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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

When it was new, the highly-ranked 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class pleased reviewers with its luxurious cabin and balanced performance. As a used car, the 2009 E-Class also excels with good safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Well-rounded performance
  • Comfortable, elegant interior
  • Good safety scores
  • Complicated infotainment system

New for 2009

  • Replaced single-disc CD player with six-disc CD changer
  • Heated/ventilated front seats only available on the E63 AMG




Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.1
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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

If you’re shopping for a used luxury car, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class remains one of the most well-rounded entries in its class. The base E350 comes with a V6 engine, but the E-Class also offers a turbodiesel E320 BlueTec or the V8-powered E550. There is also a high-performance 2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. E350 and E550 models are available with rear- or all-wheel drive, while the diesel-powered E320 is rear-wheel drive only.

Reviewers felt that the E350 provided good power and composed handling, though most agreed that no E-Class could match the agility of the 2009 BMW 5-Series. At 17/24 mpg city/highway, the E350’s fuel economy estimates are about average for the class, while the turbodiesel E320 uses less fuel than most cars in the segment. The E-Class was completely redesigned for 2010, so you may want to consider the 2010 model for its updated features and styling. The E-Class has good safety scores.

Inside, reviewers agreed that the E-Class is both luxurious and comfortable. Standard features in the E350 sedan include a sunroof, power front seats, dual-zone climate control and a Harmon/Kardon stereo system. Most options were grouped into packages when the E-Class was new, and included features like heated front seats, satellite radio, an iPod interface, navigation and push-button start.

Most test drivers were pleased with the E-Class’ spacious cabin, though it lacks the standard features of rivals like the 2009 Acura RL and 2009 Lincoln MKS. Reviewers also agreed that Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system can be difficult to learn. With 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space, the E-Class sedan has more room for cargo than many of its competitors.

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Other Cars to Consider

With unbeatable safety ratings, the 2009 Acura RL is a worthy opponent to the 2009 E-Class. While the RL can’t match the fuel economy of the E350 or E320 BlueTec, it comes with standard all-wheel drive, which should appeal to shoppers who live in harsh climates.

Another used car worth considering is the 2009 Audi A6, which has an opulent interior that reviewers said was constructed with exceptionally high-quality materials. They weren’t crazy about the engine in the base A6, but they loved the A6 3.0T, which comes with a powerful supercharged V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive. The A6 also has top safety ratings.

Compare the E-Class to the RL and A6 »


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