Our 30-day stint with the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic included commutes along busted city streets, household tours into country communities, as well as highway journeys throughout the fantastic state of Michigan. This extended keep was valuable, permitting us to properly study the technically-sophisticated, brand new midsize Mercedes as well as evaluate if a four-cylinder fuel engine could, in fact, operate in an E-Class.
Let's handle the elephant in the area, the engine, immediately. The brand-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and also the 9-speed automatic combination in the E300 works well in regular driving. There's only the occasional low-speed hesitation that irritates when the engine is caught off increase as well as the transmission has actually picked too high of a ratio. Pushing the Mercedes more difficult does expose another adverse. The old entry-level E-Class, the E350, delivered 302 hp from its naturally aspirated, 3.5-liter V-6. 2 extra gears in the E300's transmission can't conceal a loss of 61 horsepower or the mild drone of the four-cylinder engine throughout much heavier throttle applications. The loosened up nature of the E300 incorporated with excellent low-end torque suggests this will not likely be a concern for less-sporting purchasers in most driving problems, yet we still wish Mercedes additionally used a mid-range, luxury-focused E-Class car like the E400 in the States instead of jumping from the E300 right to the upcoming 396-hp Mercedes-AMG E43. Audi has the A6 3.0 T as well as BMW offers the 535i, but the E43 is a BMW 550i and also Audi S6 rival. At least Mercedes will certainly sell the 329-hp, turbocharged V-6 E400 4Matic wagon in the USA beginning in very early 2017.
Chassis-wise, we would certainly need to straight compare the optional $1900 air suspension-equipped E300, like our examination cars and truck, to a requirement, steel-sprung cars, and truck before making a last get in touch with the recommended configuration. Our 18-inch-wheel-equipped E-Class offered impressive isolation as well as body control over rough roads, particularly at reduced speeds. Greater speeds bring along a little bit too much of a floaty, pillow-like feel. Stiffening up the suspension to one of both sportier setups by means of the various drive settings helps, yet we 'd like a specialized suspension switch for quick modifications. Generally, framework hold goes over and also the E-Class will dance fairly remarkably when pushed on the country roads. However as we noted in the introduction tale, our test cars and truck brought Euro-spec performance tires. We'll see just how the basic run-flat, all-season tires fitted to all U.S. E300 designs change the framework feeling and performance.
Then we involve the innovative innovation in the new E-Class-- most significantly the optional semi-autonomous Driver Aid Package Plus. Bundled right into the $10,400 Costs 3 plan, this radar cruise control on steroids allows prolonged no-hands driving by adding the ability to follow the course of the vehicle ahead as opposed to just depending on road markings to automatically steer the automobile. Additionally, the E300 is able to change lanes without hand-operated guiding input when the motorist activates a turn signal as well as the blind spot assist system verifies there isn't a vehicle in the nearby lane. The general system works quite well yet it's essential to view it much more en masse of features developed in order to help the chauffeur from a security and tiredness aspect versus proper freedom. Like the systems presently provided by various other car business, you still significantly have to listen and be aware of your surroundings. The new Mercedes configuration is one more little action towards complete freedom, yet we have a long way to go.
Fiddling around with this innovation is done within a charming as well as cosseting cabin. Our small issues concerning Mercedes burying way too many features into the infotainment screen versus suitable specialized buttons really did not transform by month's end. Certain, we figured out the best ways to get to a lot of the functions somewhat efficiently but we still would certainly choose to select the next songs to track or selecting a radio predetermined via a switch versus a multi-step process making use of one of the three systems fitted by Mercedes for managing the infomercial screen. Mentioning, we found ourselves making use of the typical rotary controller most of the moment, but the centrally mounted touchpad, as well as thumb controllers on the steering wheel both, have their area and also specific customers could prefer their function. It's great to have options. Overall, we love the top quality and visual layout of the interior in brand-new E-Class, however, we desire it wasn't such a stylistically-led development compared to the extremely useful layout in the old cars and trucks.
It's clearly obvious after a month with the new E-Class that the BMW 5-Series and also, to a lower level, the Audi A6, are both the sportier alternatives in the class. That's absolutely nothing new as well as needs to surprise few. Mercedes' traditional lazy throttle pedal continues to be in the E300, as does the more relaxed transmission calibration. These typically aren't negatives, per se, as they fit the long-standing character of the E-Class-- a character that we quite appreciate.
The Mercedes is an extremely polished and quiet automobile, with a distinct depth of engineering. Some may whine concerning the absence of a V6 engine in the base E-Class, however, the off-idle grunt of the turbocharged engine fits the E300 well most of the driving problems. Both BMW and also Audi have long supplied a fuel four-cylinder engine in this midsize high-end car section, and also it was only an issue of time before the pursuit of gas economy criteria required the business lugging the three-pointed celebrity to follow suit in the U.S. market. Bear in mind, it's the lemming-like Germans we're discussing. The trick is that the brand-new E300 is still 100% a Mercedes through and through as well as remains real to just what makes the E-Class such an excellent auto to live with daily.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic Specifications
On Sale: Now
Price: $55,575 (base), $72,245 (as tested)
Engine: 2.0L turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4/241 hp @ 5500 rpm, 273 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA Mileage: 22/29/24 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
L x W x H: 193.8 x 72.9 x 57.8 in
Wheelbase: 115.7 in
Weight: 4045 lbs
0-60 MPH: 6.3 sec
Top Speed: 130 mph