2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Buyer's Guide
The Mercedes-Benz of Midsize Luxury Sedans (and Coupes, Convertibles & Wagons)
Last year, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, the best-selling car in the segment, was completely and impressively redesigned. The most prestigious and storied car in the class became the most forward-thinking, thanks to a more sculpted exterior design and an interior that marries traditional Mercedes richness with contemporary design and a class-leading list of cutting-edge technologies. The E-Class Wagon was also all-new, benefiting from the same changes -- but with more versatility including a foldable, rear-facing third-row seat.
For 2018, the E-Class coupe and convertible are all-new. They share the same underpinnings as the E-Class sedan, and both are larger and roomier than the previous models. Also new for 2018 is the availability of a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which is standard in the coupe, convertible, and wagon, and optional in the sedan.
There’s also plenty of good news for power-hungry enthusiasts, as you’ll see below.
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Turbocharged 4-cylinder engines are taking over the car world, and not even luxury sedans like the E-Class are immune. But there’s nothing to fear, as noted in our full review: "For the sedan, most buyers will be perfectly fine with the E 300 model, which uses a turbocharged 4-cylinder that has enough power to scoot this executive sedan to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. That's not quite as fast as BMW's 530i, but it's hardly shabby."
Build and Price
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E 300 sedan starts around $54,000 and will easily surpass $95,000 for a fully loaded model. 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.
"The most powerful E-Class of all time”
There are two high-performance E-Class sedan variants. For starters, there's the 396-horsepower Mercedes-AMG E 43 sedan, which is the first step in the AMG food chain. But that’s just child’s play compared to the AMG E 63 S (pictured above). With a twin-turbocharged V8 pumping out 603 hp, the Mercedes-AMG E63 S rockets to 60 in 3.3 seconds. It has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph. For those who want more cargo space, it's also offered as a wagon. Mercedes-Benz will expand its high-performance portfolio in 2019, when the AMG E 53 coupe and cabriolet arrive.
The BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 remain the two most obvious E-Class alternatives, but the segment is full of intriguing options. Be sure to check out our Midsize Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide before settling on a favorite.
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