Ride, acceleration, quietness, front-seat comfort, fit and finish.
Controls, payload capacity.
The E-Class is a well-finished, substantial-feeling luxury car, and one of the better choices among midsized luxury sedans. Handling is agile and secure. Luxury versions have a smooth and cushy ride, but the Sport is considerably firmer. The smooth, quiet 3.5-liter V6 is mated to a seven-speed automatic, and returned 21 mpg overall in our testing. The V6 diesel version that we tested got 26 mpg overall and has a healthy midrange punch, but some engine clatter is noticeable. The interior is plush, with excellent seats and fit and finish. The coupe is based on the C-Class. A convertible and a wagon are also available. Reliability of the sedans has been average or better, but the convertible version is below average. The E-Class has been freshened for 2014 and a new 4-cylinder diesel replaces the V6 diesel.