I love the power and fuel economy provided by Mercedes-Benz's 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 -- but I do wish the automaker were a little flexible in how you can order one. BlueTec engines are offered only in E-class sedans, and they can't be mated with Mercedes-Benz's all-wheel-drive system. I suppose there's some logic to all this -- much as the notion of an all-wheel-drive diesel winter wagon appeals to me, I doubt few, if any, Americans are pounding on Daimler's door and demanding such a vehicle.
I'd certainly spring for the sport sedan package for a number of reasons, including the firmer suspension tuning and the aggressive look that Joe Lorio notes, not to mention the fact that it can be added to an E350 BlueTec for no extra charge.
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