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Original MSRP: $51,200 - $85,300
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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was new.

The 2008 E Class has an elegant and comfortable interior, with attractive features.  The cabin has traditional Mercedes class and appeal, yet lacks cargo space when compared to other sedans in its class.

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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." Forbes finds the 2008 Mercedes Benz "inner ambience" warm, with materials and trim that are "substantial-feeling," adding that the sedans "comfortably accommodate four adults with room for their accoutrement." Cars.com concludes that the interior is a "cozy cabin with a sense of luxurious privilege while the rest of the world rushes past."

Seating

The E Class sedan, according to consensus, has ample front seat space and enough backseat room to fit two adults. AutoWeek says that this sedan's interior a "pleasant environment, with excellent ergonomics and a driving position that is just about perfect for a luxury sedan." Car and Driver finds the interior space "generous," adding that the E Class accommodations are both spacious and comfortable. Consumer Guide says, "Six-footers get good headroom and plenty of leg space." Edmunds adds that the " interior is inviting and spacious with generous seat adjustment ranges."

According to reviewers, the front seats in the E Class provide space and convenience, yet the backseat can be a bit cramped for more than two adults. Kelley Blue Book calls the seats comfortable, while Cars.com calls the rear seat "cramped," with narrow rear door openings. About.com had the experience of sitting behind the driver of an E Class and gripes "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 passengers 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

Reviewers agree that the 2008 E Class has plenty of features, and has an attractive layout and high-end interior. A conclusion among reviews is that the E Class has upgraded its standard features. Kelley Blue Book says that the interior on the E Class is "luxurious" with a "tasteful mix of leather and wood" and "straight forward controls placed within easy reach." New Car Test Drive, calling the E Class "loaded with features without being excessive," particularly favors the "handsome four-spoke steering wheel with elliptical thumb-operated buttons." Edmunds cites the instrumentation as "attractive" and "generally easy to read." Consumer Guide adds that "Most controls are illuminated and handy, but some are far right off center--making them a bit of a reach--and others have unclear markings, especially those for the audio system.",

The Washington Post concludes that consumers who value quality craftsmanship "will be impressed. They will be seduced by the car's richly appointed cabin -- supple leather seats, fine wood veneers, accent lighting and the most elegantly flowing dashboard available on any midsize car." And New Car Test Drive praises the E Class interior saying "we consider the E-Class cabin to be some of the marque's best design work, with a successful mix of attributes ... It's luxurious, yet functional, and loaded with features without being excessive." Reviewers from Forbes continue on to say that all materials and trim "are substantial-feeling" and "tidy French seams in the console and door trim areas add an elegant touch."

The 2008 Mercedes Benz E Class E350 sedan comes standard with a multifunction steering wheel with four-way power steering, power windows, dual-zone climate control, ten-way power-adjustable front seats, COMAND Cockpit Management and Data system, harman/kardon LOGIC7 digital surround-system, a single-feed six-disc CD changer and an auxiliary audio input jack in the glovebox. 2008 E Class sedans can be fitted with optional packages, such as the P1: Premium I package which includes hands-free communication, DVD navigation, a power rear-window sunshade and heated front seats.

Stereo and Entertainment

The E Class has a 12-speaker harman/kardon LOGIC7 digital surround-system with a subwoofer that produces 420 watts of sound. The E Class also has a six-disc CD changer and an audio input jack. Options for the E Class 350 base level sedan include an iPod Integration Kit or a Premium I Package that includes and SIRIUS Satellite Radio, among other features. Edmunds calls the audio system "hard to use."

Cargo

Reviewers find the interior cargo space lacking and the trunk capacity on the E Class adequate, but less when compared to others in its class. Cars.com finds that the trunk is roomy, but rear compartment space is "shockingly small" and a major drawback. New Car Test Drive recognizes that the 2008 E-Class has less storage space than some competitors. Reviewers from Forbes find the split-folding rear seat the "handiest E-class optional feature."

Review Last Updated: 7/10/08

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