Performance and Driving Impressions Rating:
It might not be the quickest luxury two-door available, but its effortless power and plush ride make the E-class far better for wafting along in comfort than many of its rivals. Braking performance and cornering grip are both excellent and on par with other premium coupes and convertibles. However, we’d like some additional feedback from the steering.
All but the most speed-obsessed drivers will be satisfied with the E400’s smoothly delivered power and acceleration times. The 329-hp twin-turbo V-6 engine is never caught out of breath, and the nine-speed automatic transmission is quick to downshift when you stab the throttle for extra power. Our test vehicles sported Mercedes-Benz’s optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, but a rear-wheel-drive setup is standard.
Test Results: Acceleration
Ride, Handling, and Steering
A creamy ride is an E-class hallmark, and the two-door models benefit from the same supple ride as the sedan and wagon variants. Both of our test vehicles came equipped with the $1900 four-corner air suspension that provides the driver with the ability to vary the ride comfort and handling. Eco and Comfort modes do the best job of soaking up bumps and potholes, while Sport and Sport+ firm up the suspension, which results in a few unseemly impacts on rough roads; this is especially true of the Sport+ setting. Steering is direct and accurate regardless of the mode. Tactile feedback from the road ahead is lacking, though-and that is perhaps the only dynamic downfall of the E-class.
Test Results: Maximum Cornering Capability
Strong braking performance at our test track was accompanied by a firm brake-pedal feel and a carefree experience when driving in the real world.
Test Results: Maximum Braking Capability