By KBB.com Editors
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
518 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20
By Zoomata (CA) on Friday, December 06, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000overall rating 2 of 10rating details
Pros: "good looks---but even a bimbo can LOOK good"
Cons: "navigation, seats"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"After owning 5 new 5 series BMW's including an M5 (THE BEST CAR EVER!!) we(wife) wanted a change so we bought a new 2012 C350C. A really good looking car and on the test drive it seemed fine. It wasn't until a week or so later we realized what a terrible mistake we made. The navigation system is so antiquated it should come with a hand crank! After two return trips to the dealer for instruction, the sales person admitted he used his iphone nav rather than the MB system in his car. The seats in the coupe are like sitting on a marginally padded park bench after a couple of hours driving and no adjustment could make them comfortable. All in all, the car is such a disappointment, after a few months I purchased a 2012 XF V8 Jaguar (great performance, good electronics and great looks) and the wife uses the 350 as a grocery getter, hence the low mileage. We also purchased a 2013 Ford Escape Dog Car and the Ford is superior to both in electronics. My experience with the MB is the owners are like a cult. Through the years I've owned Ferraris, BMW's, American performance and muscle cars, Hot Rods and now the MB and Jag. I have good friends who are MB owners and they would not even consider another brand. So read these reviews with a grain of salt, especially if written by an owner of several MBZ's, they probably have fallen victims of the MBZ Cool-aid. There is no question MBZ makes a solid vehicle after all they are taxis in Europe, but for responsiveness, handling unless you get well into 6 figure$ MBZ just does not cut it in my opinion. And my main beef is the electronics---Mercedes should be ashamed about their navigation system---it alone has turned me off to the brand."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By JoeS (IL) on Saturday, November 30, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,800overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Amazing performance and acceleration. Great looks"
Cons: "Slightly rough ride. Jerky trans in sport mode"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"My 2nd E-Class AMG. My 2004 rode better but did not handle or preform anything like the 2012. I plan on changing tires to Michelins from the stock Pirelli's. Great electronics and looks. The exhaust is a little loud for my taste and the gear box can be a little jerky in modes other than Comfort. Where it really shines is straight line 0-1xx"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By NitroBro2 (OK) on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Excellent comfort; 4matic all weather capability;"
Cons: "No power folding side mirrors;"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I got an E350 4Matic as a replacement for a 2008 C350 Sport. The E class, of course, is much roomier, but it I think, overall, a much better riding car. It isn't as sporty, but I didn't buy it to race. It's like a fine limo in it's appointments. But if you feel the need for a little sportiness, use the paddle shifters and shift it at the redline, and you'll hear a great Mercedes V6 under the hood. This is an awesome road car, getting over 30 mpg on long trips if babied a little, and getting high 20's when running 75. The one thing I hate is the lack of power folding mirrors...or folding at all, for that matter. For the price, that should be standard."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By paul (CA) on Thursday, October 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Just traded in my old 2012 e350 bluetec for this new 2014 e250 bluetec. The car drive smoothier and quieter than its predecessor. I only have it for a week with 100o miles. The range of this car is fantastic (750 miles)."
By Tommygun (AZ) on Thursday, September 19, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great feel on the road. Great looks."
Cons: "Tech is WAY behind the Japs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"This car rolls down the road like it will never stop. Very solid. Effortless. No friction whatsoever felt. And I love the looks. Downsides? $129 oil changes. The navigation system stinks! It's not as quiet as I thought it would be on the road. It's a $58K car with vinyl seats. Really? I live in Phoenix. If the car sits in the sun for any length of time, entering will guarantee a burned butt on the seats. And the compass in the rearview mirror? It works sometimes, but the minute I reach up and adjust the mirror, it can no longer find it's butt from north."
8 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By 1ofakind (NJ) on Saturday, August 24, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Love this car, comfortable ride, solid feeling, good gas mileage on Blue Efficiency model. Test drive the Cadillac CTS, and don't feel anything luxury out of that car."
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful