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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 9/11/2018 Drew Dorian

Overall Rating: Interior and Passenger Space© Car and Driver Interior and Passenger Space

Elegantly styled inside and out, the Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan pampers its occupants and makes long-distance drives feel like jaunts across town. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard and provides adequate power, but the newly available twin-turbo V-6 is a silken, authoritative engine that earned the E400 model a spot on our 10Best Cars list for 2018. Enthusiast drivers may find the standard E-class sedan's driving dynamics disappointing-it's clearly tuned for comfort-but those seeking a pillow-soft ride should look no further. Technology takes center stage inside the E-class's sumptuous cabin in the form of a standard 12.3-inch infotainment display and an optional semi-autonomous driving mode.

What's New for 2018?

The E-class sedan gains the excellent 329-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine from elsewhere in the E-class lineup-which includes a two-door coupe and convertible as well as a dreamy station wagon. Mercedes has added the Night package ($950 for E300 models, $800 on the E400), which includes the AMG Line exterior kit with gloss-black accents, 18-inch wheels with black accents, and a black headliner. The Luxury Line models can now be had with a new optional wheel design, and all models now offer optional open-pore wood center-console trim in two colors. A number of features that were bundled in option packages last year have been broken out and can now be ordered separately: soft-close doors, three-zone automatic climate control, massaging front seats, illuminated doorsill protectors, and a rear-seat entertainment setup that's composed of two tablet holders that sit behind the front-seat headrests.

Trims and Options We'd Choose

Choosing the new E400 4Matic sedan-and its twin-turbo V-6-over the four-cylinder E300 requires a $5950 upcharge, but it's well worth it for the extra power from the seriously smooth six. We'd still spec the Luxury Line like the E300 we chose last year which brings:

• A stitched leatherette dashboard and galvanized shift paddles

• Adaptive dampers

• 18-inch wheels

• Package-specific styling (hood ornament, three-bar chrome grille, unique front bumper)

For $1900, we'd also select the adjustable air suspension. Mercedes-Benz's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system comes standard on E400 models; as equipped, our chosen E-class would retail for $62,295.

For details about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan, see our in-depth review.

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan: Exceptional, Extravagant, and Expensive: Those who value a sumptuously appointed cabin, elegant styling, and a pillow-soft ride should look no further than the Mercedes-Benz E-class.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Those who value a sumptuously appointed cabin, elegant styling, and a pillow-soft ride should look no further than the Mercedes-Benz E-class.

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