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Original MSRP: $42,100 - $45,600
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2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class was new.

Many critics agree that the 2008 Mercedes R-Class provides a roomy and luxurious interior. Automobile Magazine says "[N]o one can argue with the interior, which is gorgeous -- and, in truth, it's the major selling point for this vehicle."

This seven-seater "has more comfortable and usable interior space than either of its two big rivals," and is "stylish and luxurious, with plenty of function," says the Washington Post.

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Seating

Overall, reviewers find the 2008 Mercedes-Benz R's front seats to be comfortable. Cars.com offers high praise, commenting, "The seats offer magisterial comfort and support, are wholly adjustable to suit one's physique, and remain appealing even after hours of driving." Automobile Magazine calls the front-row seats "the best in the house," but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the "seating is pretty comfortable, but on the firm side, as in most German cars." Car and Driver likes that "The power tilting-and-telescoping column and seat adjuster let you tailor the driving position exactly to your liking."

Reviewers say the second row of seating is roomy and filled with amenities for backseat passengers' entertainment and comfort. "The R-Class' second row of seats features items usually only found in the first row," reports Kelley Blue Book, including "individual seat adjustments, reading lights, armrests, air vents, cup holders, middle console and available iPod integration or dual-screen DVD player." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman agrees, calling the R-Class a "children's chariot." The rearmost seat of the R-Class is "executed very well," reports Edmunds, although they find it "a little tight on headroom for adults, but with ample hip-and shoulder room."

Interior Features

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class comes standard with a multifunction steering wheel, electronic cruise control, individual folding rear center armrests with cupholders, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, Birdseye Maple wood trim, and the Modular Cockpit Management and Data system (COMAND), which integrates AM/FM stereo, single-CD player, a large color-LCD screen, Navigation System, telephone integration or SIRIUS satellite radio, and eight speakers with automatic speed-sensitive volume adjustment. "MP3-CD capability and a standard MP3/iPod jack in the glove box will please contemporary music lovers," says CNET.

The majority of auto reviewers say the dash and controls are well-designed, but occasionally confusing. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls the cockpit "clean and elegant, and most of the controls are intuitive," but finds the "digital audio system a bit complex." The Detroit News disagrees and says "you'll probably need that Ivy League degree to figure out all the confusing systems and gadgets in the R500. Nothing is easy to operate on this Mercedes-Benz."

Stereo and Entertainment

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class can come fitted with an optional P1 Premium Package, which includes a harman/kardon Sound System. Edmunds calls the sound on this additional upgrade "sharp, clear and free of distortion," but notes it "doesn't have the kick we've experienced with other Harman systems. Still, the sound quality is excellent and appropriate for a vehicle of this caliber. Even audiophiles will be pleased." The reviewer concludes the option is "well worth the extra money."

Buyers can also add an optional 864 Rear Seat Entertainment Package, which allows passengers to watch DVDs or listen to CDs using the DVD player mounted in the second row center console. Edmunds calls this system "excellent, as it offers two separate screens for each rear-seat occupant. The two screens offer each passenger their own volume control, power switch and brightness adjustment. This is truly first-class living."

Cargo

Auto reviewers agree that the 2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class has ample cargo space when the third row seats are folded down, but with all seats up, cargo space is compromised. as The R-Class has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 42.2 cubic feet when the third row seats are folded, and 85 cubic feet when the second and third rows are down. MSN calls the 85 cubic feet of cargo room "impressive," but "only modest," when the third row seats are up.

Car and Driver adds that there are "lots of places to squirrel away stuff in the R-console bins, door pockets and so forth." But some auto writers note inconveniences with the interior. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says "the center-mounted cupholder in the second-row seat is a cheap-feeling plasticky affair that's meant to unfold and stow at the touch of a finger, but ends up getting stuck and feeling like it's about to break." USA Today reports that the CD changer "hogs storage space instead of being mounted in the dashboard as most automakers do."

Review Last Updated: 2/18/09

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