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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was new.


Interior: 8.3

The automotive press agrees that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers classic interior styling, as well as exceptional build quality and top-notch materials.

  • "The cabin of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is meant to evoke classic themes from past models, combining angular architecture, first-rate materials and a decidedly austere look, especially when adorned in monotone color schemes and dark wood trim." -- Edmunds
  • "Wind and road noise are well suppressed in all models." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The E-Class generally earns positive comments for its front seats, which are extremely adjustable and offer ample space for taller drivers. In the back, most test drivers commend the E-Class sedan for its spacious, comfortable accommodations, though one reviewer notes that the back seat is a little tight in the four-seat Coupe and Cabriolet models. The E350 sedan comes standard with leatherette upholstery and 14-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, ventilated front seats and an active multicontour driver’s seat with massage are optional or available in higher trims.

  • "Every E-Class is relatively comfortable and spacious for their respective segments. The seats are firm, but offer impressive comfort and support for the long haul." -- Edmunds 
  • "Front head- and legroom is very good on all models. The rear seats, however, can be a bit cramped in the Coupe and Cabriolet but are very nice in the Sedan and Wagon." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In sedans, headroom and legroom are ample, even for taller or longer-legged drivers." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan comes standard with a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a six-disc CD changer, HD Radio and a 7-inch display. Mercedes’ Attention Assist system is also standard. It monitors driving behavior for signs of drowsiness and alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings. Options and features available in higher trims include a panoramic moonroof, adaptive headlamps, push-button start, a power trunk lid, a power rear sunshade, navigation, an iPod interface, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system. A number of safety features are also optional, including a backup camera, parking sensors, rear side-impact air bags, adaptive cruise control, night vision with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.

One reviewer says that while Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system requires some study, it’s still easier to use than the systems found in cars built by Audi and BMW. The most frequently noted ergonomic misstep, however, involves the steering wheel-mounted cruise control and gear selector stalks. Test drivers frequently comment that it’s easy to mistake them for turn signal or windshield wiper controls.

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  • "All E-Class models come with the COMAND electronics interface, which combines a large display screen, a control knob and dash-mounted buttons. Although it requires a bit of a learning curve, we generally prefer it to rival systems from Audi or BMW." -- Edmunds 
  • "Our favorite standard safety feature: Attention Assist, which monitors driving behavior and can detect driver drowsiness." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "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 (2012)
  • "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 (2011)


The 2013 E-Class sedan’s trunk can hold up to 15.9 cubic feet of cargo, while coupe and convertible models offer 13.3 and 11.5 cubic feet, respectively. Although one critic points out that the E-Class sedan lacks split-folding rear seats (they’re optional), most reviewers say that the trunk is easy to access and has more room than the trunks in most of the competition.

  • "Luggage space is impressive across the line, even in the Cabriolet, which has ample usable trunk space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the trunk has only 15.9 cubic feet of cargo volume and rear seats do not fold flat." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Sedans feature a deep, flat-floored trunk." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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