Like most Mercedes vehicles reviewed by TheCarConnection.com and other automotive sites, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class offers superior levels of safety gear.
Cars.com reports several standard active Mercedes-Benz R-Class safety devices, including "side curtain airbags protect occupants in all three rows of seats, and door-mounted side-impact airbags for front occupants." Edmunds adds that all Mercedes-Benz R-Class models are "outfitted with stability control with a rollover sensor, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, side-impact airbags for front and second-row passengers, and side curtain airbags for all three rows."
However, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the vehicle.
Cars.com expresses some concern over Mercedes-Benz R-Class visibility issues: "a nest of headrests impairs the rearward view, which is otherwise OK and helped by ample mirrors...reflections are evident in the steep windshield, but they're not too distracting." Edmunds, on the other hand, reports that the 2008 Mercedes-Benz R-Class' "steeply raked windshield affords excellent sight lines."