KBB Editors' Overview
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.
You'll Like This Car If...
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.
You May Not Like This Car If...
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.
What's Significant About This Car?
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.
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.
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.
Notable Standard Equipment
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.
Notable Optional Equipment
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.
Under the Hood
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
E-Class pricing starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $51,325 for the E350 sedan and tops out at nearly $100,000 for a fully-equipped E63 AMG (which starts at $85,375). The V8-powered E550 starts just shy of $60,000 and can top $72,000 with every factory-installed option. With the updates for 2007, we expect our Fair Purchase Prices to reflect real-world selling prices close to these sticker prices. The E-Class qualifies as the priciest lineup in a category that includes the Lexus GS, Infiniti M, Acura RL, Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series, all of which we expect to match Mercedes' entry in terms of resale value performance.