Whether it's a sport tourer, a crossover, or a pseudo-minivan, one thing's for sure: The R-Class delivers its passengers in more comfort and space than any truck-based SUV, and it's on a par with TheCarConnection.com's favorite big crossovers, the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT.
The R-Class seats six or seven passengers, and at least four of them will be coddled in supreme comfort all of the time. All three pairs of seats are full-sized and offer adult-sized cushioning and headroom. A third passenger seat can be fitted in the second row in the place of a console, but it might not fit larger folks. The third-row seats are nearly as plush, with a touch less knee room and width, and they're easily accessed from the R-Class' wide rear doors and easy-tilt second-row seats. Those big doors can be difficult to open in crowded parking lots, even in generous spaces.
The second and third rows of seats fold down to create a vast cargo space of about 87 cubic feet (a huge 50 cubic feet shy of the Escalade ESV, but larger and flatter than the Lincoln MKT), and the R-Class is positively littered with in-cabin storage, molded into the door panels and hidden under console lids.
You won't hear any complaints from us about the R-Class' fit and finish. Past examples we've driven have felt drum-tight, though a little diesel and wind noise are inherent.
ConsumerGuide: "six-footers have abundant 2nd-row headroom and knee space, plus adequate under seat foot space"
Cars.com: seats have "magisterial comfort and support, are wholly adjustable to suit one's physique, and remain appealing even after hours of driving"
ConsumerGuide: "cabin design is the expected blend of rich, textured plastics, soft-touch surfaces, and high-quality materials"
ConsumerGuide: "second- and 3rd-row seats fold easily to lay flush with the floor, providing a cargo hold that's nearly 8 feet long"
ConsumerGuide: "liftover is low for easy loading"
Cars.com: "optional second-row console contains additional cupholders, and bottle holders are located in each door pocket"
ConsumerGuide: diesel "intrusive during acceleration and noticeable at idle and in cruising"
Cars.com: "just a touch of driveline and road sound is evident"