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Mercedes-Benz’s stylists seem to have forgotten the E400’s under-the-radar mission, though. Their addition of more roof and glass to the stoic E-class sedan streamlines the profile into a tidy bustle graced by two wide, thin lamps seemingly pulled from Benz’s coupes. The quietly, meltingly lovely result is longer and lower than its predecessor and arguably prettier than Volvo’s V90 wagon.
It also can hold 35 cubic feet of chattels behind the second-row seats, 22 more cubes than fit in the E-class sedan’s trunk. We used that space—which expands to 57 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat—to move an apartment’s worth of boxed kitchen and living-room items. For carrying smaller passengers in a pinch, a rear-facing third-row seat deploys from the trunk floor.
With these changes and a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine replacing the old wagon’s 3.5-liter V-6, the E400 is 382 pounds heavier than the four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive E300. (The E400 wagon has 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard.) Typically, such weight gain would earn a condemnation from us. Here, it adds a sense of classic Mercedes heft, a satisfying expression of solidity that the daintier E300 nears but can’t quite equal.
That’s not to say the E400 isn’t capable. Our test car was outfitted in Sport regalia, which replaces the no-cost Luxury trim level’s hood ornament and traditional grille with a three-pointed star embedded in a more aggressive grille; choosing the Sport model also nets you different wheels, bumpers, side skirts, and a slightly lowered suspension. Fitted with 18-inch summer tires, the E400 recorded an impressive 0.87 g of grip on the skidpad and a sports-sedan-like 156-foot stop from 70 mph.
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Leave the dynamism, as the Germans call it, to the upcoming Jaguar XF Sportbrake or the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo. Or the 603-hp, trust-funds-gone-wild Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon. Set the E400 to its default Comfort mode and request one of eight different massages, including one that alternately jiggles each side of your rear end to enhance bloodflow on long drives. Crossing the country? Definitely go for the high intensity setting.
Those chairs are included with the $11, 200 Premium 3 package, which is more expensive and better than Premium 1 or 2. It adds a self-parking system, a 360-degree camera, keyless entry and push-button ignition, ambient interior lighting, a Burmester audio system, adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beams, heated front seats, a cabin perfuming system, sunshades for each rear window, blind-spot monitoring, Mercedes-Benz’s semi-autonomous driving technologies, a head-up display, and even more.