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in 2009 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $17,100 - $23,305
Original MSRP: $53,200 - $63,200
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior

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The interior of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class follows the same classic design themes as its exterior. Gathered leather door panels and real wood accents set the tone, rather than the brushed aluminum and stretched-tight leather of more contemporary-looking luxury sedans. Reviewers say the interior is comfortable and built with attention to detail -- though many are surprised at the small dimensions of the rear seat and trunk, given the large size of the car.

  • "Supple seats and coordinating soft-touch surfaces are complemented by tasteful wood inlays, chrome accents and gathered sections of leather on the door panels." -- Edmunds
  • "The inner ambience is established by standard burl-walnut wood trim and controls aimed at helping instead of intimidating the driver. All materials and trim are substantial-feeling." -- Forbes
  • "Cabin decor is modern and tasteful, with quality materials and top-notch assembly. Structures seem impressively stout; door closings sound like those of a bank vault." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

Reviewers say the E-Class sedan seats four adults comfortably, but not five. The seats are well-padded and highly adjustable. Rear-seat passengers have nearly as many creature comforts as those in front, but the rear seat is not large enough to seat three.

  • "A driving position that is just about perfect for a luxury sedan." -- AutoWeek
  • "The seats and tilt and telescopic steering wheel have ample power adjustments to tailor a good driving stance." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As with the previous model year E-Class, the '07 version still has Latch connectors that should be adopted by every other car manufacturer out there. A discreet flap hides the Latches when not in use and lifts up for easy access to them when needed. I simply love the fact that Mercedes hasn't forgotten about the parents of the world." -- Mother Proof
  • "Door-mounted buttons to adjust the seat position mimic the shape and motion of the 10-way adjustable front seats; an eminently logical arrangement that Mercedes-Benz invented and which other manufacturers now use." -- Forbes
  • "Interior space is generous up front; one unusually tall journalist told me the new E was one of the few cars that accommodated him comfortably. Unfortunately, I had to sit behind this guy, and 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." -- About.com

Interior Features

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class boasts a tremendous list of standard equipment, and one of the highest levels of fit and finish in the automotive industry. Many reviewers, however, say Mercedes' COMAND driver interface system can be difficult to learn, and storage space is in fairly short supply.

  • "Gauges are easy to read. Most controls are illuminated and handy, but some are far right of center -- making them a bit of a reach -- and others have unclear markings, especially those for the audio system." - Consumer Guide
  • "The attractive instrumentation is generally easy to read, but Mercedes' COMAND interface can take a while to figure out." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside the E-Class you'll find a tasteful mix of leather and wood, comfortable seats and straightforward controls placed within easy reach." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Tidy French seams in the console and door trim areas add an elegant touch." --Forbes

Cargo

The trunk of the E-Class is a bit small when compared to other large luxury sedans and storage within the cabin is limited. A split-folding rear seatback is available.

  • "The trunk isn't very tall and the lid hinges eat into space, though they're shielded to help avoid cargo damage. Available split-folding rear seatback is unusual in this class. In-cabin small-item storage is only average." -- Consumer Guide

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