The minivan-like R-Class receives new standard luxury features, standard safety enhancements, and cosmetic smoked taillamps for 2010. The BlueTec diesel model has not changed in terms of its mechanicals, but it now wears the R350 badge, bringing its nomenclature in alignment with the rest of the Mercedes family.
- Minor changes for 2010
- The R320 BlueTec model is renamed the R350 BlueTec
- New chrome trim, blue tinted glass and darkened taillamps for the R350 BlueTec
- New, larger, 19-inch alloy wheels on R350 4Matic
- New privacy glass and darkened taillamps on R350 4Matic
- All models receive premium leather steering wheel
- Enhanced tire-pressure-monitoring system is now standard
- New Post-Safe system debuts with automatic door unlocking and engine and fuel shutoff after an accident
- New paint colors: Palladium Silver and Steel Gray
The Mercedes-Benz R-Class, a 6- or 7-seat luxury crossover SUV, is available with gasoline or diesel power. It's a unibody model, longer and slightly lower than many of its competitors, such as the Lexus RX and the Cadillac SRX.
Two trim levels are available on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class, corresponding to engine choice. Standard equipment on both the R350 4Matic and the R350 Bluetec includes 19-inch wheels, premium vinyl upholstery, the COMAND electronics interface, 8-speaker sound system, sunroof, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Premium I option package includes more power accessories (including liftgate), hard-drive-based navigation system, rearview camera, and satellite radio. The Premium II package adds keyless ignition, keyless entry, and a Harman Kardon surround-sound system. The R350 4Matic may add 20-inch wheels via a Sport Appearance package. Stand-alone options include second-row bench seating, which brings passenger capacity to seven, and a rear entertainment system. With the second- and third-row seats folded, cargo capacity is 85 cubic feet, according to Mercedes.
Both versions of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class feature a 7-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The R350 4Matic trim employs a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The R350 Bluetec's power plant is a 210-horsepower, 3.0-liter diesel engine (legal in all 50 states) that produces 400 lb.-ft. of torque and delivers 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Standard safety features on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class include anti-lock brakes, front- and second-row side air bags, side curtain air bags, electronic traction and stability control, a reactive pre-impact system, and emergency telematics. A rearview camera and parking sensors are optional. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the R-Class its best-possible "Good" overall ratings on all impact tests.
Depending on engine type, MSRPs for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class ranged from $49,300 to $50,800.