What Is the Difference Between the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and E-Class?

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What Is the Difference Between the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and E-Class?
Mercedes-Benz offers several classes of vehicles. (three similar identical cars image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.com)

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz offers a number of vehicle models, including the E-Class and S-Class lines. Although both lines carry relatively high price tags, several aspects differentiate the two vehicle types.

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According to the company's official website, Mercedes-Benz offers two sedans, two coupes, a convertible and a wagon in the E-Class's 2011 line-up. By comparison, the S-Class 2011 roster includes only three luxury sedans.


E-Class Mercedes engines range from a 268-horsepower V6 to a 382-horsepower V8 in the 2011 model year. In S-Class sedans, engine choices include a 382-horsepower V8, a 510-horsepower V12 and a 295-horsepower hybrid V6.


The 2011 E-Class Mercedes models range from a suggested retail price of £31,752 for an entry-level coupe to £42,120 for the top-of-the-line convertible model. In contrast, S-Class vehicles range in price from £59,150 to £102,732.


Size is the most apparent difference between the S-Class and E-Class vehicles. The smaller line of vehicles, the E-class, has an overall length of 185 inches and a width of 79.8 inches. According to the official Mercedes-Benz website, the larger S-Class vehicles measure 206 inches in length and 83.6 inches in width. The S-Class cars also are three inches taller than the E-Class models.


In a 2009 review, Motor Trend magazine described the E-Class as the Mercedes "heartland" car or the main staple of its fleet. In a 2008 review of the S-Class, U.S. News and World Report described that line as the Mercedes "flagship luxury sedan."

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