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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior

Test drivers report that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a luxurious, attractive cabin with top-notch build quality and first-class materials like wood and chrome. The E-Class has large rear seats, critics say. Some reviewers think the E-Class' infotainment system is user-friendly, though others argue that luxury rivals like BMW and Audi have systems that are both more attractive and easier to use.

  • "The cabin of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is at once handsome and functional." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, things are as plush and refined as ever, with generous amounts of wood and chrome trim creating a decadent environment." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The enriched cabin gets a restyled dashboard and gauges, a handsome analog clock, aluminum-look switches, and striking wood or metal trim. There's a heightened sense of fit-and-finish; corners and joints are executed with a precision nearly befitting an S-class." --Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "If most people were being really honest, they probably wouldn't need anything bigger, more luxurious or more lavishly appointed than an E-Class." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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Seating

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan seats five, while the E-Class coupe and convertible seat four. The E-Class wagon seats seven thanks to a standard rear-facing third-row seat. The base E250 BlueTEC sedan comes standard with 14-way power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, ventilated front seats and a massaging driver seat.

Auto writers report that the E-Class’ front seats have plenty of room and comfort. They say the rear seat in the sedan is among the roomiest in the class. The rear seats in the coupe and convertible are smaller than the sedan's but still spacious compared to the rear seats in other midsize two-door luxury cars, critics say.

  • "Each E-Class body style is relatively comfortable and spacious by segment standards. … The backseat in four-door models is pleasantly spacious, matching the BMW 5 Series for most hospitable in the midsize luxury class. Two-door E-Class models lose a lot of rear passenger space, but you can still squeeze two adults back there if need be." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior offers profoundly comfortable seats, plenty of headroom and accommodating ergonomics all around." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Rear passenger space remains generous. …" -- AutoTrader (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, driver drowsiness monitoring and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, which includes a dashboard-mounted screen, a center console-mounted control knob, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio and an auxiliary audio jack. Available features include a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, push-button start, navigation, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system and voice recognition for the COMAND system.

Reviewer opinion of the E-Class' COMAND system is split. Some say it is straightforward and praise its optional voice control feature. However, others think COMAND is harder to use and less attractive than the systems in BMW and Audi vehicles. Test drivers also note that it can be time-consuming to connect an iPhone, and that the E-Class' COMAND system is missing some of the features available in more recently updated Mercedes models like the C-Class and S-Class.

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  • "This is actually Mercedes' older COMAND system and, as such, it lacks some of the upgrades found in the newer C-Class and S-Class, but its operation is pretty easy to learn and the available voice controls are also first-rate." -- Edmunds
  • "It might take a while to pair an iPhone with the infotainment system without reading the manual (music can be streamed via Bluetooth). Once it's hooked up, though, it's simple to navigate the menus." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "On a when-will-they-get-it-together note, the COMAND infotainment system looks a bit prettier, but it remains just as awkward to use. And it's still not pretty enough. Both BMW and Audi continue to eat Daimler's lunch in this space, and we're shocked that with all the tech that's gone into this car, there hasn't been more of an emphasis placed on infotainment." -- AutoWeek (2014)

Cargo

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan has 12.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for the class. The coupe offers 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, the convertible has 11.5 cubic feet and the wagon has up to 57.4 cubic feet with its second- and third-row seats folded. Split-folding rear seats are optional in the sedan. The E-Class is also available with a hands-free trunk lid, which allows you to open and close the trunk by waving your foot under the bumper.

  • "Luggage space is impressive across the line, even in the Cabriolet, which has ample usable trunk space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "… the wagon offers up to 57.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume in addition to its trademark rear-facing (and strictly-for-kids) third-row seat that gives it seven-passenger capacity in a pinch. The coupe drops to a still-commendable 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, while the convertible brings up the rear at 11.5 cubic feet (8.8 with the top down)." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo-hauling enthusiasts will love the E-Class wagon's capacious interior, while automotive enthusiasts of all stripes will probably bow down before the uniquely awesome E63 AMG wagon." -- AutoTrader (2015)
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