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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranks 3 out of 17 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Available in styles ranging from coupe to wagon, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an exceptionally comfortable luxury car with an opulent interior and a lineup of engines that are all capable of vigorous acceleration, critics say.

The base 2016 E250 BlueTEC has a turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, and test drivers report that the engine is quiet, with lively acceleration from a stop. The E250 also has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class at an EPA-estimated 28/42 mpg city/highway. The E-Class is available with a number of more powerful engine options ranging from the V6 in the E350 to the twin-turbocharged V8 in the E63 AMG S. The E-Class comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (4Matic) is optional. Test drivers are pleased with the E-Class' smooth ride, strong brakes and composed handling, though they note that the E-Class lacks the athletic handling of rivals like the Cadillac CTS, Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series. Some reviewers write that the E-Class' steering doesn't feel precise.

Critics say the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a luxurious interior with sophisticated styling, first-rate materials and superb build quality. The E-Class' large rear seats add to its appeal, reviewers report. The Mercedes E-Class has a small trunk for the class. Some reviewers complain that the E-Class' standard COMAND infotainment system isn't as user-friendly or attractive as the infotainment systems in rival vehicles from Audi and BMW, but others think COMAND is easy to use. Standard features in the 2016 E-Class sedan include a sunroof, forward collision warning with automatic braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, a USB port and Bluetooth. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a massaging driver seat, a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, navigation, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system.

  • "Although it's one of the older sedans in its class, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class continues to epitomize the modern midsize luxury car with its sophisticated technology, elegant furnishings and wide selection of engines and features." -- Edmunds
  • "Mercedes-Benz' E-Class lineup combines all of the virtues typically associated with the three-pointed star brand - luxury, performance and cutting-edge technology - in an appealing midsize package." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "If you're seeking a well-constructed luxury car heavy on safety, luxury and respectability, Mercedes-Benz's 2015 E-Class sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon have much to offer." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "If you're in the market for a cushy, classy, safe-as-milk sedan with a fine interior and the cash outlay isn't going to break the bank, the E250 is a very compelling proposition." -- AutoWeek (2014)

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The Cadillac CTS sedan has agile handling and a smooth ride, critics say. They also note that its interior is whisper quiet, well-built and very stylish.

Reviewers write that the Audi A6 sedan offers a nice balance between sporty handling and a comfortable ride. Like the E-Class, the A6 has a diesel trim that gets excellent fuel economy. Some auto writers note that the A6's infotainment system is easy to use, and more attractive than the E-Class'.

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Details: 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available as a four-seat coupe or convertible, a five-seat sedan or a seven-seat wagon. Five trims are offered: E250 BlueTEC, E350, E400, E550 and E63 AMG S. The base E250 sedan has a turbodiesel 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (4Matic) is optional. The E-Class hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2010, and since it sees few changes for 2016, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2016 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 7/2/15

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