New Car Reviews
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Posted on July 7, 2010 by Mehdi Ghaddour
Anyone whose job requires them to visit such destinations as Frankfurt or Munich for a three-day conference will no doubt be well versed on the merits of the back seat of the Mercedes E-Class, for it is the taxi driver’s chariot of choice in Europe.
But you shouldn’t let this put you off Merc’s executive sedan, because if an E-Class can stand up well to this kind of daily abuse and lunar-travelling mileage, your meagre run to Abu Dhabi and back every day would be tackled with ease.
The latest E-Class arrived on the scene in 2009 and has drawn criticisms from some camps for its styling, with specific regard to the treatment of the front headlights. The angular-shaped individual lights jars against the design of other cars in the Mercedes line-up. But away from that point of contention, it’s the same trusted sedan shape that the German marque has been peddling since the E-Class was first introduced in the mid 1990s – although mid-size sedans have been a Mercedes staple since the ’50s.
As with all Mercedes models, there’s a raft of engines on offer starting with the frugal E200, and stepping up in performance – and price, through E250, E300 and E350 before ending up with the top-spec E500. But if that 388bhp 5.5-litre V8 executive sedan still isn’t enough, there’s always the E63 AMG and its 525bhp 6.2-litre V8 that’s ready to roast the rear tyres at the merest prod of the throttle pedal.
Equipment levels are high with alloy wheels, real wood trim and leather trim available across the different trims. Everything is finished in a high quality and there’s decent space for all onboard, plus a pretty reasonable boot – those de rigour golf bags would be happy back there.Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, new car review, Sedan