Avg. Price Paid:$14,326 - $25,463
Original MSRP: $51,200 - $85,300
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
Search Used Listings:

2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Performance

This performance review was written when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class was new.

Auto reviewers agree that the 2008 Mercedes Benz E Class is a smooth and comfortable sedan, with confident handling and quick acceleration.

Edmunds sums it up by calling the E Class a "pleasing blend of ride and handling," providing "impressive amounts of power and refinement." Forbes finds the E Class "firm and smartly damped" and Kelley Blue Book concludes that the E Class is "quiet, comfortable and dignified at highway speeds."

Acceleration and Power

The 2008 Mercedes Benz E350 comes with a 268 horsepower V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers agree that the E350 is refined and responsive. According to About.com, the V6 is a "fantastic engine," described as "smooth, quiet and very powerful." Forbes finds the E350's engine a "willing servant capable of delivering an impressive show of force."

The E Class seven-speed automatic transmission receives conflicting opinions from reviewers. CNET calls the automatic "seamless" and "sophisticated" and Cars.com reviewers add that the seven-speed is "very responsive." Consumer Guide adds that the "E350 is stately from a stop but gathers speed quickly and has fine passing power." In contrast, Forbes cites a "notable irritation" and says that the automatic "clicks off upshifts at the red line even when that's not the driver's intention." The 2008 Mercedes Benz E350 has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on the highway.

The E550 garnered ample praise for its' powerful 382-horsepower V8 engine, that reviewers find delivers strong performance. AutoWeek calls the engine "fabulous" adding that it is "refined and very willing to rev." New Car Test Drive says "there's nothing like the E550's V8 power for smooth, exhilarating acceleration." Edmunds concludes that the engine is "powerful." Reviewers also find the seven-speed automatic seamless on the E550. Kelley Blue Book says it's "nearly transparent in its operation." Reviewers from Consumer Guide find the E550 "impressively gutsy from any speed." New Car Test Drive writers agree, crediting the transmission for improving acceleration, performance and response, while also enhancing fuel economy. The 2008 Mercedes-Benz E550 has an EPA estimate of 15 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway.

The top of the line E63 AMG, according to reviewers, is "exemplary," as Edmunds says. Automobile.com adds that the E63 AMG's 507 horsepower is "thoroughly impressive." And reviewers from New Car Test Drive conclude that the V8 has "monstrous acceleration." The 2008 E63 AMG has an EPA estimate of 12 mpg in city driving and 19 on the highway.

Handling and Braking

The 2008 E Class sedan turns with confidence and handles well. Reviewers from Edmunds call the performance of any E Class "impressive." The E Class has "a crisper, quicker turn-in while cornering, perceptibly increasing the sporty nature of the car's handling," reports New Car Test Drive. They continue to say that the E Class sedans "corner responsively and provide a smooth, if slightly firm, ride, a balance we like in luxury sedans." Although, reviewers from Consumer Guide comment that both E-Class models are "not as nimble as rival 5-Series BMWs." Edmunds reviewers agree and add that "the Bimmer remains the better choice for serious driving enthusiasts due to its more communicative steering and chassis."

Road and Track concludes that, with the addition of Direct Control, the E Class' steering is improved and the suspension retuned, resulting in "crisper turn-in and a general sense of feeling more in contact with the road." CNET reviewers say that the optional Sport Package provides a "smooth, comfortable" ride.

Reviewers are torn about the 2008 Mercedes Benz E Class' braking. Some find the brakes sure-stopping, while others cite them as problematic. AutoWeek says that the brakes "offer a more progressive pedal action and great bite." Kelley Blue Book finds the brakes "smoother in stop-and-go driving." Cars.com reviewers agree, adding that the brakes are so confident, they "could stop a freight train." In contrast, writers from Edmunds say the brakes "lack progressive feel." In all, New Car Test Drive finds the brakes "excellent in terms of performance," yet reviewers "didn't care for the way they engaged, which we felt was too abrupt, especially in commuter crawl mode."

Performance Options


The 2008 Mercedes Benz E350 sedan comes with a DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, delivering 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The E350 is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, is rear-wheel drive with optional 4MATIC and has independent front and rear suspension and power-assist four-wheel disc brakes.


The 2008 E550 comes with a V8 engine with 382 horsepower 391 pound-feet of torque at. The E550 has a seven-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive or optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive, and independent front and rear suspension and four-wheel power-assist disc brakes.


The 2008 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG has a V8 engine that produces 507 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with AMG SPEEDSHIFT. The E63 AMG has a semi active air suspension and ABS with BAS and ESP compound brakes with rack-and-pinion steering.


The 2008 Mercedes Benz E320 BLUETEC sedan comes with a DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, with 210 horsepower at 400 pound-feet of torque. The E320 BLUETEC comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission, is rear-wheel drive and comes with an electronically controlled ultra-high pressure Common-rail Direct Injection fuel and ignition system.

Review Last Updated: 7/10/08

Next Steps: Mercedes-Benz E-Class