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“Their product line-up speaks volumes about the quality and sophistication of their company. Who needs a catchy tagline when the entire product line-up truly defines the brand and speaks for itself?”
“With the right mix of sportiness and horsepower, matched perfectly with the most luxurious interior package available today, the E350 is a class leader.”
“The hand polished wood trim and aluminum instrument cluster truly make the entire feel of the E350 timeless and sophisticated.”
“Although 0-60 performance isn’t likely the first thing that comes to mind when purchasing a Mercedes, the development of the 3.5-liter motor, combined with the 7-speed transmission, packs enough horsepower punch to compete with any of its luxury competitors, including BMW, Audi, Lexus and Jaguar.”
“In addition to a steel reinforced cabin with front and rear crumple zones, the E350 has more airbags than we could count on both hands. There were front and rear side window airbags, front side airbags, front dual stage airbags, driver and front passenger pelvic airbags, a driver-knee airbag and Mercedes’ NECK-PRO active head restraints.”
“Because once you actually go some place and spend all day on the road and maybe even a bit longer than you’d like, then you’ll figure out just how good the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Coupe really is.”
“Luxury is the place where efficiency meets pleasure, and that’s where you’ll find the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Coupe. It’s a serious motorcar.”
“If you think everybody should pack into one car for dinner…then you should wait for the shuttle bus, because the grown-ups are leaving.”
“It all adds up in acceleration, because the combination of the right kind of power and a right-size, 3,883-pound package (400 pounds lighter than an E-Class sedan) delivers 60 mph in 5.3 seconds (5.0 seconds with 1 foot of rollout like on a drag strip). Check out the E550 coupe’s quarter-mile run of 13.4 seconds at 105.2 mph and you’ll see what kind of muscle it has.”
“The thing that we really care about, though, is the simple presence of the E-Class suspension. In addition to the configuration of the front suspension struts, this E550 coupe has standard adaptive damping based on inputs from seven sensors, plus the availability of both manually selected normal and Sport mode. “
Read the whole article at Edmunds.com
In the photo below you will see the rotary switch used to select ‘C’ (Controlled Efficiency), ‘S’ (Sport), ‘S+’ (Sport Plus), ‘M’ (Manual), and ‘RS’ (Race Start) drive modes. In Manual and Sport Plus the 7-speed will shift in only 100 milliseconds. This is 25 percent faster than just Sport. This is partially achieved through cutting the fuel and ignition for a brief time to reduce the load on the transmission during hard acceleration. Another plus to having the rotary control knob is that it allows you the leave your car in the sport mode without having the transmission default to ‘C’ every time you start the engine like the other 2010 E-class models do.
The ‘Sport Off’ button switches the ESP setting from ESP On, to ESP Sport, and ESP Off. I haven’t seen any reviews yet that indicate if ESP off is truly off and I won’t be testing that when the first one arrives at Atlanta Classic Cars.
Similar to previous E-Class AMG vehicles, the suspension adjustment button allows the driver to switch between Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus modes to best suit their needs.
A new feature for the 2010 E63 is the AMG Race Start function that activated by the ‘AMG’ button. Pressing this button will bring up a menu that allows you the adjust ‘configuration options’ (I won’t know what those are until we have one). To use Race Start they say you will have to stop the car, be in ESP Sport, press the brake, select ‘RS’ drive mode, and then pull the up shift lever once while fully pressing the gas and releasing the brakes. I’m assuming those last three parts don’t happen at the same time since the system is supposed to automatically rev the engine to the ideal launch RPM. That is one I will have to test and report back.
It is an exciting time here at the dealership…the 2010 models are arriving! There is nothing I enjoy more than parking a 2009 next to a 2010 and looking for the differences. Some models have only tiny changes this year and some have the “refresh” – which is usually new bumpers, lights, a few buttons and new wheels. I have included a few pictures of the changes that jumped out at me.
The (997) Driver Assistance Package is priced at $2900 and consists of
- Distronic Plus with PRE-SAFE Brake
- Blind Spot Assist
- Lane Keeping Assist
Let’s take them one at a time…
Distronic Plus with PRE-SAFE Brake – Distronic is the radar adaptive cruise control system that we have had for years. It uses radar sensors mounted behind the front grille to sense the car in front of you and maintain a set following distance. So, if you set your cruise at 70 mph and a car in front of you slows to 60 mph, you also slow to 60 mph until that car speeds up or you switch to an open lane and you’ll resume 70 mph. The Plus part of Distronic Plus is that it works down to a complete stop. This is amazing and takes a little time to fully trust. For example, I drive home on a fast highway with 4 stoplights. I set the cruise at 70 and followed the car in front of me at a distance of about 100 yards. As the car in front of me slows and comes to a stop for the first traffic light the 2010 E350 also slows to a complete stop. The system’s following distance is proportional to your speed so you it will bring you to a stop at a normal distance from the car that you are following. If the system keeps you stopped for more than a couple seconds you just have to just tap the gas to resume your previously set maximum speed and following distance. For anyone who spends any time on the highways around Atlanta this feature will completely change your driving experience. Since this system will allow you to use the ‘cruise control’ in many more situations I would also expect to see an increase in fuel mileage versus a E-Class not using this system.
PRE-SAFE Brake uses the same radar systems to constantly monitor the area in front of your E-Class. Using its long, medium, and short range radar systems it can detect objects as far as 200 yards in front of your vehicle. Pre-Safe braking is deployed in three stages. When the car detects that you are 2.6 seconds from an impact you will receive an audible and visual alert. At 1.6 seconds to impact there are 3 audible alerts and the system will automatically apply 40% of maximum power and activate the other reversible PRE-SAFE protection features like adjusting seat position, tensioning seat belts, and closing the windows. If the driver doesn’t press the brake pedal or swerve to avoid the collision at 0.6 seconds to impact PRE-SAFE Braking will apply the maximum braking force to greatly reduce the severity of a collision.
Another manufacturer is advertising a system like this but it only works at speeds below about 20 mph. Our system works on moving objects when you’re traveling from 19mph to 124mph and on stationary objects when you’re traveling below 44mph. Just like seatbelts, airbags, and ABS brakes this technology that is now exclusive to Mercedes-Benz will someday be standard on every vehicle, as it will certainly save lives.
Lane Keep Assist – Using a windshield mounted camera, Lane Keeps Assist alerts you when you are drifting out of your lane. It takes into account your speed and turning angle to only alert you when you are unintentionally changing lanes. It uses three short vibrations in the steering wheel that feel a lot like rumble strips and are only noticeable to the driver. The system can also distinguish between solid and broken white lines and vary its alert timing. This system operates above 37mph so you won’t have to worry about it annoying you in parking lots. The system will also not activate if it believes that you are intentionally crossing based on your turn signal, brake, and accelerator usage.
Special financing at 4.9% and excellent lease offers are now available as well
“They’re the right size, and when equipped with V8s, they’ve got the right amount of effortless performance. In relative terms, they provide a value commensurate with the asking price. Driving any one of these three announces that you know the price of quality and can justify paying for it. And clearly you’re smart enough to resist overpaying for more than you require.”
“We’re glad the 2009 BMW 550i, 2010 Jaguar XF Premium and 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport exist. This ideal trio goes 90 percent of the way to the M5, E63 AMG and XFR super sedans, yet they’re 100 percent easier to live with and rewarding in ways the thoroughbreds are not.”
“The Mercedes-Benz E550 is the quickest to 60 mph with a run of 5.3 seconds and its quarter-mile run of 13.6 seconds at 103.5 mph is also the best of the group… the E550 returns the best observed fuel economy in this comparison with 19.3 mpg, compared to the BMW’s 16.9 mpg and the Jaguar’s 16 mpg.”
“… we’re not sold on the BMW’s steering effort, which we found to be too heavy, especially compared to the lightly weighted Jaguar and buttery Mercedes-Benz system. So syrupy and out of character does the 550i’s steering seem that more than a couple drivers thought there might be something wrong with the car.”
“The E550 Sport is by far the most adaptable, rewarding and confident car on the widest variety of surfaces despite not being the outright best-handling car.”
“It is the only car here that is universally regarded as comfortable and intuitive to operate from the moment you get behind the wheel. It manages to be warm and rich, well-equipped and well-planned, and high-tech and high-quality all at the same time.”
“The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Sport amounts to more than the sum of its parts. It’s hard to describe, but there’s an overall sense of satisfaction, competence and experience that’s somehow baked into the fiber of this car. It drives like it knows where it’s going. It looks like it knows where it’s been. And it’s priced as if it knows where we’re all headed.”
To read the full review visit Edmunds.com
2010 E350 Sedan $48,600 and Coupe $48,050
2010 E550 Sedan $56,300 and Coupe $54,650
We now have the pricing for the popular Premium Packages for these vehicles.
Premium 1 Package (P01) – E350 Sedan and Coupe — $3,950
-COMAND with 40GB hard drive navigation
-SIRIUS real-time traffic
-Enhanced voice control for audio, telephone and navigation
-Gracenote Media Database
-SIRIUS Satellite Radio
-HD Digital Radio
-Zagat Survey Guide (Restaurants, Golf Courses, Hotels)
-6GB Music Register for download of music files
-harman / kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system with Dolby Digital 5.1
-iPod / MP3 Media Interface
-Heated Front Seats
-Rear View Camera
-Power Rear Sunshade
Premium 2 Package (P02) – E350 Sedan and Coupe — $6,350
-All contents of the Premium 1 Package, plus
-Bi-Xenon Headlamps with Active Curve Illumination
-Adaptive Highbeam Assist and LED Daytime Running Lamps
-Electronic Trunk Closer (Sedan)
-Heated/Active Ventilated Seats (Coupe)
When compared to typically equipped 2009 E-Classes, the 2010 E350 offers an almost 10% improvement in value! This is a great time to order to get an early vehicle equipped just like you want it!