After our recent review of the 2010 Audi S4, our appetite was only growing to get into more sports cars. Luckily, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 arrived, and our cravings were filled.
The 2010 E550 is at the top of its game in every aspect, from the styling to the features. The styling of the E550 is superb, with sleek and strong lines and commanding wheel arches. And, of course, Mercedes-Benz, like any good luxury manufacturer, included all of the basic standard features you’d expect: wood/leather trim, Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, telescoping steering wheel, aux input for media players, panoramic sunroof, and color-display info-tainment center in the dash.
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Under the hood, the E550 boasts a V8 engine that produces 382 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 391 lb-ft of torque at 2,800-4,800 rpm. With this engine, the E550 does 0-60 in about 5 seconds. However, like with any sports car, or vehicle with a big engine, you sacrifice your fuel economy for the performance. With the V8, expect to get 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
This Benz is also top of the class in the safety category. Compared to its competitors, it is the leader in comprehensive safety features, boasting basics like the seven standard airbags and seat belt tensioners. The Mercedes engineers also included the Attention Assist System that continuously monitors 70 parameters to track the driver’s tendencies to keep an eye on their drowsiness on the road.
Now for the million dollar question, or in this case, the fifty-thousand dollar question: All of that is great, but what does it cost? For the base model, the E350 with a V6 that produces 268 horsepower, pricing starts at $48,050. But, if you opt for the E550, base pricing starts at $54,650. Our tester, with the premium package ended up at $63,705.
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nice car, but too expensive.