Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The R-Class hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but given the performance of recent Mercedes-Benz models, along with the amount of on-board kit, it is difficult to see how it could be anything less than a five-star car. Every model gets six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), all-round three-point seatbelts and Isofix child seat mounting points.

The front seats also benefit from a system called NECK-PRO, which is designed to help prevent whiplash injuries. Another unique feature to Mercedes-Benz is PRE-SAFE, which links up the brake assist and electronic stability programme and tensions the seatbelts, adjusts the driver's seat position and closes the sunroof in preparation for an imminent collision.

If the two rear seats aren't in use, then you'll find R-Class' main party trick appealing. The two back seats fold into the floor, revealing enough room for the luggage of the four passengers. Fold down all four rear seats and the load area is practical enough for the weekend jobs that every family has. In the cabin there's a large glovebox and centre console cubbies as well as some large cupholders in the rear.

Models from October 2009 can accommodate five adults and their luggage with 869 litres of boot space in the standard wheelbase models and more than 1,000 litres in long wheelbase models. Five-seat models have an additional storage compartment under the boot floor that adds 75-litres of space.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz R-Class (06-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

AMG equipment

AMG standard equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG optional equipment
None available

Edition S equipment

Edition S standard equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
Edition S optional equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim

Grand Edition equipment

Grand Edition standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Grand Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
SE optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors