"Finally a luxury vehicle for the family"4.5 starson by atic96
Pros: Spacious, prestige of the Star, well built
Cons: GPS, too many options
Summary: Got my wife the Saks edition of the R350 for Christmas, since we have a newborn son. Wife didn't want a minivan for the lack of prestige, and didn't like climbing into a SUV. R-class fits her needs perfectly, 3-row of roomy seating with the built and prestige of M-B. The ride is very smooth, especially with airmatic. Built quality is excellent, and the panoramic roof is amazing! Her interior is the charcoal alcantera, and she was afraid it's too dark. Well, when the roof is open, there's so much light all around, making the interior feel even more spacious, and contrasting with the dark interior nicely.
A few minor negatives: M-B's GPS is a total waste of money, takes too long to input anything, and map is 2 dimensional very primitive. She has a tom-tom 300, and it's light years ahead of the M-B's. For the money ($65k), her car doesn't come with a power tailgate ($600 option), hard to believe. Honda Odyssey Touring offers this at about 1/2 of the price.
If M-B can make more items standard (comfort pkg, trim pkg, parktronic, power tailgate), and still keep the starting price just under $50k, then it will have a sure-fire winner on its hands.
We are extremely happy with the R-class, despite some minor gripes. If you are looking at minivans, but don't find them prestigeous, then this is the vehicle for you.