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

Updated February 21, 2017

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.


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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Keith Evans has been writing professionally since 1994 and now works from his office outside of Orlando. He has written for various print and online publications and wrote the book, "Appearances: The Art of Class." Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication from Rollins College and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in strategic leadership from Andrew Jackson University.