By KBB.com Editors
Luxurious, prestigious and dynamic, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has firmly entrenched itself as the definitive midsize 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 a few minor enhancements for the 2009 model year, allowing it to better compete in what has become one of the most competitive segments in the industry.
Even though the 2009 Mercedes-Benz 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 Infiniti, Lexus or Cadillac.
The E350 and E550 Sport models tout a standard AMG Sport Package which adds AMG front and rear aprons, 18-inch wheels, a lowered suspension, dual chrome exhaust, tinted blue glass and an AMG steering wheel with shift paddles.
Driving Impressions Quiet, comfortable and dignified at highway speeds, Mercedes' established E-Class remains the quintessential old-money midsize sedan. However, with its powerful V6 and V8 engines coupled to the...no-charge Sport Package option, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 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 editions of the E350 and E550 sedans – and 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. Stop-and-go driving is noticeably smoother 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.
The Sport Package is more than just AMG-branded bigger wheels and dual exhaust outlets, the 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 models to black bird's-eye maple trim, matte chrome highlights and white gauges. The standard equipment list includes the 510-watt harman/kardon LOGIC7 premium audio system that includes two surround sound speakers and one subwoofer for a total of 12 speakers. 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. Seemingly timeless Mercedes-Benz styling cues abound on the E-Class, from its large four-bar grille and stand-up hood ornament to its racy AMG Sport package, the E-Class is truly a car for all seasons. 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 two designo packages (Espresso and Graphite), 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 the E63 AMG Wagon), 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
210 horsepower @ 3800 rpm
400 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600-2400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32
268 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2400-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (Sedan), 16/22 (4MATIC Sedan), 16/21 (4MATIC Wagon)
382 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 (Sedan), 13/19 (4MATIC Sedan)
507 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 (Sedan), 13/18 (Wagon)
By nona-yabiznis on Saturday, August 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "prestigious appreance"
Cons: "actually not any better than a volvo"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"love the car, hate the driver's seat cushion. not so wonderful on fuel economy but didn't really expect it to be.over rated but only those who actually own one will know, everyone else just envies it."
6 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By basil07 on Sunday, August 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Awesome performance, very solid and safe."
Cons: "Mileage and expensive for bigger repairs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Driving this car is so fun. It has so much power and feels very solid. I have enough space for 3 teenagers and my 9 year old. It is terrific in the snow but it's worth it to put on very good tires as an extra layer of protection. Lots of trunk space too. Drawbacks are that it uses a lot of gas for a sedan because it has such a big engine. I also had to lay out $1100 to repair the suspension which was painful. I get regular servicing at a local shop but anything to do w/ the computer system goes to the dealer. Overall I really love this car and would highly recommend as a great car to drive. And I drive a lot."
12 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Rdt on Friday, June 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Dream to drive"
Cons: "Now getting a little behind the electronics."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Difficult to overstate the pleasure I find in driving this fine automobile. The lines of this wagon endure, although now 10 years plus. Wagon is rarer in US , compared to Europe, but so useful."
6 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By inspector11 on Thursday, June 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort and Performance"
Cons: "Expensive to maintain and repair"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"This vehicle has been fairly reliable for this year Mercedes. There were issues with the braking system designed by Bosch and used in this vehicle however, Mercedes stepped up and fixed the problem. Car is a pleasure to drive and is very comfortable. It has plenty of power and gets fairly decent mileage. The one thing I would recommend to anyone in the market for a Mercedes is to have the vehicle serviced at the Mercedes Service Centers, due to the complexity of the vehicles and the training that the Mercedes Technicians receive coupled with the computer systems both on board the vehicle and the one the Technicians use which is specific to the Mercedes Service Centers it would be difficult for an independent shop to get to the specific problems that come up with these cars. Another bit of advice if you are looking for a vehicle that is economical to maintain and repair should you have a problem, Mercedes should not be your vehicle of choice. We have enjoyed the vehicle and it is hard to beat the comfort and performance of a Mercedes. Overall it has been a good vehicle."
12 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Renee on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The only reason I want a newer Mercedes is because I want a voice activated GPS and phone. I am a realtor and use both of those functions constantly. It has 130,000 mile warranty on it. Has been consistently serviced at the proper intervals. Has 4 new tires since has service. It is silver"
1 person out of 5 found this review helpful
By drsir on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive in either comfort mode or sport"
Cons: "wish I had mp3 player"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Quick, low maintenance, solid, reliable, good looking, comfortable. This car is very cheap to own, gets great mileage (36 to 39 MPG), and allows you to feel fresh as a daisy after a very long trip. Both my wife and I love it. I only wish I had gotten keyless go and a light color (ours is black). Car is beautiful, but as with all black cars it is hard to keep clean."
11 people out of 16 found this review helpful