The car is currently available as either a 300 CDI or 350 CDI (long-wheelbase version) each with three rows of two seats. We can’t see much point in the standard-wheelbase car, however. The Mercedes R-Class is all about the provision of space and luxury, so the extra outlay is well placed.
Mercedes may have cleverly disguised the R-Class’s 4x4 underpinnings and is therefore likely to spare its town-bound owners the contempt of the growing anti-4x4 mob, but it’s still 4x4 heavy. Busting the scales at 2185kg and 2295kg respectively, it is heavier than the ML upon which it is based by over 100kg.
The R-Class works brilliantly as an estate; fold the middle and rear rows of seats flat and remove the central storage unit and it can hold 2385 litres, making the E-Class’s 1910 litres seem slightly pathetic by comparison.