Mercedes Benz R-Class Review

Mercedes Benz R-Class
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Mercedes Benz R-Class Review

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Looking for something larger than an A-Class or more stylish than a B-Class, then take a look at the new Grand Sport Tourer from Mercedes Benz - the R-Class.

Looking for something larger than an A-Class or more stylish than a B-Class, then take a look at the new Grand Sport Tourer from Mercedes Benz - the R-Class.

Developed from the Vision GST concept car, first seen about four years ago, the R-Class is a mixture of sports saloon and MPV, with more than a hint of SUV thrown in for good measure.

The R-Class comes in two versions, short and long-wheelbase for extra interior space. From the outside, the R-Class looks purposeful especially from the front. The feature lines and the crease down the centre of the bonnet, gives it an elegant, smart look, like a well-ironed shirt. I had the long wheelbase version, which looks even larger when sat on the optional (£800) 18-inch alloys, which replace the standard 17-inch alloy wheels. They fill the arches nicely and add to the sporty air.

The difference in length between the long and the short of it is 235mm and it makes life just that little bit nicer for passengers in the third row. The car is unusual in that although there are three rows of seats, it only accommodates six rather than the usual choice between five or seven passengers. This is where the luxury-saloon part comes in. Mercedes Benz tells us that although the R-Class is a similar size to a luxury saloon, two thirds of the length is given over to the occupants. That means that there is plenty of leg and shoulder room for all.

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Mercedes Benz R-Class Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMercedes Benz R320 L CDI SE
  
Body TypeCrossover Vehicle
ColourCubanite Silver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.8 Seconds
Top Speed 134 mph
  
Transmission7G-Tronic 7-Speed Automatic Transmission
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban23.2 mpg
Extra Urban37.2 mpg
Combined30.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group19
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty MobiloLife is Mercedes Benz's guarantee to keep you mobile for up to 30 years. Renewed after each service performed by a Mercedes Benz authorised dealer and remains valid until the next service is due
Price (when tested on the 19/08/06)£42,970

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