Buy ’em before us: used picks from July 23 Car News

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Mercedes had high expectations of the R-Class, promising “a whole new automotive experience”. It didn’t quite work back then, but now looks tempting in the classifieds

Mercedes-Benz had high expectations of the R-Class, promising it would deliver “a whole new automotive experience” as it attempted to combine sedan elegance, estate practicality and 4×4 ruggedness.

This turned out to be too high for him to cross the bar, but what he could do was act like a private jet for the road, with its luxurious accommodation for six or seven people, while all four wheels standard-drive and a long-wheelbase option won it. valuable utility marks.

Its unique design and versatility meant it had few direct rivals to compete with, and its road-focused performance made it an attractive proposition over the bulkier SUVs of the early 2010s.

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The CDI R280 (later renamed R300) and R320 (later R350) diesel models were fitted with two differently tuned versions of the same 3.0-liter V6, producing 190 hp and 265 hp respectively. The petrol R350 featured a 272bhp 3.0-liter V6, while the top-of-the-line R500, equipped with AMG, delivered sports car performance, capable of 0-62mph in just 6.9 seconds thanks to a 5.0-liter V8 with 306 hp.

All models were offered with Mercedes’ smooth and appropriate seven-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Unlike some people carriers, the third row seats in the R-Class can accommodate adults. And to make sure they don’t feel relegated to the rear, tri-zone air conditioning, Bluetooth, and heated seats mimic the upscale vibe up front. Each back seat also has its own cup holder: now it’s pure glamor.

However, the R-Class isn’t all champagne and caviar: it also has one of the largest boots you’ll find in any other Luton van, with short-wheelbase models built after 2009 offering 869 liters of space, passing to a staggering 1,048 liters if you opt for a long wheelbase.

So, despite its objective appeal, it’s a pretty confusing car, which is perhaps why prices have come down lately, meaning you can buy an entry-level R320 for as little as 3,500. £.

Long-wheelbase models naturally command a premium. We found a CDI R320L with 99,000 miles on the odometer advertised for £ 5,999.

The R500 is rare, but if you find one, expect to shell out around £ 7,000. Just keep an eye out for those astronomical tax and fuel bills.

Rover P5B, £ 16,000: The current owner of this 1972 sedan put their money into the project, so you don’t have to. It has received a whole new interior and a suitably majestic new coat of red paint, in addition it is corrosion free and can boast of good mechanical health.

Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TSI R Line, £ 16,390: This sleek cruiser only wants half of its original price after 70,000 miles. It’s in the high-end sporty R Line trim, uses a 2.0-liter turbo-gasoline four-cylinder, and has a list of healthy kits, including Volkswagen’s digital cockpit and three-zone air conditioning.

Jaguar XJ 5.0 V8 S Loaded Supersport, £ 19,995: With a supercharged V8 under its hood, this angry-looking big feline offers a good mix of performance and comfort. It’s only driven 65,000 miles and has all kinds of amenities, including heated massage seats, a high-end stereo, and a rear entertainment system.

Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB, £ 89,999: This 2014 elongated sedan has driven 90,000 miles in the hands of its sole owner (or driver) and comes with a full service history. Its 6.6 liter V12 isn’t known for its frugality, but you don’t buy a £ 90,000 limo to hypermiling, do you?

Auction watch

Nissan Patrol: Large SUVs are far from a rarity in the UK these days, but some less spotted gems still appear at auction from time to time. Recorded in 1994, this single-family time capsule from a Nissan Patrol has only traveled 14,000 miles and looks completely unmarked, which is why it was sold for £ 21,250. He is said to be one of 13 left on the road in the UK and even fitted with his original Dunlop Grandtrek tires from 1994 (they are likely due to a change). There is no damage to the chassis, which is rare on large off-roaders of this age, and it was sold with its original owner’s manual, factory-fitted headlamps and roof racks and visors. – useful buffles.

Future classic

Subaru Impreza WRX STi, £ 16,000: We all know the Subaru Impreza WRX as a world rally champion, but it has also established itself as a true sports car for the road. This 2003 example was fitted with sticky Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires, Brembo performance brakes and a motorsport-style aerodynamic package for optimum handling. Subaru’s 262 hp boxer engine got it to go from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds. Of course, it won’t be for everyone, but the blue and gold color scheme immediately designates it as a rally refugee, and there’s a pleasant lack of ill-advised aftermarket add-ons. Added …

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