Mercedes-Benz redesigned the E-Class sedan last year. These models borrow a lot from the flagship S-Class sedan with amazing results. In addition to the elegant interior design and perfect material, the new E-Class also benefits from all the latest advanced safety features that keep Mercedes at the forefront.
Benz has also brought back the high-performance E63 AMG sedan. Now called the AMG E63 S, it packs more power and torque than the new turbocharged V8 which is also more efficient.
Inside, the E-Class now has the same excellent luxury aesthetics. As we expected, there are a large number of features available, including the latest nearly autonomous driver features. Whether you appreciate performance, comfort or technology in a midsize luxury sedan, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class must be at the top of your list.
For 2018, the E-Class sedan welcomes a new trim level, the E400 and high-performance AMG E63 S. Finally, the base E300 receive additional standard and optional equipment this year.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a five-passenger midsize luxury sedan that comes in four trim levels: E300, E400, AMG E43 and AMG E63 S.
Standard equipment for the E-Class E300 includes 18-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension, automatic wipers, LED headlights, a sunroof, power-folding mirrors with heating, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable drive modes, driver-seat memory functions, power-adjustable front seats, premium simulated leather upholstery and 40/20/40-split folding rear seats. Standard tech features include a rearview camera, a 12.3-inch display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, navigation system, voice controls, Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system with a touchpad controller, a Bluetooth, two USB ports and HD radio.
Except for the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, the E400 equipment is similar to the E300.
Sport and Luxury versions are available for both the E300 and E400. The Sport get special styling details, bigger wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and brakes. The Luxury gets a different grille, some additional wheel choices and upgraded upholstery.
For the most part, all variants share optional package availability. The Premium 1 package adds keyless entry, a power trunklid with hands-free activation, rear cross-traffic alert, an automated parallel and perpendicular parking system, heated front seats, satellite radio, a wireless phone charger and a Burmester surround-sound system. The Premium 2 package includes the Premium 1 package content plus adaptive headlights with automatic high-beams, a power rear sunshade and a perfumed air freshener system.
The Premium 3 package includes all of the above along with active blind-spot assistance, forward collision and rear cross-traffic warnings and mitigation, a surround-view camera system, a speed-limit sign reader, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with steering and lane-change assist, a head-up display and Pre-Safe side and rear impact preparation.
The Warmth and Comfort package adds an adaptive air-ride suspension, additional sound and solar insolation, a panoramic sunroof, an upgraded gauge cluster display, tri-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, rear side airbags, active multi-contour front seats with massage functions, a premium Burmester sound systems and rapid heating for upper door panels, steering wheel, front seats and heated front armrests. Various upholstery and trim options are also available.
The 2018 AMG E43 comes with most of the E400 equipment along with a more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, an AMG sport-tuned suspension and braking, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry, leather upholstery, AMG-specific interior and exterior pieces.
The AMG E63 S gets the E43 equipment plus a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, a limited-slip rear differential, AMG powertrain and suspension components, heated and ventilated front seats. It also comes standard with several of the E400’s optional features. The E63 S can be added with carbon-ceramic brakes.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard and sends that power to the rear wheels or all four wheels in the case of the 4Matic models.
In performance testing, the 2018 E300 4Matic sedan accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which is a bit slower than average among competing midsize luxury sedans. The EPA estimates fuel economy for the rear-drive model at 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway) and 24 mpg combined (21 city/29 highway) with the 4Matic.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine generates 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It also gets a nine-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. Mercedes estimates it will reach 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. EPA fuel economy rating at 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway).
The 2018 AMG E43 get a more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 good for 396 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. In performance testing, the AMG E43 went to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. EPA fuel economy at 21 mpg combined (19 city/25 highway).
Under its hood, the 2018 AMG E63 S is powered by AMG-developed turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and produces 603 hp and 627 lb-ft. Its get a specially AMG-tuned suspension component and 9-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. Mercedes estimates it will reach 60 mph in extremely fast 3.3 seconds. EPA fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway).
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan adopts a similar interior design as the flagship S-Class with a bold horizontal layout that extends from door to door. The central infotainment screen extends from the instrument panel, which can be selected with virtual instead of analog gauges. Like the S-Class, the E-Class interior has excellent material throughout and perfect craftsmanship.
The passenger space is similar to most other competitors in the class in terms of headroom, shoulder room and legroom. Seat comfort is also excellent, especially with the optional multi-contour seats. Cargo capacity stands at 13.1 cubic feet, which is small for the class.
The standard Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system now features the latest interface that includes a touchpad hovering over the central dial. The touchpad allows users to use smartphone-like gestures to control the system, as well as alphanumeric input by searching with your fingertips. It’s not easy to use when driving, but the dial is just as intuitive as before.
Release Date and Price
Official pricing for the base E300 starts at $54,945 (include a $995 destination and handling fee). The E400 starts at $58,900, while the AMG E43 starts at $72,595. At the top of the line, the AMG E63 S costs at least $105,395.