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Concept comparison of the Mercedes R-Class and BMW 5 Series GT

Achim Hartmann
Concept comparison of Mercedes R-Class and BMW 5 Series GT
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And if the niche is still so small, 5.16 still fit in - that's how you like Mercedes thought. Back in 2006, when the long R class launched for the first time. A mixture of station wagon and SUV, not only produced in the USA, but also primarily intended for them. In any case, in Germany, which is more limited in terms of space, the generous dimensions gave rise to stricter shunting and discussions. Those about the front design are likely to subside in the future: The facelift model, which can be ordered from May and delivered from September, has modified diesel engines and, above all, a family-typical, more pleasing front and a new rear design.

The Mercedes R-Class emphasizes comfortable travel

The core of the R-Class, which is available in two wheelbases, remains unaffected. With five to seven seats, it continues to emphasize comfortable travel and also offers generous space including almost van-like variability. These include individually slidable and adjustable seats that even enable a flat loading area if required. The BMW counter-draft of a multifunctional room concept also offers seating tricks in the rear, but not a completely flat loading area. However, the propeller troop doesn't shy away from anything more than being placed in the corner of the van. With your eyes closed, you would think in the GT that you are driving in a dynamically tuned sedan - that's how effectively the chassis elements (adaptive dampers, active stabilizers, active steering with influencing the rear wheels) work together.

The Mercedes R-Class will be more powerfully motorized in the future

In the R-Class you don't have to close your eyes. It drives - presumably - still the way it looks. In the future, however, more powerful if you order the 350 CDI. After BMW presented the 535d with 300 PS and 600 Newton meters, Mercedes came around the corner for the R 350 CDI with 265 PS and 620 Newton meters. The technically unchanged R 350 Bluetec is significantly more economical and cleaner, thanks to its emission control systemUrea injection overcomes the strict Euro 6 hurdle. Its 211 hp and 540 Newton meters are sufficient for a species-appropriate locomotion, and nobody needs to be afraid of the low tide in the urea tank. The stocks range from service to service, and there is also the option of refilling yourself. If you ignore all of this, you will ultimately no longer be able to start the engine when the additional tank is empty. Not for technical, but for fiscal reasons: There is no tax reduction due to the particularly thorough exhaust gas cleaning.

Oh yes, the R 300 CDI also retains its 190 hp, but uses seven percent less fuel. The petrol engines remain completely the same, which does not reduce the gap compared to the modern BMW engines with direct injection and turbocharging.

In terms of space, the BMW 5 Series GT draws the shorter

The R-Class remains a comfortable space cruiser for the relaxed

Here the R-Class scores as well as with its possible seven-seater. If in the BMW the middle seat in row two is just a penitent place, a third row is not even available. In contrast to the Mercedes, whose seats six and seven, which fold out of the floor, are not just like a brochure, but rather fully-fledged furniture for adults. Thanks to large doors and an entry aid, they can even be boarded largely without any problems. And when it comes to the maximum load volume, the long R-Class with 2,385 liters is ahead of the 1,700 in the GT anyway. Even the 4.92 meter long normal version of the Mercedes swallows significantly more with 1,950 liters. The revamped R-Class thus remains a consistent, comfortable space cruiser for the relaxed. In any case, the sportier BMW 5 Series GT wants to drive on a different, much more dynamic track.


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