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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was new.


Interior: 8.3

While the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has no shortage of high tech features, they do not overwhelm, with the cabin focusing instead on traditional luxury appointments. Some reviewers find the COMAND infotainment system requires some study to master and also comment that the steering wheel-mounted cruise control stalk is easily confused for one that would control wipers or turn signals. Interior styling has a classic Mercedes feel, with sharp angles and quality materials throughout.

  • "V8s are slightly quieter than V6s under acceleration, but even then the V6 can hardly be considered ‘loud.’ When the optional panoramic sunroof is open, wind rush is well contained up to about 70 mph." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a cabin done in a style that is meant to recall solid, dependable Mercedes from the past. Angles are sharp, the materials first-rate and the look is decidedly somber, especially when adorned in monotone color schemes and dark wood trim -- very German, in other words." -- Edmunds 
  • "Every model is smooth, quiet and appointed in elegant, understated fashion, with comfortable space for four or five passengers and a substantial load of luggage." -- New Car Test Drive 


Reviewers generally like the seats in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 14-way power front seats offer plenty of adjustment, making it easy to find a comfortable driving position. Leather is optional on the base E350 sedan, as are heated seats and a Drive-Dynamic multi-contour driver’s seat with massage. Reviewers also note the spaciousness of the back seat, with a center position that’s comfortable for a small-to-medium sized adult on short drives. Upgrade to the E550 and leather seating is standard.

  • "In sedans, headroom and legroom are ample, even for taller or longer-legged drivers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats are firm, but offer endless comfort and support over the long haul. … The sedan's backseat is quite spacious, matching the BMW 5 Series as the most welcoming rear quarters in the midsize luxury class." -- Edmunds
  • "Seat-shaped seat controls high on the door panels and seat heating/cooling controls at the very bottom of the center stack make it easy to adjust important things quickly." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

The cabin of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan is generally considered open and spacious, which is favored by reviewers with the exception of a few small qualms with the interior features. Many reviewers still think that Mercedes' COMAND system -- which controls all audio and climate functions -- lacks some of the intuitiveness needed to control vehicle functions. Another minor complaint involves the steering wheel-mounted cruise control and gear selector stalks, which some reviewers say can be easily mistaken for turn signal or windshield wiper controls.

Checking the box for Premium 1 Package adds hard-drive base navigation, a Harman/Kardon audio system, six gigabyte music hard-drive, Sirius Satellite Radio, an iPod interface, rearview camera, power rear sunshade and heated front seats. It also adds about $4,000 to the base price. Opt for Premium 2 Package and you get all the features above, as well as an electronic trunk closer, bi-xenon headlamps with curve illumination, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, LED Daytime Running Lights, heated headlamp washers and push button ignition. The Premium 2 Package loads the E-Class full of features and adds about $6,500 to the base price of a little over $49,000.

  • "The controller dial for the COMAND system that programs audio and navigation systems is within easy and comfortable reach on the center console in all body styles. The system still requires some work to access and establish preferred audio and navigation settings. Some functions can also be carried out by an array of buttons on the console. The steering-column stalk for the cruise control is still located in a place where it can be confused for the turn signal and wiper stalk." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "All E-Class models come with Mercedes' COMAND electronics interface, which combines a large display screen, a control knob and dash-mounted buttons. There's a bit of a learning curve involved, but it's generally neither better nor worse than similar systems from Audi or BMW." -- Edmunds 
  • "Mercedes' familiar stalk-mounted cruise-control switch remains, and it still looks too much like, and is too easily mistaken for, the turn-signal lever. The new gear selector is a lot like a turn signal, too, on the right side of the steering column." -- New Car Test Drive 


Reviewers generally like the 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2011 E-Class sedan’s trunk, saying that it’s easy to access with ample room compared to most of the competition. Consumers on the hunt for more cargo space may want to check out the Cadillac DTS or Lincoln MKS, which have the most cargo space available in the large luxury class.

  • "With the shifter moved off the console in sedans, space is freed up for a pair of cupholders. All body styles feature a console box with a split top that can be accessed from either the driver or passenger side, but the box in the sedan is larger." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Trunk capacity at 15.9 cubic feet remains at the top of the class, matching the Audi A6, and surpassing the BMW 5 Series (14.0), Acura TL (13.1 cubic feet), and Lexus GS (12.7). The E-Class Coupe has as much trunk volume as the sedan." -- New Car Test Drive 

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