2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review


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2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class lineup, which was last redesigned for 2017, includes sedan, coupe, cabriolet, and wagon body styles as well as high-performance factory-tuned AMG versions. These options help the E-Class stand out from competitors like the BMW 5 Series, Lexus ES, and Genesis G80. Mercedes adds new options and features across the lineup for 2020.

Consistency is key across the E-Class variants. All share a sporty grille with prominent badging, quad LED lighting, and elegant profiles. AMG versions get gloss black trim and other exclusive touches that emphasize performance. For 2020, Brilliant Blue Metallic joins the color palette.

There are four main powertrains available, though not all are available with all body styles. The sedan’s base trim is now the E 350. It features a new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated for 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) comes standard, and 4MATIC all-wheel drive (AWD) system is available. The E 450 features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which makes 362 hp and 369 lb-ft, a 9-speed automatic transmission, and AWD. The AMG E 53 includes a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine, good for 429 hp and 384 lb-ft, a 9-speed automatic, and AWD. The AMG E 63 S is available only for the sedan and wagon. It features a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, which is rated for 603 hp and 627 lb-ft, an upgraded 9-speed automatic, and AWD. A performance exhaust system now comes standard on the AMG wagon and AMG E 63 S sedan. New AMG options include an “Emotion Start” launch control feature and choice of sport steering wheels. Fuel economy ranges from 19 to 21 mpg city, 26 to 30 highway, and 22 to 25 combined, depending on the trim.

For 2020, the coupe and convertible versions get standard heated front seats, a Burmester surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and wireless-device charging. New interior options for the sedan and wagon include two-tone leather upholstery, MB-Tex dashboard upholstery with contrast stitching, and the Energizing comfort package, which includes the cabin air fragrance and filtration system. Illuminated door sills now come standard on AMG trims, and those trims offer new upholstery combinations: classic red and black leather or deep white and black Nappa leather.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ rating, the best available, though the other body variants were not tested. Standard safety features include a reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers, and the Pre-Safe system that prepares the vehicle for an impending collision. Blind-spot assist is now standard for 2020. Options include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-change assist, evasive-steering assist, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The Mercedes E-Class lineup offers everything from a basic luxury sedan to a station wagon with genuine performance credentials. As always, it’s well worth a look for anyone shopping in this segment.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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