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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Test Drive Review

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the most prestigious sedans in its segment. It competes with the likes of the BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, and Lexus GS, however, it has always remained the pinnacle of the segment with its competitors hoping to reach the benchmark set by Mercedes-Benz.

To keep increasing the gap between itself and its competitors, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is taking things a step further with the tenth-generation model with advanced technologies and new safety features that no other car has ever offered. The most significant change includes a completely redesigned exterior and a high-class interior that is inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Mercedes-Benz says that the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the most intelligent sedan in the world, and we had a chance to spend some time with the new model to find out just how smart and innovative it is. Let’s take a closer look at the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Exterior:

The exterior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a strong blend of the design language of the new C-Class and S-Class. As a model that fits right between the two, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class stands out on its on with a classy design that is also very sporty.

The muscular front end is highlighted by a sharper grille, new headlight design, and new large air intakes and front lip spoiler. The grille of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the Luxury model which features the classic Mercedes-Benz logo on the hood while the Sport model features the star logo in the grille. The side profile features a more coupe-esque design that flows to the broad rear end with new taillight design.

Size-wise, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ wheelbase has been increased by 2.6 inches to a total of 115.7 inches. The length has been increased by 1.7 inches for a total of 193.8 inches. The width comes in at 72.9 inches and the height comes in at 57.8 inches.

Compared to its rivals, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class does an amazing job of blending sport and luxury into its design. Its competitors, on the other hand, are either sometimes too dramatic or too bland.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Interior:

The interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been totally redesigned and is heavily inspired by the interior of the new flagship S-Class sedan.

In the United States, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 comes standard with a high-res 12.3-inch center display, a segment-exclusive standard feature. For that model, the Mercedes-Benz E300 gets a traditional gauge cluster for the driver. However, if you want to take things up a notch, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is optionally available with two 12.3 inch displays for the driver and one in the center. While the contents of the center display don’t really change, the driver’s display is completely customizable with three different widescreen themes including Classic, Sport, and Progressive. The whole system is controlled by a touch control on the center console or touch sensitive buttons located on the steering wheel that allow you precisely control the screens while keeping your eyes on the road.

No matter how you equip the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the luxury sedan comes with a long list of standard interior features including navigation, power front memory seats, COMAND system with touchpad controller, voice control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, two USB connections, keyless push-button start, dual-zone climate control, and a range of safety features we’ll get into later. Optionally you can add on heated and ventilated seats, massaging seats, heated steering, leather upholstery, heads-up display, wireless phone charging, an upgraded Burmester premium sound system.

With that in mind, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers a long list of standard features that its competitors don’t, so it is definitely ahead of the game. Even when it comes to quality, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class not only leaps ahead of its predecessor- it’s way ahead of its rivals.

Size-wise, the interior of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers 41.7 inches of legroom for front passengers and 36.2 inches of legroom for rear passengers.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Performance:

Our test model, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic, is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine making 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a nine-speed 9G-TRONIC transmission that allows it to run from zero to sixty mph in just 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 129 mph.

Now, while the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 is powered by a four-cylinder engine, it absolutely doesn’t feel like that. The smooth delivery of power and quick acceleration makes it feel like you’re driving a V6 powered vehicle.

The DYNAMIC SELECT allows you to switch through four driving modes depending on your mood. Those modes include Comfort, ECO, Sport, and Sport+. There is also an “Individual” mode that allows you to custom different attributes of the E-Class.

The optionally available AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension allows for more comfort and sportier driving dynamics.

Fuel economy wise, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 averages a fuel economy of 22/29 mpg* (city/highway).

Safety:

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with a long list of standard safety features including things like crosswind assist, the Mercedes-Benz PRE-SAFE system, and 9-way airbag protection. You can opt for features like adaptive cruise control, steering control, blind spot assist, lane keep assist, lane change assist, speed limit warning, parking assist, rearview camera, Distance Pilot DISTRONIC (which is the closest you’ll get to autonomous driving), remote parking pilot, and much more.

Overall:

The tenth-generation 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is here to let you know that no other car is taking its place. The model continues to be the benchmark in the segment. Prices for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class start at $52,150** for the E300 RWD model. Drop by your closest AutoNation-affiliated Mercedes-Benz dealership for a test drive today.

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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