2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
There are 13 user reviews for the E320 BLUETEC Sedan trim shown below
- Good fuel economy, excellent diesel, very comfortable
- Car is too soft & "floats", acceleration can be uneven, stereo / nav needs redesign
We have really enjoyed our new Mercedes, searching for better gas mileage and good performance compared to our previous BMW 5 series sports sedan.
The fuel economy is averaging 26 MPG or so. Frankly, this car makes the most sense for those that are on the freeway, as it can average over 30MPG. Stop and start is about 23MPG- a hybrid would be a better choice for city only driving, but for clear highway miles, you'll do very well.
Like the other reviews, you generally "wouldn't know it is a diesel". The seven speed automatic, at times, however, seems geared for "slow" and "step on it", not a happy medium. The car is very, very comfortable for the driver and all passengers.
The car is far too softly sprung- it needs the sports suspension option available for the gas models. It'll remind you of an older Cadillac or possibly some Lexus models- who says buyers who want good fuel economy wouldn't want a modern ride? With an engine tuned for the highway, wallowing down the road at 85 or 90 on a soft suspension is not the best experience- the ride is better around town.
The NAV / stereo needs a complete redesign. Neither the satellite nor the ipod interface work with the voice commands for the radio / nav / cd. The iPod interface is atrocious, simply horrible. (The iPod continues to "play" through every tune while you are using other audio, a poor design choice.)
I do like the car's comfort and economy, but feel that a sport suspension option, better integrated audio / nav, and a differently tuned transmission would be big improvements....read morehide
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- Fuel Economy, Appearance, Drive, Front Seat Comfort
- $400 Blue Tooth Add-On In The Pre-Wired Package
Want to start off by saying that I love my car, and at typing it has just over 13,000 miles of which is mostly highway. The car is averaging anywhere from 32-37mpg on my typical daily highway commute. Great supportive front seats, quiet interior, and great upgraded sound system, all of which help my long ride. Not impressed with the Command GPS, as my wife's Toyota Solara convertible has a much better OEM unit in it. No problems at all to report as with some that I have read here......read morehide
22 out of 31 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- LOW Gas Consumption, Good integration of Entertainment and Auto Controls electronics
- Terrible audio acoustics, Confusing NAVIGATION Front end, Terrible iPOD controls
Mine has just done under 2000 miles. It is my second Mercedes Diesel so I knew what I was buying. I am very happy with my choice and my only complaints are :
Terrible audio acoustics - Really inferior to R-Class for example. sounds shallow and almost like what you would expect to hear driving a cheap 10K car
Confusing NAVIGATION Front end - We came to the conclusion that the person who has designed this thing was drunk at the time. It is so NOT COMMON SENSE, So NOT WHAT IT SHOULD BE.... I have had many cars with NAVIGATION before and this one takes the prize for being the worst....MERCEDES PLEEZ Redesign...have a look at the Garmin front ends and make the Command Module Touch Sensitive
Terrible iPOD controls - This must be one of the missed opportunities for making this car very special. They should have a graphical front end with a touch sensitive COMMAND interface for navigating around the IPOD storage. The same unit can be used to display the Video iPOD signals etc.
OVERALL- Probably one of the Best Cars in the market today....read morehide
29 out of 39 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Just about everything
- Split rear folding seats add alittle noise to interior
This car is unbelievable! One of the best handling sedans that I have ever driven for its size. The 3.0L diesel is a smooth operator with all that low end torque. The interior is what I have come to expect from Merc. Super fit and finish with all the right appointments. Get the leather, it's worth the extra 1800.00. Not happy that I had to cough-up 399.00 for the Bluetooth interface, should have come with the Command system. Oh well, what you should expect paying $62k for four wheels. Outside of the slight increase in noise in the cabin from having the split folding rear seats (according to dealer and MB Tech Support), I have no other complaints, just praise for this 38mpg on the highway and 31mpg mixed use, E-320 Bluetec. Once you drive it, the 52k+ pricetag really won't bother you!...read morehide
25 out of 34 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Gas mileage, acceleration, comfort, ride
- No free MB maintanence
I have had the Bluetec for just over 5k miles. No problems, drives great. Averaging about 29 mpg, mixed city and highway. Over 37 mpg on interstate driving at 75 mph.
I paid dealer invoice for it, which surprised me they took my offer, as these cars are in pretty high demand and seem to be hard to find.
Have read some reviews that the suspension and tires weren't great for "performance" driving. Having owned two BMW 3-series, the Bluetec is not that agile, but is overall much more comfrontable to drive and has no problem handling at speeds most people would consider above normal.
Only issues is that MB seems kind of cheap on its maintanence plan, where basically you pay for normal scheduled service. BMW covers this for the first 50k miles, which should be the standard for a luxury car maker....read morehide
19 out of 29 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- large car, no smoke or smell of diesel, outperforms most on the road
- little softer suspension and steering than prior MB E's
avg fuel econ is 28 - 30 local and up to 38 on highway in a large sedan, sure diesel may be a bit more expensive but in the long run pays for itself when compared to the poor mileage gasoline engine get in the same type of car. Believe it or not you will not notable be able to smell the exhuast, and unlike my last CDI it doesn't even blast out smoke on fast take offs....read morehide
7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Comfort, fuel economy, performance, stylish
- Haven't found any
I never really enjoyed driving anything with more than 2 wheels my entire life. One test drive and I was sold on this car. I LOVE to drive this car even if it's just around the block to get a newspaper. If I didn't know that it was a diesel before I drove it, you'd have had a hard time convincing me that it is a diesel. I drove 428 miles to visit family in Houston, Tx., drove around town for several days and almost 1/4 of the way back before refuleing. Unbelievable performance and smooth shifting. Above average sound system, great seat comfort, almost effortless steering but firm grip of the road. A truly great piece of engineering....read morehide
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- Too many Pro's to list. Comfort and quietness only exceeded by fuel economy.
- The $400 Bluetooth should have been standard equipment.
The power is impressive. MB has outdone themselves in their mission to create a very quiet and odorless Diesel product. Whenever I take someone for a ride they ask repeatedly if I am sure this is a diesel powered vehicle. I am convinced that I will never buy anything but Mercedes Benz in the future.
The IPOD connector in the glove box is a plus. The Serious is also a plus but the IPOD gives much more flexability in music choice.
We commute 55 miles each way daily and now when I get out of the car my body is not stiff and sore. The Bluetec gets better mileage than the small commuter car we were driving and is much more comfortable. Who ever said you have to sacrifice comfort for economy has obviously never driven a Mercedes Benz E320 Bluetec....read morehide
15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Fuel economy, smooth, quiet ride, Sirius radio, large trunk
This is our 3rd diesel. MB has topped theirselves with this one. Quiet, smooth and sneaky fast on the road. It's nice driving by gas station after gas station before you have to fill up!!! New 7 speed makes for smooth shifts. The reviewers think the E350 gas is better. They're kidding themselves after you own one of these for a few months you'll see. No smell now either. Test drive both, then you'll know they're wrong! Trunk is deeper, but not as wide as our 1999, but this engine is quite an improvement is smoothness, quiet and flat out power. Bluetec is going to find itself into many MB's, Audi's and VW's. Why not have this engine in the S-class so I can get one??? Steering is also much improved over old models now. Makes you want to go out and drive, and it's not even a sport car, like an SL500 or Cayman........read morehide
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- had leased a 2005 C240 for the past 3years leased ended and moved up to the E320 bluetech a
what a car great it a rocket not to many hp but great torque have all the options keyless start hans free phone in the new senana met black looks great sure is better then the BMW 5 SERIES smouth drive very quiet
12 out of 24 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
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