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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranks in the top half of its class. It offers many powerful engines and a premium interior, but many rivals have better safety scores and lowers costs of ownership.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium cabin
  • Powerful engine lineup

 

  • Tricky infotainment system
  • High ownership costs

 

New for 2014

  • Standard four-cylinder diesel engine
  • Restyled appearance
  • Added safety features and available S-Model package

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class a Good Used Car?

The E-Class is a good luxury midsize car. Its powertrains range from the fuel-efficient BlueTec diesel and hybrid to the brawny V8s in the AMG models. It has an upscale cabin and good reliability and safety ratings. The E350 sedan has enough space for most adults in the back. However, the E-Class doesn't rank higher because of its above-average ownership costs and lower safety ratings compared to rivals.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Mercedes-Benz E-Class review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 54 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Our site has nearly 1,050 listings for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with an average list price of $26,700. Prices range from $20,500 to $37,800, depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cost to Own?

The 2014 E-Class’ expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be around $38,600 over five years, or about $7,720 per year. That’s above average for the class. For example, those same costs for 2014 Audi A6 are projected to be around $8,100 less than the E-Class’ over five years, or about $1,620 annually.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New E-Class?

Mercedes-Benz redesigned the sedan and wagon for 2017, and the couple and cabriolet for 2018. These new cars have a significant number of updates, including stronger powertrains, restyled interior and exterior designs, and more convenience and tech features. However, these upgrades come at a much steeper price. The 2018 E-Class sedan starts at $52,950. If those changes aren’t important to you, consider saving money by shopping for an older vehicle.

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While there are no new luxury midsize cars that cost less than the average price of a 2014 E-Class, there are some cars that are priced just below the E-Class’ high-end list price. The 2019 Acura TLX starts at $33,000, and the 2018 Lincoln MKZ has a base price of $35,605. However, neither car offers the trunk space, luxury, or performance of a used Mercedes.

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Which Model Year of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Is Best?

For the 2014 model year, Mercedes-Benz lightly restyled the E-Class both inside and out. An engine stop-start system debuted, and a few safety features became available. Furthermore, the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine was swapped out for a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel, and a new S-Model package added more power and performance to the sporty AMG models. For 2015, coupes and cabriolets got a new turbo V6 engine, and the hybrid was discontinued for 2016.

If none of those updates matter to you, consider saving money by buying an older car. If you want the E400 Hybrid, stick with the 2013 or later models. Mercedes updated the output and fuel efficiency of its gas engines across the lineup for the 2012 model year. Older cars in the generation also received higher or equivalent safety and reliability ratings as the later models

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a good reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Recalls

At the time of this writing, six recalls have been issued on the 2014 E-Class. One concerns a rubber seal falling into the engine compartment and making contact with the exhaust, increasing the risk of a fire. An oil leak and a disconnected fuel line also increase the risk of a fire. Other areas of concern include a loss of electric power steering and faulty air bags. Make sure these issues have been addressed before you buy this vehicle.

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

Mercedes-Benz produced the 2014 E-Class in four body styles: a four-door sedan, a four-door wagon, a two-door coupe, and a two-door cabriolet (convertible).

The base model is the E250 BlueTec sedan. It comes with a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine rated at 195 horsepower. It features an impressive list of standard features, including a sunroof, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, MB-Tex leatherette seats, and 14-way power-adjustable front seats. It also has the COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker stereo.

The E350 sedan has the same features but swaps out the diesel engine for a gasoline 3.5-liter V6. The E350 wagon adds a few more standard features and has a rear-facing third row of seats and standard all-wheel drive.

Mercedes-Benz offered numerous options and packages when the E-Class was new, such as the Premium 1 package, Premium 2 package, mbrace Package, Lane Tracking package, and Driver Assistance package. You may find a used model with features like a panoramic moonroof, Keyless-Go (push-button start and proximity keyless entry), navigation, voice controls, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, an AirScarf neck-warming system (Cabriolet models), a rear-seat entertainment system, a Bang and Olufsen or Harman Kardon stereo, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a few advanced safety features.

Performance-minded shoppers should look to the E550 or the sporty E63 AMG models. Both feature powerful twin-turbo V8 engines. AMG models add a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes, and unique interior and exterior styling enhancements. The AMG sedan is also available with an S-Model package, which adds red brake calipers, a limited-slip differential, and even greater power output.

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What Does Mercedes-Benz's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mercedes-Benz offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. This warranty can be renewed for a fee. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll receive the one-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 165-point inspection.

If you’re unsatisfied with your CPO vehicle, Mercedes’ Exchange Privilege program allows you to exchange it for another CPO vehicle of equal or lesser value within seven days or 500 miles. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz’s CPO program is about average. It’s better than BMW’s but not as robust as Jaguar’s or Lexus’, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the E-Class?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 E-Class sedan an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in front crash tests and five stars in side crash and rollover tests. The E-Class wagon was not tested. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the sedan a Good score in five crash tests and a Superior rating for front crash prevention. The IIHS named the E-Class sedan a 2014 Top Safety Pick+.

The 2014 E-Class comes with a handful of standard safety features, including a driver drowsiness monitor, Mercedes mbrace telematics service, and a forward collision prevention assistance program. A rearview camera is standard in E-Class wagons and available in other body styles. Other available driver assistance technologies include Pre-Safe brake (automatic emergency braking), a rear collision warning system, a surround-view parking camera, blind spot assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, a pedestrian detection system, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and rear side air bags.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

As a luxury small car, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class doesn’t offer as much passenger or cargo space as its larger Mercedes sibling. It also doesn’t have as many safety features as the E-Class. In most other areas, the two cars have a lot in common. Both feature good reliability ratings, opulent interiors, and solid driving dynamics. The C-Class’ biggest advantage is affordability, as you can save about $7,600 on average with the C-Class instead of the E-Class. Both are good cars, so the best choice comes down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class or 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was redesigned for 2014, and it’s a lot more expensive than the E-Class. On average, it’s nearly double the price. There are new luxury midsize cars you can buy for less than a 2014 S-Class. While both the S-Class and E-Class have composed, comfortable rides, the S-Class rides even smoother and has an even nicer interior. The S-Class is packed with luxury. It has many features not available in the E-Class, including a front-seat entertainment system for the passenger and a 24-speaker Burmester surround-sound system. It’s also larger, offering more head- and legroom for passengers, especially in the back. However, the E-Class has a higher reliability rating. These are both good cars. If you want the extra space, features, or luxury, go for the S-Class. Otherwise, the E-Class should satisfy most shoppers.

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2014 E-Class Performance

How Does the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Drive?

The E-Class is smooth as silk on the road, providing a relaxed, comfortable ride. It also offers a number of powertrain choices. The base trim is the diesel-powered E250 BlueTec. It has a 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 195 horsepower, and it’s mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The E350 is the base trim for the wagon, coupe, and convertible. It has a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and the same transmission. The E400 Hybrid also uses this engine but pairs it with an electric motor. E550 models step up to a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 402 horsepower.

Next up are the AMG models, which have a 5.5-liter V8 engine that produces 550 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. An AMG S-Model package became available for the 2014 model year, boosting the 5.5-liter engine to generate an astonishing 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The AMG models also feature a multi-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission, high-performance brakes, and a sport suspension. The E63 AMG sedan can even accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which is stunning for a luxury midsize car.

With so many powertrains, the E-Class is well-equipped to meet a variety of shoppers’ needs. The BlueTec and hybrid prioritize fuel economy, while the AMG models prioritize power. E350 and E550 models balance performance and comfort, and they are highly effective for daily driving and merging on the highway. Rear-wheel drive is standard in every body type except the wagon, which has all-wheel drive. The E400 Hybrid is rear-wheel drive only.

Does the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base E250 BlueTec diesel sedan earns 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Those are phenomenal fuel economy ratings. With its gasoline engine, the RWD Mercedes-Benz E350 returns up to 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are respectable numbers for a V6 engine. The performance-oriented E63 AMG wagon trails the pack at 15/21 mpg city/highway.

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2014 E-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2014 E-Class Seat?

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan seats five people, while the E350 wagon raises seating capacity up to seven with its rear-facing jump seats in the back. MB-Tex leatherette upholstery comes standard in sedans and wagons. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. Other amenities include ventilated front seats, a massaging driver’s seat, split-folding rear seats (standard in wagons), the AirScarf neck warming system (Cabriolet), and a heated steering wheel.

The multi-adjustable front seats can be configured to provide varying amounts of comfort and support. The sedan’s rear seats have enough space to accommodate most adults. The cabin is quiet and upscale. Soft-touch materials and wooden accents add to its sense of luxury.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2014 E350 wagon and sedan have two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Features

The base E250 sedan comes with a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the COMAND infotainment interface with a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker stereo. Also standard is the mbrace telematics system for emergency services and driver monitoring.

The E350 wagon has a standard power liftgate and a rearview camera, which is available in other body types. Other available equipment includes a 14-speaker Harmon Kardon or Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start.

The COMAND infotainment system is not intuitive. Using it requires a learning curve, and it can be frustrating for some drivers. Redundant buttons on the dash and a central control knob can be used to alter climate and entertainment settings.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cargo Space

E-Class sedans offer 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. Wagons have the most space in the lineup, with 20.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 57.4 cubic feet of space with the back rows folded down.

2014 E-Class Length and Weight

Depending on body type, the E-Class measures from 15.4 feet long to about 16.1 feet long for the E63 AMG wagon. Curb weight ranges from 3,619 up to 4,674 pounds with the AMG S-model wagon.

Where Was the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz manufactured the 2014 E-Class in Germany.

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