2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain Wagon Review & Test Drive

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Mercedes understands how to do wagons laced in luxury and good efficiency, and the brand-new E450 All-Terrain takes such a special segment to brand-new heights fundamentally hidden by any other brand name. Its best to keep in mind that the E450 All-Terrain wagon begins at simply $67,600, but youre going to desire some of the preferable alternatives that you see here on my lavishly appointed test car, since 7-seats– and you can be just like a modern-day Clark Griswold with several additional rewards, sans the wood panels.

Theres an abundance of the expected tech features throughout the E450 All-Terrains dashboard, which consist of the highlighted features of heated/ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated rear (second row) seats, manual rear seat sunshades, soft-close doors, color heads-up screen, 12.3-inch configurable gauge cluster, the most recent 12.3-inch touchscreen MBUX infotainment system with “Hey Mercedes” voice action, augmented reality for the navigation system, cordless phone charging, 64-color ambient interior LED lighting, panorama roof, power rear freight personal privacy cover (opens and closes with power liftgate) and a full range of active safety features (lane departure warning/change assist, blind-spot monitors, forward crash alert/emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert/active brake help, adaptive cruise control/w route-based speed adaptation). Use of the touch-capacitive wheel buttons can be a mixed bag as you make sure to accidently push or slide across some of the touch points, which integrate both touch-slider locations and buttons.

There are those welcoming and uncommon celebrations that I get a vehicle in for evaluation that feels a little nostalgic. This week, a rarity among the mainstream and high-end segments graces my garage in the type of a wagon from Mercedes-Benz. The Benz lineup is substantial, and in it are a few rarities that have the celebration of unexpected numerous onlookers and those interested by the German brand name boldly going where other automakers do not attempt. This time, its the Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain wagon that mesmerizes many as I drive it around town and on the highway.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is revitalized for the 2021 model year and with that, the E450 wagon gets a special treatment to not only fit the refreshed mold but also go the method of SUVs and, attempt I say, Subaru, with its plastic wheel arch cladding. Such an appearance isnt what you anticipate out of Mercedes-Benz however somehow, they make it work, and the method it works is rather creative in still keeping the supple trip quality and remarkable luxury visits that you expect out of a brand-new E-Class. The wagon side of things, simply as its carried out in a traditional sense with Mercedes, does not detract much from its drivability in expecting a glamorous sports sedan experience.

The styling of the E450 All-Terrain wagon is pleasing with a nice classiness to the total appeal. My test lorry having a long list of choices, consists of the bigger 20-inch wheels, which add a sporty styling to the look and its driving character over lower-trims of the E-Class sedan with the standard wheel plan. I was able to make it to a regional tire shop and have actually the tire replaced after cruising 45 mph for about 8 miles without much difference in the ride till making a sharp turn into the stores plaza.

Powered by Mercedes latest modular engine, a moderate hybrid setup, the E450 All-Terrain wagon is poised out on the roadway and takes well benefit of the 48-volt system. The only significant difference in the mild-hybrid setup in the E450 wagon compared to something like the AMG E53 Sedan is that the wagons version lacks a real power-filler to include low-end torque however still adds the horse power when the appropriate level of the throttle is used. The interior of the new Mercedes E450 All-Terrain wagon takes much of the new design from the updated E-Class. The dive seats are the classic parts of the E450 All-Terrain, bringing back the numerous memories of myself jumping into my aunties old 1970-somthing Ford LTD wagon– I can even remember that distinct vinyl seat smell. Mercedes understands how to do wagons laced in luxury and good performance, and the new E450 All-Terrain takes such a special section to new heights fundamentally unseen by any other brand.

The interior of the brand-new Mercedes E450 All-Terrain wagon takes much of the brand-new style from the updated E-Class. Where things are a bit different, for apparent factors, is out back where there are a couple of techniques up the E450 wagons sleeve. Out back youll not only discover a spacious freight location in the All-Terrain being solely a wagon, however you will find 2 rear-facing dive seats that fold out of the cargo flooring. The 2 dive seats are small and mostly produced those times you require to lug two of your pals, ideally kids or “small adults,” in a pinch. That technically makes the E450 All-Terrain wagon a 7-passenger. The jump seats are the classic parts of the E450 All-Terrain, reviving the lots of memories of myself delving into my aunts old 1970-somthing Ford LTD wagon– I can even bear in mind that distinct vinyl seat smell. The E450 All-Terrain didnt have that odor, fortunately. Instead, it had the wonderful smell of its cabin freshener cylinder enclosed in the glove box that can be set to instantly pump through the environment system. All I needed to do was state, “Hey Mercedes, can you switch on the air freshener?”

Powered by Mercedes most current modular engine, a moderate hybrid setup, the E450 All-Terrain wagon is poised out on the roadway and takes well benefit of the 48-volt system. When the engine shuts down, the setup keeps accessories running at complete capacity for long durations of time at the stoplight. The engine option, with a total output of 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, is the most recent 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6-cylinder that gets a short-term power increase from the mild-hybrid system that can include as much as 21 additional horsepower to the mix when such power is demanded. The engine is mated to a 9-speed transmission and sends power to all four wheels developing a smooth and smooth experience in power shipment. The only significant difference in the mild-hybrid setup in the E450 wagon compared to something like the AMG E53 Sedan is that the wagons variation does not have a real power-filler to add low-end torque however still adds the horsepower when the correct level of the throttle is used. The system actually produces a rather fuel-efficient experience with real-world attainable EPA-estimates of 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. When youre not pressed to save fuel and make a dash to 60 mph from a dead stop, expect it to take simply 4.4 seconds, which is impressive for any “wagon” based on a mid-sized sedan.

Summing up the efficiency aspects of the E450 All-Terrain wagon, you can easily say its more of a roadway conqueror than an off-roader in spite of its ability to actually increase to the occasion with its adjustable air suspension. The flight height is currently 1.2-inches greater than its predecessor and it can slightly increase ground clearance by raising the suspension in the Off-Road drive mode and instantly adjust the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system for rough terrain. For where the E450 All-Terrain will invest the majority of its time, out on the roadway, theres a Sport and Sport+ mode that reduces the suspension however retains a good certified ride quality to remarkably smooth and instantly moistens roadway imperfections. In the default Comfort drive mode, the E450 Wagon ride extremely luxurious without much undesirable body motion with somewhat numb and simple and easy steering– its a peaceful, separating, nearly S-Class, experience.

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