Mid Week Match-Up: Needs To Fit A Wolfhound

This week’s Mid Week Match-Up request comes from Daniel who writes: We have daily drivers that work fine for most everything… older low-mile Jaguar XJR for me, and C-class MBZ for my wife.  We have two big dogs, though, including a very  tall Irish Wolfhound, and we need a car that we can take both dogs and weekend stuff on trips. We now have a Mercedes E320 wagon which works fine, but is on its last legs, and we need to replace it.   However…
we hate SUV’s in general… (don’t like the way they drive, don’t like
the idea of the giantism, and hate the 5000-lb  weight notion).  But
used (low mile) MBZ wagons are crazy-expensive, and there don’t seem to
be many alternatives that will fit the dogs.  The Mercedes is 35″ tall
inside, and that’s the target for the wolfhound… any ideas? Budget $25k, location California.

DT Vince: I am going to recommend a Mercedes-Benz R-Class, specifically this 2010 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 BlueTEC 4Matic found here on eBay offered for $21,980 or make offer.  This one is on the wrong coast for Daniel, but the idea of a turbodiesel Mercedes-Benz vannish thing with 3 rows of seating (last row can be stowed for more room for Baskerville sized hounds) and gets 18/24 mpg according to the EPA (wow, that is pretty terrible…).

See something better? Comments below.