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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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$10,727 — $41,491 USED
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Sedan
4-7 Seats
17-34 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Cleaner exterior styling
  • Engine choices
  • Effortless acceleration in E550
  • Convertible-top operation (E-Class Cabriolet)
  • High-performance AMG version, also available as a wagon
  • Rear-facing jump seats in E350 wagon
  • Diesel fuel economy

The Bad

  • E63 AMG price
  • Parking-brake pedal placement
  • Small in-dash display
  • Nose-heavy handling (E550 Cabriolet)
  • Some essential features are optional, not standard
  • Cabin design mostly unchanged
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Entire lineup refreshed for 2014
  • Coupe, convertible (Cabriolet), sedan and wagon
  • Available high-performance E63 AMG 4Matic sedan and wagon
  • Diesel 4-cyl., gas V-6, two V-8s and a hybrid
  • Standard 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional 4Matic all-wheel drive

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet, the redesigned E-Class luxury vehicle which Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays recently tested, boasts new interior and exterior styling, a turbocharged V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive to go with that droptop.

By Kelsey Mays

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is a refined Sunday driver that's priced competitively against more purpose-built roadsters, and it's well-executed to boot.

The E-Class Cabriolet comes in V-6 E350 and V-8 E550 variants, both with rear-wheel drive. Compare them here, or click here to compare the Cabriolet with the rest of the E-Class lineup. For a broader review of the E-Class, click here to read our take on the sedan. The following review focuses on the convertible, which we tested in E550 form.

Exterior & Styling
Mercedes updated the E-Class for 2014 (compare it with the 2013 here) with a sinewy expression that harkens to the brand's redesigned S-Class flagship. Most noticeably, the nose retires the quad headlights that have characterized the E-Class since 1996; the new lights sit within singular frames. Mercedes says that vertical LED pipes preserve the beloved “four-eye” look, but that's little consolation to fans of the old styling. (It is consolation, however, to anyone who endured grade-school mockery for wearing glasses.)

The car's upright profile and carryover tail will remind onlookers that this remains the current generation E-Class, which hit dealerships clear back in summer 2009. As before, the E-Class coupe and convertible are still 7.1 inches shorter than the sedan but also (more significantly) 2.7 inches narrower.

Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on the E-Class Cabriolet, with 19s optional. The convertibl...

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is a refined Sunday driver that's priced competitively against more purpose-built roadsters, and it's well-executed to boot.

The E-Class Cabriolet comes in V-6 E350 and V-8 E550 variants, both with rear-wheel drive. Compare them here, or click here to compare the Cabriolet with the rest of the E-Class lineup. For a broader review of the E-Class, click here to read our take on the sedan. The following review focuses on the convertible, which we tested in E550 form.

Exterior & Styling
Mercedes updated the E-Class for 2014 (compare it with the 2013 here) with a sinewy expression that harkens to the brand's redesigned S-Class flagship. Most noticeably, the nose retires the quad headlights that have characterized the E-Class since 1996; the new lights sit within singular frames. Mercedes says that vertical LED pipes preserve the beloved “four-eye” look, but that's little consolation to fans of the old styling. (It is consolation, however, to anyone who endured grade-school mockery for wearing glasses.)

The car's upright profile and carryover tail will remind onlookers that this remains the current generation E-Class, which hit dealerships clear back in summer 2009. As before, the E-Class coupe and convertible are still 7.1 inches shorter than the sedan but also (more significantly) 2.7 inches narrower.

Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on the E-Class Cabriolet, with 19s optional. The convertible's power soft-top can raise and lower at speeds up to 25 miles per hour; including the windows, it took 22 seconds to lower and 28 seconds to raise.

How It Drives
The headlong rush among European automakers toward relatively small, turbocharged V-8s has produced tantalizing results. Step on the gas, and the E550's 402-horsepower, turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 piles on effortless speed with only modest accelerator lag. It's a welcome sensation, given Mercedes' penchant for glacial accelerator progression. Punch the pedal, and the exhaust turns to a muted whine as the E550 Cabriolet moves with no discernable turbo lag and surprising quickness for its 4,048-pound curb weight — 429 pounds more than an E350 coupe. Credit the responsive seven-speed automatic transmission, which kicks down several gears with little delay to send the drivetrain's 443 pounds-feet of torque (available at just 1,600 rpm) to the rear wheels. It's more power than anyone needs, but it comes with a half-decent EPA-estimated 17/26/20 mpg city/highway/combined. Not bad for a V-8.

All the E550's curb weight plays against handling, however. Adjusted to its Sport mode — part of a two-mode setup that comes on the fancier of two adaptive suspensions in the E-Class — the E550's suspension keeps body roll reasonably in check, but the Cabriolet's nose plows through corners with buckets of understeer for a rear-drive car. When you finally work the tail out, it comes free in a skittish, erratic manner. No match for aggressive cornering, the E550 is a straight-line cruiser.

The E350 Cabriolet might suit corners better, as it sheds 165 pounds versus the E550 — much of that over the front axle, thanks to its smaller engine (a 3.5-liter V-6 with 302 hp that's EPA-rated at 22 mpg combined). Mercedes says the E350 Cabriolet hits 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. That's plenty quick, albeit short of the E550's 4.9 seconds.

Top-up cruising is quiet enough that you might forget this is a soft-top, not a hardtop, convertible. Ride quality is decent, but we've come to expect more from Mercedes' adaptive suspensions. The Comfort and Sport modes lack a clear difference, and Comfort masks most imperfections but lacks the buttery-smooth damping of earlier adaptive-suspension E-Class sedans we've tested.

Interior
See our review of the E-Class sedan for detailed impressions of the interior. Suffice it to say the convertible, like the rest of the lineup, has minor revisions for 2014. The dashboard retains a conservative design and consistent materials, if little eye candy in most versions. (The high-performance E63 AMG sedan and Mercedes' Designo versions raise the visual ante with stitched dashboard trim, which most E-Classes forgo.)

The E-Class Cabrio's two-person backseat, which has 2.5 inches less legroom than the coupe, still has decent space for adults. Access is easy thanks to front seats that automatically power out of the way when you tilt the backrest forward, then power back to their earlier position once you're in. Padded surroundings, climate vents and a center armrest give backseat passengers premium confines, but anyone with longer legs won't like the hard plastic of the front seatbacks.

When compared with the sedan, besides the expected backseat reductions, the coupe's shape sacrifices about an inch of front-seat headroom and 3.7 inches' shoulder room, but the Cabriolet — which of course lacks the coupe's standard headroom-reducing moonroof — gains the noggin space back when the top is up.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Thanks to an intuitive, multilevel menu setup, Mercedes' standard Comand is still among our favorite knob-based multimedia systems, though the dashboard screen is a bit small by today's standards. The car comes standard with Bluetooth streaming audio and USB/iPod compatibility. Our test car had the optional Harman Kardon premium surround-sound audio, whose crisp sound quality impressed. It's part of a $3,270 Premium Package, which also includes a navigation system, Mercedes' AirScarf neck-heating system and a backup camera. That's right: A backup camera, standard on a Honda Civic, remains optional on the $68,000-plus E550 Cabriolet.

Mercedes' mbrace2 telematics service and iPhone-enabled Drive Kit add apps galore, but mbrace2 requires a subscription after the free three-month trial.

Cargo & Storage
Given its exceptional quietness — a typical disadvantage versus hardtop convertibles — the E550 Cabriolet's soft-top has a lot of upsides. The trunk boasts 11.5 cubic feet of space with the top up, which is short of the coupe (13.3 cubic feet) and sedan (15.9 cubic feet).

The three-layer top folds into the upper portion of the trunk, separated by a semi-rigid partition that deploys downward from the rear deck. The top won't power down unless the partition is deployed — a half-baked provision that preserves space for the folding top but allows bulky cargo to poke it upward, set off the sensors and stop the top moving down. Still, the usable space around the partition amounts to a decent 8.8 cubic feet.

Safety
The E-Class Cabriolet has not been crash-tested, and because of its structural differences, the results from the coupe and sedan don't apply. Click here for a full list of safety features.

Mercedes' standard Attention Assist system studies various driving parameters to intuit if you're tired, then alert you to take a break. Also standard, a forward-collision warning system called Collision Prevention Assist employs radar to detect an obstacle and prime the brakes for faster action.

The sky's the limit with safety options. Blind spot and lane departure warning systems are optional on both E350 and E550 convertibles, and a Driver Assistance Package adds Mercedes' Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control with Steering Assist. The package also includes Mercedes' Pre-Safe collision warning system, which augments the standard CPA with full auto-braking and pedestrian detection, plus enhanced blind spot and lane departure warning systems, which add corrective measures (mostly by braking certain wheels, in our experience) to nudge you back into your lane.

Value in Its Class
The E350 Cabriolet starts around $61,000, or $8,000 more than an E350 coupe. Another $7,100 gets you into the E550 Cabriolet, which adds no extra features save the larger engine and a few cosmetic differences. Both have standard heated leather upholstery and power front seats, but extras like navigation, premium Nappa leather, upgraded audio, the safety tech and keyless access with push-button start can add thousands. Get all the factory options, and the E550 Cabriolet tops out around $82,500.

It's a curious car, this Benz. If you want to drop this sort of cash on a four-seat convertible, you'll have a handful of European choices. The E-Class Cabriolet feels roomier and more upmarket, but less nimble, than a BMW 4 Series or Audi A5/S5/RS 5 convertible, but it's still cheaper than most BMW 6 Series or Jaguar XK drop-tops. It's a fish out of water — either a six-figure four-seat convertible at a steep discount or an overpriced entry-lux ragtop. I view it more as the former.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
146 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Great MPG at over 40

by MATTHEW from East Greenwich on December 14, 2018

I was in the market for a used Mercedes Benz diesel. The E250 was the car for me with great styling and all of the features you would expect of a Mercedes. Read full review

(5.0)

Most safest and comfortable car I have ever driven

by Tariq from Phoenx, Arizona on November 26, 2018

This is an excellent car, the road handling is so great that you can comfortably take a sharp turn on high speed. Very comfortable inside for long drive. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The E-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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