I traded out of a 2008 BMW M3 into a 2008 M-B E 550 4matic. The M3 is an awesome car but I was ready to get something a little larger and more comfortable and the M-B E 550 hits the target.
The E 550 is a torque monster with the peak torque of 391 available at only 2800 RPM along with 382 horses under the hood. This is more than enough power and torque to accelerate briskly from any speed. The electronic control on the shocks has three settings. Even the firmest setting is easy to live with on all but the roughest pavement.
The quality of the materials and fit and finish inside the cabin are top notch. The leather on the driver's seat bolster has held up well after 3 years of service. I am not a huge sunroof guy, but I have to admit the panoramic sunroof is neat feature and I have been very impressed with the sound quality of the Harman-Kardon premium sound system.
The only real nit pick I have with the car is with its electronic interface. It has only very limited voice command options and rather than a touch screen display, it utilizes hard buttons along the perimeter of the disply screen along with directional buttons. This is a much clunkier set up than my wife's 2006 Acura MDX which has a touch screen and offers way more voice commands. Also, integrating a cellphone into the Command center can be a challenge. That said, all of the frequently used climate and radio controls are easy to use.
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