Few automobiles deliver as satisfying a mix of passenger space, luxury, style and performance in a vault-solid, practical package as the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. From convertible to wagon, there's an E-Class variant for nearly every taste, an available high-mileage diesel engine or an ultra-performance, 518-hp V8, and optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive for drivers who can use it. Add to that Mercedes-Benz claims the new-generation E-Class is the safest car of its type ever built, based on all the standard safety equipment that's built in.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Jim McCraw reported from Madrid, Spain, with J.P. Vettraino reporting from Detroit, Mitch McCullough in Los Angeles, Sam Moses in Portland.
Model Line Overview
Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan ($49,400); E350 BlueTEC sedan ($50,900); E350 4MATIC sedan ($51,900); E350 Coupe ($48,850); E350 Cabriolet ($56,850); E350 4MATIC wagon ($56,200); E550 sedan ($57,100); E550 4MATIC sedan ($59,600); E550 Coupe ($55,450); E550 Cabriolet ($64,800); E63 AMG ($87,600)
frontal airbags with dual threshold deployment, driver's knee-protection airbag, front passenger side-impact torso airbags, front passenger side-impact pelvic airbags, full cabin curtain-style head protection airbags, active front headrests, rollover sensor, Attention Assist driver drowsiness monitor, tire pressure monitor, dual-circuit antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, ASR traction control, ESP anti-skid electronics
automatic climate control with dual temperature controls, leather upholstery, burl walnut trim, 14-way power front seats with position memory, AM/FM/WB stereo with eight speakers, 6CD, auxiliary jack, memory card slot and Bluetooth interface, cruise control, power tilt-and-telescope leather steering wheel with fingertip cruise, audio and phone controls, power windows with key-off and one-touch operation, keyless entry with multi-function remote, power heated side mirrors, integrated three-button universal garage door opener, halogen-projection headlights with automatic control, 18-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
PO2 Premium Package includes GPS navigation system with 40 GB hard drive, harmon/kardon LOGIC7 surround-sound audio with HD radio, Sirius satellite radio and iPod connection and cable, rear-window sunshade, rearview camera, heated/ventilated front seats, Bi-Xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination, Adaptive High Beam Assist, LED turn signals and daytime running lights, headlight washers and KEYLESS-GO proximity key ($6,450); Wood/leather steering wheel package with wood/leather shift knob ($760); Steel Gray metallic paint ($720); 18-inch alloy AMG wheels, sport steering wheel, all-season tires ($1270)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
5.5-liter dohc 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
382 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
391 @ 2800
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
independent, strut with dual-pivot control arms, stabilizer bar
independent, five-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
P235/40R18 all-season front, 255/35R18 rear
vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 21, 2010.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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