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2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was new.


Performance: 8.4

While it’s not the quickest or most agile car in the class, reviewers agree that the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers capable performance. They note that the E-Class has a comfortable ride and composed handling, as well as a variety of refined and powerful engine options.

  • "It's not the most athletic pick, but nevertheless offers highly tactile steering, strong engines and a chassis that inspires confidence. Regardless of body style or engine, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a special luxury car to drive." -- Edmunds 
  • Despite the vast array of engines offered in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, there will always be faster cars on the road - perhaps some of them not a lot faster. However, few can boast the same blend of comfort, luxury and performance." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC comes equipped with a 3.0-liter, V-6 turbodiesel, similar to what you see in the diesel SUVs. ... While this is an efficient engine, putting it in a midsize car makes the E350 BlueTEC more sporty than green. We like the phenomenal acceleration and sporty handling." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "All but the power hungry will find the V6 model sufficient for everyday use." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan, Coupe and Cabriolet come with a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 302 horsepower, while the E350 BlueTEC sedan has a 210-horsepower, turbodiesel V6. E550 models come with a twin-turbo 4.6-liter V8 that generates 402 horsepower. All E-Class models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is optional on E350 sedans and coupes and standard on the E550 sedan. The EPA reports that the 2013 E350 sedan gets 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. E350 BlueTEC models get slightly better ratings, while E550 models earn slightly lower estimates.

The high-performance E63 AMG sedan comes with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. Mercedes says that the 2013 E63 AMG can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. An optional AMG Performance package raises engine output to 550 horsepower and increases the top speed to 186 mph.

While there’s no doubt that the E63 AMG is fast, a few reviewers say that even E550 models provide more power than most shoppers will need. Test drivers also say that the E350 and turbodiesel E350 BlueTEC offer plenty of power.

  • "If you're simply looking for a go-fast Benz without the more hard-core bits, the E550's twin-turbo V8 offers wicked acceleration like the AMG E-Class models of only a few years ago." -- Edmunds 
  • "When you can break out into a solid straightaway, make sure to take your stomach with you." -- Chicago Tribune (E350 BlueTEC)
  • E350s have plenty of power but require large throttle inputs in order to extract the most performance." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Sweet mother of all that is holy, this 402-hp M278 twin-turbo 4.6-liter is a barrel of well-engineered monkeys." -- Autoblog (2012 E550 sedan) 

Handling and Braking

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class isn’t quite as nimble as rivals like the Audi A6, but reviewers say it offers composed handling and a comfortable ride. Although one test driver says that the E-Class could offer better steering feel, he also comments that the E-Class has strong, reassuring brakes with good pedal feel.

  • "The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class strikes a brilliant balance between ride quality and handling ability. Within its segment, the E is the most adaptable, rewarding and confident car for the widest variety of surfaces and situations." -- Edmunds 
  • Hard-core driving enthusiasts will probably find the BMW 5 Series delivers a more spirited ride than the E-Class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • We notice some body lean in fast turns. Steering feel seems sloppy to some testers, even on versions equipped with the Sport Package. Braking is highly responsive, easy to modulate, and impeccably secure." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The ride and noise isolation are sheer Mercedes, while the steering and handling we experienced on some nice curvy roads remain very pleasing stuff." -- Autoblog (2012)

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