The 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an executive car that has been manufactured with various engine and body configurations over the years. The history of this car can be traced back to the mid-1930s, although the current E-Class nomenclature was only adopted in 1993. Initially, the E stood for ""Einspritzmotor,"" which is German for ""fuel injection engine,"" a feature that was new when it first appeared in the 1950s. It was only with the launch of the revamped W124 in 1993 that the E became a prefix, and the model officially became known as the E-Class. By this point, all Mercedes cars had fuel injection engines, and it was no longer a unique feature that stood out.
Body Styles: sedan, station wagon
Engines: 4.3-liter V-8, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz E-320, Mercedes-Benz E-430, Mercedes-Benz E-320 4MATIC
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is now available with an all-wheel-drive version of the E-320 sedan, called the E-320 4MATIC. This year also sees the introduction of a station wagon version of the E-320. The straight-six engine that was present as the base engine before is now replaced by a more powerful and fuel-efficient V-6 engine. Other new features in the 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class include Baby Smart airbags that detect the presence of a child safety seat in the front passenger seat and disable the airbag, and the Brake Assist feature that helps in panic-stop situations.
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class continues with the design idiom, which is also used in other models. It distinguishes the E-Class as a Mercedes-Benz car and gives it a unique identity. Other than its unique twin-headlight design idiom, the E-Class has a very conventional style that is seen in most other executive sedans.
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan offers ample space for four adults, although the big transmission tunnel in the middle takes away a good amount of space from the person sitting in the center rear position. Cargo capacity is quite good for all sedan models of the E-Class, and it is aided further by the flat load floors, low lift-over, and large trunk openings. The cargo space available in the station wagon models is also good, and it can be boosted even further by folding the third seat flush with the cargo deck. The wagon offers a good amount of interior space for its front seats and second row. However, its third seat does not offer too much legroom and is more comfortable for young occupants rather than adults. Visibility is good all around for the driver of a 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the driver’s seat itself is tailored for optimum comfort and support for the driver. The gauges and controls are laid out quite well, although the marking on some switches are not very obvious.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-320 models are fitted with a 3.2-liter V-6 engine under the hood that delivers 221 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. The E-430 models come with a larger 4.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have a five-speed automatic transmission. The E-320 models offer brisk acceleration, while the E-430 offers stunning power for highway driving. The automatic transmission is very responsive and downshifts quickly and at the right time. Irrespective of the engine used, the 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans are quite athletic and nimble for a luxury model, but not as much as a BMW 5-Series or a Lexus GS. The firm suspension offers a good highway ride, but still manages to stay soft enough to absorb most bumps and ruts while driving around the city. One of the best things about the 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is its silence. The sedan version in particular cruises quietly at highway speeds.
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers some interesting safety features, such as its Baby Smart and Brake Assist feature. However, there are no crash test results available for this car.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz E-Class: 19/26 mpg city/highway
- Good performance
- Nimble and responsive steering
- Good ride quality and handling
- Quite ride
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- High price tag
Ultimate comfort and luxury at a cost.
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