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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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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 the E-Class

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.

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.

Sport Package
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.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Details
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class photo Interior

Inside the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class you'll find a tasteful mix of leather and wood, comfortable seats and straightforward controls placed within easy reach. Standard MB-Tex leather-like seats, hand-polished wood trim, metal and black soft-touch surfaces give way in Sport models to burl walnut trim and leather upholstery. Sedans offer plenty of front and rear head- and legroom, while Coupes are best suited for front passengers unless you're transporting children or short adults in the back. Trunk space is more than adequate for a weekend's worth of luggage for the whole family, and seats fold down 60/40 to accommodate longer items.

Exterior
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class photo

The new 2010 E-Class Sedan takes its exterior styling cues from the 1953 "Ponton" Mercedes sedan, while the Coupe borrows classic elements from the 1955 S220 "Ponton Coupe." Muscular rear fenders and wheel arches give both cars wide, imposing stances. Concave and convex surfaces feel modern and look sleek, while gemstone-like twin-headlamps update the E-Class Sedan's signature front end of four chrome lamellas and an upright star on the hood. In back, Luxury Sedans come with oval exhaust outlets, while Sport models get coupe-like square-shaped pipes and an athletic rear diffuser-look. The Coupe builds on the E-Class' design cues and updates the traditional wedge coupe shape by removing the B-pillar for a smoother, sharper look. Up front, two lamellas surround an inset star in the grille and jeweled, cubist headlamps.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment highlights include a seven-inch LCD screen that displays radio, Bluetooth and video information, an eight-speaker six-disk CD/DVD audio system with auxiliary input jack, sunroof and a full complement of safety features that includes nine 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.

Optional Equipment

Some of the notable options available on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class include a Sport Package, Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake System, Parktronic with Parking Guidance and Night View Assist Plus with pedestrian detection. The E-Class can also be equipped with a panorama sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, Drive-Dynamic multi-contour driver's seat with massage, and a choice of Premium Packages filled with comfort and technology features.

Under the Hood

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class' engine lineup includes three engines: a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8 and a 518-horsepower 6.3-liter V8. All engines are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with optional manual shifting, while the E63 gets an AMG Speedshift transmission that offers rev matching and Race Start.

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2400-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 (Sedan), 17/26 (Coupe), 16/24 (AWD)

5.5-liter V8
382 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (Sedan), 15/23 (Coupe), 15/23 (AWD)

6.3-liter V8
518 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 150 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Graphite Mercedes Coupe W/ Every Bell & Whistle

By on Monday, February 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, upgrades, Gray/ Deep Red interior"

Cons: "2 minor paint touch ups..They are hard to find..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"From the black wood and leather steering wheel to the air cooled seats, this car has practically every upgrade possible, even the Graphite colored exterior and the dark red interior were upgrades. Both front seats have over 10 points of adjustments, there are 2 just in the lower back and one that closes on your back holding you stable thru turns. On performance, as with any low mileage Mercedes equipped with their latest technology, the car is awesome. It is fast, handles perfectly and gets great gas mileage."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Money Pit

By on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Looks nice"

Cons: "Open your wallet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I was under the impression this was fine German engineering. Buying CPO three years ago, as soon as the warranty expired, so did the fine German engineering. In the past year alone, we have had to put $10,000 in repairs with a car with less than 100,000 miles. Back to less than fine American engineering!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2014 E350 4MATIC - Great Car So Far

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Safety options and scores, style, comfort."

Cons: "Cost, Maybe future repair costs."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Have 14000 miles over 22 months - not a single problem. Ride is a little "Sporty" - Get a "luxury" version if you want a gentle ride. The 350 has a significant torque gap at 30-45 mph - learn to use paddle shifters if you need passing power at these speeds (or buy an E550). Amazing mileage on trips for a large heavy car - 29-31 mpg. Very comfortable on the highway. Bought it mainly to get best safety options available - They are really worth the (very expensive) cost. Drivers assistance is really good for highway driving. Blind spot warnings have saved me about 5 times now. I have about 50 CD's loaded on the hard drive (Premium option). Lighting option is also good for safety - a study of the 2011 MB safety options found surprising statistical result about this. No problems with the car at all, but I'm worried about future maintenance costs. Blogs and other information are not very encouraging on this. They seem to indicate that repairs will be numerous and costly. My lease is up in June 2016. I'd like to get a 2015 or better - It has collision prevention at all times - 2014 has collision prevention only when cruise control is on. If stock market goes well (I'm retired) I'll probably get a well optioned E400, If not maybe a Subaru or keep my 2014. Subaru has the best safety options/results I've found in lower cost 4 wheel drive cars. If you can afford the Mercedes it's worth it."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Wish I'd Spent More Time Researching

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Tight steering. Creature comforts."

Cons: "Xenon lights. ROAD NOISE!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Polycarbonate headlight covers will discolor/fog directly in front of Xenon low beams. No fix possible except $4K for new lights. Known issue with Mercedes, although apparently rare in the wild. I just noticed one in a parking lot with an identical issue. But the real issue with the car is the road noise - e350 4Matic wagon. It seems to come from behind the driver's seat and either through inadequately insulated passenger doors or rear cargo area. Terrible in comparison to our 17 year old BMW e38. We like the 2011 Benz over new models as in-dash display becomes a giant ugly obstruction in newer models. Tight steering. Comfortable, even if noisy. Already realizing add'l roadworthiness from 4matic. Great brakes and decent handling for a wagon."

27 people out of 47 found this review helpful

Lease 2014 E350, then buy 2016 E400

By on Sunday, November 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "E400, biturbo engine, massage seat"

Cons: "nothing so far"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I leased the E350 2014 and had 24,500 miles. love the car and only minor problem with the tires (bubble in the tires). Love the car so much that I made a purchase on the 2016 E400. The E400 is even better with the biturbo engine, leather seat and the massage seat. E400, pick up speed is much quicker than the E350. Go for the E400, you won't be regret."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,222

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nice ride, good looks, reliable"

Cons: "interior temp is very hot in the summer, pricey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this car even though I've had some minor problems with it. I bought it new and after a year I had to have some of the wood trim replaced because it developed some cracks. They replaced the cracked pieces of trim and left the original trim that was not cracked. The original trim had already started fading so it was slightly lighter in tone than the new trim. The dealer would not replace all of the trim so I could have a uniform appearance. No other problems until a couple of weeks ago the Express Up/Down feature stopped working on the driver side window. So I need to keep the button pressed until the window is completely up or down. The Express Up/Down feature allows you to quickly press the button then let go and the window continues up or down by itself. So that needs to be fixed. The car gets VERY hot if it sits in the sun. I assume that because it is a black car it holds the heat more than a lighter colored car would. Other than that the car has been reliable and comfortable and nice to drive. Love it."

18 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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