2020 E-Class New Car Test Drive
Simply gorgeous in design, the mid-size 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has quite a long list of virtues. Smooth, suave, versatile, and confident, it's also an athletic performer. It's sold in four body styles, including a wagon.
Two new engines have been added for the 2019 model year. The E 450 gets an upgraded twin-turbo V-6, gaining 33 horsepower, to replace the E 400. The new AMG E 53 series introduces a 429-horsepower inline-6 that incorporates a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
Four powertrains are offered. Available only in sedan form, the 4-cylinder E 300 serves as the entry point to the E-Class lineup. Moving up to V-6 power, the E 450 comes in three body styles: coupe, cabriolet (convertible), and sedan. Two AMG-tuned variants are available.
In the base E 300, a 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive an option. The renamed E 450 gets a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, rated at 362 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Sedans and wagons come only with all-wheel drive.
A 3.0-liter inline-6 mild-hybrid powers the AMG E 53, developing 429 horsepower. The bigger battery and 48-volt starter-generator can add as much as 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque to launch the vehicle or to power accessories. Topping the range, the AMG E 63 S gets a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that puts out 603 horsepower. Acceleration to 60 mph takes a mere 3.3 seconds.
All E-Class cars come with automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitors and rear airbags cost extra, as does a Drive Pilot driver-assistance package.
If equipped with optional headlights, the E-Class sedan earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. The NHTSA has rated the current E-Class at five stars overall..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
E 300 Sedan ($53,500 with rear-drive, $56,000 with all-wheel drive) has a 12.3-inch infotainment display, synthetic leather upholstery, power front seats, LED headlights and taillights, navigation, and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. A lowered suspension includes adaptive damping. An air suspension is optional.
E 450 Sedan with 4Matic ($59,950) substitutes the 3.0-liter V-6 engine.
E 450 Wagon with 4Matic ($64,200) is equipped similar to E 450 sedan.
E 450 Coupe ($59,800 with RWD, $62,300 with AWD) is equipped similar to E 450 sedan.
E 450 Cabriolet ($67,300 with RWD, $69,800 with AWD) is equipped similar to E 450 coupe, but with fabric top.
AMG E 53 Sedan ($72,550) upgrades to 3.0-liter inline-6 and all-wheel drive. AMG-specific seat upholstery, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a sport air suspension are standard.
AMG E 53 Coupe ($73,700) is equipped similar to E 53 sedan.
AMG E 53 Cabriolet ($80,350) is equipped similar to E 53 sedan.
AMG E 63 S Sedan with 4Matic ($106,350) escalates to a 603-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8.
AMG E 63 S Wagon with 4Matic ($108,850) is equipped similar to E 63 S sedan..