Mercedes Benz R-Class Review

Mercedes Benz R-Class

Mercedes Benz R-Class Review

Mercedes Benz R-Class ReviewMercedes Benz R-Class Review | Part ThreeMercedes Benz R-Class Road Test

All of the seats are individual and everyone gets a window seat.

All of the seats are individual and everyone gets a window seat. Starting with the third row on the LWB version, the occupants of the full-sized seats have a maximum of 920mm of legroom. When they aren’t needed, a pull on the lever and the squab, which is hinged at the front, pings upwards. It can then be folded along with the backrest to extend the luggage area.

The second row of seats have a sliding function to extend the legroom from 920mm to a maximum of 990mm, which is enough room to hold a dance. The Easy Entry system seats spring forward when a lever is pulled, allowing passengers to get into the back without too much difficulty. Normally, the second row seats have their own in-board armrests but on the test car these had been replaced with a (£320) central storage unit that doubles as a large, padded armrest. This unit can also be used to house the optional CD/DVD player that comes as part of the Rear Entertainment System, together with two 7-inch screens set into the backs of the front headrests.

Again, for extra load-lugging, these seats can be folded by removing the headrests and placing them on the seat squab. The operation is then completed by tilting the backrests and pushing the seat downwards.

With a full complement of passengers, there is 393-litres of luggage space available. Folding the third row increases this to 1,048-litres and flattening the second row gives a capacity of 2,366-litres, measured to the roof.

The R-Class comes in three equipment levels; Standard, SE and Sport. The tests car was an SE, which means that the seats are leather-covered. The Standard version has fabric and Artico (man-made leather) seat covers and the Sport has Alcantara and Artico. Furthermore, the front seats on the Standard and SE are so-called ‘executive chairs’, while the Sport, naturally, has sports seats. On all but the Standard, the seats are electrically, fully adjustable.

Mercedes Benz R-Class ReviewMercedes Benz R-Class Review | Part ThreeMercedes Benz R-Class Road Test
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

The information contained within this Mercedes Benz R-Class review may have changed since publication on the 19 August 2006. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Mercedes Benz dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018