2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Our next set of keys fit the “heart and soul” of Mercedes-Benz, the all-new 2010 E-Class. Besides an edgier look, the latest “E” boasts more techno-goodies than even the vaulted S-class. The sleek, aggressive styling of the E-Class actually previewed on the ConceptFASCINATION shown at last fall’s Paris Motor Show. It’s obvious the designers wanted a more head turning fashion for this traditionally conservative mid-sizer. Fender flares and sharp lines lead to a hefty rear with large LED taillights and dual exhaust cutouts for the V8.
Inside, you’ll find the expected leather and wood surfaces with look and feel that’s thankfully more S-Class than C-Class. All-day comfort is an understatement. Warm ambient lighting throughout the cabin adds a very inviting and relaxing touch at night.
There’s not enough time here to go into all of the technological features this car has, but a few that stand out are Nightview Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Parking Guidance, Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot Assist; as well as a system that monitors all of your inputs and can alert you if it thinks you are falling asleep at the wheel.
We had no trouble staying awake during our first spin behind the wheel near Madrid, Spain; and after two days both in city congestion and on rural roads we came away impressed by more than just the comfort and convenience features. The E-Class can be an entertaining drive as well, especially when equipped with the 382 horsepower V8. Standard power comes from a 268 horsepower V6, with a BlueTec diesel due shortly after launch.
“The E-Class is obviously a very important car for Mercedes-Benz, but I think with the new styling and all the technological features, the competition is going to have a hard time in keeping up.” Brian Robinson
When the 2010 E-Class goes on sale this summer, look for a starting price of near $54,000, or about the same as the current model.
Standard 268 horsepower V6
or 382 horsepower V8
Starting price near $54,000