2017 Mercedes Benz E ClassShould you buy? Well, it depends..
New for 2017
While the coupe and convertible have not undergone any changes for this model year, both the 2017 Mercedes Benz E Class sedan and wagon have been completely redesigned.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2017 Mercedes Benz E Class – The Pros
1. Newest Safety Features
The 2017 Mercedes Benz E Class comes with a driver drowsiness monitor and the Pre-Safe system, which adjusts seats and seat belts in anticipation of a collision.
There is also the Mbrace telematics system, which provides driver monitoring and
emergency services. If you are pleased with the standard safety features, but feel the need to add even more, then you can also choose a rear or surround-view camera, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.
2. Standard Features
In addition to those already listed, the 2017 Mercedes Benz E Class also a long list of other standard features that many drivers will be quite satisfied with. The five passenger E300 sedan and the seven passenger E400 wagon include selectable drive modes, adaptive suspension, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium synthetic leather upholstery, automatic windshield wipers and LED headlights. They also come standard with the COMAND infotainment system.
3. Upgrade Options
If you are looking for more than what is available in the standard version, then there are various upgraded packages that you can choose from. The AMG E43 version of the sedan has a more powerful engine, sport-tuned suspension 19-inch wheels and leather upholstery.
Mercedes-Benz offers the Premium 1 package, which provides such features as a rear-view camera, automated parking system, a wireless phone charger and blind-spot monitoring. The Premium 2 package builds upon what is offered in the first package by adding things like active multi-contour front seats with massage functions, automatic high beams and a perfumed air freshener system.
If you still require more than what the previous two packages have to offer, then you will be pleased with the Premium 3 package, which adds a surround-view camera system, a speed limit sign reader and an advanced collision mitigation system.
4. Forward-thinking Technology
With the new technology included in the updated sedan and wagon, drivers have the ability to park the car and move it out of the space through a smartphone app.
The COMAND infotainment system comes standard on all versions of the E Class, and the updated version available with the sedan and wagon include a touch pad that allows users to interact with it as if it’s a smartphone. There is also the option of having your smartphone function as your key.
5. Powertrain and Performance
In terms of handling and ride, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E Class is quiet, confident and smooth. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. For a little more power, you may opt for the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, which produces 396 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque.
With its ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.2 seconds, and a maximum speed of 130 miles per hour, you will find that this vehicle has very strong acceleration. Drivers can also choose between Comfort, Economy, Sport or Sport+, which allows flexibility with suspension, steering, transmission and throttle.
6. Autonomous Driving
Mercedes-Benz has once again established itself as a top leader in the luxury car market by making the E Class capable of driving almost entirely by itself at autobahn speeds. The company’s Intelligent Drive makes it possible for the E-Class to accelerate, brake and steer itself at speeds of up to 124 miles per hour. The only thing you have to do is keep your hands on the steering wheel.
For the redesigned sedan and wagon, there is a new communication system that interfaces with other Mercedes-Benz vehicles to warn drivers of upcoming possible hazards.
Perhaps the most impressive update included in redesigned models is the Pre-Safe Sound system, which actually produces a sound before a collision that triggers an inner ear muscle reflex to lessen the amount of hearing damage.
8. Luxurious Styling
The illuminating front grille, Metallic accents and LED ambient lighting available in 64 different colors are just a few of the features that set the 2017 Mercedes Benz E Class apart from the rest. The smooth contours, striking wood veneers and eye-catching color combinations are synonymous with premium luxury.
9. Sedan, Wagon, Coupe or Convertible
Mercedes-Benz has given drivers four different style options for their E Class. No matter what your personal style preference, you will be able to find it here because the E Class is available in a sedan, wagon, coupe or convertible. If you combine these options with the various trim and package options, you will surely find exactly what you are looking for.
10. Highest Level of Comfort
The multi-contour seats, that are also available with massage options, combine with the ample amount of head, shoulder and legroom to give all passengers an enjoyable and extremely comfortable riding experience.
Reasons Not to Buy a 2017 Mercedes Benz E Class – The Cons
1. Gas Mileage
While the rear-drive E class gets a combined 25 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway, and the 4matic gets a combined 24 miles per gallon, these ratings are slightly lower than competitors.
2. The Coupe and Convertible Have Not Been Updated
If you are really interested in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe or the E550 convertible, then you may be a bit disappointed that neither has been updated for this year, and therefore do not come with the latest technology and style.
3. Smaller Cargo Capacity
When compared with other vehicles in its class, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E Class sedan does not have as much cargo capacity at 13.1 cubic feet. This may be a drawback for some drivers, depending on their specific needs.
4. Standard Seating Material
While the interior is beautifully designed, having vinyl seats on such an expensive car does not measure up with its level of class and sophistication.
How Does it Stack Up to Competition?
When comparing the 2017 Mercedes Benz E Class to competitors in its class like the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series, its autonomous driving capabilities establishes it on a superior level. Also, neither the Audi A6 nor BMW 5-Series has been redesigned in over 5 years, which means that the E-Class offers next generation features not yet available in the other two.
Regarding pricing, the 2017 E-Class is more expensive than its competitors, but this is understandable given all of the superior features it has to offer.
When considering all that comes with the 2017 Mercedes Benz E Class, many drivers will find that it is an easy choice. It is one of the smartest and luxurious cars on the road, and with such a trusted brand as Mercedes-Benz, you can be sure that you are getting the ultimate driving experience.
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