Mercedes-Benz E Class Performance
Most auto reviewers conclude that the 2007 E-Class effectively delivers a smooth, comfortable and quiet ride, with quick acceleration. While there are many accolades, some critics still prefer the BMW 5-Series' performance.
Edmunds calls the E-Class a "pleasing blend of ride and handling." providing "impressive amounts of power and refinement" when going in a straight line. According to Forbes, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ride is "firm and smartly damped, without pain over pavement imperfections often associated with sport sedans." Kelley Blue Book agrees, calling the E-Class "quiet, comfortable and dignified at highway speeds."
Acceleration and Power
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E350, equipped with a V6 engine, makes 268 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E350 comes standard with a 7-speed automatic transmission, which reviewers agree complements the E350 engine with smooth shifts. Most critics find the V6 engine to be refined and responsive. Forbes calls the V6 a "willing servant capable of delivering an impressive show of force when prodded with a heavy foot." "It's a fantastic engine," according to About.com, which describes it as "smooth, quiet and very powerful."
The standard 7-speed automatic transmission is generally appreciated. CNET calls the transmission "seamless" and "sophisticated". Cars.com agrees, finding that in its test drives the 7-speed transmission was " very responsive to throttle input." A vocal minority found the automatic transmission off. Forbes says a "notable irritation" is "that the automatic transmission's manual mode clicks off upshifts at the red line even when that's not the driver's intention."
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E350 gets an EPA estimate of 17 miles per gallon in the city, and 24 mpg on the highway. The E350's fuel economy does not stand out in its class. New Car Test Drive calls the gas mileage "decent" for this class of car.
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E550 comes with a V8 engine that makes 382 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Reviewers say the E550's engine is ready to deliver strong performance. Edmunds calls the engine "powerful," with considerably increased output from previous years' models.
"This is a fabulous engine: refined and very willing to rev. A standard seven-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the rear wheels with silken efficiency," reports AutoWeek. With this new and more powerful V8, notes Kelley Blue Book, and the no charge "energetic" Sport Package, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E550 is the "sportiest yet." New Car Test Drive says "there's nothing like the E550's V8 power for smooth, exhilarating acceleration. This V8 is sweet from idle to the 6000-rpm redline, and with 382 hp and 391 pound-feet of torque (up from 302 horsepower and 339 pound-feet in the E500), the E550 flies."
Kelley Blue Book calls the E550's 7-speed transmission "nearly transparent in its operation." Writers from New Car Test Drive agree, crediting the transmission for improving acceleration, performance and response, while also enhancing fuel economy. The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E550 requires premium unleaded gasoline and has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 14 mpg in the city, and 21 mpg on the highway.
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is the top-line engine of the E-Class sedans. Edmunds calls the E63 AMG acceleration "exemplary." The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG V8 delivers "a thoroughly impressive" 507 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, "which makes it the most powerful E-Class ever," says Automobile.com. The V8 has "monstrous acceleration," reports New Car Test Drive, with a more efficient 7-speed automatic transmission with AMG-tuned Speedshift programming. The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG requires premium unleaded gasoline and has an EPA estimate of 12 mpg for city driving and 19 mpg for highway driving.
For those more interested in fuel economy, reviewers agree that the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 BLUETEC delivers. The improved diesel-fueled E-Class sedan uses ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel. EPA estimates a fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city for the E320 BLUETEC and 32 mpg on the highway.
Handling and Braking
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan received a reworked and upgraded chassis that reviewers find improved. Car and Driver recognizes that the E-Class "now turns more precisely." "Improvements to the geometry of the front suspension for 2007 give the E-Class a crisper, quicker turn-in while cornering, perceptibly increasing the sporty nature of the car's handling," says New Car Test Drive.
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes fitted with an independent 4-link suspension on the rear-wheel drive models, or double wishbone suspension on the 4MATIC models. The E63 AMG has front independent 4-like suspension with stabilizer bar and independent 5-arm multilink rear suspension with stabilizer bar. All of the E-Class sedans, "corner responsively and provide a smooth, if slightly firm, ride, a balance we like in luxury sedans," report New Car Test Drive reviewers. The optional Sport Package, at no additional cost, provides a ride that CNET considers "smooth, comfortable." The E550 is "the consummate long-distance cruiser," according to AutoWeek.
Reviewers also note the improved ride of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, with responsive steering. "Regardless of engine or drive system, a 2007 E-Class adds Direct Control, improving steering precision in league with a suspension retuning. The result is crisper turn-in and a general sense of feeling more in contact with the road," finds Road and Track. The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E550 gives "a smoother ride with better body control in the curves," with "wonderful" steering on windy roads, quotes About.com. Edmunds finds the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG handling and ride balance, pleasing for the average drivers but not the hard-core enthusiasts, finding it rather "softly sprung."
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, reviews agree, is equipped with sure-stopping brakes that provide confident and smooth braking. Car and Driver writers note the E-Class improved brakes, and Pre-Safe System and Electronic Stability Program, enhancing safety and braking performance. "Initial impressions suggest the new brakes offer a more progressive pedal action and greater bite in the first couple of degrees of travel," reports AutoWeek. Writers from Kelley Blue Book find the braking "notably smoother in stop-and-go driving." Reviewers from Cars.com agree, saying that the brakes "could stop a freight train."
A few reviewers disagree, finding the 2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class brakes problematic. Writers from Edmunds find the brakes "lack progressive feel," and note that the E-Class is suited for cruising city streets and highways but not to be pushed too hard, otherwise the sedan "displays noticeable body roll, and the brake pedal's soft feel doesn't inspire confidence." New Car Test Drive finds the brakes "excellent in terms of performance," yet reviewers "didn't care for the way they engaged, which we felt was too abrupt, especially in commuter crawl mode." While noting their advantages of applying brake force to each wheel independently, New Car Test Drive still found quirks with the overall braking system.
The 2007 Mercedes Benz E350 sedan comes with a 3,498 -cc DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, delivering 268 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 2,400 - 5,000 rpm. The E350 is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, is rear-wheel drive with optional 4MATIC and has independent 4-link front suspension with independent 5-arm multilink rear suspension and dual-circuit power-assist 4-wheel disc brakes.
The 2007 Mercedes Benz E550 has a 5,461-cc DOHC 32-valve V8 engine with 382 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 391 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 - 4,800 rpm. The E550 comes with a 7-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive or optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive, independent 4-link front suspension and independent 5-arm multilink front suspension and dual-circuit power-assist 4-wheel disc brakes.
The 2007 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG has a V8 engine mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC transmission. The E63 AMG has a semi active air suspension and ABS with BAS and ESP compound brakes with rack-and-pinion steering.
The 2007 Mercedes Benz E320 BLUETEC sedan comes with a 2,987-cc DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, with 208 horsepower at 3,800 rpm and 388 pound-feet or torque at 1,600 - 2,400 rpm, is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and has independent 4-link front suspension and independent 5-arm multilink rear suspension and dual-circuit power-assist 4-wheel disc brakes.