Mercedes E-Class saloon

Price  £34,870 - £46,670

Mercedes E-Class saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Very safe and quiet
  • High-quality interior
  • Lots of engine choices
  • Not as much fun as a BMW 5 Series
  • AMG models expensive to run
  • Interior is quite reserved

At a glance

The greenest
E300 BlueTEC Hybrid SE 4dr £40,480
The cheapest
E220 BlueTEC SE 4dr £34,870
The fastest
E350 BlueTEC AMG Night Edition 4dr £42,010
Top of the range
E300 BTEC Hyb AMG Night Ed Premium Plus 4dr £46,670

"Impressive comfort and quality help make the Mercedes E-Class one of the world's best-selling executive cars."

The Mercedes E-Class is a classy and comfortable executive saloon that has long proven a hit with business buyers. It competes with other large executive saloons such as the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF. Other rivals to consider are the Lexus GS and Volvo S80, but neither of those comes up to the high standards of the E-Class.

The E-Class has recently been given an extensive facelift, which has brought extra equipment, tweaked engines and more stylish looks.

The Mercedes is good to drive, although unlike the 5 Series, it's slanted towards comfort rather than driving fun. Its suspension is smooth and cosseting on basic and mid-range models, getting stiffer on the more performance-orientated trim levels further up the range.

Since the facelift, there are two trim levels, SE and AMG Sport. Even the entry-level SE model is well equipped, coming with goodies such as a DAB digital radio, sat nav and climate control. Top-of-the-range models cost a lot more, but get all the latest equipment and eye-catching sporty styling.

Engines offer everything from impressive fuel economy to supercar-worrying performance, with the more powerful diesels giving you a decent blend of the two. The car is also available as a sporty Mercedes E-Class coupe, a practical Mercedes E-Class estate that offers class-leading luggage space and a stylish Mercedes E-Class convertible with a traditional fabric roof. All of these – even the convertible with its roof down – are very comfortable, and we’ve reviewed each one separately.

The Mercedes E-Class is expensive to buy, but it should be reliable and offer excellent resale values compared to cars from more mainstream brands such as Ford and Volkswagen. The entry-level E220 BlueTEC engine in SE trim costs just over £34,000, while upgrading to AMG Line trim will add around £2,500 to the price. The most expensive E-Class saloon, before you consider the supercar-beating E63 version, costs over £40,000.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.8 / 5

Entry-level Mercedes E-Class engines offer tax-friendly CO2 emissions

Engines, drive & performance

3.8 / 5

The driving experience in the Mercedes E-Class can be anything from mild to wild depending on which model you choose

Interior & comfort

4.4 / 5

All seats are comfortable in the E-Class – the driver’s seat is highly adjustable, and the rear seats are slightly reclined

Practicality & boot space

4 / 5

Rear-seat passengers in the Mercedes E-Class saloon have loads of head and legroom, while storage inside is decent

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The Mercedes E-Class offers a vast and impressive list of safety equipment

What the others say

3.7 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
"Although the Mercedes has a classy appearance, it's not quite as good looking as the Audi A6 or as good to drive as the BMW 5 Series. If you're after a car that puts comfort above driving dynamics, however, the E-Class is well worth a look. It is relatively expensive, though."
4 / 5
"With most of the engine choices, there's barely a whisper from under the bonnet when cruising, while wind and road noise are sealed out with ruthless efficiency. It makes for laid back driving mood in the Merc."
3 / 5
"The materials in your eyeline are pleasant and there's a sense of solidity. Look elsewhere, however, and the quality and finish of some panels are disappointing compared with some rivals."
What owners say 
4.3 /5 based on 255 reviews
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Last updated 
27 Mar 2015
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