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 narrow, and raised, and the center of the floor a huge tunnel for the drive What I’m saying is that not the best place to be. With said, all three of our kids very happy back and had plenty of space.

There are two map pockets and ceiling-mounted adjustable lights. The back of the center has adjustable air vents and a pop-out and 12V plug. Man, the Germans their ashtrays. Vee haff uff makingk you ztop zmokingk,

The middle seatback folds to become an armrest, exposing a mesh pocket. There’s a bin in the armrest, and two cupholders that can pop The door bins in the back are useless.

Kids’ seats can be using two sets of ISOFIX which work very All in all, the rear seat is a nice place to be in the E300.

At the front of the console, there is a sliding lid. It can cover the nine yards for a nice, look. It can slide forward to open access to two cupholders, or you can it all the way forward to further expose an and a true-blue cigar lighter.

The lid opens in two halves, clam-shell Inside is some storage, and the USB and connections.

Door bins are a bit because they reside the armrests. The glove compartment is and big, with usable

A neat touch is the flip-down bin your thigh support on the seats. You can put something small in and it just flips down for access.

The trunk is big and deep, a comfortable load floor There is a ski pass-through and you’ll solid tie-down loops, and mesh pockets that out of your way.

The Drive

the numbers seem a bit paltry at the car doesn’t ever feel No, it’s not a rocket sled. But the and transmission work very together, and there’s no lag off the line. around town is always and when you need extra it will step up and deliver. I got the impression that the engine was hard, and when called it will deliver a 0-60 mph run in 7.4 That’s not bad at all. No, it’s not a car and yes, the E550 will do it in over 5 seconds, but in the end, for day driving, the E300 provided 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 me. I was expecting it to be a bit of a limp-wristed performer the entry-level engine. But it did just thank you very much. And exemplary fuel economy, all considered.

I give the E300 a 8 out of 10.

WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) was high for the E300. She loved how it loved how “solid” it felt and that our kids were in the back. She said she always safe in the car, and she really the power trunk opener/closer and the adjustable trunk basket. She with me that the signal vs. cruise control stalk was weird and she never got used to

As old-school as the hood-ornament seems, I can you that there is something about looking at the road of you through a three-pointed star.

it’s psychological, but there’s reassuring that speaks to safety and … I guess, Mercedes-Benz. that’s the point with car.

It’s a new E-Class, but it dispensed with all the things have made the E-Class over the years.

It’s a car. It feels heavy. But not a knock against it. Some feel heavy and crappy.

The feels heavy in a substantial – in everything it does, and in everything you ask of it.

comfortable around town, and on the highway.

It caters to your and it coddles you and your family in and safety.

If that’s what looking for, the E-Class very easily be the right for you. I wouldn’t hesitate to it.

Disclosure:  Vehicle was provided by Canada.

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Mercedes-Benz E 300 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz E 300 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz E 300 AT Special Series

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