Six months ago I traded in my beloved '03 Escalade for an '06 R350. It's a keeper! It has more interior space. Performance? The 268hp v6 lacks take off, but will shoot you to high speed with surprising ease. It corners exceptionally well also. Comfort? It really will fit six 6' footers comfortably (did that) or the wife and 2 kids with plenty room for groceries. Fuel economy? In the city it's about average (if you have a heavy foot), however, highway mileage is excellent. We (3 adults, 2 kids, and travel bags) drove from NY to NC on a full tank (500mi). We cruised at 80mph.
Sport/comfort dampening controls, panoramic roof, interior space, reliability: I bought it used (43,000mi), took it to a Benz dealership for an 'A' service even though it was only scheduled for a 'B', and 12,000mi later. No problems!
Opting for the 303hp v8 of the R500 would probably curb my yearn for more horses, maybe. But with limited rear and rear/sides views, Parktronic should be standard on any R Class. Fog lights should be, too, with HID options.
I have two boys, my partner and three dogs. we needed to upgrade from our '05 E-Wagon. It is too bad that with this larger wagon you lose touch with the road. It is very comfortable and spacious, nice to look at but not fun to drive. OK on the highway but take it onto a winding road and yuk! You are able to steEr out of an emergency but it does not hold the road. This is my 11th MB. A little bummed but will probabaly be back for a smaller one!
I had leased it for 2 years. Overall good performance especially for family. Lots of space. Very quiet ride. Would have been happy with some more juice! Good value compared to the very expensive models. Sleek front look, but not so with the rear look. I guess, you can be the judge. Had some minor issues, no big deal.
Quiet ride lots of space. Worth the price when you compare with others
Needs more juice improve exterior look more cup holders higher seating position for short drivers
We purchased our car used from a Mercedes dealer, it has been in the shop 9 times in 8 months. Tail lamps melted, rear hatch locked shut, air vents all broke. Temperature controls were stuck on a temperature could not change. Plastic on seat rails has broken multiple times. Bad wheel bearing, rattled catalytic converter, broken latch over spare tire, misc trim pieces needed to be realigned. We loved the car initially but after 8 months of loaners for a week at a time in some cases we have vowed to never buy another Mercedes. We have had several Mercedes prior to this one and this car has been a major dissappointment. I would encourage anyone not to buy this car. Do your homework!
Car has long legs and cruises great on the highway.
Quality control really needs to be addressed. Mercedes has really dropped the ball. We have spoken with others who have had similar issues.
Bought the car new in Feb,2007 because of great deal. My 3rd MB just love it. Great for road trips so comfortable especially love the 2nd row seats having same room as front seats. Have not had any problems with car just regular check ups.
2nd row seats and all the cargo space have to drive an hour for shopping. Great gas mileage for the size of car.