2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class vs. Its Competition

2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class 4MATIC 4-door 3.5L Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Mercedes-Benz R-Class isn't an easy vehicle to compare, since it's essentially marketed as a luxury limousine.

In that niche, you might also look at the Lincoln MKT, the brashly styled cousin of the also brash Ford Flex.

Its seven-passenger interior is handsome and commodious, and its seats are easy to fold and configure for people and cargo--plus there's a turbo version available.

The Buick Enclave is another seven-seat alternative, but its engine feels a little short of breath compared to its rivals, and its third-row seat is a little more difficult for adults to clamber into.

A German alternative is the Audi Q7; it's styled sleekly, and offers a diesel version, but its third-row seat is less spacious than the R-Class or the Lincoln.

2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class 4MATIC 4-door 3.5L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz R Class
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2012 Audi Q7 quattro 4-door 3.0L TDI Premium Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi Q7
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Quick Specs
8.2
The ambiguously shaped Mercedes R-Class isn't as easy a choice as the big GL-Class SUV, but especially in diesel trim, it's a capable long-distance touring machine.
8.6
The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it.
8.2
One of the most user-friendly, luxurious, and distinctive crossovers available, the 2012 Buick Enclave is some of GM's best styling work.
9.0
EcoBoost thrust and limo-like space may attract you more to the 2012 Lincoln MKT than its polarizing shape, but we're among its fans.
MSRP From   
$52,690$46,250$36,500$44,300
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Supercharged Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name   
4MATIC 4-Door R 350quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusFWD 4-Door Base4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWD
Drivetrain   
All-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
6777
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
WagonSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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