9 months driving my 2011 R350, and still all grins
By family of five on Sunday, September 18, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Premium driving pleasure. Very high safety futures. Very roomy."
Cons: "Voice activation system unusable. Command controls (nav) unconventional."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have a 3 series and a 7 series BMW. I had never considered MB before. When boys grew older, and minivan didn't sit well in their coolness gauge, my wife wanted to change her minivan with a 7-seatrer SUV. She was insisting on BMW X5. So, we went to the dealer and looked at one with rare 3rd row seat. Not only the third row seat is not useable, we didn't fancy the car as much as we initially thought. Audi Q7 was the same story with the third row seat.
I had never considered R type because of its really ugly front design, but when the 2011 model came out, it was just love at first sight. When we test drove and sat in the third row seat, we made up our mind already.
Detail to comfort and luxury is incredible. Ride is as smooth and quite as can be. Handling and breaking great. Steering wheel pedal shifts, rear view camera, navigation, bluetooth, all accessories are great. 6 in dash 1 in center console DVD system, cordless headphones keeps the kids really happy at the back. I don't have the Harman-Carton option but the sound system is just fine.
Panoramic roof is really nice. Everything in the car that would make you feel comfortable are there.
So far in 9 moths I owned the car, there has been no problem to report. Are there any negatives? I can only think of three:
- Navigation takes a little getting used to, but once you do, it works great. I don't understand how come they are not offering a touch screen navigation for a car at this price range though...
- Bluetooth telephone, address book works with great sound quality, however, voice command system is a joke. It just doesn't work even after voice training. May need German accent?
- It has a built in hard drive for media files. Size is 4GB.?! Even the flash card I insert has 8 or 16GB capacity.
Other than these, I can not think of anything negative about this car. Interestingly, gasoline mileage is better than advertised. I clocked 21.7MPG on a round trip from Leesburg to Radford, VA. I drive mostly in city, and the average is showing around 17MPG.
If you want a large family car withhout compromising driving pleasure, I definitely recommend this.
I recommend premium package with heated seats and heated steerig wheel, and entertainment system options. I also got the extended 10 years 100,000 warranty. Mercedes offers it for $3,500, and the unused portion of the extended 6 years is returned or can be transferred over when you sell the car."
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