The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the most diverse mid-size luxury sedan on the market. With four available body styles and four engine options, it offers something for just about any taste and price range. We drove a wide variety of E-Class models last year including the E63 AMG Sedan, E400 Coupe and E43 AMG Sedan — but it was the E400 Wagon that stole our heart. In today’s SUV/CUV-heavy market, the sporty-looking station wagon was an absolute hoot to drive, and one of the coolest ways we could imagine toting around up to seven passengers.
As fun as last year’s Mercedes-Benz E-Class was, the lineup is getting some updates most notably under the hood. For 2019, a new engine transformed the E43 into the E53, while an increased power output saw the E400 renamed as the E450. After all, what could be better than a 329-horsepower family wagon? A 362-horsepower family wagon, of course. And that’s just what the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon is!
2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon Exterior
All of the updates made to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon took place either under the hood or inside the cabin, so the exterior styling carries over unchanged. Our previous E400 Wagon had a more sinister look pairing the Selenite Gray Metallic paint with blacked-out trim courtesy of the Night Package, but this car looked more of the luxury part with its Cardinal Red Metallic paint (a ($1,080 designo color) and more bright trim including the chrome window molding, door mirrors, door handles and roof rack. Of course, the AMG body styling ($500) adds a sportier presence with the five-spoke wheels and AMG grille.
2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon Interior
The big improvement made inside the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon is the redesigned three-spoke Nappa leather multifunction steering wheel. This relatively minor change delivers a major enhancement for the driver experience with new Touch Control Buttons to make it even easier to control many functions of the cabin from driver assistance systems and audio system to the tech options like the ($850) 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and ($990) head-up display.
The overall cabin design remains unchanged, which isn’t a problem since this was already one of the most stylish and luxurious interiors in this segment. Proving that more luxury is always better, this car was equipped with some ultra-lux packages starting with the $4,900 designo Nappa leather package that added a mix of black and titanium leather, seats with a beautiful quilted and perforated design, stitched leather everywhere and a suede-like headliner, which my daughter loved to write her name on. It also had the $2,600 Premium Package (Burmeister Surround Sound audio system and inductive wireless smartphone charging), $1,100 Acoustic Comfort Package (with more cabin insulation, acoustic windshield and side windows) $760 three-zone climate control and $550 soft-close doors.
The mid-size E450 Wagon has a roomy and luxurious cabin that accommodates up to seven passengers including the rear-facing, stowable jump seats. With small kids in tow, these seats open up a third-row seating area that offers plenty of headroom and legroom, but you can only access the rear-most seats by crawling through the liftgate. These seats cleverly fold into the cargo floor when they aren’t needed to create a perfectly flat storage area of 35 cubic feet behind the second row and 64 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Kids will love sitting in the rear jump seat leaving plenty of room for three adults to sit comfortably in the middle row. Front passengers get the best seat in the house, though, especially with this tester’s extensive option list that includes $1,320 massaging multicontour seats, $1,050 Warmth and Comfort Package (rapid heating seats, heated armrests and heated steering wheel) and $450 for heated and cooled seats.
2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon Powertrain
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon still uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive, but the engine’s power has been increased from 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque up to 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Even with this increase in power, the 2019 E450 also gets a slight increase in fuel economy with EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway*. Unlike the rear-wheel-drive Coupe and Cabriolet, the E450 Sedan and Wagon both come standard with 4Matic all-wheel drive.
The added power under the hood of the E450 is instantly noticeable with improved acceleration that drops the 0-60 time to just 5.1 seconds, which is not only 0.2 seconds quicker than the E400 but also the same amount quicker than the Jaguar XF S Sportbrake we drove last year. That being said, the E450 isn’t all about speed (that’s what the E63 is for). In most driving, the E450 is as smooth as you could want from a luxury sedan while that optional Acoustic Comfort Package makes the cabin extremely quiet, but when Sport mode is selected, the station wagon shows off its sportier side. In fact, the new E450 4Matic Wagon might actually be more of a sleeper than the Mercedes-AMG E43!
2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon Safety
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon has yet to be crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but it’s practically identical to the 2018 model year, which received a five-star overall crash rating. This tester was equipped with the $1,290 Parking Assistance Package and $800 Exterior Lighting Package as well as the $2,250 Driver Assistance Package, which offers the enhanced safety systems featured on the 2018 S-Class models using a substantially broader scope of map and navigation data.
2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon Overall
With the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon, Mercedes took one of the coolest family cars on the market and made it even better with added performance, safety and interior refinements. These improvements do result in a slight price hike, though, as the 2019 E450 Wagon’s $64,200** starting MSRP is $1,150 than the 2018 E400 Wagon, but this price is still considerably lower than the Jaguar XF S Sportbrake. Our tester did add more than $13,000 of options giving it an as-tested price of $88,535.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Mercedes-Benz dealership and test drive the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class today!
* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.