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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Performance

While the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class may not be the sportiest choice in the class, critics say it makes up for that with a remarkably smooth ride, strong engines and composed handling.

  • "In any form, it's a special car to drive." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 2016 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 E400 sedan, coupe and convertible have a 329-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The E550 coupe and convertible come with a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 that makes 402 horsepower. The E250, E350, E400 and E550 all come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The E250's EPA-estimated 28/42 mpg city/highway fuel economy rating is better than the fuel economy ratings of most other upscale midsize cars, including other diesel models. The E350 and E400 both get 20/29 mpg, which is about average for an upscale midsize car with a six-cylinder engine.

The performance-oriented 2016 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S sedan and wagon come with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine that produces 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automated manual transmission is standard. Mercedes-Benz says the 2016 E63 AMG S sedan can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Reviewers praise the E250's fuel efficiency, passing power and lively acceleration from a stop. They add that the E350 and E400 feel very powerful, the E550 is impressively potent and the E63 AMG S delivers the acceleration of an exotic sports car.

  • "As for the gasoline engines, the E350's workhorse 3.5-liter V6 is strong and smooth, while the E400's turbo V6 adds a big dollop of eerily constant torque from idle to redline. A hidden gem is the E550's mellifluous, effortlessly powerful 4.7-liter V8, which used to be offered in the sedan but is now relegated to two-door duty. The E63 AMG S goes completely bonkers with its 577-hp V8, providing acceleration on par with that of exotic sports cars." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup offers any level of performance you might desire, whether adequate, torque-rich acceleration in the E250 BlueTEC or missile-grade thrust in the E550 and E63 AMG models." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "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)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 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 comes standard with a comfort-oriented suspension. A sport suspension is available in the E-Class Sport models at no extra charge.

The Mercedes E-Class rides very comfortably in every trim but the E63 AMG S, according to test drivers. They add that the E-Class has composed handling around corners regardless of the trim but lacks the agility of rivals like the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Cadillac CTS. The E-Class' steering doesn't feel precise to some reviewers. Critics write that the E-Class' brakes offer strong, smooth stopping power.

  • "The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class may lack the nimble character of, say, an Audi A6, but it compensates with an exceptionally absorbent suspension (E63 AMG S aside) that's nonetheless taut and controlled, too." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "Heading back into Portland, the E250 handled a series of switchbacks with appropriate Teutonic authority; it feels solid, not stiff." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "Steering feel seems sloppy to some testers, even on versions equipped with the Sport Package. Braking is highly responsive, easy to modulate, and impeccably secure." -- Consumer Guide (2011)
Review Last Updated: 7/2/15

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