2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Change Vehicle
Key Specs of the 2011 Mercedes‑Benz R‑Class
R-Class base trim shown
- Styling improvements
- Roomy cabin
- High-quality interior
- Diesel option
- Mileage with gas engine
- Vinyl upholstery is standard
- Many basic features are options
- Redesigned for 2011
- Overhauled front-end styling
- New interior materials
- Seats six or seven
- Gas or diesel engines
- Standard all-wheel drive
As family-haulers go, the Mercedes-Benz R350 Bluetec is a nice rig — perhaps too nice for the sippy-cup-and-Cheerios gang. Even though the R350 doesn't fit nicely into a defined category such as minivan, SUV or crossover, it's nonetheless a practical car for the high-earning, minivan-averse family.
The R350 caters to families with its roomy cabin, compliant ride and available convenience features, but it sacrifices some utility in the name of style.
I tested the diesel-powered R350 Bluetec, and a gas V-6 engine is also offered. The diesel version starts at $51,740, but options made the as-tested price balloon to around $67,000. The R-Class' price range overlaps two of Mercedes' SUVs: the five-seat M-Class and the seven-seat GL-Class. The R-Class is available with seating for six or seven. To see a side-by-side comparison of these three models, click here.
Riding lower than a crossover but looking sleeker than a minivan, the R-Class might best be described as a large wagon. It's nearly as long as Mercedes' flagship S-Class full-size sedan, but wider and taller.
The front of the R-Class has been significantly updated for 2011. It features a new grille, new headlights and new bumper styling. Taken as a whole, the changes give the R-Class a stronger, more substantial look. It's a big improvement, and it works well with the rest of the exterior design, which carries over mostly unchanged.
Ride & Handling
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love it & it's NOT a minivan
It's a Benz so it delivers as one would expect. The ride is nice and the interior is so flexible with the seating. With 77,000 miles it feels and looks brand new! Love it. Our new traveling car. ... Read full review
r-class very roomy for a 6'3" person
met all of our travel needs, mileage was an easy 21 mpg on mid grade; I rode in the rear as a fairly large man @ 6'2". Read full review