Review 2013 MercedesBenz E300 4MATIC | Wildsau ca

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Mercedes-Benz E 300 AT Special Series

Review: 2013 Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC

Ah, the venerable E-Class. a bastion of comfort, quality and

I have to be honest. When I heard the E-Class I was getting was the I was a bit disappointed. Sure, it will be a car, but I’d rather get the E350 with the awesome diesel, or the with the V-8. Hey, I’m dreaming, I wouldn’t mind a week with the mighty AMG Now that I’ve spent with an awe-inspiring SLS. got a hankering for more AMG.

So, the deal with the E300? it’s the entry level – the drug to the E-Class. It starts at CDN but equipped as I had it, you’ll be parting CDN $63,250.

Under the Hood

At glance, the E300 seems a bit on paper. I think the horsepower have spoiled us over the 10 years, because realistically, the are just fine. Mercedes’ numbers can no longer be taken as in terms of the engine’s displacement, like BMW’s can’t be. the advent of the common-place turbo, often find a lower expected engine displacement.

The is a 3.5-Liter V-6, putting out 248 at 6500 RPM. Torque is to the tune of 251 lb.ft at 3400 The power is sent through a automatic to all four corners via the all-wheel drive system.

economy is quite good. The car is at 11.1 L/100 km (21 mpg) in the and 7.0 L/100km (34 mpg) on the highway. my week of almost exclusively driving with a ton of slow and a couple of sprints down the I averaged a very respectable L/100 km (21 mpg). That’s considering this is a 4000 all-wheel drive sedan and I made any attempt to conserve The tank has an 80 Liter capacity – for road trips.


most recent generation of has dispensed with smooth, lines and has replaced them more angular, taut and a rakish profile that the rear end up. It has aged well the last few years, and looks good in my opinion.

The grille is vertical, and fits into a whose lines work way back over the hood. The HID are very pronounced and look LED running lights adorn a of horizontal chrome trim on the front, completing the new signature.

The lines and creases angle up the back, giving the car quite a profile. Although it’s it’s attractive in a “carved a solid block” kind of The flanks appear to be quite and it gives the sedan a swept-back

The rear end is broad and adorned LED tail lights, wide exhaust tips and clean, lines.

The E300 comes handsome 17″ rims, whose seems a bit small by today’s You can upgrade those to 18 inchers, you see fit to do so.


The fit and finish is immaculate in the E, and the are very, very nice. touch plastics, dark trim, sumptuous leather, textures – everything works in to give the impression of luxury. The isn’t necessarily one of welcoming fun, but more a business-like, office. It’s nice, but serious. Don’t let them you smiling in there.

The leather-upholstered heated seats are firmer you might expect, but very and offer a reasonable amount of Both front seats a 3-position memory.

Ahead of you a dash that feels shallow, and the driving position very forward. A lovely and heated steering wheel has for the driver information screen, and phone functions, and the media It sits in front of a set of easily-readable In the center, you’ll find a speedometer with a cool indicator needle, and in the middle of the a very crisp circular screen. To the right, you’ll a tach and temperature gauges – to the a large analog clock and the gauge.

The center of the dash a screen. Below it is a bit of a mess of buttons for the audio system, and that, an excellent automatic climate control system.

The console houses some that I’ll discuss in the section, the COMAND controller and an “What about the automatic selector, Wildsau?” I hear you Yeah, you won’t find it You’ll find it on the steering A la circa 1950-1985 vehicles. No Last time I drove a with a column-mounted shifter was in our Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight. Good It took me a minute to even it in the E300. It sounds ridiculous, but in the it’s actually an intelligent It frees up significant space on the and gets it out of your way. It seems antiquated at first.


The main screen in the seems a bit small, but it is very and bright. You use Mercedes’ COMAND to interact with it. The system around a rotating, joy-sticky, knob on the console. It’s not a way to interact with the system, but you get to it pretty quickly and it works The screen handles audio the navigation system, the phone and the camera.

The back-up camera offer trajectory lines, but are front and rear distance which are supported with as well as visual indicator in black, plastic bubbles on the and in the back. Once you get used to it, a very effective system.

The system sounds good, but you can it further to a Logic 7 harmon system, which includes radio. Sources are AM, FM, CD, USB, and a series of dongles to hook up etc.

The bottom third of the information screen in the speedometer the basics such as outside gear selected, lane warning. The top two-thirds of it allow you to through functions such navigation, audio system, meters, instant/average fuel and fuel range, the vehicle a service indicator and all the settings for the systems.

Overhead is a power sunroof, and there’s a power in the rear window. The FOB acts as a key would, and needs to be inserted a slot and turned to start the although there is no key to be found on it. is powered – door locks, and folding side-view mirrors. The has a power release on the driver’s and a power-closing button on the trunk

There are a ton of driver assistance such as lane-departure warning, sends haptic feedback (a through the steering wheel) if it you’re drifting out of your blind-spot monitoring system shows orange or red triangles on side-view mirrors and a bunch of stuff that could well save your

Rear Seats

You have seats, three seatbelts and headrests. The seats are very but offer barely any bolstering. is very good, and head is excellent.

The middle seat is and slightly raised, and the center of the sports a huge tunnel for the shaft. What I’m saying is it’s not the best place to be. that said, all three of our were very happy there, and had plenty of space.

There are two seat-back map pockets and adjustable reading lights. The of the center console has adjustable air and a pop-out ashtray and 12V plug. the Germans love their Vee haff vays uff makingk you zmokingk, Hans!

The middle folds down to become an exposing a little mesh There’s a storage bin in the armrest, and two that can pop out. The door in the back are basically useless.

seats can be anchored using two of ISOFIX connectors, which very nicely. All in all, the seat is a very nice to be in the E300.


At the front of the there is a two-position sliding It can cover the whole nine for a nice, clean look. It can forward partially to open to two cupholders, or you can push it all the way forward to expose an ashtray and a true-blue lighter.

The armrest’s lid opens in two clam-shell style. Inside is storage, and the USB and media connections.

bins are a bit useless because reside under the armrests. The compartment is nice and big, usable space.

A neat is the flip-down bin under your support on the front seats. You can put small in there, and it just down for easy access.

The is big and deep, with a comfortable floor height. There is a ski and you’ll find solid loops, and adjustable mesh that collapse out of your

The Drive

Though the numbers a bit paltry at first, the car doesn’t feel underpowered. No, it’s not a sled. But the engine and transmission very well together, and no lag off the line. Tooling around is always comfortable, and when you extra power, it will up and deliver. I never got the impression the engine was working hard, and called upon, it will a 0-60 mph run in 7.4 seconds. That’s not bad at No, it’s not a fast car and yes, the will do it in barely over 5 but in the end, for every day driving, the provided everything I needed.

The all-wheel drive system is invisible during normal but would be a blessing during the months and on rainy days.

The qualifies as extraordinary. I can say that the is one of the nicest-riding, most luxurious I’ve ever driven. It up EVERYthing. Every little irregularity, every big dip, expansion crack and pothole – just disappear. It is very done, and the smoothness speaks about how serious Mercedes is comfort and luxury.

Handling is a bit Though the car is very competent corners, and will handle emergency maneuvers with the soft suspension shows up and one trade-off is a bit of body roll. not terrible – the car remains relatively for turns but it is noticeable. During driving, it’s never an And it will gobble up highway like there’s no tomorrow.

I found an issue was in the steering. The system has variable levels of During normal driving, pretty numb and that’s It’s a soft, luxurious I take no issue with During parking maneuvers, never driven a car that was to turn. The steering is so boosted at low that it’s almost What I didn’t like was the speed at which it turns the During low-speed driving, I the steering turned the wheels than I ever expected it to, and had to crank back on it, because I was turning in too much. It took me of the week to get used to. But, as most vehicular idiosyncrasies, you DO get to it. It’s just not to my liking.

Mercedes-Benz E 300 AT Special Series

of comfort, the E300 is also in terms of noise. Road, and wind noise are essentially at any speed. From a standing up to highway speeds, noise is an issue and is always very controlled. The one exception is when you on it – you’ll get a muted snarl the V-6 under the hood, which is a thing.

The transmission can be switched Economy mode, which hunt for higher gears to save fuel, to Sport, will hang on to gears I wouldn’t say things feel but it does make things a tad sprightly around town. You can manually shift gears paddles if you want to, but it seems out of for this car. The transmission a darn good job on its own. smooth, exceptionally so, in fact. changes are essentially imperceptible. Yet it was in the right gear, or only one away, and it quickly sorted out when called upon. A marriage of mechanicals.

The brakes were linear and and felt very powerful.

The of the road is stellar, thanks to the that slopes away Visibility out of the front and to the sides is and quite good out of the rear and for

Something I absolutely loved was regardless of what the driving was, the E300 felt It felt as though it was carved out of a block. And that impressed me much.


What’s at the leading edge of the hood, you Why, friend, it’s a old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness hood Mmm-hmmm, that’s right.

The holds a very cool innovation. There is a frame at the top of the If you pull it back, it slides you, exposing an opening in the with a soft tray in it. I that was neat. You can put some items in there and slide it in and out of the way. But it gets better! The bag in the frame is extendable, nearly all the way to the trunk floor, and acts a giant storage bag. a fantastic way to get stuff off the trunk to keep it from rolling and can easily be retracted back the frame with the push of a I loved this feature.

One of the most irritating ergonomic I’ve ever come and one that took me a few days to get to, is that the signal stalk on the column is set quite a bit lower any other car I’ve driven. wouldn’t normally be a big problem, that Mercedes has decided to put the control stalk precisely you’d expect the signal to be – roughly at the 10 o’clock position. My automatically fell to the cruise stalk every single I wanted to signal – that on for a few days until I finally to the change.

The Verdict

The E300 never did disappoint me. I was it to be a bit of a limp-wristed performer with the engine. But it did just fine, you very much. And returned fuel economy, all things

I give the E300 a solid 8 out of 10.

WAF Acceptance Factor) was very for the E300. She loved how it drove, how “solid” it felt and liked our kids were comfortable in the She said she always felt in the car, and she really liked the trunk opener/closer and the cool, trunk basket. She agreed me that the signal stalk vs. control stalk positioning was and she never got used to that.

As as the hood-ornament seems, I can tell you there is something special looking at the road ahead of you a three-pointed star.

Obviously psychological, but there’s something that speaks to quality, and … I guess, Mercedes-Benz. Maybe the point with this

It’s a new E-Class, but it hasn’t with all the things that made the E-Class great the years.

It’s a solidly-built It feels heavy. But that’s not a against it. Some cars heavy and crappy.

The E-Class heavy in a substantial sense – in it does, and in everything you ask of it.

It’s around town, and perfect on the

It caters to your needs, and it you and your family in comfort and

If that’s what you’re for, the E-Class could easily be the right choice for I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

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