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By ttibio on
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 Sport BlueTEC 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A)
Just picked up a loaded, ordered spec 2014 E250. Selected this primarily for the Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, diesel range and AWD. Cost not a particular concern. M-B USA definitely miss the point here for all their 'marketing prowess' - international versions have smarter equipment choices. As everyone notes: no power folding mirrors!? Forget the rest of the gizmos, not being able to fold in mirrors easily in NYC in a luxury is incredible. Tiny nav screen, no available rear heated seats, old fashioned Apple 32-pin connector on s new 2014 model).. c'mon how much are the bean-counters at M-B USA really saving here? Not a good first impression compared to my BMW Porsche or Range Rover.
Distronic Plus with Steering Assist plus AWD diesel - the only reasons to be in this car. Decent highway cruiser, which is all it is for me.
Power folding mirrors, larger nav screen, rear heated seats, lighted light switch symbols (duh!). Front end lacks distinct presence - could be a C, CLA, SLK whatever.
Interesting ... I could not find reference to the ability to add heated rear seats anywhere on MB website.
Another thing which bothers me to no end ... NO FOGLIGHTS!
I spent $60K on my '13 E350 ... only to realize they were no longer standard (as were many other items).
For 2014, FOGLIGHTS aren't available at all!
I am told they are not needed ... but I can't imagine how someone can tell me what I do not need / want?
Heck, foglights have standard on MB's for as long as I can remember, and they are ona $25,000 Chevy!
Yes, I understand you can pay an extra $1,500 for LED headlights (remember, foglights WERE STANDARD) ... the the LED headlights will lower their aim by 8 degrees if you want different illumination.
I am not sure if you can have high beams on, while lowering the LED headlight by 8 degrees.
I can do that on all of my other cars ... except my '13 E350!
I miss the folding outside mirrors ... nice to have when parking a car in tight spaces.
Did you get the SurroundView cameras? They are in a $1300 package with Parktronic, very useful in NYC, and not really available elsewhere.
BMW has a side view camera in the front, none in the rear, no front camera, and the surround view also doesn't show the front. The rear and surround aren't displayed at the same time in spite of its 10" display.
The Audi has side view cameras front and rear (like the BMW, little cameras in the fenders) but only displays either the surround view or the front or rear cameras.
The MB displays the surround view AND the front or rear camera depending on direction. The front and rear cameras also have a 130° view mode that IMHO is far easier to understand than the side view cameras' distorted images (especially bad on the BMW).
The surround view is extremely useful for parking in tight places, parallel or lot, and the side view or 130° are very helpful getting out of NYC parking garages.
Among these 3 the BMW and MB have a feature that will tell you if a parallel parking space will fit the car and then will steer the car into the space. However, the BMW system isn't available with AWD (xDrive in BMW speak) on the 5, 6, and 7 series or M5/M6 because they have hydraulic power steering.
The folding mirrors are just a small part of the 2004-2010 decontenting that remains. There are no puddle lights in the mirrors. Through 2009 the folding rear seat tipped the lower cushions forward giving a flat floor and protecting the front seat backs. In Europe, the passenger front seat also folded forward to extend the load floor.
The Drive Dynamic seat used to be available for both driver and passenger. Side-window blinds, rear seat side airbags, and heated rear seats now require a $250 special order charge. The fit of components on the dash, especially dash to console and dash to doors, doesn't look like a high end car. Worldwide night vision was dropped with the 2014 model.
On the plus side again, the E-class LED headlights are the only ones in the US other than Porsche that include the anti-dazzle feature with the auto highbeams. The only one with the auto steering lane tracking feature. The only one with ACTIVE blind spot monitoring.
And soon the only one offering Nappa leather interiors on all trim levels as an option.
BMW does have a better hold feature which maintains the brake pressure at a full stop. On the MB, you have to give the brake pedal an extra push. On the BMW when you press a console button, every time the car comes to a full stop the brake hold feature is engaged. In both cases it releases automatically when the gas pedal is pressed.