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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class (continued)

Summary

2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers a wide range of choices, but all have the attributes that have made them a benchmark among luxury cars. Every model delivers a combination of safety, luxury, practicality, performance, status, and cost of operation that's difficult to match. The redesigned E-Class introduced for model year 2007 improved on this car. This remains an iconic car in a market segment crowded with good cars.

NewCarTestDrive.com editor Mitch McCullough reported from Los Angeles, with J.P. Vettraino and Jim McCraw in Detroit, and Greg Brown in Las Vegas.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec ($52,200); E350 ($51,200); E350 4MATIC ($52,700); E350 4MATIC wagon ($55,950); E550 ($59,700); E550 4MATIC ($61,200); E63 AMG ($85,300); E63 AMG wagon ($86,050)
Engines:210-hp 3.0-liter dohc 24-valve turbodiesel V6; 268-hp 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6; 382-hp 5.5-liter dohc 48-valve V8; 507-hp 6.2-liter dohc 48-valve V8
Transmissions:5-speed automatic; 7-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage front airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, front and rear curtain-style head-protection airbags, active head restraints, seatbelt pretensioners; Pre-Safe System, rollover sensor, antilock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), traction control, tire pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Sindelfingen, Germany

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Mercedes-Benz E550 sedan ($59,700)
Standard equipment:automatic four-zone climate control, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel with multifunction controls, power windows with express up and down, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, glass sunroof, 10-way power driver and passenger seats with leather inserts and three-position memory, cruise control, walnut trim, nine-speaker surround-sound stereo with six-disc CD changer, Tele-aid emergency communication system
Options as tested (MSRP):Sport Package (N/C); Premium II ($4,770) includes Hands-Free Communication System, DVD COMAND Navigation, Sirius Satellite Radio, power rear window shade, Headlight Washing System, Bi-Xenon Active Light System, cornering fog lights, Keyless Go, Active-Ventilated front seats; Parktronic ($1,120); wood/leather steering wheel ($550); electronic trunk closer ($530)
Destination charge:($775)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $67,445
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:5.5-liter dohc 48-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):382 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):391 @ 2800-4800
Transmission:7-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:15/22 mpg
Wheelbase:112.4 in.
Length/width/height:191.0/71.7/58.4 in.
Track, f/r:62.1/61.9 in.
Turning circle:37.4 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.1/57.2/41.9 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.8/57.2/35.6 in.
Cargo volume:15.9 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, four-link, air springs, variable-rate gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, five link, air springs, variable-rate gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:3.6 in.
Curb weight:3885 lbs.
Tires:245/40R18
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:21.1 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of January 28, 2008.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-367-6372 - www.mbusa.com


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