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2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 CDI Sedan

    E320 CDI Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      201/369
    • ENGINE
      3.2L I6
    • MSRP
      $51,050
  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Sedan

    E350 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      268/258
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $50,050
  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Wagon

    E350 Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      268/258
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $52,300
  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E500 Sedan

    E500 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      302/339
    • ENGINE
      5.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $58,400
  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E500 Wagon

    E500 Wagon

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      302/339
    • ENGINE
      5.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $62,000
  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E55 AMG Sedan

    E55 AMG Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      469/516
    • ENGINE
      5.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $81,800
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2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

Luxury features, high-tech safety, and dynamic performance.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes as a luxury wagon, as well as the classic four-door sedan. Model options range from the basic E350 and higher-powered E500 to the diesel-powered E320 CDI and athletic E55 AMG. Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic AWD comes on both the E350 and E500. 2006 also sees the old E320 replaced with the E350, which boosts the E-Class’s baseline with a larger V-6 engine.

The E-Class is a well-admired establishment all its own within the Mercedes-Benz universe. The E-Class as we know it today began with the 1986 300E, though its line actually dates back to the 1953 Pontoon model. The E-Class has gone through a number of makeovers, adding and fine-tuning a variety of trim levels and features over the decades. The most recent complete overhaul came in 1996, bringing a fresh image along with a safer and roomier ride. The current E-Class generation, introduced in 2003, brings a new engine lineup and electronic braking to the table. With its impressive combinations of power and luxury, dynamic handling, and sleek style, the E-Class has remained one of Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling lines for years. It includes some of the most expensive luxury cars on the market today, but if you have the money, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class makes a great place to start your search.

The Range

Body styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6 (E350), 3.2-liter I6 (E320 CDI), 5.0-liter V-8 (E500), 5.4-liter V-8 (E55 AMG)
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic overdrive (E350 and E500), five-speed automatic overdrive (E320 CDI and E55 AMG)
Models: E350 sedan, E350 4Matic sedan, E500 sedan, E500 4Matic sedan, E320 CDI, E350 wagon, E350 4Matic wagon, E500 4Matic wagon, E55 AMG, E55 AMG wagon

What's New

2006 sees the old E320 base model replaced with the E350. The E350’s upgraded V-6 engine gives a 20 percent increase in horsepower from the previous model. The rest of the E-Class family stays essentially unchanged this year, building off the refreshed bodywork and technological improvements introduced in the past couple seasons.

Exterior

As a well-established member of the Mercedes-Benz family, and one of the most popular midsize luxury cars on the road, the E-Class cuts an elegantly conservative profile worthy of admiration without being a flashy head-turner. You’ll look as luxurious in this car as you’ll feel driving it.

The E-Class sedan offers everything a luxury four-door should, with a smooth, muscular build and a wealth of high-tech exterior features. Nor does the 2006 E-Class wagon sacrifice style in the name of practicality; its sleek, rounded silhouette is as svelte as any sedan, even under the roof rack.

Interior

The lush E-Class cabin uses top-grade materials, including vinyl/leather upholstery and wood accents. Standard interior equipment for all models includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an interior air filter, power front seats and memory system, and an upgraded Bose sound system. The wagon also offers a split-folding rear seat and third-row, rear-facing, folding seats that allow for increased cargo space or passenger seating, depending on your needs. The E-Class sedan seats five occupants, though larger riders will find themselves a bit short on space in the rear seats.

Additional option packages offer everything from a power sunroof and a six-CD changer to steering-linked, bi-xenon headlights with washers. The most decadent offerings include Drive Dynamic front seats, which independently adapt for ultimate comfort while also providing increased lateral support during cornering. Other high-tech options include the Keyless Go system, self-adjusting ventilated seats, and adaptive cruise control.

Performance & Handling

The E350’s V-6 engine generates a relatively modest 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the E500’s V-8 pushes out 302 hp and 339 lb-ft. The diesel-powered, six-cylinder machine in the E320 CDI (which stands for Common-rail Direct Injection) only reaches 201 hp, but gets a strong 369 lb-ft of torque along with an impressive fuel economy. The athletically minded E55 AMG sits much higher up on the power ladder, with a super-powered V-8 engine rated at 469 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

All of the E-Class’s engines and models provide outstanding control, comfort, and refined handling. With such an impressive choice of machines and power options, you’ll have no trouble finding an E-Class model to suit your own driving style and road requirements.

Safety

All E-Class models come with the regular range of safety equipment included with all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, such as stability and traction control, side airbags in the front and rear, power door locks, keyless entry, and an anti-theft system. The E-Class also provides a first aid kit as a standard inclusion, along with three-point seat belts in all seats, with height adjustment and emergency tensioning retraction in the front.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI: 27/33 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E350: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E 350 Wagon: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E350 4matic: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E350 4matic Wagon: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E500: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E500 4matic: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E500 4matic Wagon: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG: 13/19 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Wagon: 13/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Multiple trim levels
  • Quality build
  • High-tech safety features

You Won't Like

  • Low fuel economy with the V-8
  • High price point

Sum Up

Luxury features, high-tech safety, and dynamic performance.

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