The Mercedes-Benz AMG® E 43 is the successor to the Mercedes-Benz E 400. For a limited time, both will be able to be purchased brand new as the transition is made to Mercedes-Benz AMG®. Which one is a better investment? Is the new model better than the E 400 or is this the time to finally purchase that E 400 at a discount? To find out, this 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG® E 43 vs 2016 Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC® comparison looks at style, performance, and luxury between the two upscale sedans offered by Mercedes-Benz.
These two performance sedans may share the same lineage, but this is a rare occurrence where there actually be more differences than similarities between a successor and a predecessor. Naturally, the first place to look is under the hood. They share the same 3.0L biturbo engine, but with a dramatic power spread. Somehow, Mercedes-Benz was able to squeeze 67 more horses out of the same engine that has been in the E-Class for many years. Or maybe it was withholding power from us. Either way, it's a win.
The extra power in the 2017 E 43 leads to many other advantages over the E 400. For example, the E 43 has been paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission where the E 400 only has a 7-speed. They are both all-wheel drive, but the E 43 manages to jump from 0 to 60 more than a second faster than its predecessor. Both are still electronically limited at 155 miles per hour, but with the E 43, it is a guarantee you will get there much quicker.
The new design of the 2017 E-Class hints at a return to Mercedes-Benz roots that have gotten lost in time. It lost some of its sporty, modern curvature and brought back the bulky, luxurious look of Mercedes-Benz yesteryear. Of course, the E-Class was always available in wildly different body styles depending on whether you are 30 or 65, but for an AMG® model, we would have expected a little more individuality. The new 19-inch AMG® light-alloy wheels, however, are perfect for any driver.
On the inside, new sport seats keep the driver and passenger securely planted in MB-Tex/DINAMICA nappa leather. The new design of the seats is also seen throughout the car, but the biggest interior difference between the two is the infotainment screen. The E-Class now features two 12.3-iinch LCD screens, replacing your instrument panels and entertainment options. If you want to learn more about either the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG® E 43 or the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC®, contact Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead!