Mercedes-Benz Classes Explained: What Different Types Of Mercedes Classes & Models Are There?

Understanding the different Mercedes-Benz classes can be challenging. Unlike BMW or Audi, who use an alpha-numerical system to name their cars which gives them some sort of hierarchical order, Mercedes instead use letters followed by ‘-Class’. 

To the untrained eye, these appear to be randomly assigned. But they’re not, although we’ll get onto why that’s the case a little later. Nevertheless, even when you understand the meaning, it’s still not particularly easy to know which vehicle sits in which class or variant. 

However, in this guide, we’ll explain where each Mercedes sits in the German manufacturer’s hierarchy as well as give you an overview of each model. Just click the vehicle type or model you want to know more about below. 

Different Mercedes-Benz Classes

Hatchback

A-Class Hatchback

B-Class Hatchback

Saloon

A-Class Saloon

C-Class Saloon

E-Class Saloon

S-Class Saloon

Estate

CLA Shooting Brake

C-Class Estate

E-Class Estate

SUV

GLA

GLB

GLC

GLC Coupe

EQC

GLE

GLE Coupe

G-Class

Coupe

CLA Coupe

C-Class Coupe

E-Class Coupe

CLS Coupe

S-Class Coupe

AMG GT Coupe

Cabriolet

C-Class Cabriolet

E-Class Cabriolet

S-Class Cabriolet

Roadster

SLC Roadster

AMG GT Roadster

However, before we dive into the cars, understanding Mercedes’ naming process and the terminology they use can also be helpful. 

How Mercedes Name Their Cars

Mercedes Terminology Glossary

Mercedes-Benz Classes Explained

How Mercedes Name Their Cars

As we said at the beginning, although it may seem random, there is, in fact, a long historical meaning behind a lot of model names in the Mercedes range, usually involving the letter before ‘-Class’. 

For example, the S-Class – Merc’s most luxurious vehicle and often where you see a lot of the company’s new technology for the first time – stands for Sonderklasse or Special Class.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

E-Class – the Three-Pointed Star’s business cruiser – stands for Executive Class, and C-Class is for comfort. 

It’s also the case with Mercedes’ off-road vehicle. The G-Class, Merc’s challenger to the Land Rover Defender, stands for Geländeklasse, which translates to terrain class. 

And even though not all vehicles have historical ties, such as the A-Class or B-Class, they’re still named with purpose. The B-Class being smaller than the C-Class and the A-Class being smaller than the B-Class.

Mercedes-Benz Terminology Glossary

4MATIC: Mercedes-Benz’s four-wheel-drive system 

ABC: Active Body Control – A subfunction of the suspension system

AMG: Mercedes-Benz’s performance division

BAS: Brake Assist System

C: Coupe

Cabriolet: Convertible

CL: Lightweight Coupe

Distronic Plus: Automatic cruise control with steering intervention even in slow-moving traffic

EQ Boost: An electric boost of power to increase turbo output usually found in Merc’s hybrid vehicles

L: Light

G: Off-Roader

GL: Lightweight Off-Roader

GT: Gran Turismo

MBUX: Mercedes-Benz User Experience – Mercedes’ infotainment system that can be controlled by touch or voice

Night View: Using two infrared cameras, your instrument cluster is automatically changed to a far-reaching view of what lies in the darkness ahead above speeds of 37 mph

Pre-Safe: A several-tiered safety feature which, depending on the version, can warn other drivers of your presence or prepare your seat and surroundings for an imminent collision

Roadster: Two-door sports convertible

S: Sport

SL: Lightweight Sports Car

Mercedes-Benz Classes Explained

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class was once the forgotten son but has since been reborn into one of the company’s flagship vehicles. 

Striking in design, the A-Class’ exterior is designed through perfect symmetry, with all body lines following a single direction. The interior tells a similar story, with a panoramic screen, smooth transitions between dash and door and ambient lighting creating undoubtedly the most luxurious cabin in its class. 

Through MBUX, the A-Class is also incredibly intelligent; learning about its driver every day, such as the fastest route to work if there’s congestion, your favourite music, even reacting to your mood. All of which is available through ‘Hey Mercedes’. 

There are 13 different model variants of the A-Class, from the entry-level SE to the sports-tuned, A45 S 4MATIC+ Plus. But even at the base, the A-Class is littered with style and technology. 

Diamond grille with black pins at the front complement the 10-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels. While inside, MBUX with semi-autonomous driving is at your fingertips, as are coloured turbine-style air vents and black ARTICO man-made leather seats. 

At the top of the range, you can expect a much more aggressive A-Class, with modified AMG aerodynamics, 19-inch cross-spoke forged alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, AMG performance seats and a 0-62 mph time of 3.9 seconds. 

There is also a hybrid option, which combines a 1.3-litre petrol engine and 75 kW in batteries to produce 262 bhp. 

Models

  • A 250 e
  • SE
  • Sport
  • AMG Line
  • A 35
  • A 45 S

Engines

  • A180 – 136 bhp
  • A200 – 163 bhp
  • A250 – 224bhp
  • A 35 – 306bhp
  • A 45 – 421bhp
  • A180d – 116bhp
  • A200d – 150bhp
  • A220d – 190bhp
  • A250e – 262bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback

  • Excellent cabin and infotainment system
  • Comfortable drive
  • Exceptional model range

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback

  • Expensive 
  • Temperamental automatic gearbox 

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Hatchback 

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Mercedes-Benz labels the B-Class “a family car, but not as you know it.” 

Its arching exterior design gives it stature on the road while remaining classic and unimposing, and the interior mirrors that of the rest of the Mercedes range; panoramic display, mood lighting, coloured turbine-effect air conditioning ports, MBUX and luxurious leather. 

But its the B-Class’ safety features which truly stand out. Driver assistance, parking aids, enhanced headlights and Active Brake Assist ensure your family is always protected while arriving in style. 

There are six model variants of the B-Class, including a plug-in hybrid option, which will travel 44 miles on electric power alone – 12 more than the comparative BMW 2 Series Active Tourer hybrid. 

Even at entry-level – the Sport – the B-Class oozes sophistication, with 17-inch matt black alloys wheels with a high-sheen finish and two silver and chrome louvres which house the Three-Pointed Star at the front. Safety again plays a pivotal role, with Active Lane Keep Assist, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist and LED high-performance headlights all coming as standard. 

At the top end of the range – the AMG Line Premium Plus – Mercedes focuses on the finer details, with illuminated door sills, keyless entry, ambient mood lighting, panoramic sunroof and Adaptive Highbeam Assist. 

Models

  • B 250 e
  • Sport
  • AMG Line

Engines

  • B180 – 136bhp
  • B200 – 163bhp
  • B250 – 224bhp
  • B180d – 116bhp
  • B200d – 150bhp
  • B220d – 190bhp
  • B250e – 262bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz B-Class

  • Superb safety features
  • Roomy
  • Stylish in design

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz B-Class

  • Expensive 
  • Lacks fun behind the wheel 

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

The most recent incarnation of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class also comes in saloon form. 

Similarly to its hatchback namesake, the A-Class saloon features an immersive panoramic display, MBUX, voice control and a handful of safety features. 

Its exterior styling, as you’d expect, is where you find the most notable difference. The A-Class Saloon beautifully combines sport and seriousness, creating a car that’s roomy enough for five while retaining its original dramatic styling. 

You don’t get as many model options in the saloon as you do with the hatchback, with nine available rather than 13, and performance is slightly hampered by the extra weight. 

But overall, the saloon gives the A-Class another edge; another way to wow not only the driver but those who get to experience its beauty as it drives by. 

Models

  • Sport
  • AMG Line
  • A 35

Engines

  • A180 – 136bhp
  • A200 – 163bhp
  • A250 – 224bhp
  • A 35 – 306bhp
  • A180d – 116bhp
  • A200d – 150bhp
  • A220d – 190bhp
  • A250e – 262bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

  • Superb styling
  • Excellent cabin & infotainment system
  • Comfortable drive

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon

  • Smaller boot than competitors
  • Could have greater rear headroom

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The current Mercedes-Benz C-Class is coming towards the end of its life. The new version is set to land in 2021. 

It’ll come with updated styling both inside and out, as well as a whole host of new technology and safety features. 

However, the current C-Class certainly isn’t past its best. It remains devilishly eye-catching and dynamic behind the wheel. 

As well, despite not yet receiving Mercedes’ critically-acclaimed interior overhaul, it still has the option of mild autonomous driving, digital display, ambient lighting, 360-degree cameras and collision prevention technology. 

There’s also the option of a mild-hybrid powertrain, which couples a 1.5-litre petrol engine with electric charge to produce 182bhp and 46mpg.

The C-Class comes with 11 model variants, from the entry-level SE to the blisteringly-quick Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Premium Plus, which will cover off 0-62mph in four seconds. 

Models

  • SE
  • Sport 
  • AMG Line 
  • C 300 e
  • AMG C 43 
  • AMG C 63 S

Engines

  • C200 – 198bhp
  • C300 – 272bhp
  • AMG C 43 4MATIC – 390bhp
  • AMG C 63 S – 510bhp
  • C220d – 194bhp
  • C300d – 245bhp
  • C300 e – 333bhp
  • C300 de – 316bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

  • Comfort
  • Great drive
  • Dynamic steering

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

  • A little dull
  • Old styling (until 2021)

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class propels the German manufacturer into modern, executive motoring. 

Its sleek exterior design, which combines a dynamic front end with a powerful tail, is mirrored inside through luxurious materials, digital cockpit featuring MBUX, restyled steering wheel with touch controls, multicolour ambient lighting, Burmester surround sound and a choice of high-end trim finishes. 

It also allows new levels of customisation for Mercedes, with the E-Class’ paintwork, upholstery, roof liner, alloy wheels and the aforementioned interior trim all available to tailor to your personal preference. 

There are currently five model variants available when choosing the E-Class, from the entry-level Sport to the AMG Line Night Premium Plus, which will cost you around an extra £8,000. 

Models

  • Sport
  • AMG Line

Engines

  • E200 – 184bhp
  • E450 – 367bhp
  • AMG E 53 – 435bhp
  • AMG E 63 – 571bhp
  • AMG E 63 S – 612bhp
  • E220d – 194bhp
  • E400d – 340bhp
  • E300 e – 333bhp
  • E300 de – 316bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon

  • Extensive luxury 
  • Outstanding technology
  • Dynamic styling

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon

  • Lacks a fun edge
  • Less rear space than rivals

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz claims the S-Class saloon provides an unprecedented driving experience. 

Crafted with only the most luxurious materials, the latest in innovative technology comes together to create a vehicle like no other. 

Pioneering digital headlights, keyless-go entrance and start, MBUX augmented reality head-up display, 3D driver display and a 12.8-inch OLED centre console create a tech haven. 

While timeless, lighter alloy wheels, active ambient lighting and first-class comfort in both the front and rear ensure the S-Class continues its long tradition of motoring superiority. 

Although the S-Class isn’t on sale in the UK until 2021, so some details still remain a mystery, its promised to have a hybrid petrol engine – the S580e – which will feature an electric range of 62 miles. 

However, if that’s not to your taste, there’s also the option of the fuel-guzzling 6-litre V12. 

We’re expecting model variants and further engine details to be released shortly. 

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Estate

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is the perfect combination of sportiness and practicality. 

Its 505-litre boot gives you plenty of space in the rear – 1350 litres with the seats down – while not sacrificing on style thanks to the CLA Shooting Brake’s sloped rear quarter. 

A wider tailgate opening compared to the saloon makes this version of the CLA much easier to load, while an extra 50mm of rear headroom and extra leg space ensures your passenger’s journey is always comfortable. 

In the front, the CLA Shooting Brake enjoys Mercedes’ panoramic dual-screen display, ample technology – including MBUX – and a plethora of luxurious finishes. 

And if safety is important to you, the Merc received a five-star NCAP Safety Rating after leaving the testers extremely impressed. 

There are eight trim levels available with the CLA Shooting Brake, ranging from the entry-level AMG Line to the top-spec AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ Plus. 

For the added expense, along with adaptive dampers, 19” alloys, panoramic roof and some other bells and whistles, you’ll also have 421bhp at your disposal, which will help you reach 62mph from a standing start in just four seconds. 

Models

  • AMG Line
  • AMG CLA 35 
  • AMG CLA 45 S

Engines

  • CLA180 – 136bhp
  • CLA200 – 163bhp
  • CLA250 – 224bhp
  • CLA AMG 35 4MATIC – 306bhp
  • CLA AMG 45 S 4MATIC+ – 421bhp
  • CLA AMG 45 S 4MATIC+ Plus – 421bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Estate

  • Stunning interior
  • Ample rear space
  • Beautifully designed

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Estate

  • AMG models expensive
  • Not incredibly economical

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate is dynamic in every aspect. 

Similarly to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon, the estate is yet to receive Merc’s well-received interior facelift – that’s coming in 2021, along with a new exterior design. 

However, again much like the saloon, the current model still fully represents Mercedes’ prestige aura. 

Alongside the stunning design, there’s plenty of technology available, such as wireless charging, Burmester surround sound and a virtual cockpit. And, of course, there’s space. 

The C-Class estate comes with 490 litres of boot room – 1,510 litres with the seats down, which is more than both the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant – as well as ample leg and headroom for passengers. 

It’s also a great towing car – particularly the diesel models – with rear-wheel drive and a maximum towing capacity of 1,800kg. 

In this version of the C-Class Estate, there are 10 trim levels to choose from; the entry-level Sport up to the AMG C 63 S Premium Plus. 

Aside from paying more than twice as much, you can expect a substantial amount of design tweaks, sportier apparel, tech upgrades and a much stronger engine, which will cover 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds. 

Models

  • Sport 
  • AMG Line 
  • C 300 e
  • AMG C 43 
  • AMG C 63 S

Engines

  • C200 – 198bhp
  • C300 – 272bhp
  • AMG C 43 4MATIC – 390bhp
  • AMG C 63 S – 510bhp
  • C220d – 194bhp
  • C300d – 245bhp
  • C300 e – 333bhp
  • C300 de – 316bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

  • Excellent boot space
  • Great towing capacity
  • Still relevant despite the new model coming

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

  • AMG models very expensive
  • Interior not as nice as updated models

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate arrives with the same elegance as the saloon but with much more practicality. 

The same panoramic digital display and luxury surroundings as found in the saloon are complemented by 640 litres of boot space with the seats up, and 1,820 litres with them down – which is more than a Volvo V40 Estate. 

There are five trim levels available, ranging from the entry-level Sport to the AMG Night Premium Plus, which comes with upgraded alloys, sleek styling tweaks and new tech.

Models

  • Sport
  • AMG Line

Engines

  • E200 – 184bhp
  • E450 – 367bhp
  • AMG E 53 – 435bhp
  • AMG E 63 – 571bhp
  • AMG E 63 S – 612bhp
  • E220d – 194bhp
  • E400d – 340bhp
  • E300 e – 333bhp
  • E300 de – 316bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

  • Unrivalled levels of boot space
  • Elegant styling
  • Executive interior

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

  • Expensive to run top-end petrols
  • Not as fun to drive as rivals

Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLA

The Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV is based on the A-Class. It comes with the same cornerstones of styling, with a few ‘off-road’ themed tweaks. 

These include black plastic wheel arches, as well as a slightly raised ride height and driver position. 

Inside, again, the GLA shares its design with the A-Class, although there are a couple of differences. Slight tweaks to trim styles in addition to the off-road engineering safety pack ensure there’s enough change between the two. 

But without doubt, the GLA is very much an on-road crossover, rather than an out-and-out SUV or off-roader. 

Just like the A-Class, there’s a large selection of model options; 12 in total – ranging from the entry-level Sport, all the way up to the AMG-tuned GLA 45 S 4MATIC+ Plus with a hybrid option also available. 

At the top end of the range, you can expect some styling changes, such as a rear spoiler, upgraded front grille, bigger alloys and red brake callipers, as well as interior niceties and a significant influx of power, which will break 62mph in 4.3 seconds. 

Models

  • GLA 250 e
  • Sport
  • AMG Line
  • GLA 35
  • GLA 45 S 

Engines

  • GLA200 – 163 bhp
  • GLA250 – 224bhp
  • GLA 35 – 306bhp
  • GLA 45 – 421bhp
  • GLA200d – 150bhp
  • GLA220d – 190bhp
  • GLA250e – 262bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV

  • High-quality cabin and infotainment system
  • Comfortable 
  • Big model range

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV

  • Pricey 
  • Rear headroom

Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLB

The Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV expertly combines luxury with practicality. The seven-seat compact SUV appears to take design inspiration from Merc’s rugged G-Glass off-roader while retaining the sophistication you’d expect from a city cruiser. 

The GLB also mirrors its executive siblings inside. The Three-Pointed Star’s outstanding interior, with two digital displays, chrome turbine vents and pristine stitchwork, makes up for the fact it isn’t as big as some others available on the market. 

The GLB’s design also gives reason for its chunky price tag, which, like its boot space, is on the wrong side of the market average. 

But for the increase in cost comes refinement and elegance like no other in the GLB’s category, albeit for the real head-turning tech, you’ll have to look towards the top of the model chain. 

Speaking of which, there are five different types of GLB, ranging from the Sport to the AMG-tuned, sportier-looking 35 4MATIC Premium Plus. 

The engine range available isn’t as large as some others, but with the top-spec, you can expect excellent safety features, much-improved tech and a 306bhp petrol engine which has a top speed of 155mph and will do 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. 

Models

  • Sport
  • AMG Line
  • GLB 35 

Engines

  • GLB200 – 163 bhp
  • GLB 35 – 306bhp
  • GLB200d – 150bhp
  • GLB220d – 190bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV

  • Beautifully designed
  • Seven seats
  • Excellent drive

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV

  • Entry-level lacking
  • Small engine range

Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes-Benz defines the GLC SUV as a symbol of modern luxury. Its craftsmanship and styling are undeniable, even if the cabin resembles that of Mercedes’ previous, less-desirable interiors in parts. 

From the outside, however, an imposing, modern figure stands proud on chunky alloy wheels – which can be upgraded to 20-inch – with sporty-looking, but fake air intakes adding an aggressive touch to the GLC’s stature. 

On the inside, despite the old infotainment system, the GLC exudes quality, with a clean dash and electric seats as standard. 

In terms of model range, you’re spoilt for choice, with 11 specs to choose from, ranging from the entry-level Sport – which perhaps is lacking on the standard equipment front but by no means any less luxurious – up to the AMG 63 S.

The GLC, then, is a car for those who enjoy style and comfort over speed and dynamic cornering. It’s practical, with a similar size boot to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, and comes with four-wheel-drive as standard. 

Models

  • GLC 300 de
  • Sport
  • AMG Line
  • GLC 43
  • GLC 63

Engines

  • GLC300 – 272 bhp
  • GLC 43 – 390bhp
  • GLC 63 – 476bhp
  • GLC 63 S – 510bhp
  • GLC220d – 194bhp
  • GLC300d – 245bhp
  • GLC300 de – 316bph

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV

  • Luxurious motoring
  • Executive comfort
  • Ample space

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV

  • Old infotainment package
  • Extras are pricey

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe SUV has many of the same plus points as the more boxy standard SUV. It’s stylish in design – arguably more so with its sloped roof – comes with high-quality fixtures and fittings and is smooth behind the wheel. 

However, due to its ‘sportier’ looks, passenger space is compromised somewhat, with less headroom in the rear and a smaller boot – including less space for transportation than the BMW X4. 

In terms of model range, the coupe again shares much with the standard SUV, with the absence of the Sport trim and the hybrid option being petrol powered rather than diesel the only noticeable differences. 

The entry-level trim is now the AMG Line, and the coupe eventually tops out at the 63 S, which will take you from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds – the same speed as the standard SUV. 

Models

  • GLC 300 e
  • AMG Line
  • GLC 43
  • GLC 63
  • GLC 63 S

Engines

  • GLC300 – 272 bhp
  • GLC 43 – 390bhp
  • GLC 63 – 476bhp
  • GLC 63 S – 510bhp
  • GLC220d – 194bhp
  • GLC300d – 245bhp
  • GLC300 e – 316bph

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe SUV

  • Great styling
  • Smooth drive
  • Big engine range

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe SUV

  • Space
  • Poor economy

Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQC

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is the company’s first out-and-out electric car. It won’t be available in petrol or diesel, and it’s the first in a long line of zero-emission Merc vehicles set to hit the showrooms in the coming years. 

One of the standout characteristics of the EQC is how it doesn’t look or feel as though it’s an electric car. That is until you put your foot down.

Like all EVs, raw power is available on-demand, and even though its range of 259 miles from a full charge is less than its main competitors, the Mercedes-Benz provides one of the most relaxing cabins outside of driving a Rolls Royce. 

Even with no engine noise, the cockpit is quiet and refined, wind or road noise isn’t an issue for the most part, and inside you’re treated to the same luxuries as you would be inside any other big Merc. 

There are slight tweaks from the norm to make the all-electric EQC stand out, such as rectangular air vents rather than the circular turbines we’re accustomed to in most other Three-Pointed Stars. 

And there’s the odd dash of light blue ambient lighting to ensure its ‘futuristic-y’. But other than that, it’s just a comfortable, classic Mercedes. 

Models

  • Sport
  • AMG Line

Engines

  • 80 kWh 405 V lithium-ion

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Low running costs
  • Doesn’t look like an EV

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV

  • Relatively high charging time
  • Smaller boot space than competitors

Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLE

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is the ultimate SUV cruiser. Built solely for elegance and style, its dream drive, stylish brushed metals and unvarnished wood trim create a space befitting of the Ritz. 

With seven seats and a huge boot, it’s practical too, although the rearmost seats would struggle to house two adults comfortably – the same downfall as the smaller GLB. 

Yet despite this issue, the Mercedes-Benz GLE is still a class leader. Merc’s critically acclaimed panoramic display is only complemented by its augmented reality sat-nav and autonomous driving aids. While plush leather and plenty of chrome trim exaggerate the GLE’s luxury. 

There are six models to choose from with Merc’s GLE SUV; ranging from the AMG Line up to the GLE 53 4MATIC+ Premium Plus. The main differences being bigger alloys, enhanced tech and an upgraded grille, as well as a few other styling tweaks. 

It’s not as sporty as a BMW X5 or as relaxing as an Audi Q7, but if you’re looking for a high-class, lavish SUV to eat up the miles in bliss, the GLE is certainly a safe bet. 

Models

  • AMG Line
  • GLE 53 

Engines

  • GLE450 – 389bhp
  • GLE 53 – 457bhp
  • GLE300d – 245bhp
  • GLE350d – 272bhp
  • GLE400d – 330bhp
  • GLE350 de – 330bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

  • Luxurious motoring
  • Eye-catching styling
  • Technology

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV

  • Competitors more fun to drive
  • Rearmost seats only big enough for children

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe SUV takes much of its looks, both inside and out, from the standard, less sporty GLE SUV. Although its sloped roof only enhances its design. 

But with the sleeker lines comes less space, with the GLE coupe only housing five seats rather than the seven you receive in the more robust model. 

However, if that’s not a problem for you, and you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of boot space either, the GLE Coupe is truly an incredible vehicle. 

Kitted out in the same tech as the standard model; wraparound screens, plush interior fabrics and materials as well as exquisite detailing, the coupe SUV ensures you stand out from the crowd. 

Unlike the standard SUV where there are six model trims, with the coupe, there are only two; the AMG Line Premium Plus and GLE 53 4MATIC+ Premium Plus. Between the two, there’s enhanced AMG styling, an upgraded grille and alloy wheels, as well as sports suspension. 

Models

  • AMG Line 
  • GLE 53 

Engines

  • GLE450 – 389bhp
  • GLE 53 – 457bhp
  • GLE300d – 245bhp
  • GLE350d – 272bhp
  • GLE400d – 330bhp
  • GLE350 de – 330bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe SUV

  • Beautiful styling
  • Luxurious drive
  • Class-leading technology

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe SUV

  • Less space than standard SUV
  • Expensive

Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV

Mercedes-Benz GLS

The Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV is Merc’s flagship luxurious off-roader. The Three Pointed Star label it the S-Class of the SUV world. And it’s not difficult to see why. 

Both inside and out are littered with exotic materials which culminate to create a seven-seat beast which is capable of cruising through the expensive parts of the Monopoly board unphased. 

A sensationally sized Mercedes logo sets the tone for the rest of the car, with incredible amounts of space available for all seven occupants, including a bigger boot than the A-Class with the rearmost seats up and even more space than a BMW X7 or full-size Range Rover with them down.

It’s also more eye-catching than the two aforementioned SUVs, with a more attractive design, up to 23-inch alloy wheels, illuminated running boards and monstrous exhausts. 

Inside, it’s a similar story. Mercedes’ highly-acclaimed MBUX features alongside the vehicle’s digital instrument cluster which is displayed on two intertwined HD panoramic screens. 

Plush leather and the option of wood or metal detailing hammers home that air of quality, while lots of natural light and space alongside the autonomous driving system ensures a class-leading, relaxing drive. 

Some of the buttons and materials used throw a drop of water on this otherwise raging flame of luxury, but it’s not enough to detract from the fact the GLS is the finest SUV in its price range for comfort and style. 

The flagship SUV comes in five models; starting from the ‘entry-level’ AMG Line Premium – which still features 22-inch alloy wheels, 360-degree cameras, parking aids and air suspension as standard – rising to the GLS 63 4MATIC Night Executive, which increases the top speed to 174mph, gives your passengers a screen each in the back and adds a load of tech and design tweaks, such as massage seats and an upgraded grille. 

Models

  • AMG Line 
  • GLS 63 

Engines

  • GLS 63 – 624bhp
  • GLS400d – 330bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV

  • Most luxurious SUV in its class
  • Incredibly spacious
  • Superb drive

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV

  • Few fittings let down the otherwise outstanding interior
  • Small engine range

Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV is the epitome of off-roading in style. Its rugged exterior hides exemplary luxury inside, with refined materials, adaptive technology and outstanding comfort all available at your fingertips. 

It’s also three cars in one. First, you have the dependable off-roader, which can scale and conquer almost any terrain thanks to its adaptive drive modes and trio of differential locks. 

Then, you have the motorway cruiser. A comfortable destroyer of tarmac, which will eat up the miles – as well as lots of fuel – and transport you in S-Class levels of luxury. 


And finally, you have the sportscar. (Stay with me on this). 

Admittedly, it’s not made for traversing the windy corners of a Tuscan race track, however, the top-spec model – the G 63 – will outperform a large number of sports cars in a straight line thanks to its monstrous 585bhp V8 engine.

If you’re looking for a vehicle that can do everything, with style, decorum and also dependability, the G-Glass ticks all the boxes. 

Models

  • AMG Line
  • G 63

Engines

  • G 63 – 585bhp
  • G350d – 282bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV

  • Exceptionally adaptable
  • Incredibly fast top range
  • Superb off-road

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV

  • Very expensive
  • Thirsty petrol engine

Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe

Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz CLA may be based on the A-Class hatchback, but you get a lot more car for your money. 

From the more aggressive, sloped roofline, to the twin ‘power domes’ on the bonnet that accentuates the car’s sporty nature, it’s very much a different beast. 

Not that being based on the A-Class is a bad thing, however. The CLA shares the same interior as its smaller sibling, meaning you’re enveloped by rich styling and meticulously crafted materials. 

That’s even the case in the entry-level AMG Line trim, which comes with 18-inch AMG alloys, AMG styling and a chrome exhaust. 

Inside, you can expect MBUX which is situated inside a 10.25-inch multimedia display, sports steering wheel and wireless charging. 

If you want to tool up your CLA, you can by either adding extra packs or looking further up the spec levels. 

At the top end sits the CLA45 which features upgraded AMG aerodynamics, adaptive suspension, panoramic roof, electric sports seats with memory settings and a 421bhp petrol powertrain. 

Models

  • AMG Line
  • CLA 35 
  • CLA 45 S

Engines

  • CLA180 – 136bhp
  • CLA200 – 163bhp
  • CLA250 – 224bhp
  • AMG 35 – 306bhp
  • AMG 45 – 421bhp
  • CLA220d – 190bhp
  • CLA250e – 262bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe

  • Superb interior
  • Great styling
  • Smooth drive

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe

  • Expensive
  • Not as practical as some competitors

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe takes the practicality and comfort of the standard car and adds sublime styling and eye-catching dynamism. 

You do lose a touch of functionality with the sloped roofline, but there’s still a wealth of space in the boot and comfortably enough room for two adults in the back. 

Like the regular C-Class, the coupe is yet to receive an interior facelift, but it’s still a plush and welcoming environment. 

The AMG Line sits as the ‘entry-level’ spec, which comes with performance headlights, 18-inch AMG aero alloys, Artico leather trim and 10.25-inch infotainment system. 

At the top of the range is the performance-focused C 63 S, which features a 510bhp V8 bi-turbo powertrain alongside a digital instrument display, sports seats and upgraded AMG styling. 

Models

  • AMG Line
  • C 43
  • C 63 S 

Engines

  • C300 – 272bhp
  • C 43 – 390bhp
  • C 63 S – 510bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

  • Fun high-powered version
  • Practicality
  • Sleek design

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

  • Not as well equipped as rivals
  • Soft steering

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

The E-Class Coupe is just that – a two-door, sportier rendition of its more sensible namesake. 

To look at, the luxury cruiser is sleek and stylish, with a plush and well-equipped interior to match. 

As things stand, there are only two trim levels to choose from with the E-Class – the entry-level AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Night Edition Premium Plus, which gives you upgraded styling and a few interior tweaks. 

There is more choice under the bonnet, with three petrol and two diesel powertrains to pick from, with the range topping out at 457bhp. 

Models

  • AMG Line

Engines

  • E300 – 272bhp
  • E450 – 389bhp
  • E 53 – 457bhp
  • E220d – 194bhp
  • E400d – 330bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

  • Much cheaper than like-for-like rivals
  • Excellent styling
  • Comfortable

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

  • No hot model (yet)
  • Loose steering

Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe

Mercedes-Benz CLS

The Mercedes-Benz CLS has an important role in the motoring world. It was the first to take coupe styling and create a four-door, luxurious motorway destroyer.

Since then, many have added their own spin onto the idea, but the CLS is arguably still king of the castle. 

That’s achieved by its incredible entry-level AMG Line, which features 19-inch alloys, smart headlights, AMG body styling, heated seats and the critically acclaimed panoramic infotainment system. 

At the top of the range sits the CLS 53 which comes with four-wheel-drive, upgraded 20-inch wheels, improved styling and a bi-turbo 435bhp engine. 

Models

  • AMG Line 
  • CLS 53

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe

  • Great drive
  • Original four-door coupe
  • Stunning interior and equipment

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe

  • Heavy
  • Vague steering in corners

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe takes the standard car’s luxurious aura and adds a sporty twist. 

It remains an all-encompassing limousine inside, with plush leather, expensive materials and high levels of tech. But on the outside sits a sleek and slender air piercer.

There’s less practicality in the coupe than its boxier namesake, but that’s forgiven thanks to outstanding exterior details, including 20-inch alloys, intelligent lights and a high-performance V8 engine, all of which come as standard. 

If you’re inclined, you can spend more, which equates to more power, upgraded styling, a panoramic roof and upgraded sound system. 

Models

  • S 560 Grand Edition
  • S 63

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

  • Luxury personified
  • Superb comfort
  • Strong performance

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

  • Expensive
  • Impractical in moments

Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe

AMG GT Coupe

The Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe is the company’s most expensive vehicle. And for good reason.

Built to replace the slightly-crazy SLS, it has big shoes to fill as the company’s flagship performance car. And this latest incarnation takes that role incredibly seriously.  

Once, you could buy a tamer, more road-friendly version of the GT Coupe. Now, Merc has done away with that option. It’s either the stupidly-fast GT R or the mind-bending Black Series. 

The former will do 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, meanwhile, the latter will shave 0.5 seconds off that time thanks to its monstrous 730bhp engine. Something you’d hope for, given its double the price. 

To look at, car styling is certainly a personal preference, but it’s hard to think of many mass-produced, front-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports cars that look better than the GT Coupe. 

It’s a staggering car, and if you have the means, well worth the money. 

Models

  • GT R
  • GT Black Series

Engines

  • GT R – 557bhp
  • GT Black Series – 730bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe

  • Stupendous fun to drive
  • Incredible styling
  • An outstanding feat of engineering

Disadvantages of Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe

  • Slower than main rival – Porsche 911
  • Expensive

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet transforms the sensible, comfortable C-Class into an Italian Riviera cruiser with one simple alteration, a convertible roof. 

Opting for material rather than the more complex hardtop, Merc has allowed the C-Class Cabriolet to remain practical, with plenty of boot space and rear legroom – something not often found in a drop-top. 

They’ve also ensured the convertible stays strong to its comfort roots. To drive, it’s pristine, and although there are no neck warmers like you find on some of its competitors – albeit they may feature on the new version coming in 2021 – Mercedes has added their Aircap system, which puts an end to a blustery cabin. 

Under the bonnet, there are five engines to pick from – two diesel and three petrol, including the bonkers 510bhp C 63 S which will break 62mph in 4.8 seconds. 

In terms of specs, it shares the same range as the C-Class Coupe, with the AMG Line sitting at entry-level. 

Models

  • AMG Line
  • C 43 
  • C 63 S 

Engines

  • C300 – 272bhp
  • C 43 – 390bhp
  • C 63 – 510bhp
  • C200d – 194bhp
  • C300d – 245bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

  • Practicality
  • Comfortable drive
  • Excellent top-range model

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

  • Lazy steering in parts
  • Expensive options

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet takes its styling from the E-Class Coupe, and that’s no bad thing. 

Both the exterior and interior are almost carbon copies, aside from the roof switch. And like the coupe, the cabriolet is a drop-top designed for comfort and cruising, rather than setting blistering times around the Nurburgring.

The E-Class soft top also shares the same trim levels as the two-door – AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Premium Plus – and enjoys much of the same tech, albeit the cabriolet features Merc’s Airscarf system to keep your neck warm during winter. 

When behind the wheel, the E-Class is surprisingly quiet with the top down, and even more so with the roof up thanks to its insulated material lining. 

Attached to the loud pedal sits a choice of five engines – three petrol and two diesel – with the fastest being the E 53 4MATIC+ which produces 457bhp and comes with four-wheel-drive. 

Models

  • AMG Line

Engines

  • E300 – 272bhp
  • E450 – 389bhp
  • E 53 – 457bhp
  • E220d – 194bhp
  • E400d – 330bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

  • Quiet drive
  • Plenty of rear space
  • Stunning looks

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

  • Designed for comfort, not fun
  • Very big, so parking around town will be tough

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet isn’t a car. It’s a land yacht. 

In the two-tonne, leather-clad behemoth sits almost every technological advancement Mercedes has created alongside an outrageously plush trim. 

Like the coupe, the cabriolet comes in three forms; the Grand Edition being the entry-level – if a car worth over £100,000 can be classed as entry-level. 

The ‘standard’ spec features 20-inch AMG alloy wheels, intelligent LED headlights, OLED taillights which change depending on the time of day and a monstrous V8 engine. 

As it stands, the S-Class Cabriolet is based on the old S-Class, so you can expect even further luxuries in time to come. 

Models

  • S 560 Grand Edition
  • S 63

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

  • Stupendously luxurious
  • Excellent interior
  • Stellar drive

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

  • Expensive
  • Will be outdated soon

Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster

Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster is the German manufacturer’s smallest hard-top convertible. 

With a proven formula from its previous years as the SLK, the SLC is a nimble, sporty two-seater which is well-equipped inside and well-supplied under the bonnet. 

Unfortunately, despite its long-standing success, the SLC is being discontinued, meaning it doesn’t come with the updated Merc infotainment system. But the seven-inch display it features as standard is more than adequate. 

The Final Edition is the entry-level spec, which comes with AMG body styling and 18-inch AMG alloys. Inside, there’s Nappa leather, Merc’s Airscarf system and sat-nav.

At the top of the range sits the 43 Final Edition Premium, which, alongside a 362hp 3.0-litre V6 engine and nine-speed auto box, possesses a panoramic sunroof, reversing camera and wind deflectors. 

If you’re not looking for out-and-out power, however, there’s a smaller 2.0-litre petrol and diesel option. 

Models

  • Final Edition
  • 43 Final Edition

Engines

  • SLC – 183bhp
  • 43 AMG – 362bhp
  • 250d – 201bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster

  • Sublime looks
  • Long-standing history
  • Good entry-level spec

Disadvantages of Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster

  • Not as modern as Audi TT
  • Not as fun to drive as Porsche 718

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

AMG GT Roadster

The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is the pinnacle of living on the edge. 

Not only do you have a monstrous V8 powertrain at the front – driving 557bhp straight to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox – you can do it with access to 62 miles of blue sky above you. 

The GT Roadster only comes in one form – the GT C – but it features everything you could possibly want. 

Aside from achingly good looks, Nappa leather envelopes the stunning cockpit, while a limited-slip differential and sports suspension ensure the car’s racing pedigree isn’t forgotten. 

The GT Roadster really is the product of two worlds colliding, then. You have Merc’s refinement and luxury alongside AMG’s party trick – making a car stupendous fun to drive. 

Models

  • GT C

Engines

  • GT C – 557bhp

Advantages of Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

  • Incredible styling
  • Luxurious cockpit
  • Immensely fun to drive

Disadvantages of Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

  • High running costs
  • Lack of luggage space

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