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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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If you're going to mess with a good thing, at least make it look better. That wasn't the spoken mission of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but it may as well have been.

The modern E-Class is an exercise in oozing competence, in maxing out all poles of the engineers' spider charts. It's also one of the most profitable ventures in the automaker's portfolio. No, the E-Class is not the right destination for risky, dramatic changes.

But a little sex appeal never hurt.

A Little Goes a Long Way
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a midcycle refresh, and the face-lift is most obvious in the front, where more gracefully contoured headlights perch above larger air intakes, softening the more severe, conservative look of the outgoing E-Class' nose. Sheet metal tweaks continue in the rear flanks (new stamping dies here make for an expensive face-lift at the manufacturer's end). Gone is the awkward, downward-sloping crease just ahead of each rear wheel arch, replaced with a subtler, straighter one. It's as though the designers took a mulligan on that one. You might not notice that the rear taillights and bumper are new, too.

As on the C-Class, two grille treatments will be available on the 2014 E-Class. Luxury models locate the three-pointed star in its traditional location atop the hood, while Sport models integrate a tapas-plate-size emblem dead center in the grille and two horizontal bars instead of three.

These are incremental alterations, then, but ones that collectively manage to add a splash of come-hither to the heretofore upright, all-business E-Class. We're told these changes were intended to harmonize the look of the E-Class with the design language of the upcoming all-new C- and S-Class, too. In the recent past, each class struck a unique design direction, but designers wanted to create a more familial look across the model range. The 2014 E-Class is the first fruit of that effort.

Carryover V6 and Hybrid, New Diesel
Beyond the visual enhancements, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class introduces a few changes under the hood intended to boost fuel economy. All models receive electric power steering, and the E350 Bluetec and its 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 make way for the E250 Bluetec, which sports a 2.1-liter turbodiesel-4. The normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 in the E350 carries over intact, as does the electrically augmented version of this powertrain in the E400 Hybrid. Every model carries the company's seven-speed autobox, and nothing else.

Get your V8-powered non-AMG E-Class while you can. The stonking, 402-horsepower twin-turbo V8-powered E550 will still be available in 2014, but it won't last long. In 2015 the E550 will be dropped. In its place will be the E400, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that generates 329 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque.

Four Is the New Six
Until then, it's the E250 Bluetec diesel that marks the biggest departure in the 2014 E-Class. Churning up 195 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, this engine is said to deliver better fuel economy than the outgoing V6 diesel, though EPA numbers are still pending. And although the diesel didn't find its way Stateside in the wagon variant, for 2014 the oil-burner can now be had with all-wheel drive. Baby steps.

We spent some time running a European-spec version of the little diesel through its seven gears to get a flavor for the new mill. Caveat: This one does without the urea injection system that will be present on U.S.-bound models and makes a few more ponies in the process.

Although it gives up 31 lb-ft of midrange torque to the erstwhile E350 Bluetec, the four-cylinder turbodiesel makes for a surprisingly good facsimile of the bigger engine. Torque builds seamlessly even from very low revs and there's no shortage of thrust. Its indifferent soundtrack doesn't stir the soul, though many people may not be able to peg it as a diesel simply by the way it sounds. There's zero clatter and no smoke. Modern diesels have become remarkably refined, and this one's no exception.

Boost response is perhaps even sharper in the smaller diesel, and the lighter engine makes the front end feel a bit less leaden, so it's more eager to change direction. It's certainly no sport sedan, of course, as the steering ratio is too slow and downshifts don't arrive as quickly as they could.

Still an E-Class
Storming apexes has never been what the diesel Benz has been about. The bomb-shelter robustness that we've come to love about the current generation of E-Class is just as present as ever in the 2014 model. There's terrific isolation, from its imperviousness to violent crosswinds to the serene cabin and plush appointments. Revisions to the interior are minor, and rightfully so.

The electric power steering system does not feel appreciably different from the outgoing hydraulic rack, though the latter system could not be described as particularly involving. If mimicking the existing helm was the goal, we'd say Mercedes has achieved it. The new steering plays a key role in a new suite of technologies including a lane keeping function. Other tricks like automated parking didn't make the jump across the pond.

We also took a turn in the upcoming 2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 and found that the biturbo-6 moves it with authority. It transitions into boost imperceptibly, never feeling flat-footed, and strides to the redline with enthusiasm. It's no blown V8, though, and the E400's reduced urge (and more tepid soundtrack) relative to the E550 doesn't go unnoticed when you're behind its wheel. One-point-seven fewer liters will tend to do that. However, it is likely that the E400 will be priced somewhere south of the E550. It had better be, anyway.

Incremental Changes
Gasoline-powered models reach showrooms in May, while the diesel will be available a few months hence. Pricing for the nipped and tucked E-Class hasn't been announced, but we expect minor increases on the order of a couple hundred dollars here and there across the model range.

As successful face-lifts go, that's a bargain.

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.

Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered in the following submodels: E-Class Sedan, E-Class Coupe, E-Class E63 AMG 4MATIC S-Model, E-Class Hybrid, E-Class E63 AMG 4MATIC, E-Class Convertible, E-Class Wagon, E-Class Diesel. Available styles include E350 Sport 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A), E350 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A), E350 Luxury 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A), E350 2dr Convertible (3.5L 6cyl 7A), E350 Luxury 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A), E350 2dr Coupe (3.5L 6cyl 7A), E350 4MATIC 2dr Coupe AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A), E350 Luxury 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A), E250 Luxury BlueTEC 4dr Sedan (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), E550 2dr Convertible (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A), E550 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A), E63 AMG 4MATIC S-Model 4dr Sedan AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A), E350 Sport 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A), E250 Luxury BlueTEC 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), E250 Sport BlueTEC 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), E550 2dr Coupe (4.7L 8cyl Turbo 7A), E400 Sport Hybrid 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A), E250 Sport BlueTEC 4dr Sedan (2.1L 4cyl Turbodiesel 7A), E63 AMG 4MATIC S-Model 4dr Wagon AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A), and E63 AMG 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A). Pre-owned Mercedes-Benz E-Class models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 302 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Price comparisons for Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class trim styles:

  • The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Sport 4MATIC is priced between $14,966 and$37,998 with odometer readings between 25532 and130255 miles.
  • The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Sport is priced between $19,149 and$28,990 with odometer readings between 25740 and100617 miles.
  • The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 is priced between $19,995 and$36,590 with odometer readings between 14976 and86892 miles.
  • The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Luxury 4MATIC is priced between $13,911 and$28,998 with odometer readings between 30141 and136766 miles.
  • The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Luxury is priced between $23,590 and$27,998 with odometer readings between 45033 and57601 miles.
  • The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 is priced between $31,998 and$39,998 with odometer readings between 25253 and63840 miles.
  • The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG 4MATIC S-Model is priced between $44,499 and$46,590 with odometer readings between 54876 and75930 miles.
  • The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E250 Luxury BlueTEC is priced between $24,590 and$24,990 with odometer readings between 51896 and56327 miles.
  • The Used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG 4MATIC is priced between $36,995 and$36,995 with odometer readings between 90455 and90455 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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