2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Offered in four body styles: coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon
Six models, each with its own engine: E250, E350, E400, E450, E550, E63 AMG
Carries over basically unchanged for 2016
Returning sans updates for the new model year, the midsize 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers an intriguing mix of modern style and luxury.
The E-Class is the middle child of Mercedes’ car offerings and the most diverse, with six distinct models and four available body styles (sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible). Coupe and convertible models both seat four passengers, while the sedan seats five and the wagon up to seven with a third row added.
Styling updates from two years ago gave the E-Class a more modern design, sharpening the E-Class’s features and combining the headlight clusters into single units with attractive LED daytime running lights. They surround a bold front grille with a large Mercedes logo planted right in the middle. 17-inch wheels are standard, with larger 18- and 19-inch cogs optional. A power moonroof is standard on most models, while convertibles get a power-operated soft-top.
Models in the E-Class lineup are delineated by the engine they have. The smallest engine is also the most efficient by far, a 190-hp, 2.1-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel that is found in the E250 (which comes as a sedan only). Up next is the E350 (sedan or wagon) featuring a 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. The E400 was introduced last year and is available in all styles except the wagon. It features a 329-hp, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. E550 models (coupe/convertible only) feature a 402-hp, turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8. The E63 AMG tops the lineup; it comes as a sedan or wagon and features a hand-built 550-hp, turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 that gets boosted to 577-hp in S models. All models feature a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The E-Class offers a choice of two types of wood trim standard, along with a new three-pod instrument panel that is the crown jewel of the new dashboard design. Comfort and luxury are the goals here, contrasting the sportier cabin found in the C-Class. A small controller is found in the center console between the front seats, it controls many of the audio/climate functions seen in the standard seven-inch touchscreen display mounted high on the dash. Other available features include a Harmon Kardon audio system, Mercedes’ Comand multimedia system, navigation, and heated/ventilated front seats.
Mercedes’ has a strong record on safety and the E-Class continues that tradition with sedan models earning a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, their highest honor. Nine airbags, forward collision prevention, driver attention monitoring, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control come standard. There is also a lot (and we mean a lot) of available safety technology, including: blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, active park assist which handles all the steering when parallel parking, and lane keeping assist.