By KBB.com Editors
Luxurious, prestigious and dynamic, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has firmly entrenched itself as the definitive mid-size luxury sedan and wagon. Available in rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts, and powered by a diverse engine lineup that's bookended by a high-mileage diesel engine and a pavement-punishing 507-horsepower AMG V8, the E-Class lineup gets cleaner, sportier and more powerful for 2007, to better compete in what has become one of the most competitive segments in the industry.
Even though the E-Class is more eager than ever to take the curvy back road once in awhile, it remains the category's easy choice for those that prefer making a more stately arrival.
If the status afforded by a luxury car isn't as important to you as the actual comfort, quality and amenities, you may be happier spending thousands less on one of the well-regarded entries from the competitors.
In addition to a handful of moderate styling tweaks inside and out, the 2007 E-Class lineup gets three new engines, including a cleaner diesel, a more powerful V8 and the first engine developed entirely by Mercedes' AMG performance division. Other changes include a new no-cost Sport Package and more standard features.
Driving Impressions Quiet, comfortable and dignified at highway speeds, Mercedes' established E-Class remains the quintessential old-money mid-size sedan. However, with a new, more powerful V8 and an energetic Sport Package offered at...no charge, the 2007 E-Class lineup is also the sportiest yet. To be sure, we've never had as much fun in an E-Class (excepting all AMG models, of course) as we did in the Sport Package-equipped E350 and E550 sedansand on some tight, winding roads, no less. The seven-speed transmission is nearly transparent in its operation, and a quicker steering ratio provides a more responsive feel. The 2007 models are also notably smoother in stop-and-go driving, thanks to retirement of the grabby electrohydraulic brake system that plagued the E-Class from 2003 to 2006.
Mercedes' keyless entry and start system makes it possible to knock out all your Saturday morning errands without ever removing the key/transmitter from your pocket.
More than bigger wheels and dual exhaust outlets, the newly available no-charge Sport Package includes a lowered sport suspension that delivers notably livelier handling.
Inside the E-Class you'll find a tasteful mix of leather and wood, comfortable seats and straightforward controls placed within easy reach. Standard burl walnut wood trim and black gauges give way in Sport Package-equipped models to black bird's-eye maple trim, matte chrome highlights and white gauges. Other changes for 2007 include a new steering wheel, revised climate control panel and a standard equipment list expanded to include a glass sunroof, six-disc CD changer and harman/kardon premium audio system. Wagon models feature a disappearing, rear-facing third-row seat.Exterior
At once sleek and elegant, we think the attractive design of the E-Class perfectly communicates its Teutonic luxury mannerisms. Changes for 2007 include a moderately redesigned front end highlighted by a larger grille, plus new wheels, redesigned side mirrors and revised tail lights. Sport Package-equipped models are differentiated by black grille inserts, a lower ride height, dual exhaust outlets and a handful of other tasteful touches.
Standard equipment highlights include a harman/kardon premium audio system, in-dash six-disc CD changer, memory front seats, sunroof and a full complement of safety features that includes eight airbags, electronic stability control and Mercedes' PRE-SAFE system that prepares for an impending accident by tightening the seat belts, adjusting the front seats and closing the windows and sunroof.
Some of the more compelling options include a keyless entry and start system, heated and active-ventilated (cooling) front seats, front and rear parking sensors, panorama sunroof, electronic trunk closer (standard on wagons), navigation system, adaptive headlamps, Bluetooth hands-free telephone connection, voice control and iPod integration.
From the efficient BLUETEC diesel engine to the ferociously powerful 6.3-liter AMG V8, the E-Class' engine lineup is one of the most dynamic on the planet. All of the engines are mated to a manually selectable seven-speed automatic transmission, except 4MATIC all-wheel-drive models, which get a five-speed automatic. The V8 models feature a sophisticated adjustable air suspension with adaptive dampers to combine a smooth highway ride with firm handling. In addition to a more aggressive suspension, the available Sport Package includes more powerful brakes.
3.0-liter V6 Diesel
208 horsepower @ 3800 rpm
388 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600-2400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37
268 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2400-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (Sedan), 18/24 (4MATIC Sedan, Wagon)
382 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (Sedan), 15/22 (4MATIC Sedan)
507 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20
By PaulaQ (GA) on Monday, May 20, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very reliable, comfortable, excellent fuel economy"
Cons: "No driving lights, no program to avoid backing"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have driven a Mercedes for many years. I always bought pre-owned and the certified used vehicles. This is a safe car, drives easy, excellent on fuel. I have driven the diesel autos for many years-love the cars. Going into Atlanta, my typical miles per gallon is 33-35. 4 new tires."
By Jaycabs (AZ) on Friday, May 10, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Dynamic, comfort, look, fast"
Cons: "It's a Mercedes, parts and repairs may be costly"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This 2005 Mercedes E500 has been the nicest car I've owned. Comfort, speed, luxury. This car has it all. From the 5.0 V8 engine, to the comfortable leather seating. The dynamic suspension, at the push of a button you drive in comfort, and with the same button, you can lower the suspension to drive it like a sports car. This beauty really sticks to the road and I wouldn't feel safer in another car. I highly recommend this beauty."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Lou (TX) on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great road car, beautiful styling, brawn"
Cons: "none, really...enjoy!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Love this car, great lines and is as solid as they come. Even with all the bells and whistles it has been reliable transportation (but suggest the extended warranty anyway). Great road car, which we use quite frequently on the highway...oh yeah, the highway. It is incredibly fast, once your at highway speeds, the 5.5 litre engine and 7 speed tranny pegs you to the seat when passing. Excessive speeds are difficult to avoid, so caution is a must. Great job MB."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Mr Limo (IL) on Monday, April 22, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 187,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned hundeds of cars in my lifetime and this one tops them all. Always bought S class and SL's. Have owned all of the BMW's and Jaguars. At age 58, decided to just buy a nice toy. I found this 2003 E320 with 180,000 miles a few months ago and have had nothing but pleasure. I had never owned a car with over 100K but was always aware of the E320 reliability. I'm SOLD!!! She drives as good as my 2007 S Class. Not one complaint. Just drove it from Chi to Vegas without any reservations. Sensational Ride. Plan to go at least another 180,000 miles. Haven't bought anything but gas (30 MPG)"
By Copernicus (MD) on Saturday, April 20, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Transmission went up 2000 miles after warranty. Benz said too bad. Cheap plastic parts. Only 58,000 miles on 08 purchased in 07 but quality is poor. Owned BMW 7 Series prior. Going back to BMW . I've never despised a car more. Mercedes has lost me forever based on my ownership and experience. From leather seats ripping to interior pieces chipping to cheap plastic parts on outside breaking, just a poor quality car."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Morphus2013 (TX) on Thursday, April 18, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "it's an aeroplane on the road"
Cons: "Doesn't make coffee"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"When I bought this car I had done my research and I knew this was the vehicle I wanted. For the value of the vehicle, this car is priceless. It was a major upgrade from what I was previously driving. The cruise is fabulous, the entertainment is classic, the Auto AC is out of this world. Did I mention the heater on the leather seats? Maintenance cost is lower than I had thought - once a year for $600 there's nothing like it, the navigation system, the phone system - honestly I think this is the best MB has ever made. I hope MB is considering a coffee maker in the next E350 model!"
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful