2007 MERCEDES-BENZ E350 4MATIC
AS-TESTED PRICE: $63,855
DRIVETRAIN: 3.5-liter V6; awd, five-speed automatic
OUTPUT: 268 hp @ 6000 rpm, 258 lb-ft @ 2400-5000 rpm
CURB WEIGHT: 3955 lb
FUEL ECONOMY (EPA/AW): 20/21.3 mpg
OPTIONS: Premium package II including DVD navigation, satellite radio, heated front seats, power rear window sunshade, hands-free communication system, Keyless Go, bi-xenon headlamps with active curve illumination, headlamp washing system ($4,290); black/cognac brown leather ($1,540); panoramic sunroof ($1,000); pewter paint ($700); wood/leather steering wheel ($540); electronic trunk closer ($520); voice control ($500); rear side window blinds ($340); split-folding rear seats ($310); burl walnut ($290)
OUR TAKE: This car’s interior is truly beautiful. The cognac-colored leather looks and feels great, especially with the soft pleats in it. The interior lighting is particularly cool, while the panoramic sunroof just adds to the car’s already pleasant ambience. Even the simple black headliner fabric feels rather special.
The back seat is nice and roomy—there are clever cutouts in the front seatbacks that add a bunch of knee room. In fact, the whole cabin seems to belong to a bigger car.
The car can feel sluggish off the line, forcing one to bury the throttle to get up to speed quickly, but it never loses its composure. And with the optional 18-inch wheels and aggressive Continental rubber, ride quality suffers somewhat over rough surfaces, but for the most part the E drives as smoothly as any on the road.
This car is about due for a refresh, however, and we’re a bit surprised M-B isn’t rolling out a new one at Frankfurt. It’s not that the E-Class needs to be replaced outright, but the new C and S just feel more modern.
One thing we’d like to see in a refresh: simplified radio/navigation controls. Mercedes’ interiors can get a bit overwhelming with all the small buttons scattered about. Then again, if simplifying the controls means stuffing a COMAND system in it, we’ll pass.
Interior room is about the same? Weight? HP? AWD? everything except price.
CTS Seems to be the better vehicle... What do U think?