Mercedes-Benz has long laid claim to some of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road. With the new E-Class, the German automaker says it’s outdone itself: the new 2017 E-Class is even more flush with technology than its nearly new S-Class.
In its initial form, the E-Class will be sold in sedan form as the Mercedes-Benz E300 and the Mercedes-AMG E43, with the latter representing the company’s increased focus on its AMG performance division. That model earns an overall score of 8.2 on our refreshed ratings scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
New for the 2017 model year, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the German automaker’s mid-size four-door sedan. While other body styles carry over on the previous architecture—for now—the sedan is has been completely revamped, with a larger body, a style shared with the S- and C-Class cars, and features that make it the most “intelligent” sedan from the brand, according to Mercedes.
It remains a benchmark among luxury cars, among mid-size cars, and among four-door sedans. It’s more beautiful than it’s been in a generation. It’s more substantial. More efficient.
What has happened is radical enough. In this generation, Mercedes says it’s outdone itself, by baking in more autonomous-driving, safety, and infotainment hardware in the new E-Class than it offers even in its sensuous, stalwart S-Class.
The E-Class now can drive almost entirely by itself at autobahn speeds, and can sense the road ahead at U.S. highway speeds when the road itself is in poor repair. We’re a long, long way from mere cruise control here.
|Vehicle Traction||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Exterior Color||Silver Metallic|
|Interior Color||Jet Red|