2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel

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The 4Matic model gets a new V6 for 2012 along with an transmission. New standard features on R-Class models include LED running lamps, a navigation real-time traffic, satellite and HD radio.


What is the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class? To be we’d like to tell but even a simple definition be tough to provide. We could it a minivan, but it has significantly less passenger volume and no sliding We could call it a wagon, but really too big and bulbous for that.

calls it a crossover, which is the best option given the of a better term, but the R is hardly with the countless other crossovers out there.

Regardless of what name you around its neck, the R-Class six people seven, if you opt for the second-row seat. It might not be as spacious as a but it has more cargo capacity virtually every luxury It comes with a pair of efficient V6 engines — one the other a new-for-2012 gasoline V6 and goes down the road the sort of poise for which is widely known.

Inside the you get a generous amount of equipment and the luxurious ambience of a vehicle the three-pointed star.

All this good, but there are significant The R-Class might travel the road as comfortably as a car, but the had better be wide because car can feel absolutely enormous behind the wheel. The R-Class is pretty enormous in weight, and only so much the two V6s can do since powerful V8 engines are no longer

Those conventional side might look cooler a minivan’s sliders, but you may not care aesthetics when your kid bangs one of the R’s big rear into a neighboring car. the R-Class is a victim of its age, as it an older, less user-friendly interface than its newer siblings.

Inevitably, families searching for a six- or seven-passenger vehicle be wise to check out more less cumbersome and vastly expensive minivans like the Quest and Toyota Sienna, or like the Buick Enclave and Flex. However, such name plates obviously carry the prestige of Mercedes-Benz, nor are built to the same exacting This leaves the 2012 R-Class as a pretty sensible mobile for luxury shoppers to large SUVs like the QX56, Land Rover LR4 and the GL-Class — even if you really define what it is.

Styles, Trim Levels, and

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is a crossover/wagon/van vehicle with a six-person capacity. An optional bench seat ups the passenger to seven. There are two trim R350 Bluetec 4Matic and 4Matic, but the difference between the two is to engine and tires.

The R-Class comes standard 19-inch wheels, automatic LED running lamps, automatic a sunroof, power third-row windows, cruise control, automatic climate control, an power driver seat four-way lumbar adjustment), a steering wheel, MB-Tex vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, an older version of COMAND electronics interface, and an sound system with a changer, an auxiliary audio satellite radio and HD radio. The gets run-flat tires.

The 1 package adds a rearview a power liftgate, power-folding auto-dimming exterior and interior a power tilt-and-telescoping steering driver memory functions and an audio interface. The Premium 2 includes all of the above along keyless ignition/entry (available and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The Lighting adds bi-xenon headlamps a self-cleaning system.

The Sport package (not available on the adds 20-inch AMG wheels and glass.

Stand-alone options parking sensors, adaptive dampers, a blind-spot warning a panoramic sunroof, heated seats, a heated steering three-zone climate control, rear sunshades, the Mercedes communications system and a rear-seat system.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 R350 4Matic comes a 3.5-liter gasoline-powered V6 that 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A automatic transmission and 4Matic drive is standard. Mercedes the R350 will go from to 60 mph in a rather sluggish 8 seconds.

fuel economy is 16 mpg city/21 mpg and 18 mpg combined.

The R350 Bluetec comes with a turbocharged V6 diesel that produces 210 hp and 400 of torque. It also gets a automatic and all-wheel drive. estimates a 0-60 time of 8.2

EPA fuel economy stands at — good but not really much better than the gasoline-powered V6.

Mercedes-Benz R-Class


Every Mercedes-Benz R-Class comes with antilock brakes, and stability control, active head restraints, front side airbags and full-length curtain airbags. Also is PreSafe, which readies the and can close windows and the sunroof if it an imminent collision. The Mercedes emergency communications system and a warning system are optional.

In crash testing by the Insurance for Highway Safety, the R-Class the best rating of Good in the and side-impact tests.

Interior and Special Features

The cabin of the certainly warrants its Mercedes with high-quality construction and However, the cabin controls are by Benz’s previous-generation COMAND interface, which features a convenient four-way directional pad (like an old video game rather than the new multipurpose found in the newer GLK-Class and Benzes.

There are other The sliding doors of a minivan not be cool, but the elongated conventional of the R-Class (especially the rear can be cumbersome in parking lots. And the six-person configuration offers of room for all, the optional bench encroaches upon knee room.

With the second- and third-row folded forward, the R-Class can 85 cubic feet of cargo less than a minivan, but on par large luxury crossovers.


The 2012 Mercedes-Benz is big and feels it, but its ride quality is and its high-speed stability is exemplary. in appropriately subdued noise and you’ve got all the ingredients of a world-class cruiser. However, maneuvering the on tight streets and in parking can be a chore because of its size, so the parking sensors and rearview are certainly recommended.

As for engine the new-for-2012 gasoline V6 is more and efficient than before, so the and slightly pricier Bluetec is no the easy choice it once Still, we’d probably go for it the diesel engine is stronger at low around town, with fuel economy and only cost increase.

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