The Mercedes Benz E Class is an excellent car. It has a lineup of powerful turbocharged engines, poised handling, and a comfortable ride quality. You can also argue that it has the nicest interior in the class. There are few features and technologies that the E Class doesn’t offer, and the seats provide all day comfort.
Because of its wealth of amenities, perfect safety scores, and general praise from automotive critics. Whether you prioritize performance or comfort, this luxury midsize car has something for you. However, it has one of the highest starting prices – and one of the lowest predicted reliability ratings – in the class. Though this Mercedes ranks near the top of the class, a half dozen or so other cars enjoy a similarly high rating.
The choices you have and the features with which you can bless your new E-Class. Want front seats that cool your bottom or massage your back? They’re available. From a heated wood steering wheel to a choice of Burmester audio systems. The standard E-Class is powered by one of two engines: a turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 241 horsepower, or a twin-turbo V6 that makes a more significant 329.
Exterior and Interior
With their latest revamp, the 2018 E-Class sedan and wagon look fresh but familiar. We like the understated nature of this German luxury car, and think its design will hold up well into the future. If you’re looking for massive grilles and head-turning flair, you’ll probably want to shop elsewhere. But most E-Class buyers appreciate substance as much as style. The 2-door coupe and convertible are naturally sportier with their lower height and slightly shorter length.
When Mercedes’ latest S-Class flagship sedan debuted a few years ago, its cabin became the benchmark for mainstream luxury opulence. The latest E-Class, which was all-new just last year, took many of its bigger brother’s fineries and bettered them in some ways, such as with the introduction of not one but two 12.3-inch screens that turn the dashboard into something like a very wide-screen high-def TV.
For all its elegance, performing simple tasks like changing fan speed and temperature is simple thanks to easy-to-reach buttons. While the forward cabin of each E-Class variant is similar, the coupe replaces the sedan and wagon’s 3-person rear bench with two individual seats, limiting total seating to four.
2019 Mercedes Benz E Class Engine
With four different forms and several engines to choose from (including the AMG performance models), the 2018 E Class remains a different strokes for different folks proposition. For the sedan, most buyers will be perfectly fine with the E300 model, which uses a turbocharged 4 cylinder that has enough power to scoot this executive sedan to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. That’s not quite as fast as BMW’s 530i, but it’s hardly shabby.
Still, if you want appreciably more oomph, we recommend the new E400. Using the same twin turbo V6 that serves in the wagon, coupe and convertible E Class, we expect the sedan to shave at least a second off that benchmark acceleration time and to have more in reserve for high speed passing. A Sport mode is available in the Dynamic Select drive program, but the standard E Class shouldn’t be confused with a sports sedan. It is far happier as a comfortable cruiser than a tarmac shredder.
If that’s what you’re looking for, check out the Mercedes AMG variants, higher performance BMW 5 Series, or an Audi S6. The E Class’ engines are paired to a refined 9 speed automatic transmission. With their standard lowered suspension and selective damping system, the E Class coupe and cabriolet are sportier but remain on the plusher end of the performance comfort spectrum. Alternately, for those seeking an even cushier ride, the sedan and wagon are available with a comfort suspension option.
2019 Mercedes Benz E Class Price and Release Date
The 2018 E400 E-Class wagon, which comes standard with the more powerful V6 engine and 4Matic, starts around $64,000, while the E-Class coupe starts just under $60,000. Rounding out the mix, the E-Class convertible starts over $67,000. This being a European luxury vehicle, expect these prices to inflate by thousands with options and packages. Compared to rivals, the E-Class tends to run higher.