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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Mercedes-Benz R-Class (06-12) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Seats six in superb comfort, luxury cruising ability, excellent diesels

CONS

Bulky around town, poor seat position for rearmost passengers, ungainly looks

At a glance

New price £36,517 - £74,217
Used price £1,685 - £13,050
Fuel economy 17 - 37 mpg
Road tax cost £300 - £570
Insurance group 44 - 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Seats six in superb comfort, luxury cruising ability, excellent diesels

CONS

Bulky around town, poor seat position for rearmost passengers, ungainly looks

Mercedes-Benz R-Class rivals

BMW
X6
4 out of 5 4.0

This is Mercedes-Benz's take on a people carrier. It seats six, comes in short and long wheelbase forms, and has a suitably upmarket feel. It's also the first premium people carrier with a sporty look and 4x4 as standard - which gives it a unique place in the new car market and means there are few alternatives. It excels at long distance motorway cruising but around town it can be a bit of a handful.

It's also far from handsome with an unusual profile. However, if you want something sleeker than the usual people carriers and not as bulky as a traditional 4x4, the R-Class could be the answer. In October 2008 it was revised and a new 280 CDI two-wheel drive model was introduced while the six-seat configuration was dropped in place of a choice of either five or seven seats.

All models also gained AMG bodystyling.

Mercedes-Benz R-Class rivals

BMW
X6
4 out of 5 4.0