2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4Matic – The Seattle Medium
By Frank S. Washington
DETROIT – Sounds like a huge insult, but the new Mercedes-Benz E450 is much better than the car it replaces. And the first place to start with this sedan is under the hood.
The twin-turbo V6 was replaced by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. It developed 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque at a ridiculously low 1,600 rpm.
It was mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. But it’s getting better. The E450 was fitted with Mercedes’ EQ or electric supercharging system. In this case, it was a 48-volt hybrid with an electric motor that added up to 21 more horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque to help the turbo start.
Let’s count the power. That’s up to 383 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. And inline engines have always been a lot smoother than their V-shaped counterparts. What we’re saying is this car was incredibly smooth and powerful, and it didn’t look that way either. It was a standard Mercedes-Benz sedan. The only giveaway were the AMG five-spoke sports wheels.
But he moved with authority, and it didn’t take much effort to do so. An automotive magazine called Butter Mercedes E450 2021, and we can’t dispute the definition. The stop and start function was imperceptible so we never turned it off because most of the time the motor was so quiet we couldn’t tell when it was running or when it was restarting.
There was air suspension and five driving modes: sport +, sport, comfort, eco and custom.
The 2021 E-Class is larger than the model it replaced. It had a long hood, a roofline similar to that of a coupe. There were short overhangs, a long wheelbase, and 18-inch wheels. It could go from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and cover a quarter mile in 12.9 seconds and hit 108 mpg in 10 seconds. It was faster than the model it replaced and more fuel efficient.
The 2021 Mercedes E450 got 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. We had a sporty model; thus, it had a radiant grille with a large Mercedes star in the center.
But the car was not about speed, performance or brute force, it was about sophistication, luxury and technology. For us, this luxurious midsize sedan was all about conveying an organic experience.
Our model had a large double digital screen. In fact, they were two 12.3-inch screens that shared a single bezel. The one behind the wheel was holding the odometer and speedometer. There was a TFT screen in between.
This display was oversized, which is a way of saying that it was easy to see for the older customers that this sedan will attract. The infotainment screen was a touchscreen. But there was also a touchpad on the center console.
It was a little surprising. Another luxury car maker has dropped its touchscreen tablet, after complaints about the difficulty in using it. We found them cumbersome to use.
The interior was covered in grained ash wood around the center console, through the dashboard and along the doors. There was also LED mood lighting with 64 colors that automatically and randomly changed hues.
Of course, the front seats were heated and cooled, and the steering wheel was also heated. The front seats were also fully electric, including the headrest, and there were seat extensions and lumbar supports.
There was keyless operation, Bluetooth, wireless charging, and voice commands. But there were also things that were not so ordinary.
When we came to an intersection and were the first car stopped, the camera system would show us the intersection with a high definition shot on the big screen. It was protection against someone rushing through the intersection trying to shine a light.
What they called the 3D sound system was really thrilling. It looked like double rows of speakers in the Mercedes E450. They say there was a panoramic roof, we don’t think so.
Still, there was a front and rear window with an interior divider for the double sunscreen. The rear window was fixed while the front could be tilted, and it opened.
There was plenty of legroom and hip room in the back seat. However, the all-wheel-drive system tunnel made it nearly impossible for an adult to sit on the hump. In other words, it was a four-passenger midsize sedan like most of them.
It had a complete driver assistance package including evasive steering assist, rear crash protection, route-based speed adaptation, lane-keeping assist, assist at emergency stops, active lane change assist and active brake assist, and so on. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 has made driving easier.
The car’s base price was $ 62,000. But add all kinds of options, including Active Park Assist, an Acoustic Comfort Package, a smart LED lighting system, and surround sound, and the price has jumped to $ 76,140 according to testing.