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MSRP: $52,950 - 106,950




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of our highest-rated luxury midsize cars. It has loads of features and a truly elegant interior. A subpar predicted reliability score is its one notable flaw.

Pros & Cons

  • Tons of features
  • Posh, comfortable interior
  • Refined performance
  • Subpar fuel efficiency
  • Below-average trunk space
  • Poor predicted reliability rating for the class

New for 2018

  • Coupe and cabriolet models redesigned to match sedan
  • New standard features
  • New trim levels

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

Yes, 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, the E-Class was a finalist for our 2018 Best Luxury Midsize Car for Families award.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

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 Audi A6, for example, retails for a couple thousand dollars less than the E-Class, and it is one of the few rivals in the segment that can match the Mercedes' all-around excellence. You can save even more money with the Cadillac CTS. Its interior is a slight step below the E-Class', but it’s a much more athletic car than its German rival.

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

The E-Class sedan was fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. For 2018, Mercedes eliminated the E550 trim, added a rearview camera as standard, and made tri-zone climate control and multicontour massaging seats available. The coupe and convertible trims were fully redesigned for 2018.

To research previous E-Class models, read our review of the fully redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the previous-generation 2016 E-Class. If you decide that an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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

Most luxury midsize cars have a wide gap between their base price and the top trim’s price. The E-Class might be taking that to an extreme, though. The base E300 sedan starts just under $53,000, while the high-end AMG E63S sedan has a starting price north of $100,000. At both ends of the spectrum, the E-Class is one of the most expensive vehicles in the class.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition

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

The Audi A6 is a perennial challenger for a top spot in our luxury midsize car rankings, usually going toe-to-toe with the E-Class. Both of these cars have multiple energetic engine options, but the A6 gets better fuel economy and is more fun to drive. The E-Class, conversely, rides a bit more smoothly. Inside, these German rivals are as nice as it gets. You may find the E-Class slightly more opulent, as it offers a few more high-end features. While the A6 has a larger trunk, its superior performance is its most clear-cut advantage. In the end, picking the "better" car comes down to your personal preference.

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Cadillac CTS?

In this highly competitive class, the Cadillac CTS sets itself apart with its performance. It's much more agile than the E-Class, but it still delivers a supple ride. The Cadillac has a lower base price than the Mercedes, as well as a long list of available high-tech convenience and safety features. In fairness, the Mercedes offers an abundance of features as well, and its opulent cabin still trumps that of the Caddy. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system can be cumbersome to operate due to its haphazard touch controls and awkward menus. Overall, these are both great vehicles. The CTS is a whole lot of car for the money and will be especially sweet if you're on a tighter budget or prioritize a sport-tuned luxury cruiser. But those who can pony up the extra cash will likely find the E-Class’ many features and lavish interior more worthwhile.

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E-Class Interior

How Many People Does the E-Class Seat?

E-Class sedans seat five, coupe and convertible models seat four, and wagon models seat up to seven. The front seats deliver the outstanding comfort you expect from a luxury midsize car, and elegant features like heated armrests are available. The rear seats have enough room for most adult passengers, but they trail some rivals in terms of head- and legroom.

E-Class and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in this Mercedes, and the system is outstanding. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Good for ease of use. You’ll have no trouble finding any of the anchor points, and installing a car seat is hassle-free.

E-Class Interior Quality

Mercedes are never short on panache, and the E-Class is no different. The materials quality is first-rate, and the interior styling simultaneously looks modern and timeless.

E-Class Cargo Space

E-Class sedan models have an undersized trunk that provides around 13 cubic feet of space. That’s not enough room for vacation luggage, but you can fit several shopping bags in there. Coupe models have 15 cubic feet of room, which means they hold about two more shopping bags than the sedan.

For the most space, you’ll want the E-Class wagon, which has a maximum capacity of 64 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats. That’s enough room for outdoor gear and even some furniture items.

E-Class Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the E-Class include a power sunroof (except in convertible models) and Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system with a 12.3-inch display, voice controls, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and two USB ports. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging, a 13-speaker Burmester surround sound system, and satellite radio.

If it seems like the E-Class has every feature you’ve ever heard of, you’re not far off. This Mercedes has you covered for smartphone connectivity, internet access, entertainment, and more. The COMAND infotainment screen is easily visible for the driver, and the system is pretty user-friendly after the initial learning curve.

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E-Class Performance

E-Class Engine: Plenty of Choices

The E-Class sedan comes standard with a 241-horsepower four-cylinder engine that has ample power for everyday driving. Coupe, wagon, and convertible models feature a 329-horsepower V6 that’s more energetic than the base engine – though it doesn’t deliver the standout performance you might expect in a Mercedes. There are two high-performance models that will really throw you back in your seat when you hit the gas. The heaviest hitter is the AMG E63S, which features a 603-horsepower V8 engine. All of the E-Class' engines are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

E-Class Gas Mileage: Not Overly Impressive

With the base engine, the E-Class gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those aren’t the worst numbers in the class, but they are below average. For example, you’ll spend about as much on gas each year in the E-Class as you would in the Cadillac CTS. However, the Audi A6 will cost you about $200 less per year than the Cadillac and the Mercedes.

E-Class Ride and Handling: However You Like It

The E-Class comes standard with Dynamic Select. It lets you select one of five driving modes to tailor the E-Class more toward sportiness or comfort, depending on what you like. In any setting, the ride is smooth and there is minimal body roll when taking corners.

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E-Class Reliability

Is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliable?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Warranty

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. Most luxury vehicles have similar warranty terms.

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E-Class Safety

E-Class Crash Test Results

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has outstanding safety scores across the board. It earns five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in three individual crash tests. The E-Class aced all its Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests – it scored Good in six physical crash tests, Good for headlight performance, and Superior for its front crash prevention features. For all those accolades, the E-Class was named a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest honor.

E-Class Safety Features

Driver drowsiness monitoring, crosswind assist, a rearview camera, and active brake assist come standard in this Mercedes. Available driver assistance features include a 360-degree surround-view camera, evasive steering assist (which automatically steers the car around pedestrians in your path), automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, lane keep assist, lane change assist, and park assist. Mercedes’ Pre-Safe Plus is also available, which tightens seat belts and rolls up windows if it detects an impending collision.

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

You have options when choosing an E-Class, but the main thing you should consider is which engine and body style you want. Beyond the engine, every E-Class is extremely well-equipped and can be outfitted with more features than many rivals offer. For that reason, if you’re OK with a four-cylinder engine, you’ll be more than happy sticking with the base model. The only exception might be if you want a convertible, which will require you to step up to the E400.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300

The E300 sedan has a base price of $52,950. You can add all-wheel drive for $2,500. There are three main option packages. The Premium 1 package ($3,700) adds heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, wireless device charging, and a Burmester audio system. The Premium 2 package ($6,600) includes the features of the Premium 1 package, plus a cabin-air purification system and a cabin fragrance system. The Premium 3 package ($10,200) includes the features of the other two packages, plus adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, lane change assist, and more.

There are too many other option packages and individual features to get into here. But suffice to say, even in the base trim, the E-Class can be extremely well-equipped.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E400

The E400’s starting price is $58,900 for the E-Class coupe. Cabriolet (convertible) models start at $66,300, and wagon models start at $63,050. The E400 isn’t available in a sedan body style.

E400 models feature a 329-horsepower V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Other standard features include a power panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. You can add all-wheel drive to the E400 for $2,500. The option packages and available features are largely the same as in the E300.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG E43

The AMG E43 sedan has a starting price of $71,600. This high-performance trim features a 396-horsepower V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Nappa leather seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera come standard, as do most of the features from the Premium 1 package. The AMG E43 offers the Premium 2 package ($2,900) and the Premium 3 package ($6,500). Many other features can be added individually.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG E63S

The AMG E63S has a starting price of $104,400 ($106,950 for the wagon model). Like the AMG E43, this trim features a sedan body style. The E63S also has by far the most powerful engine in the lineup – a 603-horsepower V8. In addition to the E43’s standard features, the E63S also comes with cooled front seats and active park assist. As with the other trims, this one offers a wealth of features and a few option packages.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the first vehicles that comes to mind when people talk about luxury midsize cars, and it earns its spot near the top of our class rankings. This car has a spectacular interior, enjoyable performance, and an abundance of tech features. It’s not a perfect car, but it’s close. It’s worth a look for every luxury midsize car shopper.

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

  • "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
  • "Is the 2017 E-Class as competitive in its segment as the car it replaces? I can tell you the W213 is a proper E-Class. Moreover, it is one well-wrought sedan, regardless of make, model, and badge. Bigger, lighter, techier, safer, better-looking, and much more elegant than before, the new W213 E-Class should be quite a hit for Mercedes-Benz-assuming people are still willing to buy sedans with gas prices so low and not go completely SUV crazy." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "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)


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