2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Bluetec Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Road Test Specs

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

(3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel 7-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
StyleE350 Bluetec 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)
Base MSRP$50,900
Options on test vehicleSport Package (No cost -- includes 17-inch split-alloy 5-spoke wheels, run-flat tires, lowered sport-tuned suspension, sport body styling, aluminum instrument cluster surround, perforated front brake discs, LED running lamps); Premium 2 Package ($6,450 -- includes navigation system, real-time traffic, digital music storage, Harman Kardon surround sound audio system, HD radio, satellite radio, iPod interface, power rear sunshade, rearview camera, bi-xenon headlights with active curve illumination and adaptive high beams, headlight washers, keyless ignition/entry, power trunk closer); Night View Assist Plus ($1,780); Natural Beige Leather ($1,620); Palladium Silver Paint ($720); Drive-Dynamic Multicontour Driver Seat With Massage ($660); 115V AC Power Outlet ($115).
As-tested MSRP$63,120


Drive typeRear-wheel Drive
Engine typeTurbocharged V6, diesel
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,987/182
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)16.5
Redline (rpm)4,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)210 @ 3,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)400 @ 1,600
Fuel typeDiesel
Transmission typeSeven-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=4.38; II=2.86; III=1.92; IV=1.37; V=1.00; VI=0.82; VII=0.73; R=3.42; Final=3.07


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelTuranza EL400 02
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, front245/45 R17 95H M+S
Tire size, rear245/45 R17 95H M+S
Wheel size17-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front12.7-inch ventilated and cross-drilled with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear11.8-inch ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.7
0-45 mph (sec.)4.9
0-60 mph (sec.)7.7
0-75 mph (sec.)11.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.5 @ 89.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)116
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.6
@ Full throttle (dB)66.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsBeyond laggardly off the line. Had to power-brake the crap out of it to get real acceleration at launch. Power-braked so much once it started spinning the rear tires at a stop. Lazy shifts, super-low redline, hey, it's a diesel. But, as you would expect, strong midrange surge. Manual shifting via paddles. Will not hold gears to redline. Does not blip throttle on downshifts.
Braking commentsDead-solid pedal and dead-solid stops -- no wiggle whatsoever. Very little nosedive, everything very controlled here. But later, while slowing at the end of each slalom run, the pedal's travel lengthened quite a bit.
Handling commentsSkid pad: ESC not intrusive here. In fact, had to adjust throttle almost as much with system on as I did with it off, or it would overshoot the circle. Chassis was very cooperative with drop-throttle to bring car back in line. Slalom: The steering may be a little light and have minimal life to it, but the E350 Bluetec's well-honed suspension makes up for it. This is a very predicatble large and heavy car, with a reasonable amount of grip. You can actually throw it around. ESC is not fully defeatable, and cuts throttle, especially at slalom exit. So there's actually a bit more speed to be had here, if not for the nanny Mercedes state. The steering would sometimes kick back a bit when getting truly aggressive with turn-in. It was weird, but it didn't slow the car down any.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)85.3
Relative humidity (%)25.7
Wind (mph, direction)3.5 head cross

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/33 highway/26 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)24.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21.1

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,059
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,242
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53.6/46.4
Length (in.)191.7
Width (in.)75.9
Height (in.)57.9
Wheelbase (in.)113.2
Track, front (in.)62.2
Track, rear (in.)63.0
Turning circle (ft.)36.9
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)35.8
Headroom, front (in.)37.9
Headroom, rear (in.)38.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)15.9


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceUnlimited


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Rollover protectionSide curtain airbag rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemPre-collision safety system
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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