For more than two decades, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class was a very successful midsize luxury sedan that created the middle ground between the introductory C-Class and the expensive S-Class. The 2009 models are part of a generation that began in 2003 and continue to offer refined and well-performing options for a variety of car styles and needs.
Body styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 5.5-liter V-8, 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6
Transmissions: 4Matic: five-speed automatic, E63 AMG: seven-speed Speedshift, All other E Class models: seven-speed automatic
Models: E350, E350 4matic, E550, E550 4matic, E63 AMG, E320 Bluetec diesel, E350 4matic wagon, and E63 AMG wagon
For 2009, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets a new audio unit that includes an in-dash memory card reader and the single-CD player was replaced by a six-CD/DVD changer with video playback, plus there's a new hard-drive-based navigation system that includes 4GB of storage for music. All Luxury trim levels except the E320 Bluetec can get 4Matic all-wheel drive at no extra cost and sport sedans can add the Sport Package at no charge. The availability of options was reduced with the most notable example being the heated/ventilated front seats are now only available on the E63 AMG.
Available as sedan or wagon, the trim levels include the E320 Bluetec on sedan models, E350 on sedan and wagon models, E550 on sedan models, and the high-performance E63 AMG on sedan and wagon models. All-wheel drive is available for the E350 and E550 models.
There was a reduction in features, yet the E-Class models still offer many high-quality choices and impressive features that vary depending on the particular model. Some packages are offered at no extra cost. The premium packages that do cost more are divided into two groups and include an iPod interface in the glove box, heated front seats, satellite radio, HD radio, bi-xenon headlights and keyless ignition/entry. Other stand-alone options are also available.
With a bevy of high tech toys and great features, the E-Class offers everything a consumer could want as well as a well-designed, roomy, and comfortable space that offers luxury and practicality.
Performance & Handling
The E350 starts with a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The sedan is available with either rear drive or 4Matic AWD, which is the only choice on the wagon. This model propels from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. The E550 ups to a 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque with a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.2 seconds and similar drive options to the E350. The E320 Bluetec features a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6 that makes 210 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque and goes from zero to 60 in 6.8 seconds. All rear drive E-Class models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission, while the 4Matic models use a five-speed automatic.
The E63 AMG is a high-performance model powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 507 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque with a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.3 seconds. It uses a seven-speed Speedshift transmission notable for shifting 50 percent than other E series transmissions.
The handling is decent but pales in comparison to other in class offerings. While the power is sufficient, the brakes don’t exactly inspire confidence, and the handling is generally less than sporty or athletic. All models have a 21.1 gallon tank, but the range varies according to fuel economy.
All 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models come with anti-lock brakes with brake assist, stability control, front and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and the TeleAid emergency system. PreSafe is also standard and automatically takes measures to better secure occupants when sensing an imminent crash.
The E-Class sedan earned four out of five stars for frontal-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The E-Class earned the top rating of ""Good"" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset crash testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz E350: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E550: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec: 23/32 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG: 12/19 mpg city/highway
- Beautiful design
- Sporty performance
- Some models fuel economy
- The variety to choose from
- All around comfort
- All-wheel drive available on wagons and sedans
- Bevy of luxury and safety features
You Won't Like
Frustrating COMAND interface
More pricey than competitors
Handling not up to matching performance
Great for city cruising and long trips.
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