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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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The Mercedes E-Class took its place as the 'everything to everybody' line after being revamped for 2010 and gaining a Coupe model. With the addition of a returning Wagon and convertible, it's now possible for the consumer to get an E-Class in a wide range of configurations and powertrains. No matter which E-Class is chosen, drivers can expect nothing less than the definitive mid-size luxury vehicle, with exemplary ride quality and comfort in a segment that is among the most competitive in the auto industry today

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is like a well-tailored suit; it will always look good, feel right and be in style. The wealth of standard features plus the sheer number of base-model options means there's something for everyone in the E-Class lineup

You May Not Like This Car If...

If owning a Mercedes-Benz holds no appeal, you may find competitors such as Cadillac, Infiniti and Lexus offering vehicles suiting your needs at lower prices.

What's New for 2011

Returning for 2011 is the E-Class Wagon; new are the V6- and V8-equipped Cabriolets, and the option of Mercedes' V6 BlueTec diesel engine in the E-Class Sedan. There have been minor exterior and interior design tweaks as well. The arrival of the Cabriolet and Wagon models expands the E-Class lineup. The BlueTec Diesel engine offers an option to an American market looking more and more for economy with luxury.

Driving the E-Class

Driving Impressions There may be faster cars on the road than the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class line, but there are few that can boast the blend of comfort, luxury, performance and image. Individual...

shocks constantly adjust to road surface changes and driver demands, making the car firm and responsive through tight bends yet smooth on the highway. With its confidence-inspiring suspension and responsive steering, the E-Class makes for a remarkable vehicle. If you'd like to step out onto the edge a bit, the E63 AMG brings an upgraded engine, suspension and transmission to bear with remarkably impressive performance and handling precision in a sedan that seats five.

DISTRONIC PLUS
It's tough to get excited about safety features, but the DISTRONIC PLUS offers features are truly special. The PRE-SAFE Brake system uses radar to warn the driver of an imminent collision and can even modulate the brakes to minimize impact.

Sport Package
Ok, so the Sport Package only shows itself outwardly with bigger wheels and comes with a swanky contrasting interior. You should buy it for the lowered, stiffer and sportier suspension, which properly livens up the car's handling.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Details
Interior

Every 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes richly fitted with standard equipment, providing comfort and convenience expected from the marque. From Burl Walnut trim to 14-way power seats with memory settings to the stereo/speaker/CD changer setup and mbrace navigation/support, the E-Class models are very well-equipped. There are a few differences of note: The E-Class Sedan and Wagon don't come with leather seats as standard, and the 60/40 rear bench of the Wagon is optional with the Sedan. A couple of controls have been repositioned for the 2011 models, but aside from that there haven't been any major changes. Front headroom and legroom is very good on all models; rear seats can be a bit cramped in the Coupe and Cabriolet but are very nice in the Sedan and Wagon. Luggage space is impressive across the line, even in the Cabriolet, and the soft top folds on itself to leave more usable trunk space than most competitors in its class.

Exterior

The 2010 revamping of the E-Class exteriors combined muscular rear fenders with a signature front end into a look that is unmistakably that of a Mercedes-Benz. The Coupe's lack of a B-pillar gives it a smooth aesthetic and an air of class all its own. The Cabriolet shares its grille with the Coupe, and has an elegant soft top that blends nicely into its lines. The look with the soft-top is classic and, as you might expect, it weighs a lot less than a folding hardtop. The Wagon is a surprising treat; its roofline at some angles appears to carry a descending angle from front to back, while at others it seems to be a straight line to an expansive rear cargo area.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All 2011 E-Class models come with some pretty impressive standard features. Electronic Brake Assist and Mercedes-Benz's Electronic Stability Program are standard across the line, as is the 7-speed transmission with paddle shifters fitted behind the multifunction steering wheel. Also standard are the 8-speaker, 6-disc CD/DVD system and a 7-inch LCD to display navigation information, radio information and the like. Safety features include a litany of airbags plus the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) system.

Optional Equipment

Options are available in a variety of packages or separately, and include Sport and Premium Packages. The Lane Tracking Package includes Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, and the Driver Assistance Package adds DISTRONIC PLUS with PRE-SAFE Braking. Other options include Bluetooth connectivity, iPod/mp3 capability, HD Radio, upgraded sound systems and more. For the Sedan and Wagon, leather upholstery is optional, and across the line you can get heated and ventilated front seats - or even a driver's seat with built-in massage.

Under the Hood

With the addition of the BlueTec Diesel, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class line features four engines: The 210-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 BlueTec diesel; the 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 of the E350 Series; a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8 for the E550 cars and the monster 518-horsepower, 6.3-liter V8 of the E63 AMG. All E-Class engines run through Mercedes' seven-speed automatic transmission with optional manual paddle shifting. The E63 AMG is equipped with the tuner's Speedshift transmission with Race Start and rev matching.

3.0-liter turbo diesel V6
210 horsepower @ 3,400 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-2,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,400-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (Sedan), 17/26 (Coupe), 17/25 (Cabriolet), 17/24 (AWD), 16/23 (AWD Wagon)

5.5-liter V8
382 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
391 lb-ft of torque @ 2,800-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (Sedan), 15/23 (Coupe), 15/22 (Cabriolet), 15/23 (AWD)

6.3-liter V8
518 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
465 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20

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2011 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!"

3 people out of 4 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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