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MPG: 24 City / 30 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class sees some interior updates for 2014, and reviewers are pleased with the premium materials, which include rich wood and metal trim. Test drivers say the interior build quality is exceptional, and that the standard MB-Tex upholstery looks and feels like real leather. Most also appreciate the E-Class’ eye-catching interior design, though a few critics comment that the cabin looks a little old-fashioned when compared with the cabins in rival Cadillac and Lexus models.

  • "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 
  • "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 
  • "With a foundation of old-school sophistication, utilizing rich wood trim and finely grained surfaces, the interior is as a Mercedes should be: stately. We're even pleased with the MB-Tex synthetic leather that has the look and feel of genuine hides." -- Edmunds 
  • "Upgraded dash materials and subtly restyled interior curves make the cabin of the E-Class feel a noticeable step above its predecessor, though it's still a bit on the conservative side when compared to the flashier Cadillac and Lexus alternatives." -- Kelley Blue Book  

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Seating

The E-Class sedan seats five, while E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models seat four. The E-Class wagon comes with a rear-facing third-row seat, which increases seating capacity to seven. The base E250 BlueTEC sedan comes standard with MB-Tex (leatherette) upholstery and 14-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, ventilated front seats and a driver’s seat with massage are optional or available on higher trims. The E-Class generally earns positive comments for its front seats, which are extremely adjustable and offer ample headroom for taller drivers. Still, some critics say that taller drivers may want more thigh support. Test drivers also praise the E-Class sedan’s back seat for its spacious, comfortable accommodations.

  • "Rear passenger space remains generous; as does the size of the trunk." -- AutoTrader
  • "Also praiseworthy are the front seats that provide hours of comfortable touring, though taller drivers noted that the seat cushion lacked thigh support." -- Edmunds 
  • "The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior offers profoundly comfortable seats, plenty of headroom and accommodating ergonomics all around." -- Kelley Blue Book 

Interior Features

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC sedan comes standard with a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, which includes an iPod interface, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, HD Radio, a six-disc CD/DVD player, an SD card slot and an auxiliary jack. Also standard are forward collision warning and Mercedes’ Attention Assist system, which monitors driving behavior for signs of drowsiness and alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings. Options and features available on higher trims include a panoramic moonroof, a backup camera, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, proximity key, push-button start, a power trunk lid, a power rear sunshade, navigation, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Some reviewers say that the E-Class’ COMAND infotainment system can be difficult to use, especially when compared with systems found in Audi and BMW vehicles. Others write that a straightforward menu structure makes COMAND easy to use, but they note that pairing a smartphone with the system could be easier.

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  • "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 
  • "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

Cargo

The 2014 E-Class sedan’s trunk has 15.9 cubic feet of space, which is a bit more room than most luxury large cars offer. Coupe and convertible models offer 13.3 and 11.5 cubic feet, respectively, while the E-Class wagon has 29 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 57.4 cubic feet with them folded. 

Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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