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STYLING | 7 out of 10
The design indeed has evolved, and it's the most obvious change
Car and Driver
Steadily elegant and appropriate for any occasion
A severe dash that looks as if it were drawn with a t-square
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class marks the ninth generation of this venerable German sedan, and the new four-door features a drastic styling change that most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com appreciate.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan is a four-door, five-seat vehicle that comes in either Sport or Luxury trims. The new sheetmetal that adorns the E-Class is still recognizable as a Mercedes, but the latest mid-size sedan has clearly evolved from the previous generation. Car and Driver reports that for 2010, the E-Class lineup is "thoroughly redone," with styling changes that include "four parallelogram-shaped lamps that look unique but still make sense on an E-Class." Motor Trend isn't quite as impressed, asserting that the E-Class 2010's "design sits somewhere between crisp and boxy, with a bluff front end desperate (almost too desperate) to imply status." Cars.com thinks some elements are at odds, noting the "eyebrow-like fog lights sit in the three-piece lower air dam," while, "in comparison, the taillights seem much more reserved." Overall, however, reviewers are impressed by the Mercedes E-Class' new styling elements, and Car and Driver says "the roundness of the rear fender flare and the horizontal line that sits above work far better in person than in a two-dimensional photograph." Consumers likely won't be turned off by the new design, which Automobile Magazine contends "comes off as genuinely German in a way no other brand can quite capture."
The interior of the new E-Class is more conservative than before, and many reviewers consider it to be more luxurious than on the 2009 model. Motor Trend finds that the interior is "equally [as] bluff" as the exterior, but they rave about the "high-mounted center ICE/Navigation screen with superb control logic and graphics." Car and Driver appreciates the upscale elements that abound inside the new Mercedes E-Class, remarking that "many elements look as if they were borrowed from the more luxurious S-Class," including "LED lighting that glows at night." One of the most accurate descriptions of the interior comes from Automobile Magazine, where reviewers note that the 2009 Mercedes E-Class' "attempts at being avant-garde and organic" have disappeared, replaced by "a severe dash that looks as if it were drawn with a t-square." In all, most sources concur the sharp corners and well-pressed creases inside give the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class a more traditionally luxurious look that meshes well with the new exterior.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets a drastic restyle that brings it back to a more masculine shape.