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STYLING | 7 out of 10
The car's profile remains decidedly rakish, with ample visual thrust provided by the swollen rear fenders and angled character line.
The convertible is the newest member of the redesigned E-Class family, joining the sedan and coupe that debuted last year, and the droptop retains the sleek lines established by the coupe.
Although the car looks like an E-class sedan with the roof removed, down to the gawky crease over the rear fender, it’s dimensionally closer to the C-class.
Car and Driver
has a cabin done in a style that is meant to recall solid, dependable Mercedes from the past
Iconic style and a hood ornament that commands respect from the apres-ski club valets: Standard.
With so many variations among the different body styles, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class still manages to assemble a family look for all its citizens. It's a look that works more effectively on the dramatically styled two-doors than it does on the traditional four-door sedan.
The E-Class, over the past two generations, has become Mercedes' styling lab. First it swapped its headlamps for goggle eyes and more gently radiating curves--then it ditched that look entirely for the current look, bristling with hard edges and deep sculpting and angular intersections across the face. It's a counter-reformation that looks fairly busy on the coupe, but more appropriate than on the sedan, which doesn't come off as elegant as it has in the past, even as a wagon. What's busy to us may be beautiful to some, but our take is the 2013 E-Class has more than its fair share of chrome accents, flares, bulges, and creases.Somehow it plays better on the two-doors and their abbreviated wheelbase. The Coupe rounds off the rear roofline and the Cabriolet mimics its proportions, but swaps in a retractable soft top.
The high-performance E63 AMG is easy to pick out from a distance, thanks to its unique wheels and special lower-body aerodynamic treatment (plus an upgraded interior). It was previously only available in Sedan form, but for the 2012 model year it's also offered as a Wagon.
Compared to the previous generation of the E Class, the interior of the current car feels a little more conservative, yet also modernist and less curvaceous than some of the automaker's other efforts. Sharp corners and well-pressed creases inside give the Mercedes-Benz E-Class a more traditionally luxurious look that meshes well with the new exterior. About the only thing that isn't so welcoming is the sea of matte-plastic buttons for audio and climate controls--in addition to the COMAND interface that covers infotainment.
All models include wood, metal, and refined plastic trims, which you can further dress up through a long list of customization options.
The E-Class gets a little overwhelmed by angles in front, but the cabin's unruffled, and in some optional versions, decadent.