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2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

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Mercedes-Benz R-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 7-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 503 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 11/15 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

  • The price of admission is high, but the six-passenger 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class wagon is an elegant and practical alternative to minivan ownership.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Wide range of engine choices, seating for six, functions much like a luxury minivan but without the associated mommy-mobile stigma.

  • Cons

    Long and heavy rear doors, gasoline V6 is short on low-end torque, high price for glorified minivan functionality.

  • What's New for 2007

    Two new trim levels, the R320 CDI and the R63 AMG, are available this year. The R320 CDI has a diesel-fueled engine for enhanced fuel economy, while the R63 AMG is modified for high performance and comes equipped with a 503-horsepower V8.

Full 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Review

What's New for 2007

Two new trim levels, the R320 CDI and the R63 AMG, are available this year. The R320 CDI has a diesel-fueled engine for enhanced fuel economy, while the R63 AMG is modified for high performance and comes equipped with a 503-horsepower V8.


What exactly is the 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class? If you fall in step with Mercedes' marketing pitch, you'd be inclined to think it's a "sports tourer," a vehicle that busts market segment types by combining the best qualities of a car, SUV and minivan. People of a more skeptical nature might just declare, "Isn't it just an oversized station wagon?" No matter what you believe, however, there's no denying that the R-Class is an intriguing vehicle that represents a luxurious and powerful form of family transport.

The R-Class debuted last year as an all-new vehicle. Mercedes-Benz derived inspiration from its 2002 Vision GST ("Grand Sports Tourer") concept vehicle, and much of the R's underlying hardware is related to the current M-Class. When you first see it in person, you might be surprised by its size. The R-Class, which is available as the R350, the R500 and, as new additions for 2007, the R320 CDI and R63 AMG, is big. At 203 inches long, an R-Class extends past an E-Class wagon by a foot.

Fortunately, that size does translate into plenty of room inside. This Benz features three rows of two-passenger seating. The second-row captain's chairs are quite comfortable and even the third row is suitable for adults as long as trip durations are moderate. For access, there are two traditional rear doors. Though the doors open wide and avoid the minivan-like styling inherent in sliding rear doors, they are quite long and heavy. The former can pose a problem in tight parking lots, while small children seated in back can have difficultly dealing with the latter.

Still, the positives far outweigh the negatives for Mercedes' "sports tourer." It's roomy, stylish and can be packed with just about all of Benz's latest techno toys. It also comes standard with all-wheel drive to provide extra traction in times of inclement weather. For those wanting a versatile luxury vehicle that deftly sidesteps the perceived stigma of a minivan (or an SUV, for that matter), the 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class makes a lot of sense.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is a large luxury wagon that provides seating for six passengers. There are four trim levels available: R350, R320 CDI, R500 and R63 AMG. The R350 and R320 CDI are equipped similarly and come standard with 17-inch wheels, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, real maple wood trim, a power driver seat, the COMAND interface and a CD player with an auxiliary input jack. Stepping up to the R500 provides 18-inch wheels and heated front seats. The flagship R63 AMG features special interior and exterior styling details, a sport-tuned air suspension, 20-inch wheels, stronger brakes, sport seats and much of the additional equipment detailed below as standard.

Options for the lower three trim levels are mostly grouped in large (and expensive) packages. Exterior or mechanical upgrades include a Panorama sunroof, power rear quarter windows, a power rear liftgate, park assist sensors, an adjustable air suspension, adaptive xenon HID headlights and an AMG Sport styling package with 19-inch wheels. Inside, you can further equip the R-Class with leather upholstery, rear seat heaters, a power passenger seat, driver-seat memory and tri-zone climate control. Satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, the TeleAid emergency call system, a navigation system with a rearview camera, a rear-seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control and remote entry/start are also available.

Powertrains and Performance

Each trim level has a distinct engine. The R350 has a 3.5-liter V6 that develops 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The R320 CDI is diesel-powered. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged engine is capable of 215 hp and a stout 398 lb-ft of torque and, like most diesels, provides impressive fuel mileage (21/28 mpg) and range. Buyers should be aware, however, that the R320 CDI is not for sale in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York or Vermont due to stricter diesel emissions standards.

The remaining trims come equipped with V8 engines. The 5.0-liter V8 in the R500 is capable of 302 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. For the R63 AMG, Mercedes installs a monstrous 6.3-liter V8 that makes 503 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes says the R63 can hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds -- as quick or quicker than a Porsche Cayman S. All models are fitted with a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class wagon's interior is plush and smart in design. Gauges are well placed and controls are mostly intuitive. The vehicle comfortably seats six; even the two rearmost seats are pretty comfortable for adults. Mercedes has made third-row access easy by expanding the length of the rear doors and putting both second-row seats on spring-loaded hinges. They jump out of the way with the flick of a lever, and snap back into place just as easily. With the second- and third-row seats lowered, the R-Class can hold 85 cubic feet of cargo.

Driving Impressions

With the standard suspension, body motion is adequately controlled, but opting for Mercedes' Airmatic air suspension system ensures just the right damping for all situations. This is no sports car, but for what it is, Mercedes engineers did themselves proud. The seven-speed transmission has a lot to do with the vehicle's impressive performance; although we think it could downshift a little quicker, it's geared perfectly and clicks off swift upshifts when the driver has his foot down. The 3.5-liter V6 lacks punch off the line but pulls respectably once up and running; the diesel V6 has the opposite problem, as it has plenty of grunt down low but gets a little breathless at highway speeds. The R500 is a solid (but pricier) compromise between the two, while the R63 AMG earns the top prize for "most demented" minivan.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Fantastic, safe, comfortable people hauler.

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R320 CDI 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)

I love this car. We took it on a 4000 mile family rip a month after buying it. It is the most comfortable people hauler I have ever driven or ridden in. For people hauling it can not be topped. It gets fair mileage. I had the Yakima swingman 4 bike rack on it with 4 large bikes. We still averaged 25 mpg at 70 to 75 mph. As I said this thing hauls people, but it has little room for luggage. You will either need a cargo hauler, or the carry all for a receiver. We crammed our stuff in duffle bags for our 7 day trip.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Just purchased car 4 month

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)

Im a 1st Mercedes buyer that had my eyes on the r350 since I saw it for the first time 2 yrs ago. I told myself that car will be my next purchase and so i decided to get rid of my 2000 Lexus GS300 that I had for 10 yrs and LOVED and buy the R350. Excited and pleased with my new purchase until about 2 weeks ago. My SRS indicator lit up( and is still on just out of no where), my ac System continue to stay on and blow air after car is off and key out, sometimes don't even turn the ac on and fan still runs?? And now my battery dies everyday. Had to just start it for the last 4 days...Has any one every had any of these problems, please reply back.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Nothing but regret!!!!

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)

used 2007 R350. Did my homework but went against my gut and intelligence and bought a clean used r350 with 51k on it. Had the MB dealer check it out, check the codes..& 200plus to be extra careful. the history was good, so I bought the giant car my wife liked. I even forked out $400 to have the trans serviced to be extra thoughtful. Every two weeks since it goes to the dealer. One expensive thing after another. Power steering unit $1,100.00 Gas vapor purge valve $500.00 plus. Peeling rubber coating on controls... Now HVAC control stuck on full heat... Conclusion. It is not about the model, it is about MB's now third world manufacturing and reliability! ForSale

54 of 54 people found this review helpful

Must read!!! - cash test

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)

After reading some review Ive decided to write my own. In 2008 I bought for my spouse an R350 4Matic. We drove it and took it on trips all the time and never gave us any trouble (except a few blown lights) and eventually put close to 40k miles on it. On June 2010 my wife was driving in the city with both our kids when an elderly lady wich had a suspended licence drove right into her lane (she crashed head on). When I arrived I saw the car totalled but my wife and kids with out a scratch on. The car's crash alert system had been activated (it moved the drivers seat all the way forward, it moved the steering wheel, cut the engine and even placed the hazards lights on).

Not the mercedes i previously

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)

Over $6000.00 in repairs in one year. Suspension, computer, and had to order a new key fob after the two that came with the R350 wore out, $180.00 for a new one, and it is made quite well and will probably outlast the wagon Had a 94 S500 and it didn't need anything done until it was 11 years old. Thought they were all made like that one. No, now if you own a Mercedes, you better have deep pockets

Poor warranty from mercedes benz

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)

Who would ever think you would need to replace a bumper seal?? My R350 apparently did and MB will not cover it. Poor craftsmanship I say. The seal went causing rain water to run into the seal and in the trunk, where the computer is causing it to short out. Now I am stuck with a $2,500.00 repair bill. My first and last Mercedes. Since they will NOT cover such a repair. It's not like a wear and tear item that I should have replaced. Not to mention the other 4 times it was towed in for electrical and computer issues. Leaving my wife and kids stranded on the highway. Mercedes Benz VERY POOR warranty choice.

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I might consider an R-Class in 2007 if it is offered with a 3 passenger 2nd row seat.I also think that the vehicle is presently over priced by $10000 and sunroof plus power liftgate should be standard...

R-Class - New R320 CDI and R550 for 2007. More options also on schedule for 2007 production. There might be a R450 model with the new S450's 335hp V8. This new 4.5L V8 makes 339lb-ft of torque so i...

I just got back from a dealer in Boston, and got the September rates. I am not sure if I should believe what they have given me is truth or not, (they played so many games by changing the numbers man?...

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