By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 4/28/2011
Luxurious, prestigious and dynamic, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has firmly entrenched itself as the definitive mid-size luxury sedan and hopes to do the same with the all-new coupe. Available in rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts, and powered by an engine lineup that ranges from a 268-horsepower V6 to a pavement-punishing 518-horsepower AMG V8, the 2010 E-Class lineup gets a major redesign that puts it a cut above the rest in what has become one of the most competitive segments in the industry.You'll Like This Car If...
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class remains the category's easy choice for those that prefer making a more stately arrival. Plus, the E-Class now offers more standard features than ever before.You May Not Like This Car If...
If driving a Mercedes-Benz isn't as important to you as spending thousands less for a similarly equipped vehicle, you may be better served by competitors from Infiniti, Lexus and Cadillac.What's New for 2010
The entire E-Class lineup has been revamped for 2010 and offers more standard features than previous generations at a lower cost. The E-Class Coupe replaces the CLK in the Mercedes lineup.Driving It Driving Impressions
Stately and luxurious don't have to mean boring. Case in point: The new E-Class. Compared to more sedate E-Class offerings in the past, the new generation is markedly sportier on the road. All E-Class variants offer a suspension that adjusts individual shock absorbers either based on road surface and driving styles or at the whim of the driver. This translates to a firmer, more stable feel when cornering, and a softer, more relaxed ride on the highway. Pair the variable suspension with sportier transmission shift mapping, and you've got a car that is far more engaging to drive – especially in E550 Coupe form, where you also get a more reactive throttle when in "sport" mode.Favorite Features
Distronic Plus Safety Package
Mercedes' optional Distronic Plus Safety Package comes with Brake Assist Plus and Pre-Safe Brake, which use radar to warn the driver of an imminent collision and modulates the brakes to slow the vehicle down to minimize injury and damage.
The Sport Package is more than just bigger wheels and a contrasting interior color palette; it also includes a lowered sport suspension that delivers notably livelier handling.