So coveted is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, when you say the phrase “Mercedes-Benz", the car many people envision is the E-Class. Richly deserving of the admiration bestowed upon it, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is exceptionally reliable, highly robust, and amazingly versatile. While the first “modern” Mercedes-Benz to fall into the mid-size category was offered in 1953, the car boasts a lineage going all the way back to the 1930s. In other words, the E-Class is one of the most enduring models ever, from a company known for building timeless automobiles.
Remarkably, while primarily considered a mid-sized luxury car here in North America, in many parts of the world E-Class automobiles serve as taxis, limousines, police cars and ambulances. Displaying a different sort of versatility here on these shores, the E-Class can be had as a luxury sedan, a graceful luxury coupe, an economical diesel powered luxury car, an all-wheel drive luxury sedan, or as a red-hot high performance luxury car.
Officially adopting the nomenclature E-Class for the first time in 1986, in reference to the car’s position in the Mercedes-Benz sedan lineup (C-Class, E-Class, S-Class), as of this writing, there have been four generations of E-Class offered — starting with the 300E of 1986. While Mercedes-Benz has offered the car in coupe, convertible, wagon and sedan bodies over the years, this article will focus specifically on the sedan iterations.