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2012 Mercedes E-Class E 550

2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

(0 Stars)  Closing in on BMW.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The E-class range is so diverse that Mercedes-Benz could spin the vehicle line into its own car company. This mid-size car is available as a coupe, a convertible, a wagon, or a sedan with a choice of a V-6, a diesel V-6, two V-8s, and rear- or all-wheel drive. When it was introduced in 2010, the E-class's styling signaled a new direction for Mercedes, but the traditional virtues are still there: this is an unusually well-built vehicle with excellent safety and technology features. Even as its chief competitor, the BMW 5-series, has traded some of its dynamic prowess for isolating refinement, the E-class has gained respect from enthusiast drivers. The ninth-generation E is the sportiest yet, with quick responses and precise steering. The base engine is a hearty, direct-injected V-6 that moves the E-class quickly without feeling taxed. Mercedes has an exclusive hold on diesel powertrains in this segment. Its V-6 is big on torque and frugal with fuel. The V-8-powered E550 can only be had as an all-wheel-drive sedan; the two-door coupes send power only to the rear wheels. The convertible and the coupe are based on the smaller C-class but feature most of the E's technology. To minimize turbulent airflow and allow for top-down driving in cooler temperatures, the convertible comes with a deflector that rises from the windshield header and neck-warming air vents in the seats. The wagon is only available in two trims: an all-wheel-drive, six-cylinder E350 4Matic or a tire-shredding E63 AMG.

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2012 E 550 Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 4.7L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 16 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 331 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
17.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 402 hp @ 5,000 rpm; 443 ft lb of torque @ 1,600 rpm

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'12 Mercedes E 550 Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Knee Air Bag
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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DVD Entertainment
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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