In another article about BMWs, I mentioned that I’m not a huge fan of luxury cars. Specifically Mercedes, BMW and Jaguars.
They just don’t do it for me… usually.
But after doing some research for the top-of-the-line options for each of these brands, I’ve come away with a new appreciation for their elegance, craftsmanship and style. The E-Class from the Benz family is no exception as well as the Mercedes-Benz CLS – both are great platforms.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a family of cars known for style and luxury. The first E-Class was officially introduced in 1993 when the 1994 model was revealed.
This well-loved vehicle has been the desire of many for years, especially as it has adapted to include more luxury and technology. Learn more about the E-Class and its features below.
Why Is It Called the E-Class?
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is known as the executive car, so it’s no surprise that many people think that’s what the “E” stands for. However, it actually stands for the German word “Einspritzmotor,” which means fuel injection engine.
What Types of Trim Packages and Variants Are Available?
There are four Mercedes-Benz models in the E-Class family:
- Mercedes E-Class Sedan
- Mercedes E-Class Coupe
- Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
- Mercedes E-Class Wagon
There are six trim levels to choose from in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, including:
The E 350 is available as a Sedan. It comes with a 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine, 255 hp, and 273 lb-ft of torque. It goes from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
E 350 4MATIC
The 350 4MATIC is also available as a Sedan. It comes designed with a 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine, 255 hp, and 273 lb-ft of torque. You can go 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds.
The E 450 is available as a Coupe and Cabriolet. It’s made with a 3.0L inline-6 turbo engine with EQ Boost, 362 hp, and 369 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in as little as 5.2 seconds.
E 450 4MATIC
The E 450 4MATIC is available as a Sedan, Coupe, Wagon, and Cabriolet. It has a 3.0L inline-6 turbo engine equipped with EQ Boost. It’s designed with 362 hp, 369 lb-ft of torque, and goes 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
AMG E 53
The AMG E 53 comes as a Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet. It’s powered by a 3.0L inline-6 turbo engine with EQ Boost and an electric auxiliary compressor. It has 429 hp, 384 lb-ft of torque, and can go from 0-60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds.
AMG E 63 S
The AMG E 63 S is available as a Sedan and Wagon. It’s designed with a 4.0L V8 biturbo engine. It has 603 hp, 627 lb-ft of torque, and can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds.
What Is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Known For?
This luxury vehicle comes with several standard features that make it worthwhile, including the following:
- 9-speed automatic transmission
- All-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive
- Average of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway
- Brushed aluminum interior
- Customizable interior lighting
- Heated seats, which you’ll appreciate on those chilly mornings
- Ventilated front and rear seats
- Mercedes-Benz User Experience, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and easy-to-use voice control (You only need to say, “Hey, Mercedes! I’m cold!” or “I want to listen to music.” And voila! Heat or music you shall have.)
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- Automated emergency braking
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Adaptive cruise control
You can also choose from additional options, including but not limited to the following:
- Massaging front seats
- Panoramic sunroof
- Burmester stereo
- Wireless charging
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated armrests
Which Is Better: C-Class, E-Class, or S-Class?
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class are all-powerful, luxury vehicles. However, there are a few differences, so the one you choose will depend directly on your specific desires.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class provides the most power, the best acceleration, and the most space at 13.1 cu. ft. of cargo space. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and C-Class top out at 12.6 cu. ft.
The S-Class family typically provides the most luxury features and technology. The C-Class, however, generally costs less than the other two, but it doesn’t offer the same power or as many trim options as the other two.
Is the Mercedes Benz E-Class Expensive to Maintain?
The cost of maintaining one will vary, of course, according to the model and specific problems your car might have. In general, though, you can expect to pay more to maintain a Mercedes-Benz E-Class than many other vehicles. Typically, owners pay out no less than $700 per year on maintenance costs. However, this price can move well beyond $1,000 for some.
The following are some of the most common issues with Mercedes-Benz vehicles and their estimated costs:
- Brake pad replacements – $300 and up
- Spark plug replacement – $300 – $500
- Wheel hub replacement – $250 – $300
- Water pump replacement – $700 and up
What Makes the Mercedes-Benz E a Good Vehicle Choice?
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a combination of luxury, style, safety, and power. Whether you are looking for a good family car, a nice executive car for work and travel, or just something to show off to your pals, the E-Class can be a great option. The biggest downside is the starting price and the ongoing cost of maintenance, but many E-Class lovers feel it’s well worth it.
What Is the Average Price Range of the Mercedes-Benz E?
A Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes in a wide range of prices, depending on the model and trim. You can expect to pay anywhere from $54,950 to $107,000 for a base model. These prices increase with additional features you choose.
Which Is Better: Mercedes or BMW?
The BMW and a Mercedes-Benz Brand both offer benefits, but there are some distinct differences between the two. These include the following:
- Mercedes offers a wider range of vehicle options in their lineup.
- BMWs are often the more expensive option, both for purchase and in parts for repairs. Purchase prices do vary, of course, so at times, you might find a BMW at a lower retail price. The insurance on a BMW tends to be higher, as well.
- BMWs are built with smaller engines and more lightweight parts, making them a more fuel-efficient option.
- Mercedes are known to perform better, be more reliable, and come with more safety features.
Overall I was quite impressed with these offerings from both these well-known luxury car brands. I’m not going out to buy a 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class today, or anytime soon, but they certainly have their place in the automobile industry.
And on my website.
I guess that’s a luxury they can experience!