How Much Is A Mercedes Benz? All You Need To Know About These Premium Vehicles
Mercedes-Benz is the third-largest luxury car brand in the US, holding roughly 13.5 percent of the market, and only slightly trailing Toyota’s Lexus and BMW. One driving factor (if you’ll forgive the pun) behind its success is a strategy that sees it compete on all fronts.
From nimble coupes to spacious SUVs, and everything in between, Mercedes-Benz has a car for everyone – provided you have the money, that is. But how much do they cost? And how do the various models differ?
Mercedes Benz A-Class
Long a staple of European roads, the subcompact A-Class is one of Mercedes-Benz’s most enduring products, not least because it's cheapest. Despite that, there’s a lot to like about it, and it doesn't feel particularly entry-level.
The interior is remarkably sophisticated. Robust materials and leather finishings give the A-Class a sense of elegance, while well-placed LED lights provide a modern touch. From the driver's perspective, the dashboard feels uncluttered. The infotainment system and instrument panel are positioned on two seven-inch displays that sit parallel with each other.
Meanwhile, its small frame paired with a competent 2L four-cylinder engine guarantees a brisk, sporty ride, with 0-60mph acceleration speeds of 7.1 seconds. And priced at $33,650, it’s remarkably attainable.
Mercedes Benz C-Class
The next step up is the venerable Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Although it sits in the same size category as the A-Class, Daimler offers a greater degree of choice when it comes to the body style. Buyers can select between a sedan, coupe, or cabriolet, although the price varies wildly between each type.
Another major point of differentiation is found underneath the hood, with the C-Class touting a greatly improved engine. Although similarly a 2L four-cylinder model, it can hit 60mph in just 5.7 seconds on the Sedan model, while also offering significantly higher levels of horsepower and torque.
The C-Class starts at $41,600 for the sedan body type. The coupe and cabriolet models will set you back $47,200 and $54,700 respectively.
As we go further up the alphabet, Mercedes-Benz’s executive cars get that bit more special, as demonstrated by the unapologetically extravagant E-Class. Available in sedan, coupe, wagon and cabriolet body styles, touts a greater array of engine choices, as well as a larger selection of convenient technology features.
Things like wireless charging come as standard, while its emphasis on connectivity means it can warn you if someone collides with your car while parked. It can even give you advance warning of road conditions, although admittedly you could achieve the same result by just using Waze.
Although its standard performance isn’t far removed from the C-Class, you do have the option to pay a little bit extra for a more capable engine, like the 3L six-cylinder powerhouse found in the E-450 4MATIC version, which can hit 60mph in just 4.9 seconds.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class starts at $54,250 for the sedan. The SUV-like wagon costs $67,600, while the coupe and cabriolet models retail at $64,950 and $71,950 respectively.
Finally, before we start looking at the various SUVs available, we get to the S-Class. This is, without equivocation, the most premium compact executive model in Daimler’s lineup. Although, you don't need me to tell you that. You just need to look through the window.
Technology reigns supreme here. The instrument panel is represented by a vast, wide screen display. Daimler also took a few cues from Tesla here, with the centre console dominated by a vast 12.8-inch portrait touchscreen display. There is even a heads up display, which prominently shows directions and safety information without forcing you to look down from the road.
Performance is similarly excellent, with its beefy 3L six-cylinder engine offering lightning-quick acceleration speeds across all body types. But it doesn't come cheap.
Mercedes-Benz has not yet revealed how much the 2021 sedan style will cost. A three-door coupe will set you back $131,400, while the cabriolet costs an eye watering $140,000.
The GLA is the cheapest SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Now in its second generation, this compact road warrior adopts many of the features found in the A-Class executive car, from its dual screen infotainment and instrument displays, to the heavy prevalence of LED ambient lighting.
This is powered by a reasonably capable 2L four-cylinder engine, which delivers solid acceleration speeds. The GLA-class can hit 60MPH in a respectable 6.8 seconds. And with a starting MSRP of $36,230, it is reasonably competitive on the pricing front, too.
Daimler introduced the GLB in 2019, positioning it as a happy medium between the compact GLA and the larger GLC. From the outside, it has a fairly unique aesthetic, with a design language that is boxy and domineering.
Despite the slightly larger frame, it isn't that much more expensive than the GLA, with a starting price of $36,320. It also mirrors it in terms of performance (with its 60mph acceleration speed just 0.1 seconds slower), and in terms of cabin features.
Most buyers opt for the slightly more expensive GLC, which is a formidable midsize SUV. Alongside the incremental improvements in performance and amenities, the GLC benefits from a variety of configuration options.
Those committed to the combustion engine can choose between four, six, and eight-cylinder engines. There is also a plug-in hybrid option, and customers can choose between a four-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains. Pricing starts at $43,200 for the standard SUV variant, and $51,650 for the SUV Coupe body type.
Formerly known as the E-Class, the GLE is a mid-sized SUV with undeniable luxury qualities, paired with a spacious interior with room for up to seven passengers. Style-conscious, it comes with a variety of interior finish options, from an organic-feeling wood style, to aluminium and woven metal.
Similarly, Mercedes-Benz offers a variety of configuration options, with engines ranging from a basic 2L 4-cylinder model, to a powerful 4L V8 that reaches 60mph in just 4.9 seconds. As was the case with the GLC, you can choose from a sedan or an AMG-branded coupe body options. These start from $54,750 and $76,500 respectively.
Finally, we get to the unbelievably aspirational Mercedes-Benz GLS. Luxury is the name of the game here, and the GLS offers everything you could possibly hope for, from seats that massage you, to one of the sleekest cockpits in the automotive space.
As is the case with the GLE, space is in abundance, and you can configure this with up to seven seats, although this comes at the expense of cargo space.
And it's powerful. The stock 3L six-cylinder engine is powerful enough to tow a 7,700lbs trailer, giving it comparable performance to a pick up truck. And you won't spend long gathering momentum, as it can hit 60MPH in just 5.9 seconds. Pricing starts at $76,000.
How did Mercedes-Benz become one of the most prominent players in the US luxury car space? As its lineup shows, the company is willing to cater to all tastes, and every price bracket in the premium sector. Whether you want a practical midsize SUV or a sporty convertible, Daimler has you covered.
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September 24, 2021
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