Does lots well. As you may anticipate from a $97,000 sedan, this car accelerates, corners, and rides fairly nicely. It’s designed to have a number of personalities. It may be pushed as a cushty cruiser if you’re mother-in-law’s within the again seat, or taken on twisty roads and pushed laborious if you’re attempting to burn off some frustration after spending hours within the automobile together with your mother-in-law.
Power.With its gentle hybrid system, the E53’s 6-cylinder turbo has a complete of 429 hp. So it by no means leaves you ready. Surprisingly, we bought practically 20 mpg in backroad driving. Usually, a car with that type of energy, doing that type of driving, can be solidly within the mid-teens. The 9-speed transmission is clean, however higher suited to city and freeway driving.
Inside.Mercedes has been doing an incredible job with its interiors. The large, smooth infotainment display screen seems nice. Supplies are A+. Seats are very snug. By the way, our E53 got here in a cool trying frozen matte-gray exterior paint job, or as we used to name it again within the day, “unpainted.”
We didn’t like it.It’s an excellent automobile. However it’s neither as snug as we’d anticipate an E-Class Mercedes to be, or pretty much as good on again roads as we’d anticipate an AMG-tuned Mercedes to be. As a low-to-the-ground sedan, it more and more looks like an anachronism. How many individuals wish to spend $100K on a conventional, mid-sized sedan as of late? Some, clearly. However whereas it is a car that does lots nicely, it doesn’t do something exceptionally.
Tight within the again.The again seat of the E-Class is definitely snug sufficient, however not as spacious as you may hope.
Infotainment interface.We’re not followers of Mercedes’ present system. We’d take BMW’s iDrive anyday, with its rotary controller. The Mercedes system makes use of contact pads as the first technique of management (the display screen additionally operates as a contact display screen, which we used after we bought annoyed with the contact pads). The contact pads are awkward to make use of precisely. And since it’s important to “test your work” on the display screen, your eyes are off the street extra usually, and for longer than you’d like. It’s additionally fairly simple to tug a finger throughout one of many contact pads (between the seats and on the steering wheel) and wipe out the Hacks on Faucet podcast by chance.
Costly choices.The bottom value of the E53 is only a scoche below $74,000. Not low-cost. However our tester was loaded up with greater than $20K value of elective gear. There’s a lot on the record that we’d fortunately reside with out — goodbye $1,600 designer black headliner! However be ready to pay dearly on your Mercedes choices.
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