2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sport 4Matic Wagon (3.5L 6-cyl. AWD 7-speed Auto)
Ratings SummaryThis rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
Maybe it's because the once-omnipresent station wagon is now an endangered species supplanted by the crossover. Or maybe Mercedes-Benz just builds an outstanding vehicle, but combined, there is no better wagon than the E350 Sport 4Matic at any price. If you want more of a good thing, try the E63 Wagon and bring money.
PerformanceThe E350 Sport Wagon is one of the best-performing wagons available: Powerful 302-hp V6, strong brakes, capable suspension and excellent overall drivability.
Maybe running to 60 mph in about 6 seconds doesn't matter to you, but the E350 Wagon will do it with ease. It'll also get up to 100 mph in about a quarter-mile.
Responsive, strong brakes stopped our test car in just 109 feet. Excellent fade resistance and pedal feel.
Very strong on-center feel enhances sense of stability. Slightly isolated overall, but always precise when cornering.
Self-adjusting shocks do a remarkable job sorting out conditions, providing both excellent handling and a compliant ride.
For hundreds of miles at a time, our E350 Sport (not E350 Luxury) provided us an uncommonly good ride, effortless acceleration and confident cornering.
ComfortDespite the Sport designation, the E350 Wagon offers nearly the same level of comfort as its Luxury sibling. Comfort in both seating and ride are above average.
All seats are adult-size (even hidden 3rd row) and covered in convincing faux leather. The front seats are highly adjustable and optionally heated/ventilated.
Ride quality is firm and controlled as well as comfortable on a wide variety of surfaces.
It's hard to imagine with so much surface area and glass, but the E350 Wagon we tested was quieter than a Nissan Leaf electric car at 70 mph.
InteriorThe E350 Wagon blends old world craftsmanship with new world tech in a way that few makers can. Plenty of room all around from a midsize wagon, plus unexpected rear-facing 3rd row seat.
Within the realm of knob-type multi-controllers, M-B's version is reasonably intuitive to operate. Other controls are equally good.
The E350 Wagon has generously sized, regularly shaped doors. Kids can climb under the powered hatch and over the rear bumper for the rear jump seats. Seats seven.
Ample head-, leg-, and shoulder room for two rows, and even an adult-size third row. Open and airy cabin affords room to stretch out.
Excellent sightlines for a wagon plus standard rear parking sonar and camera. World-class roster of optional enhancements, including night vision, blind-spot monitor, lane keeping, etc.
There are 20 cubic feet behind second-row seats, with 57 cu-ft when the 60/40-split second-row seat is folded flat.
ValueThe E350 Sport 4Matic Wagon comes with an impressive list of standard equipment that justifies its base price of nearly $60,000.
Build Quality (vs. $)
You'd be hard-pressed to find a vehicle built as well as this wagon at any price.
Only the most extravagant features (night vision, rear-seat entertainment) are within expensive option packages, as powered liftgate, reverse camera are standard.
At $57K, it's an expensive wagon, but there is only one other in this tiny luxury-wagon segment.
Rated by the EPA at 19 city, 27 highway and 22 mpg combined, the E350 Wagon earns respectable fuel economy, especially for an all-wheel-drive wagon or SUV alternative.
The warranty package is merely competitive at 4 years/50,000 miles for both the basic and drivetrain components.
What the E-Wagon might lack in free scheduled maintenance is easily offset with knowledge that there are few, if any, vehicles manufactured to this benchmark standard.
Fun To DriveWe weren't expecting to say the E350 Sport Wagon was fun to drive, but we just did.
There's something very satisfying about a vehicle that does exactly what it was designed to do, then goes further with surprising performance, features and options in a wagon.
A refined appearance that still expresses the Mercedes-Benz image, perfect for its very exclusive owner body. For a more outgoing appearance, choose the E63 AMG wagon.
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