I drove a long-wheelbase R500 in San Francisco last autumn and really
loved it. It's right size for me and has plenty of room for my height. I
think R-Class is much better than S-Class when it comes to the utility
and chic factor.
I previewed a short-wheelbase R320 CDI yesterday at a sales centre in
Germany and thought it was bit more spartan than the American edition.
The American edition of Mercedes-Benz vehicles are more equipped as
standard than the German edition but for less money. You still save
money even though the cost of shipment and import tax are factored in.
However, you lose the warranty and have to pay to reconfigure the COMAND
to work in Europe. Same with the main beam headlamps (American
regulations restrict it to 75.000 candle-watts whilst ECE counterpart is
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