Truly living up to their "the best or nothing" moto, Mercedes-Benz has stood out among the greatest consumer luxury car brands for almost a century now. The company offers cars for literally every size and purpose; however, all Mercedes-Benz vehicles share that same recognizable high-quality and luxury component.
And though for many, the company's name will invoke images of luxurious passenger cars, Mercedes-Benz has also put a great deal of effort into producing some of the best industry vehicles such as trucks, buses, and ambulances. However, today we provide an overview of the current lineup of consumer vehicles that bear the emblem of this proud German manufacturer.
As a company that traces its roots back to the first production car in the world - Karl Benz's 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen - Mercedes-Benz is one of the rare automotive giants whose quality and competence can't be questioned. This is a company that had managed to maintain its competitive image for almost a century, while simultaneously actively competing in motorsports and successfully diversifying into virtually every industry segment. That said, it's no wonder Mercedes vehicles are held in such high regard today. And though the company did experience some hiccups in the late '90s in terms of quality versus competition, a 2008 J.D. Power survey placed Mercedes as #4 in terms of its initial quality rating (based on the number errors the cars experience during the first 90 days of ownership). And in fact, Mercedes-Benz was announced to have the lowest recall rate of all companies by an iSeeCars.com study shortly after, in 2014 - a standard it pretty much maintains to this day.
9 Compact Cars
With intent to offer more people the opportunity to own a Mercedes-Benz, the company introduced smaller and more budget-friendly options such as the A and B-class in the late '90s and early 2000s. Out of the two, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class represents the company's smallest entry level compact car, perfect for individuals with a strong sense of style and in need of frequent city runs. The newest A-Class offers an exciting turbocharged 188-horsepower engine and also comes in a compact sedan version, starting at approximately $32,500. On the other hand, the B-series is a perfect crossover for families in need of more seat comfort and cargo space, starting at roughly $35,000.
With the modern consumer increasingly inclined towards more practical vehicles, Mercedes-Benz offers one of the widest portfolios of SUVs, depending on the customer's preferences. You'll notice a pattern with thier GL lineup, which act as an SUV version of their models, ranging from the mini A-Class to the executive S-Class, each incrementally larger and more equipped.
For those in need of a small, agile, and practical solution, the compact GLA (starting at ~ $33,000) is the perfect SUV/crossover. Slightly larger and more spacious is the GLB (starting at ~ $37,000) - the newest midsize SUV with a unique attractive design and every luxury feature the average consumer would want. Larger still is the GLC midsize crossover/SUV, which replaces the old GLK, and starts off at about $40,000. In the large SUV segment, we have the mighty GLE (starting at $55,000) which competes with the likes of the BMW X5 and Audi Q7, while the flagship SUV title belongs to the lavish GLS ($70,000) which gives the largest and most luxurious 3-row SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade a run for their money. Hard-core adventurers among you will love the classic G-Class - one of the most luxurious and competent off-roaders out there, offering a monstrous 577-hp V8, with the base model starting at $124,000.
7 Electric Cars
Mercedes-Benz wasn't slow in adopting EV technology, and already offers two impressive, fully-electric options: the EQV and EQC. New for the 2020 model year, the EQC is Mercedes' only fully-electric passenger SUV, starting off at roughly $67,000. While the SUV is rather compact, at 187-inches, it offers impressive range and performance (275-295 miles) and Mercedes-Benz trademark luxury. On the other hand, the upcoming EQV model is the brand's unique, fully-electric Multi Purpose Vehicle. Not only is it spacious, but the EQV features an extremely upscale and comfortable interior that differentiates it from other brands. Though no price tag has been revealed for the EQV, it's likely to be in the ballpark of the EQC, with an electric range of just about 250 miles.
In the midsize luxury sedan segment, Mercedes-Benz offers three equally impressive options: the smaller C-Class (starting at $41,000), the executive E-Class (starting at $53,000), and the CLA (starting at $33,000). While both the C-Class and E-Class represent the brand's standard 5-door sedans, each available in a Wagon variant, the CLA is conceived strictly as a sporty four-door coupe derived from the compact A-Class.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class stands firmly near the top of the luxury midsize sedan segment, offering up to 503 horses of power (for the AMG variant) and competes with the likes of the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-series. Likewise, the E-Class offers a tad more size and luxury, with its AMG variant boasting a beastly 603-horsepower V8 engine. Unlike the C-Class, the E-Class also comes in an attractive convertible form. On the other hand, the CLA is small yet exciting sedan that packs up to 375 horsepower under the hood, and will find competition in the likes of the BMW 2-Series.
5 Super Luxury Sedans
Mercedes wouldn't be Mercedes without the S-Class, which it now offers in two additional sedan variants: the sporty CLS and the ridiculously lavish Mercedes-Maybach limousine. The S-Class (starting at about $91,000) is widely considered the best luxury car on the market, currently knocking the likes of the A8 or BMW 7-series out of the park. Today, the car also comes in a hybrid version. The CLS model (starting at about $69,000), on the other hand, takes everything that makes the S-Class great and makes it sportier and sleeker. However, both of these are small in comparison to the 18-foot Mercedes-Maybach - Mercedes' most luxurious limousine that starts out at some $168,000.
4 Sports Cars
Thanks to Mercedes-Benz's association with the lauded performance car company AMG, almost every brand's model - from the compact A-Class, to the luxurious S-Class, to the large G-Class SUVs - have their monstrous AMG variant. Other than that, there are really two distinct sports cars in the Mercedes-Benz's lineup: the exciting SLC and its larger and more powerful brother the SL, both offering a convertible option. The SLC starts off at about $48,000, featuring up to 385 horses under the hood, while the larger SL can pack up to 577 horsepower courtesy of a huge V8.
You may not see it on the road all that often, but Mercedes-Benz includes quite a sturdy and impressive pickup in its lineup - the X-Class. With a base price of about $45,000, the X-Class is a newer addition to Mercedes. Its chassis is borrowed from Nissan Navara, and nestled inside is a decent 164-255 horsepower engine. The X-Class serves as a more luxury-oriented competitor in the large, four-door, pickup truck segment, with a decently sized rear bed and four wheel drive for most engine options.
2 Multi-Purpose Vehicles
Aside from regular passenger cars, included in the Mercedes-Benz's lineup is the V-Class - the brands' luxurious take on a multi-purpose van. With the base model priced at ballpark $50,000, the V-class (Vito) has been a part of the Mercedes-Benz family since the late 1990s, and has received an appealing facelift along with a fully-electric sibling model, the EQV. Some lavish features that separate it from the competition include a sliding panoramic roof, 7-inch infotainment display, leather-clad interior, seat-heating, and more.
With plenty of motorsports victories under its belt, the company knows how to put together a monstrous supercar, such as the current AMG GT (starting at $112,000). In its rawest form, the AMG GT R puts out 585 horsepower from its 4.0L V8. It will dash to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 198 mph.
The AMG GT comes in two additional variants: a convertible that starts off at about $124,000 and sedan with a base price of $100,000. Notably, the the AMG GT 63 S ranks among the world's fastest sedans, sporting a 630-horsepower V8 that's able to launch it to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 196 mph. However, not even the AMG GT can come close to the S-Class AMG 65 - a 2-door coupe version of the S-Class sporting a beastly 621-horsepower V12.