The Mercedes-Benz E-class wagon - with a family linkage linked to the W123 series of cars in the late 1970s - has been continually emitting an underestimating classicism. It's lower and sleeker than any kind of crossover, yet the E wagon flaunts an extra step of practicality over the sedan, making it the excellent automobile for going down the kids at Brown.
Although wagon sales in the United States are minuscule, these automobiles offer in one of the preferable zip codes, as well as buyers of the E-class wagon are amongst the most affluent in the Mercedes-Benz family members. In Europe, carts offer something bigger, one in three E-class sales selling E-class.
Mercedes-Benz is edging this version toward crossover area with the brand-new All Terrain variation, but in spite of the appeal of that genre below (the Outback wagon effectively made Subaru in America), we're apparently not going to get the All Terrain in the U.S. market. Rather, the most up to date E-class wagon, at least at launch, is concerning our market in only one guise: E400 4MATIC. (We are told, unofficially, that the all-conquering E63 design additionally will certainly return.).
The E400 designation, rather than E300, is a secret information that the wagon abandons the car's 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder; rather, it obtains a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. Compared with the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter six in the previous E350 wagon, the new twin-turbo 3.0-liter produces 27 more horsepower and also an added 81 lb-ft of torque. More crucial, the brand-new overalls of 329 horsepower and also 354 lb-ft stands for 88 even more horsepower than the 2.0-liter turbo 4 in the E300 and also 81 lb-ft much more torque. With that added result, you never ever get the sensation-- as you in some cases do in the sedan-- that it can utilize a bit more grunt. The V-6 additionally appears much better, which is a great perk, although the wagon typically is a near-silent cruiser ( if you choose the Acoustic Comfort plan, with its acoustically protected laminated glass).
The engine is mated to the same nine-speed automated found in the E300, and also although it's mainly well behaved-- and also stylish sufficient to downshift when stopping right into corners in Sport and Sport+ modes-- we did experience a couple of rough 3-4 upshifts in Sport+ setting. Honestly, however, we don't envision most proprietors will use Sport+ mode commonly.
Longer as well as Lower.
All-wheel drive is standard right here, as it has actually been in E-class wagons for a while. In what is also ending up being M-B tradition, the wagon (like the sedan) can be had with an option of 2 variations: Luxury, which gets a chrome mesh grille topped by a hood accessory, and also Sport, which has a grille showcasing a pair of thick horizontal blades as well as a center-mounted celebrity.
The Sports variation also brings 18-inch wheels, instead of 17s, and a slightly stronger suspension song. The one we owned was additional outfitted with the offered air-spring adaptive suspension (an option on either design), as well as it felt just about best. The adaptive suspension enables some body movement, but the wagon's actions are sensible, never ever careless. The steering is creamy but not over-boosted, and also we located the E400 easy to position in corners-- not too surprising, considered that it's efficiently the same dimension as the sedan.
The latest-generation wagon sees its percentages transform somewhat, with shorter overhangs front and also back yet a 2.6-inch greater stretch in between the axles. It's simply over an inch longer compared to in the past and 1.3 inches lower. There's even more rear-seat knee room and fractionally a lot more legroom and also shoulder room, and the rear seat is comfortable for 2 adults. And also, of course, the rear-facing third-row seat-- kid-size however still awesome-- returns once again. For completely modern access to that retro 3rd seat, the power back liftgate now can be opened up or closed via a kick motion under the rear bumper.
Besides the V-6 powertrain, common 4MATIC four-wheel drive, as well as wagon-specific home furnishings, the E400 otherwise will certainly imitate the standard and also optional devices offerings of the E300 sedan when it takes place sale in early 2017. That implies the very same superb interior as well as the same common 12.3-inch facility screen. A second identical-size display before the driver is part of the Premium 3 package (a five-figure option), and it creates a techno-fabulous display screen that defeats even Audi's new Virtual Cockpit. Obtaining exactly what you want out of all that modern technology, though, isn't really simple. With the click wheel controller, the touchpad above it, and the twin touchpads on the steering-wheel spokes, there are lots of means to control the display screens, but the multilayered system of menus and also submenus is far from intuitive.
The E400's Drive Pilot semi-autonomous driving system (also included with Premium 3) is similarly impressive as well as less complicated to use. The active cruise ship control with steering help enables approximately 60 seconds of hands-free driving before a beep motivates the motorist to put a hand on the wheel. If you neglect that warning, the cruise ship control will certainly turn off, and also the cars and truck will certainly slow down. So you can't ride in back and also take video clips of the E-class cruising with an empty chauffeur's seat-- Mercedes isn't thinking about those stunts-- however the automated guiding is smooth, and also the auto will even transform lanes to carry out a pass if you offer it the consent via the turn indicator.
The autos we drove in Europe had a brand-new technology function: the capability to utilize one's smartphone as the car key. Although this appears neat-- you'll never forget your automobile keys!-- it's somewhat much less cool in practice. Whereas automobiles outfitted with passive entry could detect a type in your pocket or bag as well as lock or unlock at the touch of the door manage, the smartphone secret can't be spotted in your pocket. So you need to wait for the door handle-- in precisely the right way-- so the sensing unit could read it, and also do the exact same once again to secure the door. And the trick has to be sitting in the feed tray in order to start the vehicle. This mobile phone cars and truck secret aren't pertaining to the U.S. imminently yet could be provided in the future. We say there's no need to hurry on that one.
One of minority, the Very Few
No automobile these days wishes to appear behind the moments, technologically-- and there's no danger of that here-- but modern tech is not exactly what's going to offer the E400. Although there are smaller sized wagons in the United States market-- the Audi A4 Allroad, the BMW 3-series, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, as well as the Volvo V60-- for those who feel that a deluxe sport wagon enhances their way of living, the E400 stands alone, a minimum of until the arrival of the Volvo V90. considering in the E-class pantheon, the E400 provides additional comfort and, for us, a sleeker appearance than the conventional E300 sedan, and also the turbo-twin 6 provides an additional tap and a superior soundtrack to four turbocharged cylinders. power of E300. At the same time, its mellower suspension tune, as well as even more all-natural steering, make it a more unwinded tourer than the Mercedes-AMG E43 car, likewise powered by a twin-turbo V-6. Sadly, none of this is most likely to materially change the sales formula for the E-class wagon in the United States, however those couple of that do look for one out will certainly be obtaining the sweetest equipment in the current E-class schedule.