With so many variations among the different body styles, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class still manages to assemble a family look for all its citizens. It's a look that works more effectively on the dramatically styled two-doors than it does on the traditional four-door sedan.
The E-Class, over the past two generations, has become Mercedes' styling lab. First it swapped its headlamps for goggle eyes and more gently radiating curves--then it ditched that look entirely for the current look, bristling with hard edges and deep sculpting and angular intersections across the face. It's a counter-reformation that looks fairly busy on the coupe, but more appropriate than on the sedan, which doesn't come off as elegant as it has in the past, even as a wagon. What's busy to us may be beautiful to some, but our take is the 2013 E-Class has more than its fair share of chrome accents, flares, bulges, and creases.
The high-performance E63 AMG is easy to pick out from a distance, thanks to its unique wheels and special lower-body aerodynamic treatment (plus an upgraded interior). It was previously only available in Sedan form, but for the 2012 model year it's also offered as a Wagon.
Compared to the previous generation of the E Class, the interior of the current car feels a little more conservative, yet also modernist and less curvaceous than some of the automaker's other efforts. Sharp corners and well-pressed creases inside give the Mercedes-Benz E-Class a more traditionally luxurious look that meshes well with the new exterior. About the only thing that isn't so welcoming is the sea of matte-plastic buttons for audio and climate controls--in addition to the COMAND interface that covers infotainment.
All models include wood, metal, and refined plastic trims, which you can further dress up through a long list of customization options.