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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 156 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • 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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