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MSRP: $51,800 - $103,200
Invoice: $48,174 - $95,976
MPG: 28 City / 42 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Performance

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available in a wide variety of configurations, and reviewers say that most of them aren’t particularly sporty, but they deliver strong acceleration and a smooth ride. They are quite impressed with the base E250 BlueTEC, which delivers very high fuel economy, as well as the top-of-the-line E63 AMG, which they say is extraordinarily fast.

  • "For 2015, Mercedes-Benz's midsize E-Class luxury lineup offers an astounding seven engine choices spread over 10 possible body configurations including all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive (AWD, RWD) setups. While all the E-Class cars deliver solid performance and supreme luxury, each has its own unique personality." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As for the E63 AMG, it's simply an amazing thrill ride wrapped up in a practical package. With acceleration essentially on par with that of exotic sports cars, this roomy sedan (or wagon) has to be driven to be believed." -- Edmunds
  • "As ever, the E-class leans toward comfort, and literally so when driven in anger. But with its impervious feel, the Benz is also tremendously assured and reassuring on any road, in any conditions." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The E250 BlueTec 4Matic likely won't be cross-shopped with used BMW M5s. It's no sports sedan. It is, however, nicely damped and as about as agile as it needs to be." -- AutoWeek (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2015 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC sedan comes with a turbodiesel 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 195 horsepower. The E350 sedan and wagon come with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 302 horsepower, while the new E400 sedan, coupe and convertible have a 329-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6. The E400 Hybrid sedan comes with a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 27-horsepower electric motor. The E550 coupe and convertible come with a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 that makes 402 horsepower. The E250, E350, E400, E400 Hybrid and E550 all come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The E250 gets the best fuel economy in the E-Class lineup at an EPA-estimated 28/42 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. The E400 Hybrid gets 24/29, which is low compared with the fuel economy of vehicles like the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid and Lexus GS Hybrid.

The performance-oriented 2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG sedan comes with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine that produces 550 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, while the E63 AMG S sedan and wagon deliver 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission is standard. Mercedes-Benz says the 2015 E63 AMG S sedan can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Automotive journalists write that the base E250 BlueTEC has strong acceleration from a stop, respectable passing power and is unexpectedly quiet. They report that the new twin-turbo V6 in the E400 is a good substitute for a V8 engine, and that the E63 AMG has extremely quick acceleration.

  • "Delivering up most of its ample torque in the low-rpm range, the E250 demonstrates excellent off-the-line acceleration from a surprisingly quiet and fuel-efficient powerplant. The new bi-turbo E400 is a pleasant alternative to having a big V8, although the E550 is still around, too." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You'll be hard-pressed to distinguish the E250 Bluetec from its six-cylinder E350 Bluetec predecessor, as the diesel four-cylinder engine pulls with vigor from very low rpm." -- Edmunds
  • "Mercedes figures a 7.9-second squirt from 0 to 62 mph for the E250 diesel, but the car had no trouble passing dawdlers and its four cylinders were impressively muted." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "There's hardly a hint of tire squeal -- just acceleration, acceleration and acceleration." -- AutoTrader (2014 E63 AMG 4Matic) 

Handling and Braking

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, coupe and convertible come standard with rear-wheel drive. Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system is available on the sedan and the coupe, and it comes standard on the wagon. The E-Class is available with a comfort- or sport-oriented suspension for the same price. Reviewers remark that the E-Class handles with composure when equipped with either suspension, but is ultimately more comfort-oriented than performance-oriented, adding that it doesn’t feel as responsive as the BMW 5-Series or Cadillac CTS.

  • "Mercedes offers the E-Class with both Luxury and Sport packages - as one would expect, Luxury models feature comfort-focused suspension tuning, while a tauter setup is used for the Sport. Updates to both result in a slightly firmer ride with better body control, although the E-Class remains more of a coddling cruiser than a sport sedan." -- Left Lane News
  • "And while the E-Class may not feel as communicative as a BMW 5 Series or Cadillac CTS, its performance is still above par, serving up a controlled but relaxed driving style." --Kelley Blue Book
  • "Heading back into Portland, the E250 handled a series of switchbacks with appropriate Teutonic authority; it feels solid, not stiff." -- AutoWeek (2014)
Review Last Updated: 1/30/15

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