2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400

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2017 MODEL

$62,600

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Detailed Review

The 2017 E400 is the glamorous E class car with everything made just as like a luxury buyer wants it to be. With the ocean liner comfort and enchanting interior, the E400 bring justice to the \u201cMade in Germany\u201d mark. It's a rather affordable car at least as per the midsize luxury category. With spending less you get more power, more comfort, and more luxury, but the car missed practicality to a certain extent. Overall if you have the means to buy it. The Mercedes E400 convertible is your ideal


7.7/10
Features

 

7.6/10
Engine

 

7.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

8.1/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The E class convertible is offered in 2 trims. The E400 starts at the base price of $62,600 all the way to $69,100 for the E550. The former hides a 3.0L V6 while the latter propels on the 4.7L V8 engine. Both engines are married to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 Features

7.7/10

Not much has changed since the 2016 version, the E Class is available in 2 trims, the E 400 and E 550 coupe and convertible. The E400 is powered with a 3.0L V6 engine and the E550 gets a turbocharged 4.7L V8 engine, both mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The E400 is offered at $62,600 and the convertible comes with a $69,100 price tag. The engine sends its power to the rear wheels of the car, a 4matic version comes optional on both trims.

Trim E 400 E 550
MSRP $62,600 $69,100
Key Features 3.0L V6 engine 4.7L V8 engine

ECO Start/Stop system

ECO Start/Stop system

LED Daytime Running Lamps

LED Daytime Running Lamps

Front disc brakes

Perforated front brake discs w/painted calipers

SmartKey remote locking and starting system

SmartKey remote locking and starting system

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Auto-dimming driver-side and inside rearview mirrors

Auto-dimming driver-side and inside rearview mirrors

COMAND system with console-mounted central controller

COMAND system with console-mounted central controller

7" high-resolution color central screen

7" high-resolution color central screen

In-dash DVD/CD player and SD card reader

In-dash DVD/CD player and SD card reader

Hands-free Bluetooth interface

Hands-free Bluetooth interface

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 Engine

7.6/10

Dont let the looks deceive you, the E400 is a beast when it comes to power. The car is backed with a biturbo 3.0LV6 engine paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The V6 cranks out a 329 hp power and 354 lb-ft of torque, the E550, on the other hand, receives a bigger engine. The higher potency of the turbocharged 4.7L V8 engine generates 402 hp of power and 443 lb-ft of torque.

Models Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet BMW 640i Porsche Carrera Cabriolet
MSRP $62,600 $85,100 $101,700
Engine 3.0L DOHC V6 Biturbo 3.0L I-6 w/TwinPower Turbo 3.0L Twin-Turbo Boxer 6
Transmission 7-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 7-speed manual
Horsepower 329 hp @ 5250 rpm 315 hp @ 5800 rpm 370 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 354 lb-ft @ 1200 rpm 330 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm 331 lb-ft @1700 rpm

Despite the lower price, the E400 competes for head-on with big boys on the class. The Porsche Carrera Cabriolet offers more power but it doesn\u2019t come cheap, it\u2019s the most expensive car in the lot followed by the BMW 640i. But the BMW lacks power and falls short in front of the E400.

Acceleration

The car enthusiast will enjoy the mildly aggressive engine soundtrack and zing acceleration on the E400. The car will dash off from 0 to 60mph in 5.2 seconds. The quarter-mile run brings justice to the V6 with its 13.7 seconds of performance time. But nothing fancy as the class has seen better numbers.

Models Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet BMW 640i Porsche Carrera cabriolet
0-60 MPH 5.2 sec 4.9 sec 4.6 sec
Quarter mile 13.7 sec 13.6 sec N/A
Engine 3.0L 3.0L 3.0L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.6 7.6 7.7

The Porsche Carrera aces the lot with its 4.6-second acceleration followed by the BMW 640i with a 4.9-second performance. The E400 lags behind in going from 0 to 60 mph but catch up with the competition in the quarter mile run.

Ride and Handling

The E400 is a fun to drive car, though the V6 might not roar like its competitors but it's polite and nimble to handle. The aplomb steering can be electronically adjusted and the selective damping system adjusts to soak up rough shocks. When the roof is on, there is a little to no noise entering the cabin which makes driving a delight.

Braking

The brakes on the E400 are fantastic, the pedal feel is strong and responsive. The front brakes are set at 12.7 inches and the rear brakes are 11.8 inches. The best part is that the E400 does not face any discernible fade, so the buyer can expect a good bite even after a couple of years.

Model Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet BMW 640i Porsche Carrera cabriolet
Brake Front (in.) 12.7 13.7 13.0
Brake Rear (in.) 11.8 13.6 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4044 4255 3307
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A N/A N/A

There is not much we could compare or forecast about the lot but expectations are still high. The curb weight for the E400 is pretty normal for the class. The Porsche Carrera, on the other hand, weighs lighter than the competition whose effects will clearly yield better braking.

Due to the lack of data of enough data an accurate analysis and comparison for the E400 could not be achieved.

Their more expressive body contours and fascia designs add head-turning appeal, abetted by a longer hood and shorter overhangs-KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The E400 is not just the most stylish car of all but its also a little larger than its predecessors. To be honest it\u2019s not the most luxurious, efficient, or the best performer but it\u2019s the best typical executive cabriolet in the. Right from the front grill all the way to the rear bumper, the E400 is a prestigious 185 inches of character displayed on every line on the car. The width of the car is billed at 70.0 inches and the height is 55.0 inches.

Model Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet BMW 640i Porsche Carrera cabriolet
Curb weight (lbs.) 4044 4255 3307
Length(in) 185.0 192.8 177.1
Width(in) 70.3 74.6 71.2
Height(in) 55.0 53.7 50.7
Ground clearance (in) 4.8 4.8 N/A
Wheelbase (in) 108.7 112.4 96.5
Track width (in) F/R 60.8/60.6 63.0/65.2 60.7/59.8

The 185 inches of length on the E400 provides a generous legroom space, but the BMW 640i does it better. Though it might not look like that the BMW 640i is the bigger car amongst the lot, the Carrera, on the other hand, is the smaller in length and height but matches the width of its competitors.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 Fuel Economy

7.3/10

The V6 on the E400 might be powerful but is play the mediocre card when it comes to fuel efficiency, as it features the same fuel dynamics as the previous version. The E400 performed usual with its 20 mpg of city and 29mpg of highway mileage to give a mutual number of 30 mpg combined mileage.

Surprisingly, every car in the competition play on similar fuel efficiency and kill the competition here.

Model Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet BMW 640i Porsche Carrera cabriolet
MPG (city) 20 20 20
MPG (highway) 29 29 29
MPG (combined) 23 23 23

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 Interior

9.0/10

2017 Mercedes Benz E Class convertible Interior

The blocky shapes and abundance of buttons definitely date the appearance, but all controls and systems work flawlessly. The E400 Cabrio earns high marks for its innovative wind blockers that nearly eliminate top-down buffeting and its bigger-than-average trunk. It misses getting an A in this category because of its small backseat, big doors and some interior plastics that don't meet luxury standards-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The coupe version of the E400 is made for just 4 people, and those 4 will feel lucky about its roomy cabin. The spacious room paired with the low heightened seats adds extra comfort and padding for the passenger, though the massage seats come optional with E400. There are a decent 42.0 inches of legroom space and the convertible roof delivers 3.8 inches of headroom space.

Model Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet BMW 640i Porsche Carrera Cabriolet
Passenger capacity 4 4 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.3/54.1/42.0 40.3/56.9/42.1 N/A
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.2/47.8/30.1 36.5/49.6/30.5 N/A

The Mercedes Benz E400 delivers a standard spacing ideal for a cabriolet. The competition offers a similar variation for the same with just a tad more, which leaves nothing to compete about.

Infotainment

The first thing you notice on board is the E400\u2019s gigantic 12.3-inch infotainment screen. All the features boarded on the Mercedes COMMAND infotainment are controlled either by a rotary nob or by a touchpad mounted on the steering. You get standard infotainment features like Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Navigation and more. However, features like Mobile Wi-Fi and 4G LTE are optional for the 2017 E400 E 400. Some of the other standard features are-

  • Bluetooth Audio
  • Bluetooth Phone
  • Real-Time Traffic
  • Real-Time Weather
  • Voice command USB ports

Cargo volume

The practicality is somewhat limited on the E400. About 8.8 cubic feet is left after you retract the fabric roof, it shares a separate compartment parted with a foldable cover.

Model Mercedes Benz E400 Cabriolet BMW 640i Porsche Carrera cabriolet
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 8.8 10.6 5.6

The BMW 640i shares a solid sense of practicality with its 10.6 cubic feet boot space. It might not seem much but that\u2019s about all you get when buying a cabriolet. The Carrera bounds its buyer with a limited 5.6 cubic feet of cargo volume. If you consider them the makers have done just the requires, nothing more to charm nothing less to disappoint.

Interior Features

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 Exterior

8.1/10

“The classy—if staid—exterior styling looks right at home alongside Mercedes-Benz’s other sedans, and it will undoubtedly stand the test of time. Its dimensions give the E-class luxury-car presence without being unwieldy to park or maneuver around the city.” – Car and Driver

Dimension and Weight

Model

Mercedes-Benz E400 Sedan

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

BMW 540i xDrive

Cadillac CTS 3.6L Luxury AWD

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,034 lbs.

4,156 lbs.

4,019 lbs.

3,924 lbs.

Length(in)

193.8 in

194.2 in

194.6 in

190.50 in

Width(in)

81.3 in

73.8 in

73.5 in

72.20 in

Height(in)

57.8 in

57.8 in

58.2 in

57.20 in

Ground clearance (in)

 4.5in

 5.2in

 4.4in

 4.6in

Wheelbase (in)

115.7 in

114.6 in

117.1 in

114.60 in

Track width (in) F/R

62.8/63

64.1/63.7

63/63.9

61.4/61.7

 

We know the design is highly subjective, but we’re head over heels with the way E 400 looks. The alloys are 18 inches, there is a power tilt and slide sunroof and the polished aluminum strips on the doors and windows give it a luxurious look.

The design of the car looks absolutely purposeful and premium which you want at this price but there is one element that does look a bit too weird. The way the front grille sticks out in front of the headlight which from some angles looks like it got an extended nose job done but all in all it looks perfect.

 

2018 Mercedes Benz AMG E43 is 193.8 inches in length and 81.3 inches in width. Wheelbase is 115.7 inches which provide for ample amount of space and comfort for the passengers. Height is 57 inches which provide for good aerodynamic stance. The E 400 weighs in at 4034 pounds.

 

In comparison, BMW 540i is the longest and has the largest wheelbase at 194.6 inches and 117.1 inches respectively. Audi is almost the same length as the BMW at 194.2 inches respectively. The E 400 is the widest among the lot at 81.3 inches.

Exterior Features

  • 18 X 8.5 In. Wheels
  • Run Flat Tires
  • 255/35R18 Tires
  • Alloy Wheels\t\t
  • Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Front And Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • 18 X 8.5 In. Wheels
  • Run Flat Tires
  • 255/35R18 Tires
  • Alloy Wheels\t\t
  • Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Front And Rear Stabilizer Bar

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 Safety

Though the car is yet to be tested on the US soil, a series of safety features backed the E400\u2019s portfolio. Safety features like the adaptive cruise control, active-lane change assist, evasive steering assist, and other features mark the E400 as a safe car.

  • Adaptive braking technology: Predictive Brake Priming, Automatic Brake Drying, Hill-Start Assist, brake HOLD feature
  • Collision Prevention Assist Plus
  • 9-way airbags protection
  • Automatic front seat-belt presenters
  • Dual automatic pop-up roll bars
  • Emergency-sensing Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Attention Assist

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 Competition

BMW 640i Vs Mercedes  Benz E - 400

Though the Mercedes E400 was in direct competition with the 5 series BMW, the 2017 E400 is too good to compare with the 5series. The BMW is slightly bigger than the E400, and that\u2019s about the only thing where the BMW wins. Though they propel on the same standards for efficiency, E400\u2019s V6 is more powerful than the 640i.

In terms of price, the BMW 640i is a much expensive car, you will get everything a BMW delivers in a modest price plus the extra features and comfort on the E-class.

Porsche Carrera Cabriolet Vs Mercedes  Benz E - 400

The Porsche Carrera Cabriolet is the most lavish car in the class. Though the luxury quotient on the E400 is nice and decent its nothing compared to what the Carrera brings to the table. But sadly the Porsche falls short on power and handling and the E400 is better at both.

The Porsche Carrera might be up on comfort, but it comes with a heavy price. It's way too pricey and not the best choice when you have cars like E400 in the class.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 Final Verdict

The 2017 E400 is the glamorous E class car with everything made just as like a luxury buyer wants it to be. With the ocean liner comfort and enchanting interior, the E400 bring justice to the 'Made in Germany' mark. It's a rather affordable car at least as per the midsize luxury category.

With spending less you get more power, more comfort, and more luxury, but the car missed practicality to a certain extent. Overall if you have the means to buy it. The Mercedes E400 convertible is your ideal car.

Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$62600

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

329 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

354 lb.-ft. @ 1200 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.7 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

108.7 in.

length

185 in.

width

70.3 in.

height

55 in.

curb weight

4044 lbs.

ground clearance

4.2 in.

capacity

cargo volume

11.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

1036 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

156 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/23/29 mpg

highway range

536.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 in Polar White color  2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 in Obsidian Black Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 in Diamond Silver Metallic color  2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 in Black color
Polar White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.7

Engine

7.6

Fuel Economy

7.3

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.1

Driving

9.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 400 E 400

E 400

power
329 hp @ 5250 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$62,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
E 400 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $62,600 MSRP (17/23/29) 329 hp @ 5250 rpm, 3 L, V6, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA