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The E-class sedan comes in six different models: the E250 BlueTEC, E350, E400 Hybrid, E550 4MATIC, E63 AMG 4MATIC, and the E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC. Re-styled for 2014, the E-class steps it up a notch with fluid lines, a choice of two front-end treatments, and updated safety features. Engine choices range from the E400 hybrid’s 3.5L V6 to the E63 S-Model’s 5.5L twin-turbo charged V8. All models come with a 7-speed automatic gearbox and the AMG models come with a multi-clutch unit perfect for those drivers who want a sportier shift.
The exterior of the E-class is all Mercedes—both sporty and high-end. Mechanically the E-class boast six different engines spread across its 10 configurations. The E-class delivers the punch behind the wheel you would expect for a Mercedes and with a new AWD the E63 AMG can get up to a ridiculous 577 hp if you choose all of the handy upgrades.
The interior mimics the exterior’s grandiosity with polished and matte aluminum accents, handcrafted wood, and up-to-the-minute technological offerings. Standard features also include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, genuine wood console and dashboard inserts, and a leather shift knob. The COMAND infotainment system has been praised by critics for being intuitive and very easy to use. It includes features like navigation, a 7” display screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB input jack, and Mbrace2 gives you access to Google Maps, Facebook, and Yelp!--all in a central controller. The Mbrace2 system also gives you GPS technology for navigation, 24-hour support, and emergency services should you need them. The Mbrace2 now comes standards on all 2014 Mercedes-Benz vehicles and includes a 6-month trial subscription. There is also enough head and leg room to comfortably seat up to five passengers.
Some of the features praised by drivers and critics include the surround view camera and the S package for the E63 model. The surround view camera gives you a bird’s eye view of your vehicle so you can see what is happening on all sides of you. The S-package is for those who want a mind-melting driving experience as it can deliver 590 lbs./ft of torque and up to 577 horsepower. Drivers, bring your own race car helmet.
Standard features include front dual zone A/C, a power moon roof, remote keyless entry, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, a garage door transmitter, an emergency communication system, illuminated entry, power windows, a memory seat, residual heat recirculation, and automatic temperature control.
The 2014 E-Class was given 5 out of 5 stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for Rollover as well as ratings of “Good” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength.
German engineering shines with its legendary attention to detail. The E-class comes standard with Pre-Safe. Pre-safe detects vehicle movements that act as precursors to a collision or rollover and helps you prepare by tightening seatbelts, adjusting the front passenger seat, and closing all side windows. Available packages like the Driver Assistance package offers you extras like active lane keeping assist, active blind spot assist, cruise control with steering assist, cross-traffic assist, and pedestrian recognition. Standard safety and security features include brake assist, dual front side, knee, dual front, overhead, and occupant sensing airbags, ignition disable, electronic stability with traction control, power adjustable front head restraints, anti-lock brakes, approach lights, a security system, and a panic alarm.
J.D. Power ranked the E-class as “Among the Best” in Body & Interior Quality as well as “Above the Rest” in multiple categories including Overall Quality, Body & Interior quality, Features & Accessories, and Overall Design Quality. The E-class has also been ranked “#1 in Luxury Large Cars by the US News and World Report.