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2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Performance Review


Performance: 7.9

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a lineup of potent engines and a cushy ride. Fuel economy estimates are decent too.

  • "Not just a pretty face, the E300 delivers plenty of speed, power and exhilaration when it counts: merging, passing, long-distance cruising or short, tight turning and curving. The Benz strikes a deft balance between genteel road manners and aggressive athletic ability." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "On the road, the overwhelming impression is one of sturdiness, in the best Benzian sense of the word. The new E rides incredibly well. On smooth freeways I'm hard-pressed to think of a finer-feeling car." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "For a car that could spend most of its time driving itself, the E-Class is still fun to drive. … [And] in terms of steering responses, agility, and surefootedness, the E300 is as good as the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. Add in a quiet cabin and smooth ride and E300 could be the best midsize luxury sedan on the market." -- Autoblog (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The E-Class has four engine options. Standard is a 255-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. A 362-horsepower V6 engine is available, or you could opt for a turbocharged inline-six paired with an electric motor that combine to make 429 horsepower.

Finally, the AMG E 63 S comes with a 603-horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It can race from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, depending on body style.

The base engine is plenty peppy and energetic. The stronger engines provide even more oomph. There’s only one transmission option in this Mercedes, a nine-speed automatic, and it delivers timely shifts.

Fuel economy estimates vary. The base sedan gets 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is slightly above average for the class. The base coupe gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, and the base convertible has estimates of 20/27 mpg city/highway. The wagon starts at 19/26 mpg city/highway.

  • "Most people will be perfectly satisfied with the standard E 350 model. The name is new for 2020, signaling installation of a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 255 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough oomph to scoot this executive sedan to 60 mph in about six seconds. … The E-Class' engines are paired to a refined 9-speed automatic transmission, and drivers can choose from several different Dynamic Select driving modes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Its available twin-turbo V-6 doles out smooth, assertive thrust that's routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission that deftly changes gears." -- Car and Driver
  • "A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine spools out plenty of seamless power to a nine-speed automatic transmission with exquisitely timed gear changes. This combo makes the E300 feel faster from the driver's seat than it looks on paper." -- Edmunds (2018)

Ride and Handling

The E-Class provides a silky smooth ride, and its suspension soaks up most road flaws with ease. The available air suspension helps the ride feel even more cushioned. While this Mercedes-Benz isn’t a corner-carver, its well-weighted steering helps it tackle turns with composure. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • "The E-class is a comfort-biased car; the handling is competent but not sporty. It leans in corners, but it rarely feels overwhelmed when pushed hard. With the air suspension in its Comfort setting, the ride is creamy, and the E-class is perfect for gobbling up lots of road. It glides over pavement imperfections with only slight notification of such unpleasantries communicated to the cabin. With the drive-mode selector set to either Comfort or Eco, the steering is nicely weighted—not too light, not too heavy—and feels accurate. The E-class tracks straight on the freeway with a solid and predictable nature, and feedback from the road is muted." -- Car and Driver
  • Just as one would expect, the varying levels of performance create huge differences in the driving experience. A normal E 350 Sedan is sedate, quiet and comfortable, whereas the E 63 S is a bomb of a car just waiting to be set off." -- Autoblog
  • "The Benz demonstrates excellent composure, even when whipping it from side to side in quick turns. BMW and Audi have traditionally held an edge in this category, but no longer — the E300 has been dialed in as well as, or better than, its rivals." -- Edmunds (2018)
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