The Mercedes-Benz of Midsize Luxury Sedans (and Coupes, Convertibles and Wagons)
Mercedes-Benz is doing an excellent job of evolving its vehicles to keep up with changing tastes, while maintaining its stranglehold on prestige and tradition. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a perfect example.
Already the best-selling car in the segment, the E-Class -- recently given a more contemporary appearance and more responsive driving dynamics -- adds a new model for 2015, the E400. As we discovered in our most recent time behind the wheel, the result is a car that's more relevant to (younger?) BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 buyers, but still offers all the comfort and confidence on which the brand is built.
We like the personality and the driving feel of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as noted in our full review: "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. "
Build and Price
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class starts around $53,000 and tops $145,000 for a fully loaded E63 AMG. Build and price your own E-Class right here at KBB.com to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
Mercedes-Benz has been consolidating model designations lately, so now the E-Class lineup includes not just the sedan and wagon, but also coupe and convertible versions. And there are no fewer than five engine options, including diesel, hybrid, V6, V8 and, in the high-performance E63 AMG, a 550-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 monster.
KBB.com reader and Mercedes-Benz E-Class owner HM says of his wife's diesel E-Class: "Very comfortable. Controls take a bit to master but it is fairly logical. The only complaint my wife has is the navigation...no car is perfect. Mileage is incredible (she averages over 40 mpg). Solid and quiet. Torque available at low RPM. Car gets off the line quickly (for a diesel) and has nice power for passing." Read more Mercedes-Benz E-Class consumer reviews.
The BMW 5 Series is the clearest E-Class competitor, with the Audi A6 another obvious one. While the Cadillac CTS sits opposite the E-Class on the sport-luxury spectrum, it's now a more viable alternative to the Europeans, as detailed in this 2014 luxury sport sedan comparison. Just be sure to check out KBB's Midsize Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide before settling on a favorite.
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