Let’s move to the most impressive part of the new E-class, its interiors. The cabin feels spacious, open and crisply styled even in the all-black trim our test car came with. There’s nearly as much space in here as in the massive S-class, and the overall design is similar too. The dash design is elegant, beautifully detailed and well-crafted and the layered effect that the designers have going works a treat. Attention to detail is phenomenal right from the beautifully finished chrome vents to the high definition screen. Quality is top-notch too and the E-class delivers a super combination of materials wherever you look.
The standard touchpad on the centre console works really well and after using it for a bit, it is almost as nice to use as a touchscreen. For those who prefer a more traditional control scheme, there’s the usual chrome COMAND wheel as well. You also get touch sensitive buttons on the steering wheel, which control the main as well as the instrumentation screen.
The front seats on the new E-class is perfectly cushioned and offer good support. But being the first E-class to get long wheelbase, the rear seat is the main priority and it doesn’t disappoint. At the rear the knee-room is just phenomenal and even tallest of people will feel spoilt by the space on offer. These seats recline and adjust for height too which just adds to the overall back seat experience. The wide cabin also means the third rear passenger has enough width to be more comfortable than before. But the occupant of the middle perch will have their feet astride a sizable transmission tunnel and the protruding centre armrest. What really disappoints is the fact that there are no cup holders at the back, especially on car which focusses so much on rear seat comfort.
Boot like the old car is big and well-shaped. But like in recent Merc’s, the space saver spare tyre takes up considerable amount of space.
The E350d will come only in one variant and it gets loads of standard equipment. It gets auto-park, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible COMAND system, both front and back powered seats, 360 degree camera, cruise control, three zone climate control, ESP, PreSafe and several airbags. We would have also liked the E-class to come with lane departure warning with auto steer and powered boot opening which the new Volvo S90 gets.