2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

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Pros & Cons

  • Sleek styling for a minivan alternative
  • Roomy and luxurious interior
  • Car-like driving performance
  • Expensive, even by luxury crossover standards
  • Rear doors open wide, a hazard in tight parking areas

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 68 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Overview

Reviewers say the 2008 R-Class excels by marrying elements from SUVs and minivans into a spacious and powerful automobile replete with Mercedes style and refinement. Introduced in 2006, the crossover shares the basic platform of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV, but looks much more like a futuristic wagon. For 2008, the R-Class remains virtually unchanged, though the R500 and R63 AMG models have been discontinued. CNET says the R-Class "combines the best features of a luxury sedan, an SUV, and a minivan to give its occupants an incredible amount of comfortable space."

The R-Class comes in two trims -- the R350 and diesel-powered R320 CDI. The R350 is available in two- or all-wheel drive, while the R320 only comes with all-wheel drive.

  • "In many respects, the R-Class, with its cool postmodern styling, establishes a new benchmark for luxury people movers." -- Detroit News
  • "TAKEN on its own, the R-class is a pretty wonderful piece of machinery." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "I find it difficult to recommend a vehicle that is so difficult to live with. After all, anytime you take a car somewhere, unless for the proverbial Sunday drive, its to arrive at a destination, which will require parking. Being that this behemoth is one of the widest vehicles on the planet, complicated by extremely long rear doors that open ultra-wide, well, its pretty well the most inconvenient vehicle Ive had to test in eons." -- Automobile.com
  • "There are certainly cheaper ways to carry six people, but initial sales of the R-Class suggest that quite a few customers prefer their minivan -- or SUV, or station wagon, or whatever it is -- to carry a three-pointed star in the grille." -- Orlando Sentinel

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