The 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class received a makeover in 1996 to capitalize upon the booming stock market and healthy economy. It introduced the trend toward oval headlights in a sleek, square body. It's available in a sedan and wagon and has three engine choices: 3.2-liter V-6, 4.3-liter V-8, and 5.5-liter V-8. Consumers can get the sedan or wagon as a rear-drive or the 4MATIC all-wheel drive. It's also available as an AMG model that comes equipped with sport tuning, sport front bucket seats, and 18-inch wheels with performance tires. All models come with a plethora of standard features, and the technologically-advanced COMAND and TeleAid systems.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 5.5-liter V-8, 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz E320, Mercedes-Benz E320 4MATIC, Mercedes-Benz E430, Mercedes-Benz E430 4MATIC, Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class' last redesign occurred in 1996. In 2002, it introduced a new Special Edition package for the E320 and E430. The E320 Special Edition includes new 17-inch alloy wheels, new black birds-eye maple trim, and other special features. The E430 Special Edition includes new Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights with washer/wipers.
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz E320 sedan has 16-inch alloy wheels, auto delay-off headlights, variable intermittent windshield wipers, rear defogger, and front fog lights. It also has power heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, power windows and remote power door locks, and remote trunk release. The passenger side mirror reverse tilts to give consumers a view of the curb for easier parking. The E430 has 17-inch alloy wheels. The E55 AMG has 17-inch chrome wheels with performance tires, power rear sunshade, Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights with high-pressure washers, and a power glass sunroof. All models come with a universal remote transmitter.
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans are big, square, yet elegant, classy, and sleek. Its oval headlights and rounded edges of the chrome grille give softness to this masculine vehicle. The wagons look the same from the front, but the rear end is classic wagon style. The AMG, which does not have a wagon version, has a sportier look with more aerodynamic embellishments, 18-inch wheels, thicker stabilizer bars, and a more powerful V-8 engine.
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz E320's standard features include cruise control, speed-sensitive power steering, dual climate controls, leather upholstery, trip computer, external temperature display, and eight-speaker AM/FM CD-controlled audio system. The 10-way power bucket front seats have manually-adjustable height settings. Wood trim adorns the doors, dashboard, and center console. The tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls and shift knob have leather trim. It has upgraded Bose speakers. All wagons have a split-folding rear seats and a manually-folding third-row bench seat. All models also have memory seat and steering wheel settings for up to three drivers.
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz AMG has 10-way heated sport bucket front seats with manually-adjustable lumbar support and height settings. The switches for the power windows are located in the center console and some controls are poorly laid out. The spacious interior has good head and legroom and good visibility. The center passengers must contend with the bulky transmission tunnel, but rear leg room is good. Cargo capacity for the sedan measures at 15.3 cubic feet and the wagon measures at 43.8 cubic feet with the seats up. Lowering the seats will give the wagon a maximum cargo capacity of 82.6 cubic feet. The low lift-over makes loading easier. The wagons have a rear-facing third-row seat that is more for children.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz E320 is powered by a 3.2-liter single overhead cam (SOHC) V-6 engine that makes 221 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque. The E55 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter SOHC V-8 engine that makes 349 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. The E430 has a 4.3-liter SOHC V-8 with 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All E-Class models have rear drive and a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift. The 4MATIC models have all-wheel drive. The automatic transmission is smooth and responsive and the acceleration is good. The four-wheel independent suspension does a good job at absorbing bumps to give a comfortable ride. The E55 does rattle and thump on rough roads. The steering is firm and precise, and body lean in cornering is modest.
Standard features for the 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class include four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction/stability controls, dual front airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking system, ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes, electronic Brake force distribution, and emergency interior trunk release. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave a ""good"" rating for frontal-offset crash protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz E320: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E320 4MATIC: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Coupe: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E430: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E430 4MATIC: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Distinctive good looks
- Lots of standard and safety features
- Available all-wheel drive
- Refined powertrains
You Won't Like
- Complicated navigation system
- No manual transmission available
Has good performance and lots of technology, standard features, and good reliability ratings.
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