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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 83
Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe 70-83
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe 76-81
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 69-81
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 76-80
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 74-79
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 69-78
Mercedes-Benz SLC-class 76-78
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet 70-77
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 60-77
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet 65-72
Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan 68-72
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet 66-68
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe 65-67
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe 62-65
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 55-64
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon 63
Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class 58-63
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class * 49-60
Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class 48-56
Mercedes-Benz G-Class * 44-53
Mercedes-Benz B-Class TBD
Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe TBD
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.