The Mercedes E-Class offers everything you should expect from an expensive executive car like a Mercedes. It's available as a saloon, estate, coupe or convertible, and all models boast huge, well made interiors, offering lots of space for passengers and their luggage. The E-Class has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, which backs up the car's solid feel. All cars come well equipped, and Mercedes offers trim levels designed with company car buyers in mind. There's a wide range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from. The smallest petrol unit does sound a little strained, but otherwise, all engines deliver a quiet and comfortable drive.
- Very safe and quiet
- High-quality interior
- Lots of engine choices
- Not as much fun to drive as BMW 5 Series
- AMG models are expensive to run
- Interior is quite reserved
A business buyer's favourite, the E-Class is recognised worldwide as a classy, comfortable executive saloon. Three trims are available, with SE appealing to cost-conscious fleet buyers, Avantgarde adding more luxury equipment and Sport giving the E-Class eye-catching AMG styling and a sharpened-up driving experience. The diesel engines are the most sensible choice, with even the smallest providing acceptable performance and wallet-friendly fuel consumption. For the ultimate performance E-Class, choose the E63 AMG.
- Vast luggage space
- Safe and comfortable
- Wide choice and decent equipment
- Cabin lacks rivals’ flair
- BMW 5 Series is more fun
- Performance models expensive to run
Featuring all the classy attributes of the E-Class saloon, but with a massive luggage area added at the rear, the E-Class Estate appeals to business drivers with families or more active lifestyles. The large, easily accessible boot can hold masses of luggage, family paraphernalia or sports equipment. As with the saloon, diesels make the most sense.
- Easy to drive and comfortable
- Wide range of well equipped models
- Relatively practical for a two-door coupe
- Quite expensive to buy
- Interior lacks exterior’s flair
- BMW 3 Series coupe is more fun
It's a low-slung two-door car, but the Mercedes E-Class coupe is surprisingly sensible and practical for such an indulgent purchase. The rear seats are useable, while a big boot and choice of fuel-efficient engines make it viable day-to-day transport. It feels bigger and classier than its most obvious rival, the BMW 4 Series coupe, while the Audi A5 lacks the Mercedes’ edgy style. All versions come well equipped, with SE more comfort-oriented than the sharper Sport model.
- Extensive range
- Quiet open-top driving
- Easy and comfortable to drive
- No folding metal roof
- V6 engine expensive to run
- Interior feels a little cramped
The Mercedes E-Class cabriolet mixes style with comfort and is surprising practical given its sleek shape. The electrically operated fabric roof stows quickly, while a wind-deflecting Aircap on the top rail of the windscreen keeps the cabin draught-free, even at high speeds.
The entry-level SE models offer best value for money, while AMG Sport versions feature firm suspension. The E-Class cabriolet is only available with the best engines from the E-Class saloon line-up – except the 5.5-litre V8 of the E63 AMG, which unfortunately Mercedes doesn't offer in the cabriolet.
- Understated looks
- Incredible performance
- High-quality, comfortable interior
- Dark inside
- Light steering
- High price and running costs
The Mercedes E63 AMG is a four-door executive saloon powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine that produces 549bhp in standard form or 579bhp in the even-higher performance S model. The E63 sits at the very top of the Mercedes E-Class range, and competition comes from the BMW M5 and Jaguar XFR.