2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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BY RAYADMIN, JULY 27, 2015
$51,200-$86,050
16 /CITY / 23 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • New AMG Sport package for E350 and E550 sedan

  • 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) available on E350 and E550
Overview
The E-Class is Mercedes-Benz full-size or executive-class model and is built in both sedan and station wagon body styles. The newest generation was introduced in 2003 and was redesigned and updated for the 2007 model year. All E-Class vehicles are equipped with Pre-Safe, a Mercedes safety system also used in the larger, S-Class luxury sedan. Pre-Safe sensors use various sensors to detect when a crash is imminent and tighten seat belts, properly position the front passengers seat, and automatically close the sunroof and side windows.

All 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vehicles are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance.

Model Lineup
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available for 2008 as the E320 Bluetec sedan, E350 sedan or wagon, E550 sedan or E63 AMG sedan or wagon. Some models are available with 4Matic AWD. (See powertrain section below for details.)

The E320 Bluetec and E350 sedan come with a glass sunroof, harmon/kardon Logic7 digital surround sound system with a 6-disc CD changer and auxiliary input (in the glove box) for MP3 or iPod devices; a multi-functional steering wheel; 10-way power-adjustable front seats; dual-zone automatic climate controls; remote central locking with Smart Key; power windows; auto-dimming rearview mirrors; electric-adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column; integrated garage door opener; rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers; and burl walnut wood interior trim.

The E350 wagon adds a third-row seat. The E550 sedan adds 4-zone automatic climate controls, leather upholstery and black bird's-eye maple wood trim. The E63 AMG sedan and wagon add Sirius satellite radio, AMG heated front seats, an AMG steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, AMG Nappa leather, AMG instrumentation with Racetime, and AMG badges.

Powertrain
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec is equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 \"Bluetec\" diesel engine that produces 210 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Linked to a 7-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain burns the new \"clean\" low-sulfur diesel fuel and is EPA-rated at 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway. The E350 uses a 3.5-liter, gasoline-burning V-6 engine that pumps out 268 hp. Like all E-Class vehicles, the E350 has a 7-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sedan is rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. With 4Matic AWD, the sedan is rated at 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway, while the 4Matic wagon gets 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway.

The E550 has a 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 engine that enables it to reach 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds. This powertrain rates at 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway as a RWD sedan and 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway when combined with 4Matic AWD. The E550 is not available as a wagon. The E63 AMG has a hand-built, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 507 hp. Linked to a 7-speed automatic transmission with AMG's SpeedShift technology, the engine propels either the sedan or wagon body to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds in Mercedes' own testing. The E63 AMG is rated at 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Like other AMG models, the E63 AMG gets larger brakes and high-performance wheels and tires.

Safety
In addition to Pre-Safe, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models come equipped with Electronic Stability Program, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and tire-pressure-monitoring systems. They also have front and side air bags for the driver and front-seat occupant, side air bags for the second row and curtain air bags that cover all rows. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the E-Class at 4 (out of 5) stars for frontal-impact protection for driver and occupant, 5 stars for front- and rear-seat side-impact, and 5 stars for resistance to rollover. The ratings apply to both sedans and wagons. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the E-Class \"Good\" for frontal-impact protection and \"Acceptable\" for side-impact protection.

Technology
Bluetec is Mercedes' advanced diesel technology that optimizes engine performance while minimizing exhaust emissions, the maker states. Mercedes says the key aspect of the Bluetec involves lowering levels of nitrogen oxides in an effective and economical manner. In order to combine all technical solutions for emission reduction into an optimized package, Bluetec uses a multi-staged approach that includes:

  • Optimization of engines and combustion processes to reduce engine-out emissions as much as possible. This includes the use of electronic engine control systems, 4-valve technology, third-generation common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors, variable-geometry turbochargers, and exhaust gas recirculation.

  • Use of oxidation catalytic converters to minimize emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) and unburned hydrocarbons (HC).

  • Use of the particulate filter, which has been standard equipment in all Mercedes-Benz diesel passenger cars in many countries since the summer of 2005. Such filters can cut particulate emissions by up to 98 percent, says Mercedes, resulting in particulate emissions significantly lower than the current EU4 limit of 0.025 grams/kilometer.

  • The diesel engine inherently produces higher nitrogen oxides than a gasoline engine. However, Bluetec can reduce nitrogen oxides so well that the vehicle can comply with the most stringent exhaust gas limits, says Mercedes. The E320 Bluetec uses a refined NOx storage catalytic converter in combination with an SCR catalytic converter to lower nitrogen oxide emissions.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New AMG Sport package for E350 and E550 sedan

  • 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) available on E350 and E550
Overview
The E-Class is Mercedes-Benz full-size or executive-class model and is built in both sedan and station wagon body styles. The newest generation was introduced in 2003 and was redesigned and updated for the 2007 model year. All E-Class vehicles are equipped with Pre-Safe, a Mercedes safety system also used in the larger, S-Class luxury sedan. Pre-Safe sensors use various sensors to detect when a crash is imminent and tighten seat belts, properly position the front passengers seat, and automatically close the sunroof and side windows.

All 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vehicles are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance.

Model Lineup
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available for 2008 as the E320 Bluetec sedan, E350 sedan or wagon, E550 sedan or E63 AMG sedan or wagon. Some models are available with 4Matic AWD. (See powertrain section below for details.)

The E320 Bluetec and E350 sedan come with a glass sunroof, harmon/kardon Logic7 digital surround sound system with a 6-disc CD changer and auxiliary input (in the glove box) for MP3 or iPod devices; a multi-functional steering wheel; 10-way power-adjustable front seats; dual-zone automatic climate controls; remote central locking with Smart Key; power windows; auto-dimming rearview mirrors; electric-adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column; integrated garage door opener; rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers; and burl walnut wood interior trim.

The E350 wagon adds a third-row seat. The E550 sedan adds 4-zone automatic climate controls, leather upholstery and black bird's-eye maple wood trim. The E63 AMG sedan and wagon add Sirius satellite radio, AMG heated front seats, an AMG steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, AMG Nappa leather, AMG instrumentation with Racetime, and AMG badges.

Powertrain
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec is equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 \"Bluetec\" diesel engine that produces 210 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Linked to a 7-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain burns the new \"clean\" low-sulfur diesel fuel and is EPA-rated at 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway. The E350 uses a 3.5-liter, gasoline-burning V-6 engine that pumps out 268 hp. Like all E-Class vehicles, the E350 has a 7-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sedan is rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. With 4Matic AWD, the sedan is rated at 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway, while the 4Matic wagon gets 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway.

The E550 has a 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 engine that enables it to reach 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds. This powertrain rates at 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway as a RWD sedan and 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway when combined with 4Matic AWD. The E550 is not available as a wagon. The E63 AMG has a hand-built, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 507 hp. Linked to a 7-speed automatic transmission with AMG's SpeedShift technology, the engine propels either the sedan or wagon body to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds in Mercedes' own testing. The E63 AMG is rated at 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Like other AMG models, the E63 AMG gets larger brakes and high-performance wheels and tires.

Safety
In addition to Pre-Safe, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models come equipped with Electronic Stability Program, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and tire-pressure-monitoring systems. They also have front and side air bags for the driver and front-seat occupant, side air bags for the second row and curtain air bags that cover all rows. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the E-Class at 4 (out of 5) stars for frontal-impact protection for driver and occupant, 5 stars for front- and rear-seat side-impact, and 5 stars for resistance to rollover. The ratings apply to both sedans and wagons. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the E-Class \"Good\" for frontal-impact protection and \"Acceptable\" for side-impact protection.

Technology
Bluetec is Mercedes' advanced diesel technology that optimizes engine performance while minimizing exhaust emissions, the maker states. Mercedes says the key aspect of the Bluetec involves lowering levels of nitrogen oxides in an effective and economical manner. In order to combine all technical solutions for emission reduction into an optimized package, Bluetec uses a multi-staged approach that includes:

  • Optimization of engines and combustion processes to reduce engine-out emissions as much as possible. This includes the use of electronic engine control systems, 4-valve technology, third-generation common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors, variable-geometry turbochargers, and exhaust gas recirculation.

  • Use of oxidation catalytic converters to minimize emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) and unburned hydrocarbons (HC).

  • Use of the particulate filter, which has been standard equipment in all Mercedes-Benz diesel passenger cars in many countries since the summer of 2005. Such filters can cut particulate emissions by up to 98 percent, says Mercedes, resulting in particulate emissions significantly lower than the current EU4 limit of 0.025 grams/kilometer.

  • The diesel engine inherently produces higher nitrogen oxides than a gasoline engine. However, Bluetec can reduce nitrogen oxides so well that the vehicle can comply with the most stringent exhaust gas limits, says Mercedes. The E320 Bluetec uses a refined NOx storage catalytic converter in combination with an SCR catalytic converter to lower nitrogen oxide emissions.
Available Trims for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name Luxury 3.5L (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 51200.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name Luxury 3.5L (4dr Sdn 4MATIC) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 52700.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
Name Sport 3.5L (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 51200.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
Name Sport 3.5L (4dr Sdn 4MATIC) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 52700.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
Name 3.0L (4dr Sdn BlueTec RWD 42 State) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 52200.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 23/32
Name Sport 5.5L (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 59700.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 15/22
Name Sport 5.5L (4dr Sdn 4MATIC) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 61200.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 13/19
Name 6.3L AMG (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 85300.00 Engine 6.3L/379 City/Hwy MPG 12/19
Name 3.5L (4dr Wgn 4MATIC) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 55950.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/21
Name 6.3L AMG (4dr Wgn RWD) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 86050.00 Engine 6.3L/379 City/Hwy MPG 12/18
Name 3.0L (4dr Sdn BlueTec RWD California) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 52200.00 Engine 3.0L/182 City/Hwy MPG 23/32
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INTERIOR
  • 10-way pwr front bucket seats-inc: 3-position memory, adjustable lumbar support, pwr active head restraints
  • MB-Tex upholstery
  • Burl Walnut wood trim
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel w/audio & multi-function display controls
  • 4-way pwr tilt/telescopic steering column w/memory, programmable easy-exit feature
  • Multi-function display in instrument cluster-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, digital speedometer, audio status, reminder & malfunction indicator, driver-programmable settings, trip meter
  • Instrumentation-inc: fuel & coolant temp electronic bar-graph, tachometer, quartz clock
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch express down & up
  • Pwr door locks w/drive away locking
  • Cruise control
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Tele Aid global positioning system (GPS) satellite system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification
  • SmartKey infrared remote-inc: trunk open, closing windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
  • Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control-inc: electrostatic dust & pollen filters, humidity & dew point sensors, tunnel mode w/1-touch closing of all windows
  • Electrically heated rear window w/auto shut off based on time & driving speed & exterior temp
  • COMAND cockpit management & data system-inc: AM/FM/Weatherband radio, integrated MP3 compatible 6-disc CD changer, large color LCD screen, (10) soft keys, fiber-optic communication among components
  • Harman/kardon LOGIC7 digital surround sound system
  • Audio auxiliary input jack in glovebox
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver/passenger illuminated visor mirrors
  • Illuminated entry system w/locator lighting
  • Front reading lamps
  • Night security illumination
  • Leather-trimmed shift knob
  • Cargo area & cabin 12V pwr outlets
  • Black Birdseye Maple wood trim
  • White gauged instrument cluster
  • Leather seating
  • Automatic quad-zone climate control-inc: electrostatic dust & pollen filters, humidity & dew point sensors, tunnel mode w/1-touch closing of all windows
  • AMG 10-way pwr multi-contour front heated sport seats-inc: 3-position memory, adjustable lumbar support, pwr active head restraints
  • 60/40-split-folding 2nd row seatbacks w/flip forward seat cushions
  • AMG premium leather upholstery w/Alcantara
  • Rubber-studded stainless-steel pedals
  • AMG premium leather steering wheel w/aluminum shift paddles, audio & multi-function display controls
  • Multi-function display in instrument cluster-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, digital speedometer, audio status, reminder & malfunction indicator, driver-programmable settings, trip meter, AMG race timer
  • AMG black gauges w/white markings
  • Hands-free communication
  • Sirius satellite radio
  • Alcantara sun visors & headliner & pillars
  • AMG leather-trimmed shift knob
  • Folding rear facing 3rd row seats
  • SmartKey infrared remote-inc: tailgate open, closing windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
  • Pwr tailgate
EXTERIOR
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/1-touch express open/close, memory
  • Variable-focus halogen headlamps-inc: projector low beams, selectable light- sensing headlamps
  • Front halogen foglamps
  • Single red rear foglamp
  • Programmable daytime running lamps w/auto override
  • Pwr heated mirrors-inc: memory, auto-dimming driver mirror
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers w/heated windshield washer reservoir
  • Rear sport bumper
  • Blue tinted glass
  • AMG front air dams w/mesh air intakes, rear apron
  • Roof rails
  • Intermittent rear wiper w/washer system
MECHANICAL
  • 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • 7-speed automatic electronically controlled driver-adaptive transmission
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent 4-link front & 5-arm multi-link rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars, gas shock absorbers, coil springs
  • P245/45R17 all-season performance tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • 17" x 8.0" 7-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel ventilated pwr disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes system (ABS) w/brake assist system
  • 5-speed automatic electronically controlled driver-adaptive transmission
  • 4-wheel electronic traction system (4-ETS)
  • 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive
  • Independent double wishbone front & 5-arm multi-link rear suspension
  • P245/40R18 all-season performance tires
  • 18" x 8.5" 10-twin-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Lowered sport suspension
  • P245/40R18 front all-season performance tires
  • P265/35R18 rear all-season performance tires
  • 18" x 8.5" front 10-twin-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 18" x 9.0" rear 10-twin-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 4-piston front & 1-piston rear pwr ventilated disc brakes
  • Dual chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • 3.0L DOHC CDI 24-valve V6 diesel engine
  • P225/55R16 all-season performance tires
  • 16" x 8.0" 7-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Front ventilated & rear solid pwr disc brakes
  • 5.5L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
  • Airmatic semi-active suspension w/adaptive damping system
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • 4-piston ventilated front & 1-piston rear pwr disc brakes
  • AMG 6.3L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
  • 7-speed automatic electronically controlled driver-adaptive transmission w/AMG SpeedShift
  • AMG Airmatic semi-active suspension w/adaptive damping system
  • Enlarged stabilizer bars
  • P245/40R18 front high performance tires
  • P265/35R18 rear high performance tires
  • 18" x 8.5" front AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 18" x 9.0" rear AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 6-piston front & 4-piston rear compound perforated & ventilated AMG pwr disc brakes
  • Polished chrome exhaust tips
  • Airmatic rear suspension w/automatic level control
  • Front coil springs over gas shock absorbers
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes system (ABS) w/brake assist system
    • Driver & front passenger dual-stage air bags w/front passenger adaptive feature
    • Front passenger Occupant Classification System (OCS)
    • Front/rear window curtain airbags
    • Side-impact airbags
    • 3-point driver & front passenger shoulder belts-inc: height adjustment, emergency tensioning device, adaptive belt force limiter
    • Rear 3-point seat belts w/outboard emergency tensioning device, adaptive belt force limiter, outboard automatic height adjustment
    • Outboard rear universal lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Child safety door locks
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Electronic stability program (ESP)
    • Programmable daytime running lamps w/auto override
    • PRE-SAFE-inc: electrically tensioning front seat belts, front passenger seat adjustment for favorable airbag & seat belt effectiveness, closing of sunroof & windows
    • 4-wheel electronic traction system (4-ETS)
    • 1st & 2nd row side-impact airbags
    • Rear 3-point seat belts w/2nd row outboard height adjustment
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