The E350 Cabriolet gets a power-operated roof, a rear center pass-through, and the AirCap pop-up air deflector. Introduction Few cars offer the variety of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The E550's V8 gets a more radical change, switching to a turbocharged, smaller-displacement mill that cranks out 402 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque. The E350 wagon gets standard all-wheel drive, a power liftgate, a rearview camera and a rear-facing third-row seat. Make no mistake, you are fully aware the entire time that you are driving a Mercedes. The E350 Bluetec features a 3. Also standard are the Mercedes-Benz mbrace emergency telematics service, Attention Assist a driver drowsiness and inattention warning system and PreSafe it anticipates an imminent crash and automatically takes measures to better secure occupants.
This car has exceeded all expectations! In Edmunds brake testing, an E350 sedan with all-season tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet. Be it sedan, coupe, convertible or wagon, the E-Class is one of the finest cars on the road. The sedan gets a standard power rear sunshade and a split-folding rear seat, while the wagon gets a standard panoramic roof. With the exception of the carryover E350 Bluetec and its V6 turbodiesel, every E-Class has received a new engine that's more powerful and more economical. This car will go 50mph to 80mph like a bullet. That was until the dealer informed me about a new service bulletin when I brought the car in for the 10,000 mile service. If your only choice is figuring out which of the many E-Class variants to get, we wouldn't blame you.
The E550 coupe gets a sport-tuned suspension and a sport body kit. The E550 4Matic sedan comes with standard all-wheel drive and the Sport sub-trim items. The convertible offers comfortable seating for four, provided rear passengers are about 5-feet-9 or less, and its cabin is one of the most serene of any convertible due to its AirCap system that limits airflow to a trickle even at high speeds. Regardless of body style or engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a special luxury car to drive. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all but the wagon. All E550 and 4Matic-equipped models get electromechanical steering versus the hydraulic setup used last year. It strikes the perfect balance of sporty agility without compromising luxury or ride ability.
Each is further broken into different trims that correspond with its engine. Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available in five-passenger sedan, four-passenger coupe, four-passenger convertible Cabriolet and seven-passenger wagon body styles. With the wagon, you get a generous 57 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity and a rear-facing third-row seat. New, more powerful and more efficient engines debut in every model, while the E350 Bluetec turbodiesel carries over from last year. The E350 Coupe is simply outstanding! Rear-wheel drive is standard on the coupe and Cabriolet, while the sedan gets 4Matic all-wheel drive standard. The console could be a bit larger but I have no real complaints about this car.
Although it's not the most athletic pick, it nevertheless offers highly tactile steering, strong engines and a chassis that inspires confidence. Powertrains and Performance The Mercedes-Benz E350 models come with a 3. Mercedes expects it to hit 60 mph in about 4. The Premium 1 package adds a navigation system, a rearview camera, heated seats E550 adds ventilation , a power rear window shade sedan and coupe , satellite radio, a premium sound system and an iPod interface. There are four different body styles, four different engines, two sub trim levels and a multitude of options. It's hard to argue against any of these, but the E-Class provides the unmistakable Mercedes virtues of meticulous engineering and a driving character that strikes a wonderful balance between responsive performance and handling.
The back seats are basically nothing but a place to put a coat or purse. Interior Design and Special Features The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a cabin done in a style that is meant to recall solid, dependable Mercedes from the past. Anything that can seat five people in comfort and go from zero to 60 mph in 4. In the coupe, the rear seat's legroom is about the same as in most luxury two-doors, but headroom is limited. All-wheel drive 4Matic is standard on the wagon and optional on the sedan. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control and more advanced versions of the Lane Tracking items. Stand-alone options on the sedan and wagon include front and rear parking sensors, split-folding rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats E350 , a panoramic sunroof, enhanced front seats with adjustable bolsters, a heated steering wheel, an infrared night vision warning system and a rear seat entertainment system.
Options include the Premium 1 and 2 packages, as well as the Lane Tracking and Driver Assistance packages. Within its segment, the E is by far the most adaptable, rewarding and confident car for the widest variety of surfaces and situations. Yet throughout this family, there isn't a bad apple in the bunch. . Unless you have a couple of 6 year olds the back seats are a nightmare, but I bought this car for two. The coupe and Cabriolet can also be had with heated front seats and the parking sensors. Quite the opposite, really, as each E-Class iteration managed to earn the title Edmunds Recommended in our annual buyer's guide.
I absolutely love this car. Angles are sharp, the materials first-rate and the look is decidedly austere, especially when adorned in monotone color schemes and dark wood trim -- very German, in other words. An E350 4Matic wagon with summer tires did it in 109 feet. Technologically speaking, the E350 has everything one could want. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard on every E-Class. This V8 has also been paired with standard all-wheel drive this year in the sedan package, but if tire-blazing action is your thing, the E550 coupe and convertible still send their power rearward. The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control and more advanced versions of the Lane Tracking items that can take evasive action should the driver fail to do so.