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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Walk Around


Each of the four body styles is handsome and imposing, but familiar and fairly conservative. Several trim levels come with either a Sport or Luxury styling theme. Luxury models have a three-bar grille and hood-mounted “star� logo. On Sport models, a big Mercedes-Benz star is built into a twin-louver grille. Principal design elements include bodyside creases, elegant yet sporty lower side trim, LED running lights, and LED taillamps. Coupes display a graceful roofline, which makes the car appear lower.

Bold detail work injects plenty of personality into each E-Class. For instance, the twin headlights merge into a single unit. On two-door models, LED light bars separate the two and serve as running lights. Coupes and convertibles have more prominently flared wheels. Picking out the high-performance E63 AMG S is easy, courtesy of unique wheels and special lower-body aero treatment.

Interior

Cabins manage to be both conservative and modern. Sharp corners and creases help convey a traditionally luxurious appearance. All E-Class models include wood, metal, and refined plastic trim pieces, creating a classy look with laudable fit and finish. Cabins are among the quietest in this vehicle class.

In addition to plush elements and fabulous seats, sedans and wagons offer loads of space; coupes and convertibles, less so. Sedans seat five adults in comfort, with excellent head and leg space in both front and rear, despite the standard sunroof. Back-seat entry is easy.

Coupes and convertibles hold four, with comparatively big back seats, but getting there can be a squeeze. Legroom could be better, but both seats are comfortable. Wagons are even more versatile, with fold-down seats, plus two rear-facing third-row seats available for temporary duty.

AMG models get upgraded interiors with highly-adjustable sport seats, alcantara trim, aluminum pedals, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

Console buttons are too numerous for easy use, and the interface of Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND can be troublesome. Small-items storage is good, including a two-tier glovebox.

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