2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon was new.
Many of the more interesting high-tech features for the 2008 Mercedes Benz E-Class Wagons are extra-cost options, but on the whole the interior of these vehicles is just as comfortable and luxurious as one would expect. "The interior, burled wood and leather, is solid elegance," says the Boston Globe. Kelley Blue Book had the same reaction: "Inside the E-Class you'll find a tasteful mix of leather and wood, comfortable seats and straightforward controls placed within easy reach." The materials are classy and the assembly is mostly top-notch. Consumer Guide finds the accommodations nearly perfect, and notes "tasteful cabin decor, top-notch materials and assembly."
According to Forbes, the E-Class "comfortably seats four adults, with a fifth able to squeeze into the backseat when necessary." The front row offers room and comfort for the driver and passenger. "Six-footers get good head room," says Consumer Guide, and "plenty of leg space. Seats and tilt/telescope steering wheel have ample power adjustments to tailor good driving stance."
The second row seats offer good support and ample space, but a third adult can only be accommodated in an emergency. "Supportive seat," says Consumer Guide of the back row, but two adults are "the comfort maximum. Limited six-footer head room." And the Boston Globe says that the second row bench "has a bit of a hump in the middle, but will hold three passengers."
A third row of seats is available as an option on the E63, but don't expect to seat adults in it. Forbes says that this makes the E63 "a bona fide alternative to an upscale SUV, though limited legroom makes it usable for children only (who might squeal in delight and/or get carsick whenever you test the car's extreme speed and handling capabilities)."
The 2008 Mercedes Benz E-Class Wagons have a number of great interior features, but many of the most technologically advanced will cost extra. Forbes says, "A number of the latest high-tech features are optionally available for gadget lovers, but many are offered only in costly equipment packages." Controls and gauges are nicely laid out, if not perfect. Consumer Guide finds clear gauges and illuminated controls, but also notes "some markings unclear, especially those for audio system." Standard interior features in the E-Class Wagons include the COMAND cockpit management and data system, a Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 digital surround-sound system, an integrated single-feed six-disc CD changer, an auxiliary audio input jack in the glove compartment, electronic cruise control, and dual-zone climate control with individual driver and front passenger controls.
With the optional P2 Package, Mercedes adds a DVD-based navigation system, heated front seats, a hands-free communications system, and Keyless Go. Kelley Blue Book calls this last item one of their favorite features: "Mercedes' keyless entry and start system makes it possible to knock out all your Saturday morning errands without ever removing the key/transmitter from your pocket."
The cargo room in the Mercedes E-Class Wagons is ample -- 68.9 cubic feet -- but this space is a trade-off when the optional third row of seats monopolizes the cargo area. "Buy the E-Class wagon without the third row," says the Boston Globe, "and a warren of storage areas becomes available beneath the rear folding panels."