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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

4dr Sdn E550 Luxury 4MATIC

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Benefits of Driving a 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

Across the line, the E-Class has a very roomy interior and nice ride, both of which make it well-suited for long trips. With 4MATIC all-wheel drive available on E350 and E550 models, the E-Class also makes a capable all-weather vehicle. The E-Class has been the standard bearer for Mercedes-Benz for generations and continues to be at the core of their worldwide sales. The base E350 starts just under $50,000.

What's new for 2010?

For 2010, all the Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars have undergone some major improvements. The exterior and interior of all trims have been redesigned, the most notable being on the luxury sedans, which have a more squared yet aggressive look than 2009. The coupes now have a crisper, more pointed front fascia, and all E-Class trims have sharper body lines. The car's body is now 30 percent stiffer for firmer handling, and has been made more aerodynamic so that its drag coefficient is just 0.25, according to the manufacturer. In addition, model prices across the range have been reduced since 2009.

Model Strengths

  • Superior craftsmanship
  • stylish and luxurious interior
  • unusual and exclusive high technology

Model Review

For 2010, U.S. customers will have their choice of either the E350 or the E550. Both are available as either a coupe, or sedan. The coupe is available only in rear-wheel drive, but the sedans are available in either luxury or sport trims and with either RWD or Mercedes-Benz' 4MATIC All-Wheel-Drive. The E63 AMG tops out the E Series lineup and available only in rear-wheel drive.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan Road Test

Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class to write this hands-on road test summary of the new sedan's styling, performance, comfort, and features. TCC experts also compared the E-Class to other vehicles to give you the best shopping information possible and prepared a companion review of road tests from other auto sites to provide you with a comprehensive look at the new E-Class. High Gear Media accepted travel expenses to Las Vegas to be among the first auto publications to drive the new E-Class lineup.

With more ridges and resistors than ever, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the edgiest and most technologically complex mid-size sedan ever produced by the German automaker. It takes more time to become familiar, but once you do, the ninth-generation E-Class' better performance, higher refinement, and more efficient powertrains show clear progress-even if the styling confuses fans of the softer silhouette of old. This review covers the E-Class V-6 and V-8 gas-engine cars; TheCarConnection.com reviews the 2010 E-Class Coupe separately, and an AMG E63 sedan, a diesel, a wagon, and a convertible are still yet to arrive in North America. Sedans start at $49,475 for the V-6; a V-8 version starts at $57,175. All-wheel drive is offered on both the V-6 and the V-8 sedan, but won't arrive until later in the year.

With this E-Class, Mercedes-Benz drops the goggle-eyed look of the past two generations and significantly sharpens the edges on its most traditional sedan. It's a divisive look-there are lots of lines to draw your attention and lots of shiny jewelry in the design. While BMW is toning down its Bangle butts and Lexus drifting into a more elegant ether, the E-Class is striking out in a risky direction. The creases remind TheCarConnection.com's editors of the large S-class sedan-and the GLK sport-ute. Two versions offer distinct touches: "luxury" versions have four slats in the grille and a stand-up hood ornament, while "sport" versions get three slats and a large badge on the grille. Eighteen-inch wheels are common to both, but the Sport also wears a lower air dam and a more pronounced trapezoidal shape on the air intake below the grille. The cabin's been polished, too, but in a more traditional way. A hood over the gauges also mimics the S-Class, but plenty of polished wood graces the dash, door panels, and console. The transmission shifter stays discreetly planted on the steering column; the two-door E-Class moves it to the console.

The edge shows up in the 2010 E-Class' dynamics as well. Engines are familiar to fans of the last version, but a seven-speed automatic, revised steering, and a new suspension give the E-Class a lighter, more precise feel. The E350 drives into the new model year with a 268-horsepower V-6 that injects a bit more growl in the cabin than you'd expect, and the simmering 382 hp of the V-8 E550 broadcasts its intentions. It sounds purposeful and runs effortlessly up to a 130-mph top speed. While either engine pulls cleanly and quickly to those triple-digit speeds, the new suspension setup maintains a steady sensation. Mercedes' "Agility Control" uses a mechanical valve to set V-6 cars into a firmer suspension feel under sporty driving; the V-8 car uses an AIRMATIC air-shock suspension to do the same. A general improvement in sensation and driving fun permeates the new car, and it's a welcome change.

With a stronger, roomier body, the new E-Class grants more space to its passengers-and feels more luxurious than before. The 2010 E-Class sedan is longer by about 1 inch and wider by 1.5 inches, and it has almost 1 inch more rear legroom to go with almost 2 inches more elbowroom. Wide, adult-shaped seats in the front grant plenty of space, and the back bench fits three adults with minimal griping. The front seats are power-adjusted, by the way-and while vinyl seats are the standard material, most U.S.-market cars will be fitted with leather. Making up some points on the luxe scale are the more lavish use of wood trim on this new E-Class, better cup holders, a more tightly constructed feel, and increased quietness all around.

Safety equipment is a point of pride for Mercedes-Benz; E-Class sedans can be fitted with 11 airbags (including a driver knee bag, standard, and optional side airbags for the rear seats), stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, and brake assist. Add to that list a new feature called Attention Assist, which interprets driving patterns to judge when a driver may be falling asleep at the wheel. Options include a blind-spot alert system; Night View Assist; and automatic high-beam headlamps with bi-xenon lamps. Adaptive cruise control, another available feature, can apply 100 percent braking power to stop or mitigate an accident. And lastly, the E-Class' lane-departure warning system will vibrate the steering wheel to alert drifting drivers. The preliminary safety score for the E-Class will be finalized when both NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) crash-test the new vehicle. Neither has performed tests to date.

As with safety features, Mercedes-Benz has luxury and entertainment features in the 2010 E-Class sedan covered. Luxury versions come standard with 17-inch wheels; COMAND controls for the entertainment and climate systems; oval exhaust pipes; air conditioning; cruise control; a sunroof; power windows/locks/mirrors; and almost shocking, vinyl seats. Sport versions are outfitted with 18-inch wheels, distinct gauges, and trapezoidal exhaust pipes. Option packages include a navigation system with voice control; Sirius and HD radio; a rearview camera; heated seats; automatic headlamps and high beams; Keyless Go push-button starting; adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warnings and parking guidance; a panoramic sunroof; split-folding seats; massage seating; Bluetooth; a Harman/Kardon 610-watt audio system; a rear-seat DVD entertainment system; and a full leather interior.


The Bottom Line:

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan swings to the masculine side of the pendulum and sharpens its driving appeal in the process.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

The MBCPO Limited warranty provides vehicle coverage for 12 months and Unlimited vehicle miles and begins at the expiration of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection Yes
Return/Exchange Program Yes. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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