What's New for 2014:
- Updated styling and materials
- Additional standard features
- Electric power steering
- Start/stop assist system
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered in multiple body styles; this overview focuses exclusively on the 4-passenger, 2-door coupe and soft-top convertible (cabriolet) models. Each is available in E350 and E550 variants, and an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is optional on the E350 coupe. Competitors include the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, BMW 6 Series, and the Infiniti Q60.
Models and Features
With the exception of engines, little differentiates the E350 and E550. Both are equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, infotainment system with a central command dial, leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, heated power front seats with memory and 14-way adjustment, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control. The list of features also includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, start/stop assist system, LED headlights and taillights, split-folding rear seats (E350 only), and a power tilt/slide panoramic moonroof (coupes only). Convertibles add Mercedes' Aircap technology, which uses an electronic spoiler atop the windshield to direct air over the cabin when the top is down.
Options and Packages
Buyers of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe and convertible have a variety of upgrades to consider. Among the highlights are aluminum foot pedals, sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, ventilated front seats, push-button start, and premium Nappa leather upholstery. Continuing with that luxury theme are heated head restraints (convertible only), 610-watt surround-sound system with HD Radio, 80GB hard-drive navigation system, and much more.
Under the Hood
Behind the E350 badge is a direct-injection, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 302 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, output that's managed by a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, as well as sport and economy modes. E350 coupes can be ordered in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or AWD form, whereas the convertible is only offered as a RWD model.
For the E550, Mercedes uses a twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 402 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The 7-speed gearbox is standard. According to the automaker, the E550 can reach 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. E550 convertibles are upgraded with an active-damping suspension system.
The most efficient of all E350 2-door variants is the RWD coupe, which is estimated by the EPA to deliver 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The addition of AWD knocks the latter down to 28 mpg.
With its extra boost of power under the hood, the 2014 E550 coupe burns through a bit more gasoline and, as a result, earns EPA ratings of 18 mpg in the city (coupe; 17 mpg for the convertible) and 26 mpg on the freeway.
Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for moderate overlap front-impact protection. As this overview is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the crashworthiness of the 2014 E-Class coupe or convertible.
Among the E-Class model's many standard safety features are 9 air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, adaptive brakes with automatic brake drying, rain-sensing wipers, forward-collision warning, mbrace telematics, and a driver drowsiness monitor. Also available are intelligent cruise control, cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring system, lane-keep assist, park-assist system, 360-degree exterior camera system, active high-beam headlights, and pop-up roll bars (convertible).