This 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 is Well Made, Attractive, and High Tech - But Just Not Very Exciting

This 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 is Well Made, Attractive, and High Tech - But Just Not Very Exciting

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good morning this is bill from well formerly audi europa naples as anyone watching this channel knows by now now of autohouse of naples and i've got today this well again it sort of depends how you look at it this is either a fifth or tenth generation e-class depending on your perspective but we'll get into that in a moment uh i've decided to review this car because i haven't you know had one before uh it's an e-cla hey baby how you doing yeah i'm looking good uh anyway uh i
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haven't had one of these before you know this is the current generation e-class the w-213 it's only the fifth generation to be actually named officially in e-class that was uh you know the 124 began at mid-stream in about 1993 but it is the 10th generation e-class if you're gonna go by you know what it is the mid-size executive sedan uh which came out in 1953 so uh you know no matter how you look at it
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this thing has been around for a while this is the quintessential midsize executive sedan i mean if you look at the list of mid-size executive sedans all the way from you know mercedes benz down to hyundai there are just dozens of them and people put a lot of effort into them even though the sedan is dying because well people are really stupid you know speaking of how stupid people are i'm watching again the you know intensifying peaceful protests going on across the country and i'm not going to
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get involved with the politics of it but for the love of god i mean can we just tone it down a little bit just to get a little bit of business done in the meantime at least in the big cities i mean here in naples it's not really a thing it's not really a trouble to go down to the shop and get something but from what i see on the news if you're in you know seattle or chicago or one of these big fantastic metropolitan areas it's tough just to go down to a little boutique and buy some you know louis vuitton stuff yeah you
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have to kind of plan for it so uh hopefully that all comes to an end soon and we can get back to normal i persecute if i had to predict i'd say november third one way or another we're gonna come back to normal can only hope so anyway back to the e-class so uh call it a bread and butter car for mercedes-benz one of their most important cars by far uh you know they sell a ton of them even though again suvs are ruling the day so less and less of these are going to get made and sold
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but for the moment this is a very important car to mercedes uh even you know today with the whiskey therapy i've got going for the coronavirus i took extra whiskey therapy this morning you never know when you're gonna need it and i just felt like today is one of those days uh we also have a little race in daytona coming up this weekend we've got a tropical storm aimed for it so i'm gonna make sure to bring my wet weather tires but um oh i don't know it just seems every i listen to npr on the way here today and that's gonna depress anybody i have to tell you if you really
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want to depress yourself if you want to go into a fit of actual depression listened to npr in the morning you know by the time i pulled up they were going on about suiciding olympic athletes or something you can't even be an olympic athlete anymore and uh not be somehow to be pitied and you know they felt bad about by the rest of the populace even these people are having trouble so anyway troubled times and nobody wants to hear this crap so i'm going to try to get off my tangents and get right back
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into the car so w213 followed the w-212 and i have to say about this car that encompasses a lot of the things that i really dislike about modern cars uh while at the same time it does encompass some stuff that i'm pretty happy about more like any other e-class that i've ever driven this thing feels like a mini s-class in terms of the ride in terms of the fit and finish the poise the way it goes down the road it's really got quite a lot of s in it
04:14
and it's actually quite nice to drive i have to admit that despite my uh immediate dislike for some of the stuff that it does and and the way that it is essentially designed to detach the driver from the experience of actually driving an automobile as i used to say about the accord it's made for people who have just given up on life i mean it if you just want a car a conveyance to get from point a to point b then you're going to look at an accord or a camry the e-class is always offered a little bit more than that although
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that seems to be their design theme now the only thing that i'll say for mercedes is they've done it better than most the styling you know traditional german not over when i get by this tree another thing that's creeping me out is even though i know there's birds all over the trees here and looking at us and you can't see them i do know that there's chicken and roosters chickens and roosters in the back and driving down this road this morning there was a well i don't think it was a giant pig it was like a giant small pig if there's like mini pigs this
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was a giant mini pig and it was menacingly close to the road and all i could do was look at it and hope it didn't run out in front of me because then it would have been bacon for everybody but anyway what are you gonna do animals are just a fact of life and we all have to deal with them the best we can uh but uh where the hell was i on this thing uh so it's you know it's detached the driver from driving uh this one doesn't have that big ten thousand dollar package which gives you all the autonomous stuff that mercedes has
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uh which frankly is fine with me because i don't need the car to park itself drive itself take over for me do all the things that it wants to do while i what pick my nose or go down the road and worry about you know protests intensifying or you know which pronoun to use or whatever it is people worry about when they're not actually driving a car while behind the wheel i i really haven't i can't you know in this way i know that's been going on for a long time but i just haven't experienced it nor do i want to it really just gives me the
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creeps anyway let's just get into this car so the e300 name is back but the nomenclature is crap because really technically it's an e-200 this has a 2-liter engine not a 3-liter mercedes has apparently given up on having accuracy of their nomenclature based on i would suspect marketing uh an e300 sounds better than an e200 which you know an s 550 sounds better than an s460 or 470 so you know these are things that are done
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to make us feel better not entirely different from the way they created the lexus name and frankly i expected a little more from mercedes but man what are you gonna do uh this is the sport version so you get these big amg wheels they look pretty good on the car i like the grayish color of them the way it contrasts with the white and the black panel roof uh you know the styling very much mercedes corporate looks like the s looks like the sea nice flowing curves from front to back i see a little bit of early cls in this
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car with that high uh belt line with the swooping curve going to the rear and that makes me happy so at a certain point mercedes-benz decided they couldn't just be completely stodgy in their designs and they had to become a little bit more current and elegant the danger in doing that of course is that the cars may not age the way that you want them to and that did happen with the early 210 e-class which was the really the car that moved them from stodgy you know german styling into
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something a little bit more current and elegant some people think that design looks very dated now with its oval headlights and yeah they're probably not wrong you see the big star in the grill again being the sport package it's not going to have the hood star on the hood which i like you've got some very fancy rope led headlamps with swoopy bits in them and it's become quite hip to write stuff within the headlights they say led high performance and that all looks very nice also nice little chromey polished bits at the bottom of the
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spoiler you've got some real aggressive looking air intakes on the left and right which may or not actually be air intakes but good enough and it just does look quite nice and looks a little bit angry a little bit aggressive and very proper all around i even like the way the mirrors look when they're folded in here as the car is locked little chrome bits on top there's the phone i need to god i have to remember to put that on uh airplane mode or whatever the hell you call it let me get that figured out right now actually see who's
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calling anyway uh he can wait all right let's see turn that into airplane mode good all right let's just get in the trunk of this thing so true i don't know if it has a swoopy thing underneath some of these cars did i'm not feeling in this one but anyway so you pull a little guy and up it comes uh you know again at a certain point they decided that luxury cars should have power trunks and this one does so like any e-class this has fantastic trunk space i have to say very very good now also has a spa a
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standard folding rear seat 60 40. uh that was optional in prior e-classes and that seemed dumb to me why not just have the folding seat and everything you don't see accords with optional folding rear seats you get this great little hook that's been going on for years you can pull that down ostensibly it's to hang your shopping bags from you know those little crappy plastic shopping bags they give you can hang those from there they won't throw your you know cans all over the not those kind of cans you know the
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steel cans whatnot they roll all over the trunk and become annoying if you hang them from that little thing it's fine also if you run over any squirrels or possums some other roadkill you can probably hang them from that as well dry out a little bit before you throw them in a soup you do have an infant containment net over here not for a very big infant that's only going to last while they're quite young i don't actually know what these things are because i haven't opened them up yet they do have a mercedes part number see we can do that while we're talking
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see what this thing is looks like some kind of a poncho or something or rain suit uh that's kind of a nice feature so that comes with the car you also have a first aid kit everything a wounded german might need now if you have a larger infant mercedes is kind enough to give you this thing which i think if i fold just right uh will open up and become a box that you can contain one in and also it has some sort of a carpet stopper thing underneath so you can put it up there and you know
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again contain your cargo you also have that weird-looking thing beneath it that holds it and all in all just a nice little area beneath the trunk to store things that you may not want a state trooper to see so working out very very well there of course if you have a big toddler i guess you could use these little fixed hooks to ratchet strap them down and then they're not going to go anywhere you're going to be fine uh to close this thing press that and nothing happens now it does there it does comes down
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all nice stuff now we do have keyless go so i've got the keys in my pocket all i have to do is pull the handle and it opens up i'm gonna pop the hood and look under here this is gonna depress me i just know it is so there it is mercedes has gone the way of vw and audi with their 2-liter turbo um you know gas mileage stuff all of the you know world is dying so we need to use less gas and have less fun and be more miserable that has rubbed off on
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mercedes and this is the standard e-class engine what used to be a six is now a turbo four with only 241 horsepower i will admit that it feels adequate but it's just not what i expect at all when i open the hood of a a standard unit this is like one of those engines that's usually available only in guatemala or europe you know one of those countries or you know regions that you know need little teeny engines this is not an engine that historically we would have had in the united states so
12:32
uh just another sign that things are changing uh full of technology you're gonna average about 25 miles to the gallon i want to say it's like 22 city 30 highway uh it's coupled to a 9 speed 9 g tronic automatic transmission and i get to get into nine forward gears how the hell does the car ever know what gear it's in it's too many damn gears but apparently it works well and i can't argue with that when i drive it around it feels pretty good so good enough you know can't attest to the
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durability of this engine it's fairly new and i haven't had too many of these but it's probably fine and everything looking good under there let's get that down do you like the mirrors i think that's a handsome design you see the big pano roof up top all very lovely in the back seats i do like the color combo of this car the sort of ivory envy text with the black it looks nice this is the part that actually impresses me because again
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when i talk about the difference between the early 90s 124 and the later 90s w-210 that was really when mercedes-benz cheapened their cars now you know that's it's not a good thing but at the same time it was something they had to do because you couldn't have a hundred thousand dollar e-class running around you're not you know the top end of the accord segment is not going to be a hundred grand because people just aren't gonna buy it uh so mercedes had to figure out a way to become a little bit more like every
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other car company in the way they built their cars the good news is by the time this thing is rolled around now three or four generations later they have done it in a way that actually feels nice and actually is reasonably faithful to the original mercedes design of wood nut bolts leather you know stuff that that you feel with german engineering i mean the wood quality in this car is gorgeous the subtle curvature this is the upgraded burmester stereo so it's absolutely
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lovely the little psychedelic looking grills and like the nickel plated surrounds and the handles it just looks very very nice it feels like it has good fit and finish but fitting a high-end car and is is lovely to look at you do have a little storage area there so yeah your backseat passengers be able to stick a 9mm or 357 probably poke it out a little bit but it'd be fine you also have a center console here that gives you weird little
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expensive looking individual cup holders that will probably break when they're used too much and then a very nice little gun storage area in the center console lovely and lovely let's hop in those are the doors closed now nice bank vault sound so again the fit and finish the quality of engineering and the way it was executed in his design i can't argue with so foot on the brake we've got a flashing start stop engine thing here it's fired up
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and get these funky looking keys i still can't i why did i make keys this big i feel like they could make the keys a little bit smaller all right let's see what we got so here we've got two analog gauges because this doesn't again have that premium three package where we would have two 12.3 inch lcd screens you know modern car wise uh this is a little bit more traditional with the uh with the analog gauges and the display screen in the center uh everything's fine it's nice my only
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complaint is oh god it's too loud i don't really like the gauges that you know this gas gauge it's hard to read it blends right in with this sort of busy looking 160 mile an hour speedometer uh it's yeah i'm sure it's something you get used to but it just looks a little weird to me ditto the temp gauge over there we'll get the seatbelt on uh you've got like 22nd generation airbags everywhere you've got all kinds of safety features uh this does a blind spot so you've got
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that so if somebody's you know you don't feel like using your mirrors that thing will glow red when somebody's in your way or in your back spot you don't have to change lanes you've got a very funky looking seat design and this is where i'm talking about this thing is like right out of the s-class i mean what a beautiful seat switch that looks more expensive than you'd expect in an e they also give you the right seat option where you can press the r there and if some thoughtless jerk has left your right seat in a weird spot with either a high head rest or
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something you can fix it appropriately so i appreciate that you've also got your heat and your memory uh again the psychedelic burn master burmester grill uh and here again look at the way this beautiful wood flows into the dashboard with the curvature and the nice now now this is stuff that they couldn't have done i don't know where they're able to do that now without making it so expensive it becomes infeasible unfeasible doesn't matter and that is something again that has helped the e become more
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opulent and i think befitting a car of its price tag and certainly more opulent than the the e-classes of the last few years nice little leather wrapped steering wheel you've got these flippity paddles uh they now give you these things to control it's a little mouse you see i'm doing this here you've got buttons and mouse pads so i can i don't know i'm trying to someone's calling me again for the love of god all right there's our consumption there's our eco display what the hell was that
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we've got scales foot pedal wheels bonus from start i don't even want to know what that means i really don't i mean if this is some sort of ecological game that they're you know making people play to get better gas mileage and save the earth i'm going to throw up i really am uh you've got rnd pc i presume c is comfort uh whatever okay i know you can go through different stuff here uh let me see if i hit that yeah there we go no i don't want to reset the trip odometer what is going
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on and the hell with it all right we'll get into that in a second over here on this 12.3 inch display which you see we have a giant navigation screen going i can hit the home button down here uh spin it around and get myself into the radio you also get internet radio now here's npr just ready to depress the helm out of your what else do we have we have media you can get into your bluetooth audio nice uh it also has apple carplay and
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android so if you need that you got that put it in reverse and you get this nice big enhanced camera it gives you you know the full view there uh you could even change let's see this goes up to a side view or something oh look at that i can make the whole thing wide angle camera uh i can check my entire surroundings i don't know what that anyway you got a lot of stuff you can do it also gives you this little uh 3d imprint thing where the car you can see incoming threats uh you also got that necklace thing we talked about that in the s the other day somehow all these round
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vents are supposed to simulate a woman's necklace um yeah take that as you will uh nice little knobs you know these are metal they feel nice you got a lot of direct access stuff so you've got your um let's see what we've got here's our parking camera again search for parking spaces okay so this does have active parking so this car will park itself uh in a paramount parking spot turning the wheel for you or at least helping you do it and uh yeah it's all very exciting uh
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you could go through different dynamic driving modes we've got uh eco that's not for me comfort which is for me sport sport plus and then you can individual set it uh i would say that there's very little difference between all of these and um you know probably quite minimal uh from everything i've read about the reviews of them you know they handle well enough but that really isn't the point of the car anyway excuse me go back into our home screen there
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no apparently we won't we're just going to leave because we're in reverse so get rid of that and go back into the home screen we'll leave it there uh again still the prerequisite analog clock direct access buttons which i do appreciate for the command screen that stands for cockpit management and data you've got this giant uh place word thank god they have relatively cheap looking cup holders that are going to continue to work and not break on the older e-classes they all broke and it was awful and presumably this is
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where you get your apple and android carplay and probably a nice little spot for a miniature 9 or 380 in there uh you got more usbs in here you got an sd card and terrific gun storage uh over here in the glove box you got your books and whatever else see the green light in there apparently there's like 80 different kinds of lighting you can set up in this car whatever color suits your fancy for the moment and that'd be good the snowflakes i love that along with all the technology for instagram and tick tock
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and such uh electric steering electric braking electric frickin everything um you know again what car companies do to detach you from the road uh real quick i like that little thin rimmed rear view mirror i think that's kind of cool and this one does have a pin or roof so if you open that up all of a sudden you've got a nice big wide open spot one more gives you the uh the pano sunroof option but not for me today so i'm gonna close that back down
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i guess i will make the glass open look at that the electric gates going let's hope we don't run over this pig that i saw earlier off we go so you can hear you know i have to say that this car almost has a diesel dynamic to it with that little turbo 4 and the way that it's geared uh it feels like you know the one of the ways that they make diesel's peppy uh i have to wonder if there isn't a little bit of diesel technology in the drivetrain uh it can have very active says what the hell my hood is open
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for the love of god i'm sure i closed that let's go and get that going probably is half of it open oh it is open look at that so i am a [ __ ] actually it's only half open so yeah there it is mercedes have two matches probably every car does now missed the days of 69 buicks when they had just one latch you know and if one of the matches is closed just you know let the guy go just let the guy go you know it's not
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coming up they know it to get out of the car and settle yourself what if i was in traffic for god's sake back into uh there's our parking brake off automatically right i still want to get more stuff because i had a different view today uh where the hell was this all right there's our home oh here we go okay so drive assist service these are the different things you can get on your little you can get a navigator let's see what that looks like
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it just gives your previous destination or kernel radio media phone so there you go you get this little screen in here i kind of like the drive assist although i'm not really sure what it does but it shows the car going down the road with green all around it i presume when all hell breaks loose that'll turn red all right so off we go it's going through its nine gears you know what you can feel it shift but not much certainly not enough to care uh the steering it feels a bit dead to me uh i think it's variable assist where
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it's gonna you know the more you turn the sportier you drive it's gonna pick things up and act a little more sporty but not too sporty and uh there it is this is not a car that is built for driving excitement it's a car that's built for transportation and i will say on that front that they have done and this is the pig was right around here somewhere no dad not the woman wife god what is wrong with you people i am not that oh there it is look at that look at that thing dude they're walking it they have
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children walking a giant pig wearing weird hats yeah this is american 2020. let's get the [ __ ] out of here anyway um so here here is gonna get complicated so the things that i like about this are also some of the things that i don't like about this one is it drives and feels a suspension-wise steering-wise you know ass in the seat-wise like an s-class it feels very substantial this car it feels heavier than it is and it does
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feel a little bit like the way the s feels to me and i like that but there is no liveliness to it in the sense that i want to go flip it around a race track or something i mean it tracks down the road beautifully i get not even a hint of vibration in the steering wheel you get terrific feel from the brakes all very lovely and the way the car tracks down the road is just terrific it's a lovely way to transport yourself but is it driving you know that's the
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part that bothers me a little bit and particularly when you get into the one that uh with the distronic that big ten grand option where it basically drives itself up to 130 uh it's just taken over for you while you do whatever the hell you want and i don't know i don't know that's just not the world for me i want to go backwards i want to go to add driving feel give me like a 1960s triumph with an old su carburetor and a pocket knife and duct tape to keep it going to me that's more of a driving experience but you know i'm a dinosaur so
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i guess the kids like this [ __ ] so anyway there it is 2017 mercedes-benz e300 w3 113 213 current generation e-class mercedes has done a hell of a job i like it more than i should because again it's just not my thing but man it drives nice it feels nice it's a nice bit of transportation uh for people who don't really want a lot of driving excitement and i guess that's uh that's the bulk of the country so
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uh thank you for having a look really appreciate it this one's going up on the old review site peter probably doesn't want me talking about weird kids with pigs and that sort of thing on his site so i'll do a better review on something for him tomorrow and uh go to daytona race my ass off this weekend and uh try to get back in the swing of things uh thank you very much for having a look appreciate it we'll see you with the next one take care

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