Review of the 2010 Mercedes R-Class R350 4Matic

Minivans don’t scream luxury, and a lot of families that could use the space aren’t eager to put down cash on a vehicle that says they’re staid and boring. The Mercedes R-Class R350 4Matic is anything but boring, with extraordinary luxury offerings, a sleek style, and the comfort and roominess that puts any minivan to shame for an optimal family vehicle. All-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission put out a smooth driving performance, and the powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine will put other family cars to shame with 268 horsepower. Features like heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, maple wood trim, COMAND control interface, and alloy wheels make it a luxury to own indeed. BROWSE INVENTORY

A family vehicle has never been this luxurious.

Most families, when they find themselves needing room for a couple extra kids and a trunkful of equipment, go for a minivan or a station wagon. Unfortunately, along with that choice comes a whole boatload of stigma, and that’s not a lot of fun for many modern families who know that having kids doesn’t mean you stop appreciating the finer things in life.

So how to walk the line between beauty and practicality? Slide into a 2010 Mercedes R-Class R350 4Matic, and you’ll find it just isn’t a problem anymore.

Forget staid, boring old minivans. The luxury offerings of the Mercedes R-Class include one of the roomiest, most comfortable interiors you’ll ever find. Loading and unloading is a breeze with two extra-large rear doors, which allow for easy entry without grading down the style with sliding doors like a minivan.

You’ll find great materials in the interior, too, with leatherette upholstery, wood and alloy trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The bucket front seats, along with four rear seats make for a total of 6 people comfortably riding along. Both driver and passenger have 8-way power adjustable seats – the driver even gets adjustable lumbar support.

In the rear you’ll find roomy captain’s chairs and folding split-bench third-row seats that can make room for more cargo if necessary. The rear seats also recline, a handy feature for long road trips. Power outlets in front, rear and cargo make entertainment no trouble at all, even if you didn’t have the radio with in-dash 6-CD/DVD changer with MP3 Playback stereo and speed sensitive volume control. The auxiliary MP3 audio input and optional video monitor ensure that every vacation is a breeze.

The R350 gets its power from a 3.5 liter 268-hp V6 engine, and the all-wheel drive and 7-speed automatic transmission make for the sort of smoothly elegant driving experience that you’d expect from a Mercedes. The suspension contributes a good deal to the smooth ride, too, with four-wheel independent suspension, front and rear stabilizer bar, and self leveling suspension.

As for the driver, they’ll want for absolutely no convenience in this luxury family wagon. The R350 is pre-wired for phone and includes Bluetooth, a trip computer, rain sensing wipers, privacy glass, and incredibly comfortable seats.

Of course, every family vehicle has to have safety as a paramount concern, luxury vehicle or no. The R350 has you covered there with 4-wheel ABS, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, front, rear, and third row airbags, child safety locks, child seat anchors, and a post-collision safety system. Monitoring for the vehicle ensures that no unfortunate safety issue goes unchecked, so you can drive your children in style knowing their safety is taken care of, too.

For luxury and practicality in the perfect blend, the Mercedes R-Class R350 4Matic is ideal. Check yours out at Your Mercedes.