2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Mercedes‑Benz R‑Class. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Roomy cabin
  • High-quality interior
  • Diesel option

The Bad

  • Mileage with gas engine
  • Vinyl upholstery is standard
  • Many basic features are options

Notable Features of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

  • Updated last year
  • Seats six or seven
  • Gas or diesel engines
  • Standard all-wheel drive

2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

After being updated for 2011, the R-Class receives mostly minor changes for 2012. Its three rows of seats accommodate six occupants, but an optional second-row bench can take the place of two captain's chairs, increasing the count to seven. Though Mercedes has bulkier SUVs, the R-Class crossover is the company's most spacious model. All-wheel drive is standard. The R-Class competes with the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

New for 2012
The R350 gains a new 302-horsepower V-6 engine with direct injection, and Mercedes' Comand multimedia system is now standard along with satellite radio. There are also some minor interior updates, and LED daytime running lights are now standard.

Exterior
Many have perceived the R-Class as a minivan, though it doesn't have sliding side doors. Its rear end is more vertical than those of many crossovers, similar to a van's, but it pays off in interior space. The nose has more of an SUV look. Exterior features include:

  • Nineteen-inch alloy wheels are standard
  • R350 Bluetec has special AMG wheels
  • Twenty-inch wheels come in the Sport option package
  • Optional power liftgate

Interior
The R-Class provides roomy first- and second-row seats and a third row that's workable for adults providing the trip's not too long. Interior features include:

  • Standard imitation leather
  • Optional Nappa leather and memory seats
  • Standard burl walnut trim
  • Optional eucalyptus wood trim.
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity and a tilt/sliding ...
Vehicle Overview

After being updated for 2011, the R-Class receives mostly minor changes for 2012. Its three rows of seats accommodate six occupants, but an optional second-row bench can take the place of two captain's chairs, increasing the count to seven. Though Mercedes has bulkier SUVs, the R-Class crossover is the company's most spacious model. All-wheel drive is standard. The R-Class competes with the Audi Q7 and BMW X5.

New for 2012
The R350 gains a new 302-horsepower V-6 engine with direct injection, and Mercedes' Comand multimedia system is now standard along with satellite radio. There are also some minor interior updates, and LED daytime running lights are now standard.

Exterior
Many have perceived the R-Class as a minivan, though it doesn't have sliding side doors. Its rear end is more vertical than those of many crossovers, similar to a van's, but it pays off in interior space. The nose has more of an SUV look. Exterior features include:

  • Nineteen-inch alloy wheels are standard
  • R350 Bluetec has special AMG wheels
  • Twenty-inch wheels come in the Sport option package
  • Optional power liftgate

Interior
The R-Class provides roomy first- and second-row seats and a third row that's workable for adults providing the trip's not too long. Interior features include:

  • Standard imitation leather
  • Optional Nappa leather and memory seats
  • Standard burl walnut trim
  • Optional eucalyptus wood trim.
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity and a tilt/sliding moonroof
  • Optional panoramic glass roof
  • Optional rear entertainment system

Under the Hood
The R350 has a new 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with direct-injection technology. The R350 Bluetec uses a 210-hp, 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6. The diesel's power rating is characteristically low, but it makes 400 pounds-feet of torque versus the gas engine's 273 pounds-feet.  Mechanical features include:

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive


Safety
The R-Class comes standard with eight airbags, including side-impact airbags for each outboard seat in the first and second row and also a pair of curtain airbags that cover the side windows for all three rows. Additional safety features include:

  • Active head restraints for the front seats
  • Mercedes' Pre-Safe system, which can sense an impending collision and take steps to improve occupant safety by tensing the seat belts, positioning the front passenger seat for optimum protection and closing the windows
  • Available backup camera

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
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(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Size, Power, Economy!

by Sailingfool from Helena on September 6, 2017

This is a one of a kind vehicle! Seats as many adults as a Suburban (7), yet sips less fuel than a Subaru, yet is a powerful, fun to drive all weather highway cruiser! Read full review

(3.0)

Nothing special

by Djuro from Park ridge, IL on June 3, 2017

Nothing special , it looks good but that's all, it's not good for city driving , and high maintenance Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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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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