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Avg. Price Paid: $32,742 - $41,150
Original MSRP: $50,490 - $59,790
MPG: 20 City / 30 Hwy
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2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior

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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has no shortage of high-tech interior features, but critics say its simple, elegant design focuses on traditional luxury rather than electronic wizardry. The E-Class sedan’s interior styling has a classic Mercedes feel, with sharp angles and quality materials throughout. Reviewers generally agree that the COMAND infotainment system has gotten more user-friendly, but comment that some controls, such as the awkwardly-placed cruise control stalk, aren’t the most intuitive.

  • "Wind and road noise are well suppressed in all models." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a cabin done in a style that is meant to recall solid, dependable Mercedes from the past. Angles are sharp, the materials first-rate and the look is decidedly austere, especially when adorned in monotone color schemes and dark wood trim -- very German, in other words." -- Edmunds  

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The E-Class sedan generally earns positive comments for its seats, which are highly adjustable and offer ample space for taller drivers. However, one critic notes that the optional dynamic front seats, which automatically adjust bolstering, feel intrusive on normal commutes. In the back, testers commend the E-Class for its spacious, comfortable accommodations.

  • "In sedans, headroom and legroom are ample, even for taller or longer-legged drivers." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The sedan's backseat is quite spacious, matching the BMW 5 Series as the most welcoming rear quarters in the midsize luxury class." -- Edmunds 
  • "We're still not in love with the $660 Drive Dynamic multi-contour seat option, however. When we accidentally left the auto-adjusting chairs in their most dynamic mode, we found that they still react to the slightest rights onto exit ramps as if they'd been fitted to a Porsche GT2 RS hurtling around the Carousel at the Nurburgring. It's like getting groped heavily at happy hour." -- Autoblog 
  • "Seat-shaped seat controls high on the door panels and seat heating/cooling controls at the very bottom of the center stack make it easy to adjust important things quickly." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

Reviewers say the E-Class offers a spacious cabin finished with premium materials. Most agree that Mercedes’ COMAND system, which controls all audio and climate functions, has gotten much easier to use than when it first debuted, but one reviewer notes that it still requires some time to master. The most frequently noted ergonomic misstep, however, involves the steering wheel-mounted cruise control and gear selector stalks. Test drivers frequently comment that it’s easy to mistake them for turn signal or windshield wiper controls.

  • "The steering-column stalk for the cruise control is still located in a place where it can be confused for the turn signal and wiper stalk." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "All E-Class models come with the Mercedes COMAND electronics interface, which combines a large display screen, a control knob and dash-mounted buttons. There's a bit of a learning curve involved, but it's generally neither better nor worse than similar systems from Audi or BMW." -- Edmunds 
  • "Mercedes' familiar stalk-mounted cruise-control switch remains, and it still looks too much like, and is too easily mistaken for, the turn-signal lever. The new gear selector is a lot like a turn signal, too, on the right side of the steering column." -- New Car Test Drive 


The 2012 E-Class sedan’s trunk can hold up to 15.9 cubic feet of cargo. Reviewers say it’s easy to access, and has more room than most of the competition. However, if you need more room for cargo, consider the Lincoln MKS or Audi A7, which have 18.7 and 24.5 cubic feet of space, respectively.

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