fantastic, safe, comfortable people hauler. Reliability issues
written on 07-01-2013
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.
Superior Safety, Excellent Economy, Comfort for Six.
written on 05-27-2011
I researched every vehicle that would seat 6 adults.
The rear seats in most SUVs do not accommodate adults.
In contrast, the R-class rear seats are perfectly comfortable and roomy for full-sized adults.
The only vehicles that equal the R-class for access and comfort for 6 adults are minivans.
The diesel engine is amazing.
We get 28-30 mpg on trips.
Power is plentiful, except from a dead stop, due to minor turbo lag.
If you plan to dart away from each stop light, then go with the R500.
Otherwise, you will love the CDI and the additional 10+ mpg.
Ultimately I chose the R-class because it had the best combination of safety, luxury features and comfortable room for 6 adults.
This vehicle is better than advertised. Its ride is very smooth with power when it's needed. It handles well and has a tighter turning radius than expected. For the size of vehicle, the MPG is pretty good. Seats are very comfortable, especially the 2nd row seats -plenty of room. Our R-Class has plenty of options and it will take some time to learn, but it hasn't been too hard so far. Price was somewhat high, but not too far above some SUV's and lower than luxury SUV's. Meets our needs for a family of 5 extremely well and I highly recommend it for other families of similar size.
Nice car, purchased it for the Diesel engine and 6 passenger capacity. Overall, experience has been poor during and out of warranty. Engine stopped completely at highway speed on 3 separate occasions. 1st time was fuel pump, second time fuel sending unit and third time was crankshaft sensor. Seems like this model has problems with electrical (replace light bulbs every 2 - 3 months), airmatic suspension goes into error mode. We have spent over 6K$ in repairs since the car has been out of warranty. Unfortunately this is one purchase decision that I regret making.