Test Drive 2007 MercedesBenz E280 4Matic Autos ca

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Mercedes-Benz E 280 4-MATIC W210

May 29, 2007

As an automobile reviewer, my job is to and evaluate cars in the most way possible. But try as I might, I can’t but form opinions about cars even before the are handed to me. This new E280 from Mercedes-Benz is a case in Here, Mercedes has taken its sedan – not a small car by any standard – its slick all-wheel drive and then saddled it with a engine than last base E-Class.

Mercedes is for calibrating their cars’ response for a smooth, sedate (read: lazy), making feel more sluggish they really are. So I had legitimate concerns that one really would be gutless, a nobody who just dropped on their new status symbol to hear. But it turns out my fears unfounded and this is one car that its engine size and power to be a well-rounded, if a bit stuffy, luxury

I won’t say that this is a car. It, like all other requires some poking and with a heavy right to get it going. Steering response is but slow, again to keep at ease, and the high-effort steering filters out road imperfections to the of isolation. These aren’t or faults with the car, but how things are done in Stuttgart: Elegance. Sophistication. This is how done.

While E-Class is very progressive for the conservative brand, there are no chances That job is left to BMW. efforts are made to ensure the car is instantly recognizable, and that no which position the car holds in the corporate family, the same of sophistication is present.

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Interior furnishings are of the same, and our black-on-black tester this point home. up the monotony is the tastefully restrained use of burled walnut trim. The use of on the cup holder cover is a little however, and it’s not a great ergonomically to put your refreshments, it takes away from room.

I used to look forward to new Benzes because of their cup holder mechanisms, usually the press of a chrome button the beverage receptacle automatically out in one nicely damped motion. Mercedes engineers had too much on their hands back

But we’re not here to see how well car can accommodate a Big Gulp. What is that this Benz is a comfortable place in which to time, whether you’re the or one of the passengers. It’s a cocoon coddles its occupants and doesn’t much for carving corners. so isolated, in fact, you could the car white and give me a hat with a big I started driving like 35 years my senior.

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I speak of isolation, we can’t that we’re in the 21st here. This isn’t a boat like the Cadillac barges of yore. There’s the excellent control of body and responsive braking capabilities expect of a Benz, and of a modern sedan in general.

It wasn’t I tried to have fun with the car I discovered it can be a willing partner pushed. The 2.8-litre V6 generates 228 hp and 221 of torque: hardly news-making However, the engine revs and quietly towards redline and with it a rush of power belies its modest size, this 1769 kg (3,900 all-wheel-drive sedan around surprising ease. On the dry pavement prevailed during my test the all-wheel drive system invisibly. Thanks to the rear-biased distribution of the 4Matic system, the E just like its two-wheel-drive while accelerating and cornering. normal conditions, 60 percent of the power is sent rearward, but can vary according to traction

True to Benz form, the slushbox is slushy indeed and are made at the earliest opportunity. a manual shift mode on transmission, but it prefers to be left There’s no point in pretending is a sports sedan.

Mercedes-Benz E 280 4-MATIC W210

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But here’s my question: why it be an effort to have fun with the And to drive that point I jumped out of the E-Class and into a Infiniti G35, a car with 70 more horses under the and an uncommon connection with the so direct that the driver knows exactly what’s on at the tires’ contact patches.

these two cars are in different with the Benz costing more than the Infiniti. But the is that if you want a car that energetic, you’ll probably to look elsewhere. This is for the folks who want to be driven by the not the other way around.

No Benz review is complete an objection to the turn signal location. Whenever I drive cars I usually hit the cruise the first few times I look for the signals, because the signal is located too far down on the left of the wheel. That, and the fact it’s combined with the controls in a most counterintuitive and there’s nothing on the right of the wheel, which just to be a great place for a wiper

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E-Class turns out to be a decent proposition, if what you’re for is compatible with these Benz traits. They’re all and a starting price of $65,500 this new all-wheel drive the value leader of the class. And of Mercedes’ legendary reputation for means that every is equipped with “Pro-Safe” features ranging from that help avoid (like stability control), to that prepare the car for an impending (like the automatic sunroof to those that minimize injuries (like curtain and head restraints that whiplash).

My cup of tea? No. But Mercedes isn’t for thirty-something driving enthusiasts to put in an If you want to be coddled as you make way down the road, few can do it better.

Mercedes-Benz E 280 4-MATIC W210

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