By KBB.com Editors
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. The redesigned 2014 model steps up with a host of new safety features, sensually styled sheet metal, and a choice of two front-end treatments to appease different folks with different strokes. Body styles for 2014 include coupe, convertible, sedan and wagon, with a lineup of engines from a modest 4-cylinder turbodiesel to an outrageously powerful AMG version. But most importantly, the newest E-Class stays true to its Mercedes-Benz roots by focusing on the brand's core values of safety, comfort and – especially in the case of the top dog E63 AMG – performance.
The 2014 E-Class delivers discreet style that delicately straddles the line between status and functionality. If you're a fan of well-built, thoroughly engineered vehicles which deliver moderate flair but exceptional engineering, you'll find a lot to like in Mercedes-Benz's signature mid-size coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon.
While the E-Class base pricing seems attractive, options packages inflate the MSRP stupendously easily. And while E-Class styling is certainly solid enough to stand the test of time, some buyers might find it a tad too conservative for their tastes – even though it's wrapped with livelier sheet metal for 2014.
The 2014 E-Class gains an exterior refresh and refinements to its interior, which lend it a more chic, contemporary feel compared to its somewhat stodgy predecessor. Sedan and wagon buyers now have a choice between two faces: a bold Sport version, with a more aggressively styled grille and aero package that is standard on coupe and convertible models, and a more conservative Luxury treatment with a traditional Mercedes-Benz 3-pointed star. For the first time, the E-Class also inherits safety features from the S-Class before the new flagship hits the market. Also new to the E-Class is a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel which debuts in July 2013, and uprated power for the E63 AMG version, which is now equipped with standard 4Matic all-wheel drive and two trim levels: standard and S. An E63 S version is also offered in the wagon body style.
Driving Impressions For 2014, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan boasts no fewer than six engines spread across 10 configurations. Slip behind the wheel of the new E250 BlueTEC 4Matic, for...instance, and you'll enjoy a torquey, surprisingly quiet powerplant that delivers most of its oomph in the lower registers of the powerband. Similarly understated is the E400 Hybrid, whose internal combustion V6 gains 27 horsepower of extra punch from an electric motor. Speed hungry drivers will find more to love with the E350 model, which is motivated by a higher revving 3.5-liter V6. Of course, ultimate bragging rights go to the E63 AMG version, whose newly incorporated all-wheel-drive system lays up to 577 horsepower down to all four wheels and delivers clean launches, absurdly strong acceleration, and reassuring mid-corner grip. Handling has also been improved across the board, with all E-Class models delivering more communicative steering feel and a slightly more intuitive grasp of the road below. Cabriolet variants offer comfortable top-down cruising, while the coupe model feels more athletic in corners and tauter overall.
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Mercedes-Benz wasn't the first to pioneer this bird's eye view of the vehicle's surroundings, but its seamless execution makes it one of our favorite options, which is part of the Parking Assist Package, which also features a self-parking feature.
THE S PACKAGE ON THE E63 AMG MODEL
This uber E-Class packs the most powerful engine ever into the iconic sedan, for a positively mental driving experience. Nobody needs 577 horsepower and a gut busting 590 lb-ft of torque, but after driving this stirring specimen, you'll wonder how you lived without it.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior offers profoundly comfortable seats, plenty of headroom and accommodating ergonomics all around. While wood trim is standard on most models, real leather isn't – a surprising omission. At least the synthetic MB-Tex material plays a convincing stand-in. Upgraded dash materials and subtly restyled interior curves make the cabin of the E-Class feel a noticeable step above its predecessor, though it's still a bit on the conservative side when compared to the flashier Cadillac and Lexus alternatives. A pair of small bucket seats in coupe and convertible models limits seating to four instead of the five in sedan models and seven in wagons utilizing the rear-facing third-row seat.Exterior
The E-Class has lost its sharp-edged creases for 2014. New 4-lamp LED headlights set off the nose, which takes on a particularly aggressive form in the Sport version with a large Mercedes-Benz emblem on the grille. Nobody accused the E-Class of taking any huge risks design-wise, but for buyers looking for an easily identifiable yet low-key member of the Mercedes family, this premium sedan delivers enough attractive styling cues to make up for its otherwise uncharismatic visual presence. Two-door coupe and convertible models are roughly seven inches shorter than E-Class sedans, and feature an athletic, airy design highlighted by the lack of a traditional B-pillar between the side windows.
While all E-Class models come standard with Mercedes-Benz's COMAND multimedia system with Bluetooth, you'll have to spring for navigation. The usual array of other standard items includes power-adjustable seats and dual-zone climate control, while the AMG models are graced with more luxurious bells and whistles like an active multicontour driver's seat, and a buttery soft Alcantara headliner.
While standalone items run the gamut from Keyless Go ($650) to rear side airbags ($420), option packages make it easier to combine additional features. For instance, the Driver Assist package adds adaptive cruise control with steering assist, active blind-spot and lane-keeping assist, and a more advanced version of Pre-Safe. A Premium package on certain models offers a rearview camera, navigation, satellite radio, heated and ventilated seats, and a harman/kardon Logic7 surround-sound system. Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system is an option on all variants, except on the E63 (where it's standard), and the E400 Hybrid (where it's not available.) Cabriolet variants can be equipped with the wind-taming Aircap windshield-mounted system and Mercedes' innovative Airscarf neck heater.
Mercedes-Benz offers a wide swath of powerplants in its E-Class sedans and wagons, starting with the new 2.1-liter, 195-horsepower 4-cylinder turbodiesel found in the E250 BlueTEC model. The E400 Hybrid model carries over with its 3.5-liter V6 mated to an electric motor that's powered by a lithium-ion battery, which is good for a total of 329 horsepower and a gutsy 457 lb-ft of torque. The E550's 4.7-liter V8 yields 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, while the E63 AMG sits at the top of the E-Class food chain with its 550 horsepower and 531 lb-ft output, which leaps to 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque in the S-Model. All E-Class models are equipped with a 7-speed automatic gearbox, though the AMG models gain a multiclutch unit that's better equipped for quick, sporty shifts.
329 horsepower @ N/A rpm
457 lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/30 mpg
2.1-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4
195 horsepower @ 3,800 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-1,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: TBD/TBD mpg
302 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
273 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500-5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg
402 horsepower @ 5,000-5,750 rpm
443 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-4,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/26 mpg
5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8
550 horsepower @ 5,250-5,750 rpm
531 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA/NA mpg
5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8
577 horsepower @ 5,550 rpm
590 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA/NA mpg
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 is currently the entry level E-Class model, starting at $51,900, while the E400 Hybrid version will set you back $56,700, before features are added on. Pricing on the lineup is currently rounded out with the E550, which has been slapped with a $61,400 base MSRP. Naturally, the souped-up AMG versions will add a significant premium that lifts their base price closer to the $100,000 mark, though Mercedes has yet to specify how much damage those high-performance strains will do to your bank account. Base coupe models begin near their sedan counterparts, while convertible models start around $60,000. Expect typically strong resale value from E-Class Benzes, though the higher-priced models will take a steeper initial plunge than the more affordable versions.
By John on Friday, March 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,700overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great design and fun to drive"
Cons: "Poor workmanship and durability"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Most of the MB 350's have seat covers made of MBTex vinyl even the one with all options available like my car. Just behind the top of the bucket seat at the seam the seat started to form a tear. This happened at only 16,000 miles and I took it to a dealership because it had to be a flaw in the workmanship for a car with so little use. The service rep sent pictures to Mercedes of America warranty repairs and the repair was denied. They simply do not support the workmanship of the cars. This car originally sold for $60,000 and the seats start to tear at 16,000 miles. Do not buy their cars as they are not made any more like they used to be."
By WC on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price, imaculate, and fun to drive."
Cons: "Everything about it is expensive."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is my first MB, and so far I love it. I bought it used with 79k miles which is fortunate because another 1k miles and I wouldn't have qualified for the premier extended warranty. I would have been a little leery about buying the car if it hadn't been for the awesome warranty, seeings how this is my first trial with a MB. So far it drives and looks like it just came off the lot. It is absolutely immaculate and turns heads where ever I go. It is a E550 4Matic 4D AMG Sport PKG, and on top of looking good it is extremely quick for such a heavy car. The is a very few things I can complain about with it. Before purchasing this model, I looked at all the other classes and the E-Class is overall the best from what I saw. I would like the S-Class if I were to purchase another one, however I will most likely have to jump another tax bracket to make it happen because unless you buy it new, with all the extra features no one offers any warranties and nothing is cheap to repair. Not that they have to many issues from what I have read, but if it were to have an issue it would put quite the dent in the pocketbook. I am happy with it thus far though, and I would recommend it to anyone else who is in the market for a car such as this."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By No more MB on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good looking, nice drive at high speeds 80mph+"
Cons: "clunky transmission shaky suspension uncomfortable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"My "new" car has been in service 3 times and going in for a fourth. The transmission shifts abruptly, and there is an annoying shake. First time they changed rear tires and fixed loose parts on interior, second time they changed front tires and reprogrammed transmission, third time reprogrammed again and said no shake (even though it's still there). Dealer is terrible and dishonest, they are only interested in closing sales, that's it... MB Corporate says to keep bringing it in to Service "that's what the warranty is for". They refuse to take the car back because I have not had extensive warranty repairs. Paid extra for leather "premium" seats that are very uncomfortable, hard to believe a $60k car doesn't come standard with leather. The seat back pivots at a strange point, so the seat back digs into your back as you recline it; anything other than a 90 degree angle shoves the seat into your back. Very disappointing. The car looks good, but just terrible for what it should be. Reconsider your decision to avoid wasted time and aggravation."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Naz on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,700overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Engine is powerful and quiet. Beautiful interior."
Cons: "Steering is not communicative and the car drifts."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"I bought the car with 200 miles from the dealer. Within 3 months of purchase, a number of warranty items came up: 1) Front brakes & rotors were seriously warped, 2) Soft top would not retract properly, 3) The soft top housing cover would not sit flush when closed, 4) Driver side door not aligned properly, 5) Driver side window squeaking when hitting bumps, 6) NAV and software crashed. For the $65K price I paid for the car, this was disappointing at best. This will be my last MBZ vehicle."
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Fred on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks good"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I own a 2008 e350 with 51000 miles. Took it in for service last week. Dealer tells me the SUSPENSION has dropped and caused a great deal of safety concern for my family, not to mention this ruined my tires. They would put SHIMs and prop up the suspension, I had never heard of such thing. I have great concern about this and I was only told the cause is GRAVITY.... I will sell this car and never buy another BENZ, so I wont have to worry about a DROPPED SUSPENSION. BTW Benz customer service did not meet expectations."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By tonyw on Sunday, January 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfort, quality and fuel economy"
Cons: "no blind side monitoring or heated steering wheel."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned BMW s, a Lincoln MKZ hybrid and Volvo s but not can match the overall quality comfort and fuel economy. MB service is also a big plus. It is nice to know that the service level is excellent. My next car will be another Benz"