Key Specs

of the 2016 Mercedes‑Benz E‑Class base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20-33 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    195-hp, 2.1-liter I-4 (diesel)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior appointments
  • Range of available engines
  • High-performance AMG version
  • Rear-facing jump seats in wagon
  • Diesel fuel economy

The Bad

  • E63 S AMG price
  • Parking-brake pedal placement
  • Backup camera not standard
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • Coupe, convertible, sedan and wagon body styles
  • Gas or diesel power
  • High-performance E63 S AMG sedan and wagon available
  • Seven-speed automatic standard
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered in four body styles (sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible), with a choice of several engines and rear or all-wheel drive. The sedan and wagon are available in high-performance AMG form. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Infiniti Q70.

(Skip to details on the: E63 S AMG)
New for 2016
Owners will receive five years of free basic mbrace Connect communication service. The coupe and convertible's available Sport Package adds AMG-style exterior design cues for the E400 model.
Significant Standard Features

  • 195-horsepower, turbo-diesel 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine (E250 Bluetec)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Forward collision warning with autonomous braking
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Required in all new cars: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (E350)
  • 329-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 (E400)
  • 402-hp, turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 (E550)
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Leather upholstery
  • Backup camera
  • Navigation system

E63 S AMG
The E63 S AMG performance sedan and wagon come with all-wheel drive and are powered by a hand-built twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 577 hp.
What's Special

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with aluminum shift paddles
  • AMG adaptive sport suspension
  • AMG sport exhaust system
  • Power front sport seats
  • Backup camera
  • Avail...
Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered in four body styles (sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible), with a choice of several engines and rear or all-wheel drive. The sedan and wagon are available in high-performance AMG form. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Infiniti Q70.

(Skip to details on the: E63 S AMG)
New for 2016
Owners will receive five years of free basic mbrace Connect communication service. The coupe and convertible's available Sport Package adds AMG-style exterior design cues for the E400 model.
Significant Standard Features

  • 195-horsepower, turbo-diesel 2.1-liter four-cylinder engine (E250 Bluetec)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Forward collision warning with autonomous braking
  • Driver drowsiness monitor
  • Required in all new cars: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (E350)
  • 329-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 (E400)
  • 402-hp, turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 (E550)
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Leather upholstery
  • Backup camera
  • Navigation system

E63 S AMG
The E63 S AMG performance sedan and wagon come with all-wheel drive and are powered by a hand-built twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 577 hp.
What's Special

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with aluminum shift paddles
  • AMG adaptive sport suspension
  • AMG sport exhaust system
  • Power front sport seats
  • Backup camera
  • Available carbon fiber trim
  • Available carbon-ceramic brakes

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Luxury and sporty.

by E Will from Montgomery county Maryland on April 1, 2018

Beautiful car. It is not as quick as the BMW I owned prior and you don’t feel the same control when driving but man it is a beautiful sweet ride.. I absolutely love the car it’s even better with the ... Read full review

(5.0)

One of the best preformance cars I have owned

by Pete B from De Pere,WI. on March 13, 2018

This is the perfect car for me.Mid size luxury four door sedan with plenty of power and preformance. Good looks and all wheel drive.A real good fit. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker