The redesigned E-Class delivers nimbler handling and better fuel economy than the previous generation.
On the other hand, it dials back on ride comfort, interior room, and user-friendliness.
The E300's 241-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is linked to a nine-speed automatic.
This combination works well, but it won't set your heart on fire.
Then again, we got a commendable 24 mpg overall.
The car is quiet and handles with newfound agility.
Though the ride is comfortable, it lost some plushness.
Inside, the dash features high-resolution displays, but the controls have grown more complicated.
Even adjusting the seat's lumbar support is a multistep process done through the central controller and screen.
New technology gives the E-Class the ability to follow the road and steer itself temporarily as a driver-assist feature.
Changes for 2018 include new coupe and convertible body styles, powered by a 329-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 hooked up to a nine-speed automatic.
An E400 sedan also joins the line with the same powertrain as the new coupe and convertible.
Finally, a fire-breathing AMG E63 S wagon and sedan are new, and get a 603-hp 4.0-liter V8 turbo. For 2019 the V6-powered version becomes E450.
An E53 gets a mild hybrid setup with a straight six-cylinder engine. Changes for 2020 include a new name for the entry-level model, now called E350 instead of E300, and a boost in horsepower – now 255 hp.
Also, blind spot warning is standard on all trims. 2022 models get a freshening with new tail lights and standard adaptive high-beam assist.