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Few names and symbols have the prestige of Mercedes-Benz and its three-pointed star. Its roots date back to 1886, when Gottlieb Daimler designed and manufactured the first gasoline-powered automobile. Established as a premium automaker since the early 20th century, Mercedes has built a reputation for durability and technical prowess matched by few others. In 2016, Mercedes-Benz began to change its model nomenclature to better reflect an expanding lineup of crossover vehicles.

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For many, the way a car performs is a key criterion for which car to purchase. Our Velocity Index helps determine which vehicles are the best all-around performers taking in to consideration a balance of factors such as acceleration and handling. A higher number is better.

Model Velocity Index
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 85-87
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 66-87
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 69-81
Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe 67-81
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 64-80
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe 66-80
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 70-80
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 60-77
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 62-76
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 61-74
Mercedes-Benz SLC-class 69-74
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe 68-73
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet 63-71
Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan 65-69
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet 66-68
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon 65
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe 61-65
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe 60-64
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class * 53-63
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 58-63
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class 54-57
Mercedes-Benz G-Class * 45-53
Mercedes-Benz B-Class 52
Mercedes-Benz Metris passenger van TBD
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger TBD

Note: Bar graphs denote the composite performance for the model. "*" indicates models with incomplete data.

For more information, view our new car performance guide.