In the E300 and E400, power is sent to the rear-wheels, while 4MATIC models and AMG models feature Mercedes-Benz's all-wheel drive system, improving traction in tricky conditions.
Standard equipment on the E300 and E400 includes power front seats with a memory function, dual-zone automatic climate control, a keyless start system, a choice of 64 different ambient lighting colors, a 12.3-inch central display screen, a voice control system, Bluetooth audio streaming, dual USB ports, LED headlamps and taillamps, a crosswind assist system, rain sensing wipers and 18-inch wheels. E-Class convertibles feature the same type of multi-layer fabric acoustic soft top found on the S-Class convertible. Also included is the AIRCAP wind deflector and AIRSCARF neck heater for a more comfortable top-down driving experience.
While the E-Class offers a sumptuous interior, a flawless ride and fantastic handling in its standard guise, the option sheet offers some really good stuff. Mercedes has thrown its hat into the autonomous car ring and properly equipped, the mid-sized sedan will drive down the road nearly on its own, only requiring the driver to touch the steering wheel every 60 seconds to let the system know they're still awake. It's a masterpiece of a system, vastly improving driver comfort and ease of operation.
Other available options include a heads-up display system, an automatic parallel parking system, a Burmester 590 watt, 13-speaker stereo, wireless phone charging, active multi-contour massaging front seats with heating and ventilation, a heated steering wheel, Napa leather upholstery, an automatic trunk with a hands free feature, and keyless go. A panoramic sunroof is also optional along with several different interior trim options including black piano lacquer and magnolia wood trim.
While the E300, E400 and their 4MATIC counterparts are fast and competent, the AMG E43 and E63 are huge steps up in performance. Handling on the AMG models is aided by air suspension, which can adjust the ride height and damping of the cars on the fly, changing the handling feel from luxury car to sport sedan at the push of a button. Inside, the AMG versions get exclusive performance readouts in the dashboard, a flat-bottom steering wheel and luxurious but sporty interior trim materials.