Mercedes-Benz E-Class

#2 in Luxury Midsize Cars Overall Score: 8.9 / 10
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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranks 2 out of 15 Luxury Midsize Cars.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class finishes near the top of its class rankings. There’s almost nothing wrong with this car; it deserves a look from every luxury midsize car shopper.

SEATING


4-7

MPG


16-22

  CITY


22-30

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


AWD, RWD

HP


241-603
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Pros & Cons

  • Tons of features
  • Posh, comfortable interior
  • Refined performance
  • Subpar fuel efficiency
  • Below-average trunk space

Notable for 2018

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

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Rankings and Research

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Midsize Cars category. Currently the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.9
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
Reliability: N/A

Rankings

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Pictures

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

By Cody Trotter November 13, 2017

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class finishes near the top of its class rankings. There’s almost nothing wrong with this car; it deserves a look from every luxury midsize car shopper.

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

Yes, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an excellent vehicle. Whether you want performance or comfort, this car has something for you. It has a lineup of energetic turbocharged engines, composed handling, and a smooth ride – as well as arguably the nicest interior in the class. You can probably win some bar bets by having people try to name a feature the E-Class doesn’t offer. Additionally, the seats provide all-day comfort.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The E-Class brings a lot to the table, and it certainly belongs on your shortlist. However, it comes at a price – one of the highest starting prices in the class, in fact. If you have your mind set on this Mercedes, you can pull the trigger knowing you are getting a lot for your money. But if your budget is holding you back, there are other good options that don’t cost quite so much.

The Audi A6 is one of the few cars in the class that can match the all-around excellence of the E-Class – and it has a lower starting price. The Cadillac CTS also costs less than the Mercedes. While its interior is a step below the E-Class’, it is more athletic than its German rival.

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We Did the Research for You: 21 Reviews Analyzed

Our vehicle reviews combine professional test driver opinions with hard data like reliability ratings and crash test results. We use this kind of in-depth analysis to provide you with a one-stop shop for car information before you head to the dealership.

The 2018 E-Class is part of a generation that began with the 2017 model year. For 2018, the coupe and cabriolet models have been redesigned to match the E-Class sedan, which was redesigned last year. There are also some new standard features and trim levels. This review uses research and data from the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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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 threatens to top our luxury midsize car rankings every year, despite having to compete with the E-Class. The A6 has multiple energetic engine options, and it gets better fuel economy and is more agile than its Mercedes rival. However, the E-Class rides a bit more smoothly. These two are as nice as it gets inside, though the E-Class offers a few more high-end features and may be slightly more opulent. The A6 has a larger trunk, but its superior athleticism is its most clear-cut advantage. In the end, picking the "better" car largely boils down to personal preference.

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

The Cadillac CTS is much more affordable than the E-Class, and it can be saddled with a laundry list of high-tech convenience and safety features (in fairness, so can the Mercedes). The CTS is more agile than the E-Class, but it still delivers a plush ride. The CTS’ interior quality is good, but it can’t match the Mercedes’ opulent cabin. Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system draws some ire for its sometimes cumbersome touch controls and awkward menus. If you have a tighter budget or just want a sport-tuned luxury cruiser, the CTS is a whole lot of car for a good price. But if you do pony up the extra cash, you’re apt to find the E-Class’ many features and lavish interior 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. 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, navigation, 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.

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 not yet been rated for reliability, but the 2017 model earned a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s higher than average overall (three is average for all vehicles), but about average for a luxury midsize car.

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 one of the highest safety scores in the class. It earns five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

E-Class Safety Features

Driver drowsiness monitoring, crosswind assist, and active brake assist come standard in this Mercedes. Available driver assistance features include a rearview camera or 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 coupe. Cabriolet (convertible) models start at $66,300, and wagon models start at $63,050. The E400 isn’t available in sedan body styles.

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

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. Nappa leather upholstery, 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.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings 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 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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