Mercedes' MPV come estate come SUV is dropped from UK lineup following poor sales; to be sold in China only from now on
27 September 2013

The Mercedes-Benz R-class has been axed in the UK.

Poor sales of the MPV are believed to be responsible for its demise. As more motorists look to the booming SUV and crossover markets to fill their people-moving needs, sales of the R-class have continued to suffer.

Originally intended to blend the space of an MPV, the all-wheel drive reassurance of a 4x4 and the practicality of an estate, the R-class found itself competing in a number of sectors.

Priced from £44,620, the R-class came with a V6 engine offered in either 190bhp or 265bhp guises. 

Mercedes has tried to revamp the range in 2007, offering the option of rear-wheel drive and seven seats in an attempt to boost sales.  A facelift followed in 2010, with an entirely new front end and a re-worked interior, plus changes to the car's 265bhp R350 CDI 4Matic engine to offer lower emissions.

A Mercedes spokesman said that while the R-class will no longer be available in this country, it will continue to be sold into Chinese markets.

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27 September 2013

"Mercedes' MPV come estate come SUV"

Awkward word these days, but correct spelling is "cum".

It's Latin.

Means "with".

27 September 2013

The Mercedes motto is "Das beste oder nichts". With the R-Class monstrosity it would appear the management have accepted it should have been "nichts".

27 September 2013

I thought they'd stopped selling this here years ago.....

27 September 2013

I'll always remember the R-class for the R63 AMG, perhaps the most niche vehicle of all time. states there are currently five registered on UK roads. Veyrons? As common as muck!

27 September 2013

They made it look great (yay - it is on my short list) then took away the 4matic from the swb version (boo - it is back off my short list). Please, I'm begging, can someone offer a premium (in fact or image) 4wd, seven seat, three seats on the second row, car. I've money waiting. Surely this can't be as niche as some of the other twaddle that's being sold.

27 September 2013

If it had been about 75% of its current size and had 7 proper seats (not 6.5). It has 4x4 but doesn't shout about it. The idea was good, the execution was poor.

28 September 2013

Probably the ONLY Mercedes I would have considered buying for myself . . . with the “crossover” height-visibility-ease of access . . . built for long distance, transcontinental, journeys . . . 4x4 AWD to tow a horsebox off a field . . . and, enough “Captains chairs” for the whole family.

28 September 2013

My brother had one and said it was one of the best cars he ever had except for the trade in value when he got his E class estate.


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