2010 Mercedes-Benz E350

9 Nov 2009 | 1,700 views | No Comment
mercedes-Eclass Over the past several months, the public has been inundated with a myriad of Mercedes Benz commercials. One in particular (and the heaviest advertised) highlights the re-designed 2010 E Class. The new ads tout the car’s completely new design and advanced technological features – even claiming that this is the best Mercedes ever built. With its rigid lines and stout features, the E-Class is a visual stunner. Gone are the roundish headlights, replaced with sportier front angles and a more distinctive front end. New for the 2010 model year are angled LED running lights- a new feature for Mercedes and one we’ll be seeing more of in other brands later next year. These new LEDs are highly efficient, and burn at extremely low temperatures. The sides of the car are smooth yet divergent. Although the flow of the body seems rigid at some angles it still has a seamless and fluid feel. The taillights wrap around the rear quarter panels adding to the lure of the overall flawless design. Our Capri-Blue test model was equipped with a 3.5 Liter, 24 Valve Aluminum V6 producing 268 horsepower at 6,000 RPM. The new engine comes with a 7-Speed Driver Automatic Transmission with Steering Wheel Shift Paddles. The 4-Matic is an all-wheel drive model, good for added control in warm weather as well as extra security during bad climate conditions. Overall acceleration was good. Around town the Mercedes had plenty of get-up-and-go. Merging onto the highway was also quite easy. The car reaches 60 in no time at all either by simply flooring the gas pedal, or (and much more fun) using the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The engine produces 258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,400 to 5,000 rpm. Although the engine has ample power, it does at times feel as if it could use a few more ft. lbs. of torque. Handling is precise. Even with power steering the driver never feels disconnected to the road. Small adjustments with the steering while driving are immediately translated to movement on the pavement so be careful! The interior of the Mercedes is close to flawless. You’ll immediately notice the hand-polished wood trim, and a special surprise at night- ambient lighting inside the cabin. The natural-beige leather seats provide support and comfort. The seats on the test model also came equipped with cooling and heating features as well as massage. The newly re-designed Command Center in our model (Premium Package) included a 40 GIG Hard Drive, GPS Navigation, Real-Time Traffic Data, Voice Control, 6 GB Music and a Harmon-Kardon surround sound music system with steering wheel controls. The 4.5 inch display provides the driver with all pertinent information including Navigation, Music, and Phone system. Also included in the Premium Package are Sirius Satellite Radio, I-Pod/MP3 Media Interface Cable, Heated Front Seats, Power Rear Sunshade, Rear View Camera, Adaptive High Beam Assist with Active Curve Illumination, and an electronic trunk closer. And that’s just some of the technology that you’ll find in this car. Safety has always been paramount at Mercedes Benz, and they definitely haven’t skimmed on the occupant protection systems. All of the new E-Class Mercedes will come equipped with 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Braking with Brake Assist, and an emergency in-cabin trunk release. 3-Point Seatbelts with Pre-tensioners and Force Limiters automatically tighten when the belt is buckled so be prepared. The cabin is steel-reinforced with front and rear crumple zones. Front, side and rear airbags are standard as well as air bags for the driver and front passenger for added protection. One of the new technological advancements is the Driver Drowsiness Monitor. This system can actually determine if the driver is becoming tired. A warning signal will chime, and a small cup of coffee will illuminate on the dash. To say this is a great car is most certainly an understatement. This new Mercedes has everything the luxury automobile shopper is looking for- technology, comfort, and convenience. It’s probable one of the most (if not the premier) technologically advanced automobile on the road. With an as tested price of $62,235.00 this particular model may not be for everyone. You can however but a new E-Class with a suggested retail price in the low 50’s. The new Benz will be competing with the Acura RL, Infiniti M Class, Lexus GS, and Jaguar XF and Cadillac CTS. If you like the Mercedes but are looking for more power you may want to opt for the V-8. A diesel model will be available late next year.

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