Mercedes-Benz E-class review – executive tour-de-force still one to be reckoned with - Interior and tech
The E-class is more diverse, multi-talented and capable than ever, but still retains those key Mercedes attributes
If you’re looking for the biggest changes to the E-class, step inside. The new interior design includes regular analogue dials in the instrument binnacle, with an 8.5-inch central digital display. But for the full S-class experience you can replace the traditional dials and the standard digital screen with two 12.3-inch-wide screens behind a single piece of glass.
The instrument display features virtual dials, with three configurations on offer – Classic, Sport and Progressive – depending on your mode/driving style. Overall the system has an incredible depth of capability, but isn’t as intuitive on the move as rival systems are.
The steering wheel buttons are touch sensitive – the first for a car – and respond with horizontal and vertical swipe movements as per a smartphone. The infotainment system is controlled via a touchpad and rotary dial.
New seats have also been designed for the E Class, focusing on ergonomics and comfort, and the seat heating controls now include the armrests and centre console.
Lane Tracking (£595) is available as an option and includes blind spot and active lane keeping assist. For an additional £1695 you can add Drive Assistance which includes active brake, steering, blind spot, active lane keeping assist, Pre-safe plus and Pre-safe impulse plus. An online navigation system, Comand Online, can be ordered for an additional £1495.