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This is what cars are all about. The lines are sleek and modern. There are no words for the amount of thought that went into every single angle and curve of this vehicle: it's art. State of the art. The LED lights cast a painful glare as they very effectively cut through the night. The front end is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. If any car says "I've made it", it's this one. Sort of like the Batmobile, for wealthy grown-ups. When the rag top automatically folds into the trunk, it looks more like a James Bond vehicle.
After getting past the stunning exterior and perfected interior, it's time for the fun part. The E350 is a thrilling ride. It defaults to "Econo" mode, to conserve gas. The handling and torque in Econo mode leave absolutely nothing to be desired. Which is why my heart almost jumped out of my chest, when I floored it in sport mode.
The rear seats offer comfort and a surprisingly reasonable amount of leg room. There's plenty of head-space. It comes with media bluetooth, which interacts with several different types of android and iphones. This means that if you've synched up your phone to the vehicle, and have set your phone's audio player to auto-play upon bluetooth connection, your music will automatically greet you every time you get in and start your car. That is, if you're not already taking advantage of the pre-installed media cache. I do not know what the actual limit is. However, I've uploaded my entire collection of CDs and mp3s into it, with no low memory warnings. The car synched with your texts, and will actually read them out to you.
This is one the most accomplished load luggers you could wish to drive. The cargo end of the car is huge, easily taking the luggage of a family of four. The heated memory seats are a joy and the extra rear facing seats make the vehicle even more versatile. The engine is a delight, full of torque and surprisingly nimble too, and yet still returns 24mpg driving in town. Unforunately, it's not all wunderbar with this car though. The paint seems to be softer than a wax crayon, dare to brush against it and you'll be likely to find some mark left on the surface. The screen wash vanishes at an amazing speed, clean the screen a few times and you'll be filling-up again. The stop-go switch is also laible to problems, an admission from a Mercedes technician bourne out when the switch on my 18 month old car broke. Overall, this car is a joy to drive and own. The problems are annoying, but detract little from the overall experience. However, you might ask yourself whether there should be any niggles with a car like this.
I bought this 2 years ago as a new import. They were still assembling them in India. This is the square light model,not the present frog eye E class. The 124 like the 190 represented the last of the over engineered Mercs (unfortunatly),hewn from solid steel and as tough as a Centurion tank.The present C and E class are much more lightweight and just aren't up to the standard that made Mercs reputation. Like all Mercs its a bit basic,pick your own stereo,forget the outside temperature thermometer and all the goodies that lesser makes hang on their models,Merc make cars not executive toys. But the ride,the go, the stop,the sense of reeling in the horizon, the way the doors shut with a clunk and not a clang,the way the switches are solid and will move in the same positive way in 10 years time as they do now,the suprise you feel when you see in the back window that youv'e just gone over 6 speed bumps and never felt a thing.... thats the Mercedes experience. Trouble is you quickly accept it as the norm, fortunatly I've also got a Rover 600 and a Smart (Mercs fun city car)so when I get back into the E I realise what an incredible piece of engineering excellence it really is. Servicing costs at the main dealer are high,no, bloody extortionate but they clean and polish it afterwards only use Merc parts,treat you like you ARE the most important person in the place,which you are as you pay their wages,and do all they can to please. If you've never driven a big Merc then you've never driven, period.