The Mercedes R-Class isn’t going to change the shape of luxury family motoring, but it is excellent both in concept and execution. It’s excellent not because it looks different on a show stand but because, out there in the real world, it really works. It isn’t great to drive but, so long as you have the space to park it, it will be fabulous to own.

Granted, it is not a car that appears to make great sense, but it grows on you the more you drive it, especially over longer distances. As always, though, it continues to have its limitations around town.

It doesn't appear to make great sense, but it grows on you the more you drive it

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