Mild updates and more power. The current E-Class lineup debuted in 2017, but it received a few key changes this year. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class’ updates include a new, more powerful E 450 model in place of the E 400, new driver memory for the coupe and convertible models, and a new AMG E 53 model with a mild-hybrid powertrain.
A powertrain option for everyone. As one of Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling models, the E-Class must offer a wide range of powertrain options to meet buyer demand. The journey starts with the E 300 and its 241-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Next is the new-for-2019 E 450 with its 362-hp turbocharged inline-six engine.
On the wilder side of the E-Class lineup are its AMG models. The AMG E 53 pairs a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine with a 48-volt electric starter-generator for a combined 429 hp. Topping the range is the E 63 S and its 603-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8.
One of the safest in the biz. When you think about Mercedes-Benz, luxury and performance likely come to mind. If you wanted safety, you would look at the Volvo S90, right? That’s not the case today, as the E-Class is among the safest vehicles on the market.
Not only did it earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus designation thanks to getting “Good” scores in all crash tests and even a “Good” score in the tough-to-pass headlight test with its optional adaptive lighting system, but it also has tons of active safety tech to keep you out of an accident.
First, there is the standard automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, driver awareness warning, and rearview camera. For just an extra $2,250, you can also add the Driver Assistance Package that includes a host of Level 2 autonomous driving goodies, which means the vehicle can accelerate, steer, and brake the vehicle automatically in certain situations. These goodies include lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, evasive steering, lane-change assist, active speed-limit assist, and much more.
All the style you need, but watch the luggage. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the most stunning luxury mid-size cars on the road today. The combination of its luxuriously bulbous design with sporty touches, like its power domes and lack of a side character line, meets many buyers’ needs.
Besides being a stunner, with so many models, body styles, and designs, including Luxury, AMG line, Night Package, and more, it’s hard to find a pair of identical E-Class models outside the showroom. This customized feel is the exclusivity luxury shoppers expect.
All E-Class models boast a sporty and luxurious interior that includes premium materials everywhere, a standard 12.3-inch infotainment system, an available 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, rounded air vents, and more. Speaking of the infotainment system, the E-Class’ system comes standard with Apple CarPlay, matching its rivals, but most competitors also offer standard Android Auto, which isn't available in the E-Class. At least the E-Class is better than the BMW 5-Series, that makes you pay a yearly fee for Apple CarPlay, or the Lexus GS, that doesn’t offer either.
While all this style is great, the E-Class Sedan will struggle with family vacations with just 13.1 cubic feet of room in its trunk. This is common in this class, though, as only the 5-Series and GS have significantly more room at 14.5 and 18.4 cubic feet, respectively. If that’s an issue, you can always opt for the E-Class Wagon and its 35 cubes of cargo room with the seats up.
Final thoughts. The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is easily one of the best luxury mid-size cars you can buy. Whether you prefer the sedan, coupe, convertible, or prep-school-ready wagon, it delivers the class, style, performance, and comfort you demand.
Buyers who need all-wheel drive without adding it as an option will appreciate the Audi A6’s standard quattro system. Those looking for a more unique experience and who would like to save a few bucks will find that in one package in the Volvo S90.