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 JB on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "great ride"
Cons: "breaks down constantly"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"a month doesn't go by without having a repair shop bill....always $1,000.00 OR MORE.... not reliable"
6 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By Bogie on Friday, October 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,800overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought my '06 E320 just as soon as I could find a CDI. Having had an earlier vintage E-Class I knew what to expect but this time I wanted a diesel - and I wasn't disappointed. I have found the car to be highly reliable, extremely responsive, swift and agile and actually a lot of fun to drive. It may cost a bit more at the pump but, when it consistently averages >30 mpg around town and almost 40 on the highway traveling well over >700 miles on a tank, it proves to be a great value. The interior and amenities are high quality and ample, but lack the higher tech options that became available just a year or two later such as Blue Tooth, MP-3 and USB ports. The Nav and Harmon Kardon sound system are intuitive and easy to operate, even when driving and compliment the otherwise stillness of the quiet cabin. Road and tire noise is all but non-existent and the ride is smooth and comfortable. My only complaint is the automatic rain-sensing wipers. They are overly sensitive to the point of being annoying and my service manager tells me there is no way to adjust them. Next time I will opt for variable speed wipers and pass on the rain sensing feature."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Merco on Monday, September 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car is a HOME RUN in EVERY possible way...the luxury, the engine, the sport package, and the handling make this a 10 all the way around."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Vegasurf on Saturday, September 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Cons: "In Nevada Diesel costs more than Super unleaded..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have owned Mercedes Diesel cars going back into the 70's. This has proven to be the most reliable one I have ever owned. Overall cost of ownership is simple the recommended routine services... Very easy on tires & brakes... Super comfortable. This is a great touring car... Smooth shifting 7 speed automatic..."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Dustin on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"No where can you find 500 hp in a luxury car for 30 grand. Mine has 30k miles and it basically mint. It's is simply the best."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
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