2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2011 Mercedes Benz E350 4Matic Wagon Front Three Quarters Static Driver
Some people refuse to get with the program. They will not go with the flow. Ignoring trends, they do-and buy-what they want. When it comes to cars, no group swims against a stronger tide than the people who buy station wagons. So while the arrival of a new Mercedes-Benz E-class wagon is an absolute non-event for the vast majority of America's new-car buyers, for one tiny, independent-minded group of traditionalists, it is no doubt a reassuring symbol of constancy in a fast-changing world.
2011 Mercedes Benz E350 4Matic Wagon Side View Passenger
What's new and different
For all that, the 2011 E-class wagon is, in fact, changed. Following in the tire tracks of the E-class sedan-which was redesigned for 2010-the wagon has been treated to new, more creased sheetmetal, although the wheelbase and overall length are within an inch of the previous measurements. The new interior features the latest Comand multi-function controller, which is fairly easy to master, if not flawless in its logic. But the biggest change is the addition of a raft of new high-tech features.
Assist, and assist some more
The new E-class wagon adds all the electronic helpers that arrived with the new E-class sedan. The most novel is called Attention Assist, which monitors driver inputs and assesses whether the driver might be zoning out due to fatigue. If so, a coffee cup symbol appears in the gauge cluster with the words, "Time for a break?" When it's time for a brake -- that is, when the E-class is closing in too fast on an object ahead -- the new Brake Assist Plus (paired with the optional active cruise control, Distronic) first warns the driver, then if the driver fails to react, it can automatically apply partial braking power to mitigate the collision. Other new systems include high beams that continuously vary their pattern (Adaptive Highbeam Assist), lane departure warning (Lane Keep Assist), a blind sport warning system (Blind Spot Assist), and a night vision system (Night View Assist Plus) that can scan for pedestrians. All four are options.
A familiar powertain
The 3.5-liter V-6 returns, again paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and standard 4Matic all-wheel drive. (The previous, special-order-only, 6.2-liter V-8-powered E63 AMG wagon is not currently offered, although that may change.) The V-6's 268 hp is not as competitive as it once was; it's now outmuscled by both of the Cadillac CTS wagon's V-6 engines and by the Audi A6 Avant's supercharged six as well. With 4200 pounds to tug around, the engine produces adequate -- if not super lively -- acceleration. The perfectly mannered seven-speed automatic offers a choice of a sport setting that changes the shift logic (and the throttle mapping) but it's barely discernable and must be selected again each time you start the car. The powertrain's 16/23 mpg EPA numbers are 1 mpg lower here than in the sedan, but they are far better than in the R-class, which gets 15/19 mpg. The Cadillac and Audi wagons do better though; both clock in with 18/26 mpg EPA ratings. On a 200-mile highway trip travelling hilly terrain at a relatively modest 65-75 mph-car loaded to the gunwhales with four people and luggage-we exactly matched the 23 mpg highway figure; around town, we did a bit better than advertised, at 18 mpg.
Sport or Luxury?
One change for 2011 is that the wagon now follows sedan form with its choice of Luxury or Sport trim. The latter has an AMG body kit (different front fascia, side skirts, and rear bumper, and trapezoidal exhausts outlets); the seventeen-inch wheels and interior color scheme also differ from Sport to Luxury. Outside of cosmetics, the Sport has a firmer suspension and a slightly lower ride height; and it alone offers the option of eighteen-inch wheels. Our test example was the Sport with the larger wheels. Despite the 40-series rubber, the ride is not overly harsh, and the suspension isn't terribly stiff. Even in its most hardcore spec, the E-class wagon is more relaxed cruiser than canyon carver-appropriate, given its clientele. Steering effort is just right, and the E350 was very easy to place on older, winding parkways when threading our way between guardrail and lane-wandering neighbor. Whether traveling narrow byways or negotiating busy parking lots, a wagon like the E-class is definitely less stressful to maneuver than a bulkier crossover (the R-class packs on an additional 800-plus pounds) or SUV (the GL is more than 1000 pounds heavier).
2011 Mercedes Benz E350 4Matic Wagon Front Three Quarters Static Driver
Premium priced
One characteristic of the E-class wagon that is maintained with the new version is that it's premium priced. That holds true whether you're comparing it to the other offerings in its shrinking segment (the CTS Sportwagon and the A6 Avant) or even to other Mercedes models. At $57,075 (with destination) the E350 is at least a few thousand dollars more expensive than an R-class or an ML350, and about $5000 more than an E350 4Matic sedan. At that price, you might think that Mercedes would make leather standard, but it's an option here (for $1620) -- as it is on the E350, the R-class, and the ML too. Standard equipment does include a backup camera, a power tailgate, a load-leveling rear suspension, roof rails, and the driver drowsiness monitor. One truly unique standard item is the rear-facing third-row seat. The E-class is the last wagon that still offers this feature. It's cool for kids but don't expect to put adults back there (unless they're really, really short) -- maximum height for third-seat riders is four feet, seven inches.
Who are the wagonistas?
For all its charms, the wagon, which once accounted for more than 10 percent of U.S. E-class sales, has lately shrunk to half that. Although the Cadillac CTS is a new entry, the segment is still shrinking, as BMW has recently stopped importing the 5-series wagon, and Volvo has given up on its V70 wagon (although it continues to sell the higher-riding XC70 version). One has to wonder, is the E-class wagon still worth doing?
"It is, because of the loyalty of these customers," says Bart Herring, E-class product manager. "They've been offered every possible choice by now: an SUV of any size, a crossover of any size -- and they are very hard and fast station wagon customers. Based on that, we feel there's a place for it."
For the refuseniks that have rejected the onslaught of minivans, SUVs, and crossovers, the E-class wagon should certainly satisfy. It offers the traditional virtues to which they've grown accustomed, along with a bevy of modern updates. These wagon devotees are well heeled (even more so than most Benz buyers -- one in four has an annual household income of half a million dollars or better) and they are concentrated in the New York metropolitan area (far and away the wagon's largest market). Plying the country lanes of Greenwich or Pound Ridge in yet another new Mercedes station wagon, they can be secure that, for some people at least, the totems of status do not change and the rewards of hard work (their own, or an ancestor's) are very nice indeed.
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic wagon
Base price: $57,075 (with destination)
Powertrain: 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 268 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 391 lb-ft @ 2400-5000 rpm
Drive: Four-wheel
L x W x H: 192.7 x 81.5 x 58.9 in
Wheelbase: 113.2 in
Cargo capacity: 29.0/57.4 cu ft (second-row seats up/folded)
Curb weight: 4213 lbs
EPA fuel economy: 16/23 mpg
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The new Mercedes-Benz E-class cabrio is based on the 2010 E-class coupe that debuted last year. Bringing the total Mercedes-Benz E-class family to four members---sedan, coupe, wagon, and convertible---it goes on sale in the USA on May 10, 2010, as two well-equipped models: the V-6 E350 and the V-8 E550, which reflect the same powertrains as the coupe. The E350 cabrio is expected to start at about $58,000; since the E550 coupe costs about $7000 more than the E350 coupe, we would expect the same price spread in the E-class convertible, such that the E550 cabrio will likely start at about $65,000.
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Clearly, a member of the E-class family
The last four-seat Mercedes convertible was the CLK, which was based largely on the C-class sedan. Although the E-class coupe and cabrio also derive some of their parts from the C-class, Mercedes is repositioning these new 2-doors as distinct members of the E-class family in an attempt to recapture some of the E-class 2-door glamour from the 1980s and 1990s. To that end, if you line up all four members of the E-class lineup---sedan, wagon, coupe, and cabrio---you’ll see that they share much of their styling and are clearly all siblings, with similar front ends and the signature hockey stick-shaped LED turn signals.
Mercedes wisely decided not to make the E-class cabrio a hardtop, like Lexus, Infiniti, Volvo, and BMW have done with their competing cars. The E-class cabrio is certainly all the better for it, both in terms of its looks and in its efficiently packaged trunk. The heavily insulated canvas top can be lowered or raised in only 20 seconds at speeds of up to 25 mph. When it’s raised, you’d be hard-pressed even to realize that you’re in a convertible, so well does it seal out noise and vibrations. The trunk itself is fairly roomy, at 13.8 cubic feet. If the top is down, a rigid barrier in the trunk separates the cargo space from the top itself. With the top up, you can easily move the barrier down and out of the way, which makes it easier to load cargo.
Top-down: a special environment
The E-class cabriolet has one principal purpose: to make the top-down experience as comfortable and as pleasurable as possible for the driver and three additional passengers. The biggest innovation to make that happen is a new system, which will be standard on all U.S.-spec cars, called Aircap. Push a button in the center console and an aerodynamic wing that spans the exterior of the windshield header is deployed several inches to deflect air flow higher over the vehicle to better insulate passengers, especially those in the rear seats, from the turbulent air flow. Additionally, the rear headrests and a wind net that links them automatically rise several inches when Aircap is engaged to further deflect air from the cabin.
Aircap worked reasonably well during our drive on the Spanish island of Mallorca, but it is still no match for the fierce winds that buffet rear-seat passengers if all four windows are lowered when the car is being driven at speed. We sat in the back seat while our codriver sped through groves of olive trees in one of Mallorca’s lush green valleys, and there was a minor but discernible reduction in the amount of wind swirling through the rear part of the cabin when Aircap was engaged with the windows up. From the front seat, deploying the Aircap wing created a hissing noise over the windshield header at speeds between about 50 and 70 mph; disengage Aircap and the wind noise moved behind the heads of the front passengers. The hissing noise did dissipate, however, at higher speeds.
Aircap is meant to complement the latest version of Airscarf, the system that Mercedes debuted some years ago in the SLK roadster which blows warm air on the back of your neck if you’re in the front seats. With Airscarf, Aircap, heated seats set to the highest of their three positions, and the side windows up, heck, you could drive the E-class cabrio in relative comfort at any temperatures above freezing as long as there was no precipitation. Conversely, with available cooled front seats and a climate control system that is specially designed to react to the different microclimates, if you will, in the vehicle, the E-class cabrio also has the capability of making passengers more comfortable on a scorching hot summer’s day.
Behind the wheel: carrying on the Mercedes cabrio tradition
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The Mercedes-Benz E350 cabrio that we drove provided the sort of relaxed, luxurious, isn’t-life-grand top-down experience that M-B open-top cars have offered sybarites since the Jazz Age. This is no sports car, and that’s fine; there’s sufficient power from the 3.5-liter V-6, which is mated to a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters, and there’s far more than sufficient grunt from the E550’s 5.5-liter, 382-hp V-8. This is a grand touring convertible that’s all about giving you an unimpeded look at the world, not about making you fantasize about going racing. We’ll leave that role to the inevitable AMG version.
Although it’s not a sports car, the E-class still steers well, with good self-centering, and it has perfectly good body control and a ride that strikes the right balance between supple and firm. Sightlines are good, although the rear seatbacks and net do impede rearward vision a bit. If the V-6 doesn’t purr with pleasure when you hammer the accelerator, nor does it moan in protest. We’d think carefully about springing for the V-8 model: this car is all about what’s under the canvas top, not what’s under the hood, and the V-6 will handily meet most people’s needs and desires. Heck, we even drove a European-market four-cylinder turbodiesel model with a six-speed manual, and it did not lack for go.
Passenger pleasure
Strong winds were no match for the optional Harman Kardon stereo in our test car, which could be heard with clarity even in the rear seat. The rear-seat compartment, naturally, is a fairly intimate space, as passengers are staggered slightly behind the front seats, but there’s still room for a pull-down armrest between the rear seats, and the rear seats themselves are nicely sculptured, supportive, and comfortable. Rear legroom and footroom aren’t bad, either, unless you have a six-foot, three-inch driver in front of you.
The E-class cabrio: pure indulgence
So, no one needs a four-seat luxury convertible, but if you’re looking for a way to reward yourself or someone close to you this spring and summer, the new 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-class cabrio makes quite a statement. We prefer it in principal to any of the hardtop convertibles and therefore see the still-sharp Audi A5 cabrio, which also has a handsome fabric roof, as its main competitor. The A5’s biggest advantage is available Quattro all-wheel-drive, whereas the E-class is available only with rear-wheel drive.
The E-class, though, follows in the footsteps of an incredible array of large Mercedes cabriolets over the years, cars like the 220SE and 300SE cabs of the early 1960s and the W124-series droptops from the early 1990s. Those 1990s cars were amazing: solid, really good to drive, handsome, and painstakingly engineered. We’d venture that the new E-class cabrio does a much better job than the CLK cabrio at carrying the Mercedes-Benz torch
2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The newest generation of E-class arrived in 2010. Available as a coupe or sedan with convertible and wagon models forthcoming. The E class provides the same mix of qualities that have made it a favorite for so many years.

The E class comes in three trim levels. The e350 is powered by a 268 Hp V-6 engine. The E550 is pulled along by a 382 HP V-8 and the powerhouse of the group, the E63 AMG, which has a 6.3 liter v-8 that makes 518 HP. All wheel drive is available on the E350 and the E550. All E class cars put their power to the ground through a 7 speed automatic transmission. The E350 goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 7 seconds. The E550 does it in around 5 seconds and the AMG gets to 60 miles per hour in less than 5 seconds.

The E-class in all trims come with an impressive list of features. From sumptuous leather interiors to sunroofs and powerful sound systems. The higher end models have updated air bag suspension and multi zone climate controls. The AMG versions have their own styling and trim. With upgraded brakes and sport suspension.
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Front Three Quarter
Diesel vehicles are no longer taboo in the U.S., and The Detroit News reports that consumer interest in the oil-burning alternatives could continue to grow in the coming years.
2011 Mercedes Benz E350 BlueTec Front Three Quarter
Mercedes-Benz will be recalling some of its BlueTec diesel-powered models from the 2011 E-, GL-, M-, and R-Classes and 2012 S-Class models for a potential fuel filter leak. The Problem: The diesel fuel filter may leak around the heating component, which could cause fuel to leak onto the roadway or leak onto the heat source itself. Predictably, leaked fuel could increase the risk of a crash or a fire. The Fix:Mercedes-Benz USA will contact owners of affected vehicles starting in November. Dealers will then inspect the filter and, it necessary, replace it free of charge. Owners can contact MBUSA at 1-800-367-6372. Vehicles Affected: A total of 6872 models are being recalled, all fitted with Mercedes-Benz’s 3.5-liter turbo-diesel V-6. The recall includes certain 2011 E-Class models built from July 2010 to February 2011, 2011 GL-Class models built between March 2010 and March 2011, 2011 M-Class models built from January 2010 to March 2011, and 2011 R-Class models produced from April 2010 through April 2011. The recall also touches a handful of 2012 S-Class sedans. Mercedes believes that less than one percent of recalled models will have the defect. Source: NHTSA
2012 Mercedes Benz E Class Disco Animals
When it comes to advertising, Mercedes-Benz has hit some home runs in the past. However, this latest ad might prove that you can’t hit them all out of the park. Produced for German audiences, this commercial uses rush-job CG animals dancing to the Bee Gees to demonstrate the usefulness of the E-Class’ emergency braking system.
Burnt BMW 5 Series
Dozens of cars have been torched in Germany as part of a political outcry by extremists, and German luxury makes like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW are highest on the list of targeted vehicles. According to Bloomberg, 26 cars have been set on fire in the last two days, which brings the number of known cars torched in Berlin to a total of 138, or more than double the amount from 2010. This increase in car burnings happens in the wake of the mass rioting that rocked the UK last week. But unlike those violent demonstrations, it’s speculated that the torchings in Germany are more deliberate and targeted.
Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet Rear Three Quarter
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet has joined the family of Brabus-tuned rocket transformations from a pedestrian stock open-top to an 800-hp super cab. The sedan was the first in the family to receive Brabus treatment with the coupe following soon after, so it was only a matter of time before the cabriolet got the tuner’s treatment.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
268 hp @ 6000rpm
258 ft lb of torque @ 2400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 999 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Best Pick
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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IIHS Roof Strength

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