...The newest model in the E-Class lineup is the E320 wagon, which comes standard with seven-passenger seating. With an available 83 cubic feet of cargo space and all-wheel drive, the new E-Class wagon is the perfect car for those wanting the security of a sport-ute and the practicality of a car. Following the trend for more versatile vehicles, Mercedes has made traction control available on the E320 sedan and wagon. The system uses a 35/65 front-/rear-wheel power split for most driving conditions. Unlike other AWD systems, the E-Class's is able to divert maximum power to one wheel, providing...
...That makes you feel like you bought something special. The upholstery in our test car was some kind of vinyl or plastic, not the aromatic leather you might expect in a $50,000 automobile. I also found some of the switches in the Mercedes awkward to use. To engage the cruise control, you have to flip a lever behind the windshield wiper on the left side of the steering column. But the two levers are too close together. Several times I turned on the windshield wiper when I wanted to set the cruise control. Also, I think Mercedes could do a better job with the dual-zone air-conditioning switches...
...Leather trim is standard, as are 10-way front bucket seats that offer the typical Teutonic support. Some might find them flat. Other amenities you'd expect in this class -- like auto-dimming rear-view mirror, memory seats, dual climate control, integrated garage door opener -- all are present. EPA rating on the E-class is 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. Test mileage was 19 mpg in an even mix of city and highway driving. In an era when most sport utilities can climb easily into the $40,000 range, this car seems like a reasonable alternative. The E320 starts at $45,500, the eight-cylinder at...
Many automakers have abandoned straight-six engines in favor of more compact V-6 designs in order to improve packaging and pedestrian safety, but a few automakers are... read more November 11, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Following the recent news that the E-Class, at least in Europe, is now available with a nine-speed automatic transmission, Mercedes-Benz has released the full details on its... read more July 24, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Mercedes-Benz has quietly added a new nine-speed automatic to its E-Class range, though the option is not yet available in the U.S. The transmission, labeled a 9G-TRONIC, is... read more July 23, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
If you haven't been keeping pace with AMG lately, you might not know that all E Class AMG models will be all-wheel drive in the U.S. soon. A new, higher-performance S-Model... read more May 28, 2013 by Nelson Ireson
Following the launch of the updated 2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class range earlier in the year, the German automaker has now presented the unique long-wheelbase version of the car... read more April 23, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran