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

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The interior of the new Mercedes E450 All-Terrain wagon takes much of the new design from the updated E-Class. Where things are a bit various, for obvious factors, is out back where there are a couple of techniques up the E450 wagons sleeve. Out back youll not only find a cavernous freight area in the All-Terrain being solely a wagon, but you will discover 2 rear-facing dive seats that fold out of the freight floor. The 2 jump seats are small and mostly made for those times you require to lug 2 of your friends, ideally kids or “little adults,” in a pinch. That technically makes the E450 All-Terrain wagon a 7-passenger. The dive seats are the sentimental parts of the E450 All-Terrain, bringing back the lots of memories of myself delving into my aunties old 1970-somthing Ford LTD wagon– I can even keep in mind that unique vinyl seat smell. The E450 All-Terrain didnt have that smell, the good news is. Instead, it had the wonderful odor of its cabin freshener cylinder enclosed in the glove box that can be set to instantly pump through the climate system. All I had to do was state, “Hey Mercedes, can you turn on the air freshener?”

This week, a rarity amongst the mainstream and high-end sectors enhances my garage in the form of a wagon from Mercedes-Benz. This time, its the Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain wagon that captivates many as I drive it around town and on the highway.
The brand-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 way 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 way it works is rather smart in still retaining the flexible ride quality and extraordinary high-end consultations that you anticipate out of a new E-Class. The wagon side of things, simply as its performed in a traditional sense with Mercedes, doesnt detract much from its drivability in anticipating a glamorous sports sedan experience.

The styling of the E450 All-Terrain wagon is pleasing with a great classiness to the overall appeal. My test vehicle having a long list of options, includes the larger 20-inch wheels, which add a stylish styling to the look and its driving character over lower-trims of the E-Class sedan with the basic wheel plan. I was able to make it to a local tire shop and have actually the tire changed after cruising 45 miles per hour for about 8 miles without much distinction in the trip until making a sharp turn into the shops plaza.

Theres an abundance of the anticipated tech features throughout the E450 All-Terrains control panel, that include the highlighted functions of heated/ventilated front seats, rubbing front seats, heated rear (second row) seats, manual rear seat sunshades, soft-close doors, color heads-up display screen, 12.3-inch configurable gauge cluster, the current 12.3-inch touchscreen MBUX infotainment system with “Hey Mercedes” voice reaction, enhanced reality for the navigation system, cordless phone charging, 64-color ambient interior LED lighting, panorama roof, power rear cargo privacy cover (opens and closes with power liftgate) and a complete range of active safety functions (lane departure warning/change help, blind-spot monitors, forward collision alert/emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert/active brake help, adaptive cruise control/w route-based speed adaptation). Usage of the touch-capacitive steering wheel buttons can be a variety as you are sure to accidently press or slide throughout some of the touch points, which include both touch-slider areas and buttons.

Mercedes understands how to do wagons laced in high-end and good efficiency, and the brand-new E450 All-Terrain takes such an unique segment to new heights essentially hidden by any other brand. Including a touch of SUV-appeal does not harm the general package as well. However, what might harm is the cost of admission in loading up such an automobile with an anticipated rate to match my test vehicle at $91,210. Its best to keep in mind that the E450 All-Terrain wagon begins at just $67,600, but youre going to desire some of the desirable alternatives that you see here on my lavishly appointed test car, due to the fact that 7-seats– and you can be just like a modern-day Clark Griswold with several additional rewards, sans the wood panels.

Summing up the efficiency aspects of the E450 All-Terrain wagon, you can quickly say its more of a roadway conqueror than an off-roader despite its ability to actually rise to the occasion with its adjustable air suspension. The ride height is already 1.2-inches higher than its predecessor and it can a little increase ground clearance by raising the suspension in the Off-Road drive mode and automatically adjust the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system for rough terrain. For where the E450 All-Terrain will spend the majority of its time, out on the roadway, theres a Sport and Sport+ mode that reduces the suspension but retains a good certified flight quality to incredibly smooth and instantly moistens roadway flaws. In the default Comfort drive mode, the E450 Wagon trip extremely plush without much unwanted body movement with simple and easy and rather numb steering– its a quiet, separating, almost S-Class, experience.

Powered by Mercedes newest modular engine, a mild hybrid setup, the E450 All-Terrain wagon is poised out on the roadway and takes well benefit of the 48-volt system. The setup keeps devices running at complete capacity for extended periods of time at the traffic light when the engine closes down. The engine choice, with an overall output of 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, is the current 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6-cylinder that gets a temporary power increase from the mild-hybrid system that can add as much as 21 extra horsepower to the mix when such power is required. The engine is mated to a 9-speed transmission and sends out power to all 4 wheels producing a seamless and smooth experience in power delivery. The only major distinction in the mild-hybrid setup in the E450 wagon compared to something like the AMG E53 Sedan is that the wagons variation lacks a real power-filler to include low-end torque however still includes the horse power when the appropriate level of the throttle is used. The system in fact makes for 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 conserve fuel and make a dash to 60 miles per hour from a grinding halt, expect it to take just 4.4 seconds, which is impressive for any “wagon” based upon a mid-sized sedan.

Powered by Mercedes newest modular engine, a mild hybrid setup, the E450 All-Terrain wagon is poised out on the roadway and takes well advantage of the 48-volt system. The only significant distinction 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 true power-filler to add low-end torque however still adds the horsepower when the proper level of the throttle is used. The interior of the brand-new Mercedes E450 All-Terrain wagon takes much of the brand-new style from the updated E-Class. The jump seats are the classic parts of the E450 All-Terrain, bringing back the many memories of myself jumping into my aunts old 1970-somthing Ford LTD wagon– I can even keep in mind that distinctive vinyl seat smell. Mercedes understands how to do wagons laced in high-end and good efficiency, and the brand-new E450 All-Terrain takes such a special sector to new heights fundamentally unseen by any other brand name.

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