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STYLING | 7 out of 10
in black, the R-Class looks funereal
Cars and Driver
you'll know it's a Mercedes-Benz
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class may be more functional than beautiful.
The Kelley Blue Book reviewer sums it up best, stating, "you may think it's a minivan or an SUV, but there's one thing of which you will have no doubt: with its prominent grille and nameplate branding you'll know it's a Mercedes-Benz." Edmunds, however, picks up on a theme TheCarConnection.com’s editors hear repeatedly in connection with the R-Class: “in black, the R-Class looks funereal.” Cars and Driver praises the "sensuous curves" that define this Mercedes-Benz 2009; Cars.com points out that the Mercedes-Benz R-Class "front and rear design cues are modeled after Mercedes-Benz coupes and sedans," adding that "rounded and squat at the rear, the [Mercedes-Benz] R-Class flaunts a relatively long profile."
Cars.com dishes the details on the Mercedes-Benz R-Class cabin: "the seats have leather inserts, and brown bird's-eye maple wood trims the doors, dashboard and center console...the upper section of the two-tone dashboard arches over the instrument cluster, which holds two cylindrical binnacles for the speedometer and tachometer." Car and Driver describes the Mercedes-Benz 2009 cabin as a "sumptuous interior"; Edmunds remarks "the interior of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is both posh and functional."
Most sources consulted at TheCarConnection.com are not overly impressed with the 2009 Mercedes-Benz R-Class styling cues.