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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 156 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

I LOVE this car!!!

By on Thursday, June 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,500

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: "All Pluses"

Cons: "No Minuses"

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

What a car!

"This is my third Mercedes. I keep coming back for the QUALITY and PERFORMANCE. I have owned several different "luxury cars" and hands down none compare to Mercedes. The car is beautiful inside and out and it rides like a dream. Everyone should be able to experience driving this car!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

What a car!

Most enjoyment ever from a car

By on Thursday, June 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

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: "Awesome car, fun, comfortable, sporty, fast, sexy"

Cons: "cost"

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

"This is a great looking fun to drive car. Very comfortable on long trips, seats will leave you feeling rested even after hundreds of miles and a full day of driving. Heading along the coast or over the mountains the performance is very satisfying, use the sport mode. It is as fun to drive as my 2004 Corvette Z06 was. The Sport mode changes the engine map and the suspension making the care drive very different than when in comfort mode. I have passengers regularly and usually get some complement on the car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Will never buy another Mercedes again

By on Friday, June 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good performance, nice engine/power"

Cons: "horrible and cheap interior/exterior finish"

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

"Loved the car's engine and power. It was a lovely looking car from a distance. For what I paid, the interior and exterior finish were terrible. Had higher expectations for a high end top selling maker. The finish seemed quite cheap and interior trim was falling apart within months of purchase. We had a family Audi and now I am on the hunt for a new car and I'm going back to Audi."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Luxury Version Gives Smooth Ride, Comfort

By on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Ride quality, mileage far above EPA estimate"

Cons: "Options are pricey and bundled."

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

"Lots of cars in this class, lots of choices. You'll like this car, especially the Luxury version if: (1) you want a gentle, comfortable and quiet ride, but still with European feel and control; (2) you want an interior that adds ambience and a high end feel without gimmicks or aggressive styling; (3) you're "of a certain age" and have had enough of the aggressive, loud and hard riding sedans designed for high speed track use, but are far less useful in daily driving You can add features to the basic E350 package, but for me the base car is perfect. You don't get XM/Sirius radio or Navigation, but Bluetooth is standard and pairs easily with my SmartPhone, giving me both features at no added cost. The standard radio is also HD - a nice touch. Basics also include real tires with spare (unlike some competitors), fully adjustable seats with 3 memory settings, power sunroof with tilt feature, LED headlights - (low beam only) and LED taillights, economy/sport mode shifting with paddle shifters on the steering column. Mileage is exceptional - near mid 30s on highway on 65 MPH cruise control; still over 30 up to 70+. I bought a 2015 CPO car from an authorized MB dealer for a very attractive price - maybe the base model car wasn't in high demand, but regardless of the reason for the low price I prefer the base car for many reasons - easy on the wallet, less to go wrong when the warranty expires, has all the things I need. I considered the Audi A6 - another very nice car, with a very attractive interior. I preferred the MB V6 instead of the standard 4 cylinder in the Audi and felt that the MB 7 speed transmission was far smoother than the Audi. Compared to the BMW 5 the MB has a far better ride - the BMW comes with run flat tires - very rough ride on all surfaces (I've owned 5 BMWs, wish they didn't change the tires). The MB also has a more attractive interior, and is noticeably more comfortable on the road. I tried the Jaguar XF - didn't like the very high sill height - felt very claustrophobic in the car, and for shorter drivers the A pillar is too close to your head for my taste. The Lexus E class is "OK", but I don't like the feel of the front wheel drive and found the car somewhat boring to drive. It's a very well made car, but it just didn't work for me. I'm sure you'll have other opinions from mine, but I'd urge you to at least take a look at the MB for yourself before deciding on another car in this category. Like me you may be surprised and find that "This is the one"."

15 people out of 28 found this review helpful

E350 doesn't begin to compare to the S550

By on Thursday, March 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,900

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "1st 2 years have been trouble free"

Cons: "Not designed for 6 foot drivers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Mercedes builds a solid, safe car - however I absolutely hate the ECO feature that turns the engine off when you come to a stop and then restarts the engine when you let off the brake. The ECO feature can be disabled however it automatically enables every time you start the car. The ECO feature is on all Mercedes. The E350 ride is a bit rigid. Service is pricey and I would be scared to own a Mercedes without an extended warranty. The Nav system and phone interface on this car are marginal compared to what's available. Cooling re circulation motor continues to run for hours after the car is turned off. Operator interface to vehicle options could be better."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Base Luxury model has Great Ride, and all you need

By on Saturday, March 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"If you are looking for a long distance cruiser - the MB E350 is your car. If you value comfort and safety this is also your car. If you want ultimate performance, look elsewhere. This car combines the best of many different styles of cars. I'm a senior citizen, comfort and safety matters to me. This car has both. While it isn't a hard core sport sedan the handling is more than fine, with tight steering feel, immediate feedback and without the harsh ride of many competitors. The luxury trim version has an amazingly comfortable ride, yet provides great control in all conditions. The base car is the best value of all. Mine is a 2015 model, with standard LED low beam lights and the standard Bluetooth interface. I can use Google or Apple map apps, along with Sirius/XM radio apps, seamlessly, allowing me to get both navigation and Satellite radio without any extra cost. The stock radio is also HD capable with very good, but not audiophile quality sound. The standard seat controls are 14 way with 3 passenger memory storage, another welcome feature. The memory storage also keeps mirror and steering wheel settings - a nice bonus. There are storage boxes under each front seat -- large enough to hold maps, gloves, even electronics. Standard transmission is a very smooth 7 speed, providing both economy and sport modes - giving you the choice of aggressive or relaxed shifting. The V6 engine is smooth with adequate, but not excessive power, and doesn't suffer from turbo lag like many newer 4 cylinder engines. There is also standard paddle shifters, a nice touch. Sunroof is large and well placed, opens/tilts and is tinted. The glove box has the ability to blow A/C air, keeping storage items immune to summer heat. If you are a sports car fan, the BMW 5 may be more "sporty", but it's not as comfortable (I've owned it), and rides much harder (run flat tires are standard on BMW); Audi A6 is a nice car, but the 4 cylinder turbo/8 speed transmission is jerky and not fun to drive; Jaguar XF has a very high side door with little glass area - also has a very aggressive A pillar, making it very challenging for shorter drivers to find a comfortable position. Lexus GS is a high quality choice, but the driving position and road noise get tiring. MB has an extended CPO warranty that has no mileage limitation - great for "road warriors". I also got great financing and "free" 20K and 30K service coupons since my car is a CPO purchase. There are many fine cars in this category, but I truly believe that the E350 is the best of the lot. The latest Consumer Reports (April 2016) rates the E350 as the best car in its class, followed by the Audi A6. Give it a try before you decide - you will be glad you did."

23 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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