It trades the rounded edges and quad headlights I liked from the previous model for a more angular, sharper look. Interior The inside got an immediate thumbs-up from me. In one of my highway drives, someone decided to exit the highway by cutting across three lanes of traffic in front of me and several other cars. The seats also adjusted about every way imaginable. It performed very well in these conditions, including a variety of short city trips and a long, backcountry drive to some ski trails.
Features Aside from dressing up to drive them, I like how German luxury cars have a plethora of options and toys to play with. The beige leather was also nice, and not only for its color. Check out this comparison of the 2009 and 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It should not only be comfortable, it should be composed. I tested the all-wheel-drive E350 4Matic during an icy, dark and dreary Chicago week.
Another shortcoming: The steering is heavy at low speeds, then lightens up quickly. The other thing I noticed immediately — and liked — was the optional panoramic sunroof that covers both rows of seats. Our E350 was no exception, starting with the upgraded Harman Kardon stereo. Or you could dig deeper into your wallet for the E550 and get all that comfort along with exceptional performance. It trades the rounded edges and quad headlights I liked from the previous model for a more angular, sharper look. You notice it most when charging up on-ramps or passing on the highway, but even around town the V-6 feels short on low-end oomph compared with the V-8.
It should not only be comfortable, it should be composed. Thing is, the pedal was so stiff it was hard to fine-tune just how much acceleration you wanted. Some people think a German luxury sedan should be fast, handle harshly and just generally be a big race car. It performed very well in these conditions, including a variety of short city trips and a long, backcountry drive to some ski trails. Our test car came with black ash wood trim, which looks a million times better than any brown wood trim. I drove on a pitch-black night down country lanes and found the amount of light to be fine.
It shines on cupholders, door panels and various other parts of the cabin. Those non-German cars have fine qualities — all have excellent interiors, for instance — but to me, the German cars feel heavier in a good way and more secure, and I find the ride more to my liking. One odd thing was the placement of the analog clock in the gauge cluster, just to the left of the speedometer. The E350 is no exception. With this as the benchmark, the Mercedes E-Class succeeds.
As mentioned, our test model also came with a few optional safety features, including Blind-Spot Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist, Attention Assist, and an adaptive cruise control system called Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake, which can apply the brakes to slow the car all the way to a stop if needed. I tested the all-wheel-drive E350 4Matic during an icy, dark and dreary Chicago week. Send Bill an Hide full review. . Another nice touch was the standard ambient lighting in the cabin. With this as the benchmark, the Mercedes E-Class succeeds. Click to see a full list of safety features.
I tested it with some classical music off my iPod, because classical music asks a stereo to deal with the widest variety of soft, gentle melodies and strong, booming notes. The high point of driving the E350 is its ride. The car featured in the pictures to the right are of an E550 we had in the office earlier, and the more I look at them, the more convinced I am that the darker trim is the way to go. Put another way, the E350 is capable, even with the heavy 4Matic hardware, but the E550 is quick. We also had a blind spot assist that lit up a section of the side mirrors and set off an alarm if you tried to move into a lane when a car was already there.
It dresses up the cabin and shows off the premium materials with a soft, golden glow. Where I think things get interesting is deciding whether you spring for the E350 or the E550. Show full review Some people think a German luxury sedan should be fast, handle harshly and just generally be a big race car. Standard safety features for the E350 4Matic include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats. Our tester came with an optional two-stage massage system that I really liked; it works your entire spine, rather than just lamely inflating one section of the lumbar support.
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