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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/11/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2014

The refreshed 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class gains a revised exterior styling and a host of new standard features, including LED taillamps, an engine stop-start system, Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Media Interface, and static LED headlights. New options such as a surround view camera, full LED lighting, and an update Driver Assistance package are also available. A new four-cylinder diesel engine replaces the outgoing 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 for the 2014 model year. E63 AMG models now gain a performance-tuned 4Matic all-wheel-drive system as standard equipment. The newly added E63 AMG S-Model sedan and wagon are the pinnacle of performance in the E-Class range with a 5.5-liter twin turbocharged V-8 producing a 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque paired to an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed automatic transmission.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a midsize luxury car sold in sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon body styles in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. It is available in Sport, Luxury, and high-performance AMG and AMG S-Model grades. All versions of the E-Class come equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission.


Most 2014 E-Class sedans, coupes, convertible, and wagons will come equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque in the E350. The E550, which is available with the sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles, is powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 making 402 hp and 446 lb-ft. Fuel economy is decent; E350 models achieve 19-20/27-30 mpg city/highway, and the E550 is rated 17-18/24-26 mpg.

The E250 Bluetec sedan, the most fuel-efficient E-Class, is powered by a 2.1-liter turbocharged diesel I-4 producing 195 hp and 369 lb-ft. It's rated at 28/42 mpg in rear-drive configuration and 27/38 mpg with all-wheel drive. The E400 hybrid sedan is also available for buyers looking for a good combination of power and efficiency. It's powered by a 3.5-liter hybrid V-6 with a combined output of 329 hp and 354 lb-ft and achieves 24/30 mpg.

The E63 AMG and E63 AMG S-Model sedan and wagon are the high-performance variants of the E-Class, offering precise handling and powerful acceleration without hurting ride quality. The more potent S-Model comes with a hand-built 5.5-liter turbocharged V-8 that produces 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The sedans are available with a less-powerful version (550 hp and 531 lb-ft). E63 AMG S-Model wagons are a unique breed, wrapping a highly capable performance machine in a practical body style.

Interior space is improved with more storage spaces because of the repositioning of the gear shift lever with a column-mounted stalk. Technology remains cutting edge in all E-Class models. A host of new safety features once available only on the full-size S-Class trickle down to the rest of the range. Features such as Distronic Plus with Steering Assist allow the car to follow other vehicles almost autonomously for a short time using a radar and camera to scan the road ahead.

The 2014 E-Class sedan and wagon have a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars; the coupe and convertible have not been tested). E-Class sedans are considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, earning a good score on all five categories (good is the highest possible score); the coupe achieved good ratings on four tests.

What We Think

The E-Class blends performance and comfort, making it an easy car to live with on a daily basis. Its interior is a pleasant place to be, and during a 2014 First Drive, we noted that "there's plenty of metallic-finish trim to brighten up the swaths of black leather and good-quality synthetic material that cover nearly everything." Despite the availability of cutting-edge safety technology, entertainment options including the DVD player do not support HDMI, which means buyers must install an accessory unit.

AMG variants of the E-Class are the most potent performers with handling and power in spades, especially the E63 AMG S-Model sedan and wagon, which come with the most aggressive suspension and engine tuning. While E-Class coupes and convertibles provide good performance, the rough ride and noise of models with 19-inch wheels don't justify an improvement to handling that's barely noticeable. In a 2014 Coupe and Cabriolet First Drive review, we said that the large wheel and summer tire combination causes "smaller autobahn imperfections to make themselves known constantly" and "rode a touch on the firm side."

You'll Like

  • Available diesel and hybrid powertrains
  • Superb performance on AMG variants
  • Four available body styles

You Won't Like

  • Average handling on E350 sedan and wagon
  • No HDMI capability
  • Rough ride on E-Class coupes and convertibles with 19-inch wheels

Key Competitors

  • BMW 5 Series
  • Audi A6/A7
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Lexus GS
  • Jaguar XF



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