2010 Mercedes-Benz E550: Through Ian's Lens

One of my childhood memories is sitting on the front-seat armrest of my grandfather's early 1980s’ Mercedes-Benz 240D while he drove me and my brother around the flat farmlands of southern Minnesota. Sometimes we’d run errands and sometimes we went just to go for a drive. With the smell of the leather interior in our noses and the comforting clatter of the diesel engine in our ears, my brother and I knew we were riding in something special.

That “Something Special” legacy continues at Mercedes-Benz for 2010. Taking design cues from the smaller C-Class and larger S-Class, the completely redesigned 2010 E-Class combines a fierce front with sleek hard lines throughout the hood, grille, headlights and fenders. It's an aggressive new stance for a model that has felt middle-of-the-road for the past 15 years. Mainstay design elements are prevalent on the E-Class with the dual headlamps on either side of the nose and stacked indicator/reverse lights/brake lights on the rear. In profile, the E-Class carries its major design lines in a slow crease that swoops along the body panels from the top of the front wheel well to the top of the taillight.

When you see it on the street, this new E-Class will definitely stand out against its competitors. Check out the full-screen player after the jump.

By Ian Merritt | October 29, 2009 | Comments (4)



navi looks a bit dated the way it's intergrated into the dash..also dont' like the way they put the side marker reflector on their US spec cars..reminds me of a band aid in the up-close pic...clearly they could've put it into the headlamp assembly...at least it doesn't stick out like on the Suzuki Kizashi...


Should have opted for larger nicer wheels. I know they are available. They should be standard on a car over 70k. And also an option for the sport grill like on the coupe and C class would look good too.


The back end is a Mitsubishi Galant. Re-design is okay, but today I just saw the 2011 5-series and that blows the doors off this one.


I did a pretty long test drive of an E550 4-Matic recently and think a end of year S550 or a slightly used S would be a better deal. I currently have a 04 E500 and will wait a couple more years and pick up a used 2010 for 1/2 price.

Our family really like the isolating nature of the MB sedans. They're not too much fun to drive, but long trips are very comfortable and often more enjoyable than flying.

I would be nice if the would offer more diesel engines in the US and airmatic with the lower engine specs.

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