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Mercedes-Benz is famous for safety and technology. We have been innovating the automobile since we invented it more than 125 years ago! These days there are more Assist and -Tronic features than ever before and it can get a little confusing. Here is short rundown on the common systems. You can visit the Mercedes-Benz Safety Page for some videos and more in depth explanations.
Attention Assist aka “the coffee cup” – Observes driver for initial 20 minutes of driving (over about 30 mph) and looks for changes that would indicate drowsiness. Beeps and flashes a big coffee cup to alert when there is an issue. No intervention in driving. Newer models do not display the coffee cup icon full time.
Collision Prevention Assist (CPA) – A radar on the front of the vehicle looks for impending collisions and alerts by beeping if it sees a problem. It then does the math on necessary brake force to stop in time and primes the brakes and boosts braking power. This system cannot stop the car or slow the car without driver action. Standard on most 2014 models.
Blind Spot Assist – Uses radar in the rear of the car to look for vehicles in your blind spot. Yellow triangle in mirror up to about 20 mph indicates system is on but not functioning yet. The triangle turns red when blind spot is occupied and flashes red and beeps if you engage the turn signal during a red triangle. Active Blind Spot Assist is the same but will intervene by braking the car or using electromechanical steering to pull you back into your lane.
Lane Keep Assist – Uses a camera behind the windshield to monitor the lane lines and vibrates the steering wheel if you inadvertently cross the lane line. Will not alert you if you have the turn signal on or the steering angle is severe. Newer cars have more and less sensitive settings available. Active Lane Keep Assist is the same but will intervene by braking the car or using electromechanical steering to pull you back into your lane.
Distronic – Radar adaptive cruise control that keeps you a comfortable distance from the vehicle in front of you. Now functions down to 0 miles per hour. If engaged it can use 100% of the vehicle braking power to prevent an accident. Follow distance is adjustable.
Steering Assist – This system engages over 40 mph and uses the stereo cameras and electromechanical steering to keep the car centered in a lane or behind the vehicle in front. Will only operate for a few seconds if the driver removes their hands from the wheel…but we know they can drive themselves!
PRE-SAFE – If the car senses and impending collision it takes action to protect the passengers. It can cinch the seatbelts, adjust the passenger seat to a more favorable position, close windows and more to reduce injury. If no accident occurs the actions are reversed.
Pre-Safe Plus with Rear-Collision Protection – Looks behind the vehicle for an impending collision and actives Pre-Safe features as well as using the brakes to hold the car in place rather than being pushed into another vehicle or traffic.
Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition aka the soccer ball thing – If the vehicle sees a pedestrian it can automatically engage the brakes while alerting the driver with beeps.
BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist – Uses the stereo cameras to look for cross traffic and can boost braking power when necessary.
Some of these features are standard, some are optional and some are only available on select models at this time. But, just like airbags that we patented in 1971, all of these safety features will probably become standard on every vehicle in the world eventually!
I grew up in E-Class wagons. We called them the “cool bus” and fought like crazy over the way back. I’ve always thought it was a shame that wagons are not more popular in the US. There are however a few devotees out there!
For example, Greg from Texas, contacted me before he ordered the beautiful Indigo Blue E350 pictured above. He was going all out with the features and an unseen color combination. I advised him to hold out for exactly what he wanted rather than settling for what was available on the lot and he is very happy with the result. You can read his very detailed options summary on the MB World Forums.
Autoweek also tested the 2014 E350 wagon recently and said things like “Thirty-something years later, this remains darn near the perfect car. The single car one would need for 99 percent of life’s needs.” You can read the full article at Autoweek online. I can hardly wait to see one in Cardinal red!
And what better testimonial than a guy who does a lot of miles over a very short period of time!
Call me! Let’s order a wagon!
“The truth is that while there is a price premium (roughly $5,300 on average) associated with the initial purchase cost of diesel vehicles, they typically get 30% better gas mileage and flaunt superior torque numbers and reliability ratings. The automotive analysis firm Vincentric estimates that driving a diesel car will save $2,117 in fuel costs over one year assuming annual rate of 15,000 miles.”
“But the purchase of something special, like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Diesel, is financially justifiable based on the total cost of ownership: the GL350 Diesel costs $8,315 less to own than its GL350 cousin.” (I think they mean GL450 cousin)
Read the full article online at Forbes.com
This is a very long and detailed comparison test of the 2014 BMW M5 Competition and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model. Guess who wins…
Mike really loved his 2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI that he bought as a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle in 2007…
It was a fantastic vehicle for his long commute and frequent travel. In the 6 years he owned it he put on about 210,000 miles and really enjoyed the fuel economy. In fact, over the last 40,000 miles he was averaging almost 33 mpg in mixed driving! That is excellent considering the car was rated at 23 City and 33 Highway by the EPA.
But, it was time to make a change and the all-new 2014 E250 Bluetec was calling his name! Now, this one is rated at 28 City and 45 Highway by the EPA. I can hardly wait to see what he gets in the real world!
Here’s to another quarter of a million miles! Thanks Mike!
A 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview
Do you see that?! The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 has been at the port waiting to get EPA certified and it was worth the wait! Our first shipment of four E250’s has arrived with these gorgeous numbers in the window! 45 mpg on the highway will get you about 950 miles on a single tank! Even at the average of 34 mpg a 21.1 gallon tank will go 717 miles before filling up!
Do you see your new car in this line-up? How much would you save with an average of 34 mpg in your luxury car? Bluetec is clearly the way to go for a greener driving experience!
I went for a little road trip today in a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350. I drove about 120 miles round trip to Fayetteville, Georgia and had a great time! I used less than a quarter of a tank of fuel, seamlessly navigated the highways and rural roads, and interacted with several of our new systems.
This may be my best ever Eco Display score. Normally on the way to work it gets down into the single digits! Notice in the picture that I am using both the ECO Start/Stop function and the HOLD braking feature at the same time!
The E-Class is a very busy car and there are a lot of features. Here are a few of the features I interacted with on my little trip:
…all that in just 2 hours! Imagine what this car could do for you all the time!
I was lucky enough to spend a few hours yesterday with this amazing 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4MATIC. We received some technical training and some hands on experience with Race Start and the updated parking assist.
I kept trying to get a picture that really showed off the 19″ matte black 10-spoke wheels (code 752). I am normally not a fan of black wheels but these really complimented the car.
I am now prepared to talk for at least 30 minutes about all of the changes that AMG made to the E63 AMG to make it even more aggressive and exciting on the road. The wider fenders are impressive, the lower facia is artwork and the quad exhaust sounds great!
With all of the exterior upgrades I almost forgot to check out the interior! The AMG styling is present here as well with the sculpted seats, console gear selector and meticulously stitched dashboard.
I am so jealous of all of the people attending the AMG Driving Academy at Road Atlanta this weekend. I would love a little more seat time with this beauty!
Thanks to our AMG Expert John Sands for bringing this car by and I look forward to seeing you again soon for our CLA45 AMG training!
Ever since this commercial started airing customers have been coming in and asking for “the thing with the girl and the soccer ball.” So, for clarification, that “thing” is Distronic PLUS with PRE-SAFE and Pedestrian Recognition. This is part of the Driver Assistance Package on the 2014 E-Class.
Here is a video about how it actually works.