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Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.6
Safety: 9.5
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2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

A sublime interior, cutting-edge technology, and well-rounded performance help the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class secure a place in the top third of our luxury midsize car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Supremely comfortable seats
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Animated engines
  • Lots of standard and available high-tech safety features
  • Small trunks in sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles
  • More expensive than most rivals
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating

New for 2019

  • More powerful E 450 replaces the E 400
  • Quicker AMG E 53 replaces AMG E 43
  • Reshuffling of standard features

Is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class a Good Car?

Yes, the E-Class is a good car. It comes in four body types: sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible (or cabriolet). Regardless of body style, this Mercedes-Benz has one of the finest cabins in the luxury midsize car class, thanks to its exceptionally comfortable seats, premium materials, and state-of-the-art technology. Its driving dynamics create a nice balance between laid-back cruising and enthusiastic maneuvering, complemented by a lineup of compelling powertrains.

The E-Class also boasts good safety ratings and a remarkable list of standard and available safety features. However, it has a below-average predicted reliability rating, and some rivals have more passenger room.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

For a vehicle that excels in luxury, technology, and refinement, the new E-Class is a great choice. It provides more state-of-the art technology and more passenger space than the smaller Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and a well-optioned E-Class is a good stand-in if you don’t want to spend a small fortune for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. There are appealing alternatives beyond the Mercedes brand, however, including long-standing rivals such as the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. For more details on how these cars stack up against the E-Class, look at our “Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition” section below.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Mercedes has made only minor changes to the E-Class since launching the current generation for the 2017 model year. Note that the redesigned coupe and cabriolet models didn't appear until the 2018 model year. For 2019, Mercedes replaced the E 400 and AMG E 43 with the more powerful E 450 and AMG E 53 trims. If these two new E-Class models don't interest you, we recommend shopping for a used model instead, which would likely cost less and get you a nearly identical car to the 2019 models.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 and 2018 E-Class reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 31 Reviews Analyzed

Our Mercedes-Benz E-Class review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 31 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, a list of safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

This 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cost?

The 2019 E-Class starts at $53,500, which is one of the highest base prices among luxury midsize cars. Prices for the performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG models range from about $73,000 to $109,000. You can see more information on vehicle pricing, available configurations, and standard features in our Which Mercedes-Benz E-Class Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz E-Class or BMW 5 Series?

It's easy to see why the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class have been such longstanding rivals. Both are outstanding, refined vehicles with plenty of technology and an array of compelling trims. In general, the E-Class is the more luxurious vehicle, with a pillowy ride and opulent extras. On the other hand, the 5 Series has a much higher predicted reliability rating and better safety scores. It’s more agile too, offering responsive steering and a sport-tuned suspension. Spirited drivers will likely prefer the BMW to the Mercedes.

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Audi A6?

The Audi A6 is totally redesigned for 2019, and it sits near the E-Class in our luxury midsize car rankings. It’s powerful, nimble, and luxurious. It also offers a bit more room in the back seat and trunk than the E-Class sedan. You won't go wrong with either of these German cars, though the E-Class’ lineup of engines and body styles offers more variety than you'll get with the A6.

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E-Class Interior

How Many People Does the E-Class Seat?

You can seat five people in an E-Class sedan, four people in a coupe or cabriolet model, and seven people in the wagon body style. The seats are superbly comfortable, thanks in part to the supportive cushions and ample front-seat power adjustments. Although the E-Class doesn't lead the pack when it comes to legroom, a pair of adults can fit comfortably in the back seat. The seats come standard with MB-Tex synthetic leather upholstery, which feels like real leather. You can also choose either grained leather or Nappa leather. Swanky upgrades include heated front armrests, massaging front seats, and a power rear-window sunshade.

E-Class and Car Seats

The E-Class has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The anchors are easy to find and require little effort to use. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the setup the highest rating of Good for ease of use.

E-Class Interior Quality

Inside, the E-Class features the finest materials. Even the synthetic leather upholstery is lovely enough to fool unsuspecting riders. Natural ash wood trim in black and brown finishes are among the standard trim choices, and options such as topstitched dash trim and an extra-quiet cabin package are available.

E-Class Cargo Space

The E-Class sedan's 13.1-cubic-foot trunk is one of the smallest in the class, providing just enough space for a pair of full-size suitcases. Coupe and convertible body styles are even smaller, at around 10 cubic feet. Thankfully, these body types have a wide trunk opening and a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat. Wagon models have a roomy 35-cubic-foot cargo area that expands to 64 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. 

E-Class Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

At the heart of the E-Class dash is a crisp 12.3-inch infotainment display. You can control the COMAND interface using a touchpad in the center console, a nearby knob, or a state-of-the-art set of controls on the steering wheel. It takes a little while to get familiar with this system, but the interface is straightforward after some practice. Standard features include a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Adding the optional 12.3-inch driver's display transforms almost the entire dash into a vivid display. Other high-end upgrades include an in-car fragrance system, a Burmester 3D surround-sound system, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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E-Class Performance

E-Class Engine: From Peppy to Potent

Every one of the four engines available in the E-Class can move this car quickly, and all of them are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that delivers expertly timed shifts. The base E 300 engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 241 horsepower and experiences very little turbo lag. The E 450 boasts a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 362 horsepower, and it’s expected to be even more satisfying under full throttle than the E 300. Two models from the high-performance AMG line are also available. Propelling the AMG E 53 is a 429-horsepower six-cylinder engine. The AMG E 63 S comes with an authoritative 603-horsepower V8.

E-Class Gas Mileage: Average Ratings

Fuel economy ratings for the E-Class are about average for the class. The E 300 gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The larger engines are less economical, and they cost the average driver between $100 and $250 more in annual fuel costs. 

E-Class Ride and Handling: Silky and Stable

The E-Class is a comfortable cruiser, with Sport and Sport+ drive modes dialing in a little extra athleticism when you want it. The standard suspension system maintains a silky, composed ride without getting too floaty. The rapidly adjusting air suspension system is an appealing option, though the E-Class is pleasant with just the standard suspension. Lower trims come standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for $2,500 in the lower trims, and it comes standard in the AMG models.

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E-Class Reliability

Is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliable?

The 2019 E-Class earns a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Warranty

Mercedes-Benz covers the E-Class with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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E-Class Safety

E-Class Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the E-Class sedan a 2019 Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest honor. The E-Class sedan received the top rating of Good in six crash tests and the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. E 300 models with the Premium II or Premium III package (which feature adaptive headlights with a high-beam assist function) earned a Good rating for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. E 300 models without either of these packages earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable. All other trims have yet to be rated.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

E-Class Safety Features

Standard safety features in the E-Class include a multi-view rear camera, crosswind assist, emergency brake assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a pre-collision passenger protection system.

A wealth of safety options are available in most models, including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, a head-up display, active steering assist, evasive steering assist, active blind spot assist, active lane keeping assist, active lane change assist, active brake assist with cross traffic monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. You can also opt for automatic high-beam headlights, active speed limit assist, active parking assist for parallel and perpendicular parking, a surround-view camera system, rear cross traffic alert, rear-seat beltbags, and rear-seat side impact air bags.

The optional active emergency stop assist can bring the car to a halt if the driver's hands are off the steering wheel for too long when adaptive cruise control is active. Optional Pre-Safe Impulse Side reduces passenger impact in side collisions, and optional Pre-Safe Plus prepares the vehicle after detecting a potential rear-end collision.

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E-Class Dimensions and Weight

Depending on body type, the E-Class is between 15.8 and 16.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,792 to 4,497 pounds.

Where is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz builds the 2019 E-Class in Germany.

Which Mercedes-Benz E-Class Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with a choice of four different engines, with the trim name (E 300, E 450, AMG E 53, and AMG E 63 S) indicating which engine is included. The cabriolet is a convertible version of the coupe with a power-operated soft top.

As you move up the trim levels, you get a more powerful engine but not much else. That's because most features that are included in upper trims are also standard in the base model. Note that for many models, this also extends to the standard MB-Tex upholstery. This synthetic leather is almost as luxurious as the real thing. Adding authentic leather upholstery costs an additional $1,620.

Mercedes offers a generous options list in every model. This is good news for shoppers that are satisfied with the peppy base engine and those wanting to keep purchase costs low. It's also why we recommend that most shoppers start with the E 300. If you want amenities beyond the list of standard features, consider adding the Convenience package for $2,400. It includes goodies such as heated front seats, a power trunk lid with hands-free access, proximity key entry, and blind spot assist.

Mercedes-Benz E 300

A 241-horsepower turbocharged engine powers the base E 300. This model comes with a 12.3- inch infotainment display, a navigation system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, 64-color ambient lighting, synthetic leather upholstery, a power sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Its suite of standard safety features includes active brake assist, driver attention monitoring, and a pre-collision passenger protection system.

Mercedes currently builds the E 300 only as a sedan. Pricing starts at $53,500 with rear-wheel drive and $56,000 with 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Mercedes-Benz E 450

The E 450 is equipped with a 362-horsepower turbocharged engine, and most of its other components match that of the E 300. The E 450 sedan starts at $59,950, and the wagon at $64,200. Both come only with all-wheel drive. The E 450 coupe has a base price of $59,800, and the Cabriolet retails for $69,800. Rear-wheel drive is standard with both of these models. All-wheel drive is available for $2,500.

Mercedes-AMG E 53

In addition to its 429-horsepower turbocharged engine, the AMG E 53 features all-wheel drive, a sport suspension system, an AMG Performance Braking system, and an AMG Sport Exhaust system. Interior enhancements include heated front seats, a Burmester surround-sound system, red seat belts, satellite radio, and an additional USB port. Blind spot monitoring and a hands-free power trunk lid are also included. The AMG E 53 is available as a sedan for $72,550, a coupe for $73,700, or a convertible for $80,350.

Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

The top-of-the-line AMG E 63 S comes with a handcrafted 603-horsepower engine. It boasts drift mode, an AMG sport suspension system, and Nappa leather upholstery. Prices start at $104,400 for the E 63 S sedan and $108,850 for the E 63 S wagon.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mercedes-Benz deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class presents an appealing fusion of indulgence and excitement. It features an impressive suite of advanced safety features, top-notch crash test ratings, and an alluring ensemble of configurations. This luxury car is serene and comfortable, and driving enthusiasts would be thrilled with the AMG-tuned models. It does have a few drawbacks, however: Interior space is somewhat small for the class, you'll find larger back seats and trunks in some competitors, and it has a below-average predicted reliability rating.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The robust E-Class lineup consists of a stylish sedan, sporty coupe, open-air cabriolet and versatile wagon. Although a bit more expensive than rivals like the Lexus GS, Audi A6 and Infiniti Q70, the E-Class provides a more complete lineup and offers a level of sophistication, safety and engineering many feel is worth the extra cost." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Whether you value comfort, performance or technology in your midsize luxury sedan, coupe, convertible or wagon, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class should be right at the top of your list." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Whether on track or street, mountain road or city stop-and-go, the 2017 E-Class exudes not just confidence and class-leading luxury, it bristles with connected-car and advanced active safety systems never before seen [in] a production automobile." -- CNET (2017)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 11, 2019

Strong, but Decreasing Sales: The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the best-selling competitors in the luxury midsize car class, racing neck and neck with the BMW 5 Series and Lexus ES. Along with its luxury small car sibling, the C-Class, the E-Class is also one of the top-sellers in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup of cars. However, sales of the E-Class have fallen 6.6 percent this year compared to the same period in 2018.

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