 62 mph in 6.9 seconds. The diesel model is the R 320 CDi, powered by a 224 bhp, 3.0 litre V6 the R 320 CDi can accelerate from 0 - 62 mph in 8.8 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 134 mph. All models transmit their power through the Mercedes 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic gearbox and have the option of being available in long wheelbase.
So, the name of the new niche the R-Class slots so easily into, Grand Sports Tourer is what Mercedes calls it and that is probably a fair reflection. One thing is for sure, if you travel to an airport in an R-Class and find you can't get a first class ticket, the chances are you might just want to get off and drive.
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