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2007 Mercedes-Benz E Class Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E Class was new.

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior, as expected, is elegant and comfortable. Edmunds describes it as "an airy two-tone cabin, where supple leather seats and coordinating soft-touch surfaces are complemented by wood inlays, chrome accents and gathered sections of leather on the door."

Interior changes from the 2006 E-Class are minimal. The cabin retains the traditional Mercedes appeal with added simplicity. Forbes finds the 2007 Mercedes-Benz "inner ambience" warm, with materials and trim that are "substantial-feeling." In sum, Cars.com calls the interior a "cozy cabin with a sense of luxurious privilege while the rest of the world rushes past."

Many reviewers note the improvement in both interior space and comfort for the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It also received a décor revamp with a more attractive dash. Most test drivers reviewers found cargo space in the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan limiting and reference the wagon for additional trunk room.

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Seating

In line with other reviewers, Car and Driver finds the interior space "generous," particularly in the front seats. AutoWeek calls the 2007 E-Class interior a "pleasant environment, with excellent ergonomics and a driving position that is just about perfect for a luxury sedan." CNET writers add that it has been a Mercedes-Benz standard for many years to provide firmly padded seats for long-term driver and passenger comfort.

Unfortunately, many find the rear seat space cramped, particularly when sitting behind tall front-seat occupants. Cars.com calls the rear seat "cramped," with narrow rear door openings. The writer from About.com had the experience of sitting behind the driver of an E-Class and says "were it not for the deep cutouts scooped into the seatback, I wouldn't have been able to do it without having my knees surgically removed." Aside from space, writers from New Car Test Drive find that back seat riders have "all the comforts of home," with separate air vents, a fan-speed switch, separate temperature adjustments, and a fold-down armrest with cup holders.

Interior Features

Writers agree that the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class dashboard is an eye-catching, yet complex (maybe too complex) array of controls. Edmunds calls the control layout "confusing" but notes the "attractive analog instrumentation" which is generally easy to read but may take a while to figure out. "Like most high-end sedans, the E-Class can be equipped with a mind-boggling array of electronic gear, including a concert hall sound system with satellite radio reception, hands-free cell phone and DVD-based navigation," says Forbes.

Most reviewers raved about the new steering wheel, borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz C class. The steering wheel, which Automobile.com cites as impressive, is four-spoke tiller and linked to the reworked steering system that boasts increased sharpness than previous models. AutoWeek also adds that the steering wheel can be adjusted a variety of ways, making for optimal driver comfort.

A popular conclusion among reviewers is that the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has upgraded its standard features while still offering appealing additional packages and options. "The new car features all of the goodies and gadgets that have appeared in all of Benz's new introductions, in a package that's familiar to the masses,"Automobile.com. The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, electrostatic dust and pollen filter, electronic cruise control, 10-way power front seats, each with 3-position memory, COMAND Cockpit Management and Data system, a fiber-optic network for precise high-speed communication, a color-LCD screen and controls fitted for the optional DVD-based Navigation System, SIRIUS satellite radio and Hands-Free communication. . The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class also comes with Mercedes Tele Aid System which uses GPS satellites plus a cellular link to provide 24-hour live assistance for emergency or roadside assistance.

Stereo and Entertainment

The E-Class comes with harman/kardon LOGIC7 digital surround-sound system with 12 speakers, 420 watts and a subwoofer. In addition, there is an auxiliary input jack in the glove box that connects to an MP3 or digital music players. A 6-disc CD changer is standard.

Cargo

The majority find compartment space and cargo room in the 2007 Mercedes-Benz lacking. Mercedes has improved cargo and storage space in the E-Class compared to prior years, but New Car Test Drive notes that the 2007 E-Class still has less storage space than some competitors. Cars.com finds that the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class trunk is roomy, but rear compartment space is "shockingly small" and a major drawback. Forbes finds the optional split-folding rear seat the "handiest E-class optional feature." For a cost of $310, E-Class owners can add adjustable rear seat/trunk cargo space. For more interior cargo and trunk space, consider the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon.

Review Last Updated: 9/17/07

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