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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
the available Panorama glass roof is a must-have that opens up the interior space
leatherette is standard and leather costs extra
Three-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and rear-seat entertainment are among some of the stand-alone options
Car and Driver
high on our wish list is an updated navigation system, as the current incarnation with its undersized and graphically so-so display is definitely a full cut below those found in more recently redesigned M-B models
Kelley Blue Book
Our biggest gripe is that the nav screen is still located low on the dash
Families looking for upscale, comfortable transportation won't have anything to be disappointed about in the 2012 R-Class. It's as well equipped as any other luxury vehicle; and when you consider its plethora of rear-seat extras, it offers enough to soothe your passengers, too.
Bluetooth and a rearview camera are included on all models, and the R-Class can be optioned up to include an SD card slot, 4GB of music storage, and an iPod interface, along with Harman Kardon surround sound. A long list of options and packages include an air suspension, adaptive damping, adaptive cruise control, heated active front seats, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The infotainment system in the R-Class--and the COMAND interface itself--remains good-looking but not always intuitive, and the system in the R-Class is beginning to look somewhat dated next to systems like MyFord Touch, or even the latest version of MMI or iDrive. We like how drivers can navigate through the menus from either a control on the dash or from the steering wheel, although the way you do some frequently accessed functions (like zooming in or out in a nav-system map) are less straightforward than they should be.
Everything you might expect to find is here in the 2012 R-Class, though COMAND could use an upgrade.