Mercedes-Benz E-Class Road Test
The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class promises improved fuel economy and cutting-edge safety gear. The base E300 is powered by a 241-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that is linked to a nine-speed automatic. This combination works well, but it won't set your heart on fire. Diesel and high-performance AMG variants will come later. The car is quiet and handles with agility, and the ride is comfortable. Inside, the dash features high-resolution displays, but the controls have grown more complicated. Even adjusting the lumbar support in the seat is a multi step process done through the central controller and screen. Touch-sensitive control buttons adorn the steering wheel, which we find to be needlessly fussy. New technology includes the ability to follow the road and steer itself temporarily as a driver assist feature. This vehicle can be outfitted with a semi-autonomous driving package. Consumer Reports believes automakers should take stronger steps to ensure that vehicles with those systems are designed, deployed, and marketed safely. Please heed all warnings, and keep your hands on the wheel.
All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.
Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.