When you shop with Mercedes-Benz, you expect quality and refinement that has remained consistent for decades – but you don’t have to take our word for it. Your first thoughts when you imagine a Mercedes are likely of the iconic logo and the wide grille, demonstrating simultaneously a power and a level of class that puts Mercedes vehicles in a class of their own. The engineers at Mercedes-Benz have improved this year’s offerings significantly and maintained the standards that have cemented their status as a beloved manufacturer of luxury vehicles.
There are dozens of variations in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, so we’ll first touch upon the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, available in a selection of body styles and with specific offerings for each style.
E-Class Coupe: Like the majority of this year’s E-class offerings, the Coupe has only a single engine available – but that engine is just further proof that Mercedes is aware of the right way to build an automobile. The 3.0-litre V6 is a biturbo with pristine acceleration taking the vehicle from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds – and settling at 329 horsepower, this is a coupe that dominates the road.
E-Class Sedan: The E-Class Sedan is used far more varied tasks than the Coupe, so it follows that they would offer a wider variety of engines. In fact, the 2018 E-Class offers a whopping three possible engines – and while the first, the E300, is weaker than the Coupe’s at 241 horsepower in a 2.0-litre powertrain, this sedan’s alternative engines pack a real punch. The second engine offered is the AMG E43, a 3.0-litre V6 with an outstanding 396 horsepower and acceleration taking it from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds .. and last but certainly not least, the AMG E63S boasts 603 horsepower and carries the potential to go from 0-60 in a mere 3.4 seconds. The E63S can credit this power to its 4.0-litre V8 biturbo powertrain.
E-Class Wagon: Mercedes-Benz continues to impress in their E-Class Wagon with a single choice of a 3.0-litre V6 that’s been double-turbocharged to provide 329 horsepower and a stellar acceleration time of 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. With a heavier weight than the Coupe but better acceleration by a hair, the Wagon is a great choice.
E-Class Cabriolet: This vehicle carries all the class that the manufacturer is known for, Cabriolet being a fancier word for ‘convertible’ – but the 2018 season has yet to reveal their engine choices.
Although these powertrains don’t encompass the entirety of Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, they do an excellent job of demonstrating the power and efficiency you can expect from Mercedes-Benz. Other 2018 models like the S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT feature even more powerful engines and an even more efficient ride.
One of the most notable parts of Mercedes-Benz’s skill in designing automobiles is that, despite the powerful engines like the 4.0-litre V8 in the E-Class Sedan, Mercedes vehicles never feel overpowered – even with six hundred horses worth of juice under the hood, these cars handle like a dream and are tuned to perfection. For some, a powerful engine is merely about being able to rev louder than anyone else – but in a Mercedes-Benz, that revving is paired with handling and a smooth ride your friends will envy.
Efficiency is an interesting word when it applies to vehicles – on the one hand, it serves as a reference to the concept of ‘fuel efficiency’, or the distance an automobile can travel on a single gallon of gas. It also fits under the dictionary definition, which refers to an object or machine’s ability to perform its purpose without creating strain or unnecessary wear on the vehicle.
Under the first definition, Mercedes engines are categorical standouts. It seems ironic that vehicles so refined and luxurious would lead to savings on gasoline, but Mercedes’ background in designing airplane engines seems to have paid off – the standard E-Class Sedan boasts 30 miles on the highway and 22 in the city, fairly good for a vehicle of pure luxury.
In the second, the question of true efficiency is answered with a resounding thumbs up – these are engines made to last, and whether they’re cruising down through a residential neighborhood or speeding down the highway, they perform at the apex of what a car’s engine should be able to do. Steering is pristine, aided by the powerful computerized systems running underneath the hood, and makes you wonder if you’re really going fast at all.
Mercedes engines are emblematic of their manufacturer’s style, focusing on a consistent refinement and heightened quality that has made them a favorite among luxury car enthusiasts for decades. This year’s offerings, including and beyond the E-Class, meet the refined standards of these luxury enthusiasts and boast true power and efficiency for their class.