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in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $24,638 - $27,447
Original MSRP: $49,300 - $50,800
MPG: 14 City / 19 Hwy
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2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Interior

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Many critics agree that the Mercedes R-Class provides a roomy and sumptuous interior. With seating for six or seven, the R-Class is a luxurious minivan alternative.

  • “The cabin design is the expected blend of rich, textured plastics, soft-touch surfaces, and high-quality materials." -- Consumer Guide
  • "[N]o one can argue with the interior, which is gorgeous -- and, in truth, it's the major selling point for this vehicle." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The R-Class' cabin certainly warrants its Mercedes badge, with high-quality construction and materials." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Overall, reviewers find the Mercedes-Benz R-Class' seats to be comfortable, even in the second and third rows. With an optional middle seat in the second row, the R-Class can seat seven.

Leather upholstery and power driver and front-passenger seats are standard. Memory seats and heated front seats are optional.

  • "Both second- and third-row passengers have more than adequate room to stretch out. There's also an optional seventh seat, though adults will really only find it comfortable on short trips." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats offer magisterial comfort and support, are wholly adjustable to suit one's physique, and remain appealing even after hours of driving." -- Cars.com
  • "The R-Class' second row of seats features items usually only found in the first row: individual seat adjustments, reading lights, armrests, air vents, cup holders, middle console and available iPod integration or dual-screen DVD player." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Six-footers have abundant 2nd-row headroom and knee space, plus adequate under seat foot space. Seats blend fine support with soft padding. Second-row seats slide forward and tilt up for entry and exit to the 3rd-row seat, which is roomy enough for two six-foot adults and more comfortable than those in most midsize SUVs." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class comes standard with a leather tilt and telescopic steering wheel, burl walnut wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear air conditioning and heating ducts, a six-disc CD changer, and a power sunroof/moonroof.

Though reviewers love the soft-touch materials, they aren’t so fond of the R-Class’ COMAND infotainment system, which integrates controls for the stereo, navigation system and Bluetooth. It’s an older generation of the system, which many find complicated and outdated.

A hard drive navigation system is optional. An optional rear-seat entertainment system comes with two eight-inch LCD screens.

  • "The navigation system absorbs most audio functions, requires multiple steps for some basic tasks, and its low-mounted screen requires a long glance away from the road to read." -- Consumer Guide
  • "MP3-CD capability and a standard MP3/iPod jack in the glove box will please contemporary music lovers." -- CNET
  • “The cabin controls are dominated by Benz's previous-generation COMAND electronics interface, which features a less convenient four-way directional button pad (like a video game controller) rather than the new multipurpose knob found in the newer GLK-Class and others." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The R-Class provides 15.2 cubic feet with all three rows in use, 42.2 cubic feet with the third row folded down and 85 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The latter figure beats most of its less expensive competitors, including the Lincoln MKT and Audi Q7. However, if you need more space behind the third row, the MKT provides 17.9 cubic feet. The R-Class also comes with six cupholders, rear armrest storage, and cargo-area tiedowns.

  • "Second- and 3rd-row seats fold easily to lay flush with the floor, providing a cargo hold that's nearly 8 feet long. The available 2nd-row console protrudes above the seatbacks, though. Liftover is low for easy loading. Deep door pockets and multi-chambered 1st- and 2nd-row consoles provide abundant small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With the second- and third-row seats folded forward, the R-Class can hold 85 cubic feet of cargo -- less than a minivan for sure, but on par with most other luxury crossovers." -- Edmunds
  • "There are also lots of places to squirrel away stuff in the R -- console bins, door pockets, and so forth. And in a major philosophical reversal, Mercedes has admitted that cup holders aren't just a bit of American lunacy; the R can be had with as many as eight of these Big Gulp repositories." -- Car and Driver

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