Changes for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan and Wagon:
Mercedes-Benz gives its iconic E-Class a thorough refresh for the 2014 model year, refining the styling, adding new safety technologies, and improving fuel economy through the arrival of a new E250 BlueTec model and an ECO Start/Stop system.
The 2014 Mercedes E-Class lineup includes the E250 BlueTec Sedan, the E350 Sedan and Wagon, the E400 Hybrid Sedan, the E550 Sedan, and the E63 AMG Sedan and Wagon. A performance-oriented variant, the E63 AMG is covered in a separate vehicle summary.
Remaining models are equally equipped in terms of standard features, except for the E550, which includes 4Matic all-wheel drive and leather seats. Other models have rear-wheel drive and MB-Tex leatherette upholstery. Leather is optional for the E250 BlueTec, E350, and E400 Hybrid.
The Premium 1 Package is a popular upgrade, as it contains a navigation system with a reversing camera, a premium audio system, heated front seats, a power rear window sunshade, and more. Safety equipment upgrades are included in the Lighting Package, Lane Tracking Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Parking Assist Package.
Additionally, the E-Class can be optioned with metallic paint, upgraded wheels, a panoramic glass sunroof, and Keyless Go keyless entry and push-button ignition. An active massaging driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available, as well as a rear-seat entertainment system, a power trunk closer, and more.
Engines and Transmissions:
The E250 BlueTec is equipped with a turbocharged 2.1-liter diesel engine that makes 195 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Power peaks low in the rev range, giving the car impressive off-the-line response. 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional with this engine.
Most E-Class buyers select the 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. 4Matic is optional for the E350 Sedan and standard for the E350 Wagon. The comparatively rare E400 Hybrid uses this same engine, paired with an electric assist motor and lithium-ion battery to improve gas mileage.
The E550 has a 402-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8 and standard 4Matic.
All E-Class models have a 7-speed automatic transmission with Economy and Sport driving modes, and paddle shifters.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Depending on the model selected, the 2014 E-Class averages between 20 mpg and 26 mpg in combined driving, with the E550 4Matic on the low end and the E400 Hybrid on the high end. As this summary is written, the EPA has not issued official ratings for the E250 BlueTec.
As this summary is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not rated the 2014 E-Class for crash performance.
Mercedes offers a long list of safety-related equipment for the E-Class. Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, and Pre-Safe are standard, and the car can be optioned with passive and active versions of Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist. Active headlights, adaptive cruise control with Steering Assist, Pre-Safe Brake, and Cross-Traffic Assist are also available.
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