2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Consumer Review: Diesel is nice

2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Diesel - Consumer Review

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Diesel is nice
By Bob Coin on


2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R320 BlueTEC 4dr Wagon AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)


We ordered a 2009 R320 to replace our 2006 R350 coming off lease. The diesel is giving us exceptional fuel mileage, 24 city, 29 highway in the first 800 miles. The turbocharger fixes the woeful under torque in the R350. The steering is too numb, giving little feel of the road. The command system is a bit improved over the older system, but the screen is too small and the navigation presentation poor and behind the competition. The sunroof is nice and the interior build quility superb. Benz remains far behind the Japanese competition in features and price, but they do not have competing vehicles with the R. It is ridiculous that xenon headlights and push button starting are not standard.

Best Features

Diesel engine. Excellent leg room in every row. Quiet ride. Sun roof now standard.

Worst Features

Xenon headlights, push button starting and memory seats should be made standard. License Infiniti's superb navigation system and ditch the comand junk! Give more road feel to the steering.
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