The 2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class serves as the marquee sedan of the sleek and smooth German brand. The E-Class offers four different models for 2001. Its refined design and top-notch safety and technology make it an attractive choice for drivers who want a top-tier luxury sedan.
Body Styles: sedan, four-door wagon
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 4.3-liter V-8, 5.5-liter V-8
Models: Mercedes-Benz E320 Sedan, Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon, Mercedes-Benz E430 Sedan, Mercedes-Benz E55 Sedan
E320 sedans can be upgraded to the sport package, which includes AMG aerodynamic enhancements, specific fog lights and 17-inch wheels and tires. Sunroofs on the 2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class now feature one-touch opening.
The exterior of the 2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class looks stately and elegant. It appears big and powerful, and the sculpted and contoured front air dam, side skirts, and rear valence wrap the E-Class body in sleek aggressiveness. Halogen front fog lamps add a distinguished finishing touch. The low hood line, dual headlamps and graceful bumpers make a bold statement. Heated side mirrors include integrated turn signals, and the right-side mirror turns down while the car reverses. The single-sweep windshield wiper comes with a heated washer nozzle to prevent freezing. The windows and sunroof open by remote control. The base E320 Sedan can also upgrade to the sport package, which previously only enhanced the more expensive E430. Upgrades include AMG aerodynamic enhancements, specific fog lights, and 17-inch wheels and tires. The E55 sedan comes with a more powerful V-8, 18-inch wheels, and thicker stabilizer bars.
The 2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class boasts a cabin climate with over-the-top comfort, as Mercedes drivers have come to expect. The spacious, comfortable interior seats up to five passengers. Models include dual temperature and airflow controls and rear-cabin air vents. Interior lights dot numerous surfaces, from visor vanity lights to map lights to door handles. A leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel and shift knob add to the regal decor, and cup holders and compartments abound. The dash consists of a large panel of instruments and a central display screen for the Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND) system, both optional. The front bucket seats offer 10-way power with head restraints, and the spacious rear seat provides plenty of head and legroom and ease of entry for passengers. Front reading lights and wood trim on the dash, doors, and center console add to the refined ambience. An eight-speaker Bose sound system comes standard with optional CD changer. The switchgear might be confusing to some drivers and hardly seems intuitive. The sound and command systems include more than 20 dime-sized buttons and an overwhelming amount of options for the casual driver.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 E-Class feels so smooth and powerful that drivers go well over the speed limit before they realize it. The refined handling allows this stately sedan to be both nimble and light in its response. The E320 sedan and wagon offer 221 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 232 lb-ft of torque. The E430 sedan hits 275 horsepower at 5750 rpm and 295 lb-ft. The E55 AMG Sedan boasts a whopping 349 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 391 lb-ft of torque.
All 2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models have a Touch Shift automanual transmission, which lets the driver select the gears. Other standard features include anti-lock brakes, a brake assist system, four disc brakes including two ventilated discs, electronic traction control via ABS, a full-size alloy-rim internal spare wheel, and stability control. A wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar also comes standard.
The 2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes standard with anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, and stability control. TeleAid, a service that automatically notifies emergency personnel if airbags deploy, also comes standard. Side airbags remain available in all four doors, and E320 Wagons come with inflatable side curtains for increased head protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz E-Class: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Distinctive good looks
- Top-notch standard and optional safety equipment
- World-class engineering
You Won't Like
- Could be sportier
- COMAND system option needs refinement
- No manual transmission available
Elegant sedan for affluent drivers.
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