Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class ranks 3 out of 14 Luxury Large 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.
After a number of updates for 2014, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan pleases test drivers with its new turbodiesel engine and spacious, high-quality interior.
The base E250 BlueTEC comes with a turbodiesel, four-cylinder engine that auto writers say provides plenty of power from a stop, as well as capable acceleration for highway passing. If you want more power, reviewers say that the V6-powered E350 offers impressive acceleration, while the high-performance E63 AMG delivers blistering acceleration and outstanding traction, thanks to its twin-turbocharged V8 engine and standard all-wheel drive. The EPA reports that the base E250 BlueTEC gets 28/45 mpg city/highway, which is outstanding for the class. A few test drivers write that the 2014 Mercedes E-Class isn’t the most agile car in the class, but most say that the E-Class sedan still offers controlled handling and a comfortable ride.
Reviewers say that a handsome design, vault-like construction and top-notch materials make the Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ interior one of the most luxurious in the class, though a few also note that the interiors in competing Cadillac and Lexus cars offer a bit more visual appeal. The E-Class sedan earns praise for its spacious front and rear seats, and some reviewers note that there’s plenty of headroom for taller drivers. Additionally, the 2014 Mercedes E-Class offers more trunk space than most cars in the class. Some reviewers say that the E-Class’ standard COMAND infotainment system can be difficult to use, especially when compared with systems found in Audi and BMW vehicles. The base 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan comes standard with a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, an iPod interface, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, HD Radio and a six-disc CD/DVD player. Also standard are forward collision warning and Mercedes’ Attention Assist system, which monitors driving behavior for signs of drowsiness and alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings. Available features include a panoramic moonroof, a backup camera, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, proximity key, push-button start, heated and ventilated front seats, a power trunk lid, navigation, satellite radio and a Harman Kardon audio system.
- "Because it's not the sportiest-sprung car in its midsize segment, the E-class's comprehensive excellence is often downplayed." -- Automobile Magazine
- "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. Despite all the gee-whiz gimcrackery going on, it doesn't feel as if it's attempting to be more than it is. We like a car that knows what it is and is confident with its place in the world. And the refreshed E -- perhaps more than any other car in its segment -- is exactly that." -- AutoWeek
- "The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is still a good luxury sedan. Perhaps without the Sport package it could be even better. If we only cared about getting around in luxury, the E350 is a top pick, but if you're after a sedan that ideally balances performance and luxury, there are better choices." -- Edmunds
- "The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the blue-chip standard for luxury sedans and coupes. Solid, reliable and sophisticated, this platform has delivered decades of satisfaction to buyers seeking a stalwart answer to trendy, style conscious alternatives from Audi, BMW, and Lexus." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Cars to Consider
The Audi A6 has a lower base price than the E-Class, and it gets great fuel economy for the class. The A6 is also available with a powerful turbodiesel engine that reviewers love, and many say it has one of the nicest interiors in the class.
The Lexus GS 350 comes standard with a V6 engine, and it has a lower starting price than the base E-Class. Additionally, critics write that the GS 350 offers athletic handling and seats that are comfortable and supportive.
Details: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available as a four-seat coupe or convertible, a five-seat sedan or a seven-seat wagon. A total of 12 trims are offered, ranging from the base E250 BlueTEC sedan with a turbodiesel, 2.1-liter, four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, to the E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon with a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter, V8 engine, a seven-speed automatic AMG Speedshift MCT transmission and all-wheel drive. For 2014, the new E250 BlueTEC becomes the base model, while the entire E-Class lineup receives updated interior and exterior styling. A start-stop system has also been added to conserve fuel, and high-performance E63 AMG models are more powerful and feature standard all-wheel drive. Aside from these updates, the E-Class lineup is basically unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010 through the current model year.
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