"No" "Never" The replies were always the same when I asked my wife if she would like a minivan for transporting our three kids. She wouldn't even consider the R class, looked too much like a van. So I brought one home anyway..and she came around to the idea of a large wagon. It fits the family of 5 perfectly and room for a friend. Interior is top notch, nice auto tailgate and panoramic roof. 2D Navigation is adequate. It is a joy to drive, looking forward to a long road trip. It is an evolutionary vehicle design, kids would never fit in smaller 3rd row. Extremely happy with vehicle, have owned 5 other MBs, best fit and finish, a few electronic SRS realated messages, otherwise great.
Electric paddle shifter, with additional shifter on wheel. Panoramic moonroof. Very roomy interior, Good stereo and NAV. Nice auto tailgate. Mid seat A/C and heated rear seats for the kids.
If you have young kids, avoid the mid console option, $600, so the kids can walk through to the 3rd row. Would like 3D Nav like BMWs. It is a very long vehicle, smooth ride but tricky to park, it is just like a big SUV, but more refined.
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