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Overview (Final Score: B+)
The 2017marks the latest generation of the luxury car, having been completely revamped in its sedan and wagon formats. The coupe and convertible carry on with the previous generation’s design for one more year.
Everything about the E-Class emphasizes the “class” in its name. Carrying on with the updates made to the larger S-Class’ upgrades last year, the E-Class has a stunning exterior, opulent interior and the latest technologies Mercedes has to offer.
In the midsize luxury sedan market, it’s hard to name another car as sophisticated as the new 2017 E-Class. Most of the changes add more contemporary, understated luxury and do away with the heavy arches and thick interior elements of the previous generation. Mercedes does this very well with the new E-Class.
Options for the car include three engine choices and body styles ranging from a convertible to a coupe, sedan and wagon. The E-Class seats up to five, depending on body style chosen.
What We Love About the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class:
- Beautiful interior with excellent ergonomics
- Sets the bar for luxury expectations in this class
- Excellent road handling and comfort tuning
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class:
- Fuel economy below par on all models
- Reliability expectation is high, but not proven
- Must wait another year for the coupe and convertible to catch up
Pricing and Value (9/10)
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a high-end car’s price tag, but comes with wonderful returns. This is one of the most luxurious cars on the road, in almost every way imaginable. Prices for the sedan are reasonable and competitive, with most buyers falling somewhere in the sub-$60,000 range. With the high level of accouterments and luxury included with the E-Class, that’s not outlandish.
Where the E-Class suffers is in resale, which is a weak point for Mercedes vehicles in general. The strong reliability expectation and good upfront value help counter that some, and the range of offers for body styles is another boost for the E-Class.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (71/80, 89%)
With the redesign for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and wagon, it becomes the newest option in the luxury sedan market. The coupe and convertible will follow in 2018. These upgrades make the E-Class more than a match for theand the models. The lower-cost Lexus line remains the E-Class’ primary competition.
Compared to its rivals, the new 2017 E-Class is more than excellent and carries a strong presence both at the curb and on the road. Disappointments with the Mercedes are few and luxury appointments are many. We feel that every Mercedes-Benz E-Class driver will be happy with their choice.
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