2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • 2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      221/232
    • ENGINE
      3.2L V6
    • MSRP
      $47,100
  • 2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      221/232
    • ENGINE
      3.2L V6
    • MSRP
      $47,950
  • 2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E430 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      275/295
    • ENGINE
      4.3L V8
    • MSRP
      $52,450
  • 2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E55 AMG Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      349/391
    • ENGINE
      5.5L V8
    • MSRP
      $69,800
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2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

Don’t be deceived by the exterior.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 is a midlife refresh for the sedan/wagon offered by Mercedes. The E-class has always been popular, and for good reasons: bullet-proof engineering and luxury class features make this a vehicle hard to beat. With the midlife refreshes, the deal is sweetened considerably.

The new engines, new styling, new Touch Shift automatic, and technologically advanced features make this vehicle hard to beat. Most drivers will find a few grips with the new COMAND system that controls several functions on the vehicle, but this is one con on a long list of pros. If you can afford this vehicle, take it for a spin.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 4.3-liter V-8, 5.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with TouchShift
Models: Mercedes-Benz E320, Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon, Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic, Mercedes-Benz E430, Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic, Mercedes-Benz E55

What's New

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class receives a midlife refresh. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class receives a new front end with a new hood and redesigned fenders. Also, the interior receives a huge update with new leather and wood trim. Stability control, Touch Shift automatic transmission, and new seating positions make life in the cabin more enjoyable. A new multifunction steering wheel also makes a debut. The E300 Turbo Diesel model is gone.

Exterior

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes in one of two body types: a wagon or a sedan. The 2000 model is part of a midlife refresh that includes several exterior changes, including a new hood and front fenders. The front fender is also an inch lower, and the front and rear bumpers are fully integrated into the side of the vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class measures in at 189 inches.

Interior

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes in one of two model types: a sedan and a wagon. The sedan model seats five passengers comfortable, with plenty of room in the back seat for two passengers and a squeezed third passenger. The wide driveshaft going down the middle of the vehicle makes hauling five passengers a bit uncomfortable on long trips. The wagon model has a bit more room.

Several improvements were made to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior, including new wood and leather trim–although it might not be that obvious. The big change is the inclusion of the Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND) system that allows you to control several functions of the vehicle from a central control console. Unfortunately, this gimmicky device has a lot of bugs that won’t be resolved for the next few years.

Standard equipment on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class include bucket seats, a center console, universal garage door opener, keyless entry system, lighted entry system, tinted glass, tachometer, trip computer, leather seating, steering wheel audio controls, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, leather shift steering knob, leather trimmed steering wheel, wood trim, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, and auto-dim rearview and exterior mirrors.

Optional features include Nappa Leather, power moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, headlight cleaners, and xenon high intensity discharge lamps.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes equipped with one of three engine types. The E320 model has a 3.2-liter V-6 engine that produces 221 horsepower. The E430 model comes equipped with a 4.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 275 horsepower. A high performance model, the E55 AMG, has a 5.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 349 horsepower. All engine models come equipped with a five-speed automatic with clutch-less manual controls.

The E430 has the option of coming with the permanently engaged four-wheel drive system form Mercedes called the 4MATIC system. With all the equipment the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has to offer, it handles itself exceptionally well on the road. If you’re really looking for speed and sport, go for the massive engine from the E55 model.

Safety

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, front and rear head airbags, front and rear side airbags, stability control, and traction control. The NHTSA did not provide crash test information for any of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class models. The IIHS gave the Mercedes-Benz E-Class a score of ?acceptable?, their second best.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz E320: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E320: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz ML430: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic Wagon: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E430: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E430 4Matic: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great looks
  • Lots of standard and optional features
  • Great warranty
  • All-wheel drive available
  • Great powertrains
  • Engineering

You Won't Like

  • Not very sporty
  • COMAND system buggy

Sum Up

Don’t be deceived by the exterior.

If You Like This Vehicle

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