The newest generation of E-class arrived in 2010. Available as a coupe or sedan with convertible and wagon models forthcoming. The E class provides the same mix of qualities that have made it a favorite for so many years.
The E class comes in three trim levels. The e350 is powered by a 268 Hp V-6 engine. The E550 is pulled along by a 382 HP V-8 and the powerhouse of the group, the E63 AMG, which has a 6.3 liter v-8 that makes 518 HP. All wheel drive is available on the E350 and the E550. All E class cars put their power to the ground through a 7 speed automatic transmission. The E350 goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 7 seconds. The E550 does it in around 5 seconds and the AMG gets to 60 miles per hour in less than 5 seconds.
The E-class in all trims come with an impressive list of features. From sumptuous leather interiors to sunroofs and powerful sound systems. The higher end models have updated air bag suspension and multi zone climate controls. The AMG versions have their own styling and trim. With upgraded brakes and sport suspension.
Body styles: Sedan, coupe, convertible, wagon
Engines: 3.0L V-6, 3.5L V-6, 5.4L V-8, 6.2L V-8
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic
Models: E350 Bluetec, E350 Sedan, E550 Sedan, E63 AMG, E350 Coupe/Cabriolet, E550 Coupe/Cabriolet, E350 4Matic Wagon
The E-Class cabriolet and the wagon are new to the lineup for 2011. The soft-top convertible, which seats four, comes with the same engines as the sedan -- 3.5-liter V-6 and 5.4-liter V-8 -- and seven-speed automatic. It's designed to keep passengers warm and noise levels down in open-air driving, even when it's cold out. The wagon comes as an AWD V-6 only, with a third row that faces back and a rear air suspension.
The E-Class uses styling cues that are reminiscent of Mercedes past. The design is not universally loved, but it is a definite standout on the road. New 18-inch AMG wheels are available and the coupe gets a new grille.
Leather and burl walnut wood trim are standard, as are power front seats. Mercedes' COMAND system is standard as well, with a seven-inch screen. Black Coupe and cabrio can be ordered with ash wood trim and two-tone interiors.
Performance & Handling
The sedan and coupe lean more toward being comfortable and smooth than high-performance cornering. When driving the coupe hard, its semi-C-Class underpinnings limit the car's handling. However, slow down just a touch, and coupe and sedan become much nicer to drive. The sedan is the only model in the line available with all four engines, including Mercedes' excellent turbodiesel.
Traction control, stability control, and four-wheel discs with ABS and brake assist are standard across the line. Up to 11 airbags are available (nine standard), as are features such as active lane keeping assist and blind spot assist.
EPA Fuel Economy
E350 Sedan: 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway
E350 4Matic Sedan: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
E350 Coupe: 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway
E550 Sedan: 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway
E550 4Matic Sedan, E550 Coupe: 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway
E63: 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway
- Excellent build quality
- Cool technology available
- Smooth power
- Optional diesel
- Decent rear-seat room in coupe/cabrio
You Won't Like
- Controversial styling
- No AMG option in coupe/cabrio/wagon
- Coupe's platform limits hard driving
- Only one engine for wagon
Odd style, great car underneath
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