2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Mercedes‑Benz R‑Class. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride comfort
  • Interior space and versatility
  • Steering and handling
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Quiet engine, except when pushed hard

The Bad

  • Headrests impede visibility
  • Some windshield reflection
  • Slight road/driveline noise at times

Notable Features of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

  • Standard collision-mitigation system
  • Available Class II trailer hitch
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system
  • Seats up to seven

2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Overview

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Vehicle Overview
For 2010, the R350 and diesel R350 (formerly R320) continue with some changes, most notably the addition of Mercedes' Post-Safe system, which unlocks the doors and shuts off the engine and fuel system after an accident. The R350 diesel is powered by a Bluetec turbo-diesel V-6 that produces 210 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque.

Both R350s seat six standard, but can be equipped to seat seven. The Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX are among the R-Class' competitors.


New for 2010
For 2010, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class gets a standard Post-Safe system.

Exterior
Rounded and squat at the rear, the unibody R-Class wagon flaunts a relatively lengthy profile, at 203 inches long. The R-Class is 8 inches longer than the Cadillac SRX and almost 17 inches longer than the Lexus RX. As for height, the R-Class stands about 2.5 inches lower than the Cadillac and about half an inch below the RX's roofline. All R-Class models have 18-inch wheels. Dealer-installed roof rails and a new Class II trailer hitch are available.
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Standard 19-inch wheels on R350 diesel
  • Power liftgate optional
  • Standard privacy glass


Interior
The R-Class provides space for up to seven occupants courtesy of three rows of seats. The seats have leather inserts.

A conventional glass panel sunroof is standard, and a double-sized panoramic unit with a 5-foot, 7-inch glass panel is optional. When the panoramic sunroof opens, half the panel moves atop the other, so headroom isn&apos...
Vehicle Overview
For 2010, the R350 and diesel R350 (formerly R320) continue with some changes, most notably the addition of Mercedes' Post-Safe system, which unlocks the doors and shuts off the engine and fuel system after an accident. The R350 diesel is powered by a Bluetec turbo-diesel V-6 that produces 210 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque.

Both R350s seat six standard, but can be equipped to seat seven. The Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX are among the R-Class' competitors.


New for 2010
For 2010, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class gets a standard Post-Safe system.

Exterior
Rounded and squat at the rear, the unibody R-Class wagon flaunts a relatively lengthy profile, at 203 inches long. The R-Class is 8 inches longer than the Cadillac SRX and almost 17 inches longer than the Lexus RX. As for height, the R-Class stands about 2.5 inches lower than the Cadillac and about half an inch below the RX's roofline. All R-Class models have 18-inch wheels. Dealer-installed roof rails and a new Class II trailer hitch are available.
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Standard 19-inch wheels on R350 diesel
  • Power liftgate optional
  • Standard privacy glass


Interior
The R-Class provides space for up to seven occupants courtesy of three rows of seats. The seats have leather inserts.

A conventional glass panel sunroof is standard, and a double-sized panoramic unit with a 5-foot, 7-inch glass panel is optional. When the panoramic sunroof opens, half the panel moves atop the other, so headroom isn't affected. Powered roller blinds cover the roof to protect occupants from the sun.
  • Available multimedia system with advanced audio and video features
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional rear-seat entertainment system
  • Available HD radio and Sirius Real-Time Traffic
  • Brown bird's-eye maple wood trim for doors, dashboard and center console


Under the Hood
The R-Class' fully independent suspension uses double wishbones up front and a four-link setup in back. A load-leveling rear air suspension is standard.
  • R350's 3.5-liter V-6 develops 268 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque
  • R350 Bluetec turbo-diesel V-6 produces 210 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission can skip as many as three gear ratios during downshifts to get the transmission in the proper gear
  • Three driver-selectable suspension modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport


Safety
  • Collision-mitigation system standard
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seat
  • Door-mounted side-impact airbags for front occupants
  • Rollover sensor can activate seat belt pretensioners and side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes and stability system are standard
  • Post-Safe system unlocks doors and shuts down engine and fuel system after an accident



Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(3.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Hope it lasted more

by ab from Mentor, Ohio on July 31, 2018

Owned this car for 3+ years, brought it used hoping to drive it for long. But things broke down and sensors started getting flaky so got rid of it. Overall a great car may and is a beast mechanically ... Read full review

(4.0)

Extremely nice and smooth ride

by irvin from RESTON on March 18, 2018

Great family car to have with plenty of room and nice design inside and out and hugs the road with very good highway ride in particular. It also feels very safe. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The R-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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