- Significant refresh for 2014, will update each E-Class model throughout 2014
- Offered as a coupe, sedan, convertible, and wagon
- Five engine options (including AMG models)
For 2014, Mercedes-Benz debuts a significantly updated E-Class lineup of cars that get brand new styling inside and out.
The E-Class lies in the middle tier of Mercedes’ passenger cars, above the compact C-Class and below the ultra-luxurious full-size S-Class. It is one of the most flexible product lines Mercedes’ makes, coming in four distinct body styles: coupe, sedan, convertible (cabriolet), and even a wagon for some extra utility. Both the coupe and convertible versions seat four-passengers and have two-doors, while the wagon seats up to seven and the sedan five.
For 2014, exterior styling takes a step back from the curvier design of the outgoing model in favor of a sharper aesthetic. The headlight clusters are now combined, offering only one unit on each side that integrates LED daytime running lamps and both front headlamps which flank an aggressive version of Mercedes’ corporate grille. The prominent fender arches have also been smoothed. Side-by-side, the changes are more obvious when seen on the street but make no mistake: the latest evolution of the E-Class has a more modern, cohesive design than its predecessor.
Mercedes splits the E-Class into variants based on engine size. The smallest engine is its most efficient and found in the E250, which comes as a sedan only. It’s a 190-hp, 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel that makes 369 pounds-feet of torque. Next is the E350, which is offered in all four bodystyles and gets a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. The sedan-only E400 hybrid uses the same V-6 but adds a 27-hp electric motor and returns 30 mpg highway. Rounding things out is the E550, which uses a 402-hp, turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 and comes as a sedan, coupe, or convertible. Mercedes also offers two varieties of the high-performance E63 AMG which comes as a sedan or wagon, with a 550-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 531 pounds-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional on all models except the wagon which comes with all-wheel drive standard. A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission option.
Inside, changes abound across the entirety of the E-Class models with a new 3-pod instrument panel and a new dashboard, offered with two different types of wood trim standard. Whereas the C-Class cabin is sportier, the E-Class puts more of an onus on comfort and luxury. A 7-inch display in the center console houses many of the audio and climate functions, and is controlled by a small rotary knob found between the front seats. Mercedes divides many of the E-Class’s optional features into packages that add different sets of electronics and comforts. Available features include a Harmon Kardon audio system, heated and ventilated seats, Mercedes Comand multimedia system, navigation, and a power rear sunshade.
True to form in a Mercedes-Benz, the 2014 E-Class also offers the latest in safety technology. Nine airbags, collision prevention, driver attention monitoring, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control comes standard. Options include active blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, radar-based adaptive cruise control, and active park assist which will parallel park the E-Class automatically, leaving the driver to only operate the gas and brake.