What It Is
A luxury sports sedan to rival the likes of the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.
Comfortably seats four in luxury you'd expect from the German automaker.
With a full load of passengers or luggage, it can be slow and sluggish.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 sets the benchmark for seamlessly and intelligently blending sport and luxury.
This week we had the chance to take the Mercedes-Benz E350 up to Santa Barbara for the day for some sun and sushi. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the first refresh since its debut in 2010, and shows itself throughout the car. Rightfully leaving behind the four separate headlamp design for a dual lamp single housing lends itself well to the overall design, giving it a much more stylized and raked back look. With a higher belt-line towards the rear quarter panel, the sloped front end gives this refresh a much more sporty and agile look overall. This car sets the benchmark for combining sport and luxury in a way that only Mercedes-Benz can deliver. With a host of fun new buttons to push on the inside the exterior sets the tone for the overall refresh. Read on to learn what we thought of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350.
What We DroveThe E-Class comes in four different bodies: coupe, wagon, sedan, and convertible. The E-Class comes standard with stability control, antilock brakes, dual two-stage front airbags, front side-impact air bags, front pelvic airbags, driver’s knee airbag, and side curtain airbags both front and back, LED headlamps, LED taillight accents adaptive suspension, and much more.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan we testes came with a plethora of options. Some key features included the 4Matic all-wheel drive system, ECO start/stop, Mercedes’ Attention Assist, which lets you know if you’re becoming drowsy and need to take a break, and Distronic Plus with steering assist. On our drive up to Santa Barbara, this came in handy when driving up the 101 for a few hours in somewhat heavy traffic. Other features include active full LED headlamps and a rearview camera.
The CommuteGetting behind the wheel of the 2014 E350 sedan, it’s really hard to find things not to like about it. With plenty of legroom and 14-way adjustable seats, it wasn't hard for my 6’5” frame to find a comfortable position. The satellite radio and Harman Kardon sound system really helped pass the time on long drives.
When we got tired of listening to the hundreds of channels between FM and satellite radio, we could easily switch over to something of our choosing through our phones via Bluetooth. With the E350 and a full load of people, it did seem to be a little sluggish on up-hill acceleration, something the E550 and E63 don’t have a problem with. This wasn't due to a lack of performance, though, we just think it didn't have the gusto behind the pedal that we're used to with other Mercedes models.
The Grocery RunWhen going on the weekly grocery haul there is no lack of space to carry all your goods. On our way to Santa Barbara we were able to easily take everything needed for a beach day including a cooler, umbrellas, and more. If you decide the beach lounging gear isn't exciting enough and you decide to bring your surfboard, the split-folding rear seats can easily accommodate it. Parallel parking the E350 along the beachside parking was no problem thanks to the backup camera, but it would have been even easier if it were equipped with Parktronic, which is Mercedes’ answer to autonomous parking, taking the worry out of trying to parallel your new Mercedes without denting it and the other guy's car.
The Weekend FunTaking for the weekend, we really got a feel for how this car would be on longer drives like road trips. We quickly figured out its flaws and where in shines. Starting with the very short list of flaws, the seats tend to be a bit hard after a few hours behind the wheel. And that’s where the list ends!
If someone were to ask, we would tell them it was a good road trip car. With features like Distronic Plus with steering assist and active lane keeping assist, it really makes this car enjoyable on those long stretches of road that seem to fade over the horizon. But when that stretch is over and you begin to hit canyon country, the sporty side of the E350 brings out the fun-to-drive aspect. The sport-tuned suspension and 4Matic all-wheel drive probably help out a little through this section as well.
SummaryThe 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350's best feature is the fact that it does everything well and is not screaming in your face about it. Everything about this car just blends together in a way that lends itself to a cohesive package, blending luxury and sport perfectly. There are plenty of cars that are much more luxurious and much much more sporty, but the way Mercedes has crafted the E350 sedan is something to take note of. It’s good for cruising through the canyons, grocery runs, and is great for the weekend getaway. This is your everyday luxury sedan at its best. With a laundry list of standard features and numerous add-on options, you can really tailor the E350 to your exact needs and wants.
Spec BoxPrice-as-tested: $63,615
EPA City: 20
EPA Highway: 30
EPA Combined: 22
Cargo Space: 15.9 cu. ft.
Child Seat Fitment, Second Row: Good
Estimated Combined Range: 464 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: Below Average