2009 changes for the Mercedes-Benz R-Class crossover include the debut of the R320 Bluetec diesel engine, a standard sunroof and a new audio/navigation head unit loaded with HD radio, real-time traffic updates, Bluetooth, iPod interface and voice control. Also new is that R-Class models are now equipped with all-wheel drive. The R350 3.5L V6 pushes out 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the new R320 Bluetec V6 turbodiesel generates 210 hp and screams out 398 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are teamed with four-wheel drive through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the R350 is estimated at 15 mpg city/19 mpg hwy and 16 mpg combined, while the R320 Bluetec hikes those numbers up to 18/24/21 mpg. Mercedes R-Class standard safety features include rollover-sensing stability control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, side-impact airbags for first- and second-row passengers, active front head restraints and side-curtain airbags for all three rows. The Mercedes R -Class is a people hauler comfortable for up to six adults.Read more Read less
A new, diesel-powered R320 BlueTec model joins the R-Class lineup for 2009; the model utilizes clean diesel technology to provide a highway driving range of more than 500 miles as well as impressive trailer-towing capabilities. Several technology features are new across the R-Class line for 2009. All models get a newly revised version of Mercedes-Benz' COMAND screen-driven interface system, which accesses climate control and audio functions. The PRE-SAFE system, which primes safety systems if a collision is anticipated, is now standard equipment. Also, 4MATIC all-wheel drive is now standard on both R-Class models.
Stylish people-mover; roomy rear seating; comfortable ride; strong safety features; efficient new BlueTec diesel model
The R-Class is unique among sport-utility vehicles. It features a tremendous amount of interior space in this class--and it's one of the few vehicles with a third row that can accommodate adults in posh comfort. Meanwhile, the new BlueTec model is a new eco-friendlier alternative families, with trailer-pulling torque that's on par with the stronger gasoline V-8s.