Skip advert
Advertisement

Mercedes E-Class saloon (2009-2016)

"Although it has now been replaced, the fourth-generation Mercedes E-Class offers luxury, comfort and economy. Nearly-new examples should be attractively priced, too."

Carbuyer Rating

4.8 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

Read owner reviews
Price
£55,710 - £86,870

Pros

  • Lots of engine choices
  • High-quality interior
  • Very safe and quiet

Cons

  • Interior is quite reserved
  • AMG models expensive to run
  • Not as much fun as a BMW 5 Series

The Mercedes E-Class you’re looking at here is no longer made, but while the new model is a technological tour de force, the previous-generation car still has a lot to offer. Given the popularity enjoyed by the old E-Class right up to the end of its life, finding a car left in stock at a dealer could get you a seriously competent executive saloon at a handsome discount. The E-Class saloon’s most direct competitors are the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6, though if you’re in the market for an executive car you should also consider the Jaguar XF, the Volvo S90 and the Lexus GS. Note that the old-shape E-Class Estate, Coupe and the high-performance E63 model are still in production.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The E-Class comes with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with diesel the most popular choice thanks to lower running costs. The E220 diesel offers economy of 64.3mpg, costs just £30 a year in road tax and gets the E-Class from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds. Opting for the more powerful E350d diesel sees economy drop by about 10mpg and CO2 emissions rise to incur a £130 road tax bill, but the 0-62mph time shrinks to 6.4 seconds. Compare this to the petrol engines, which return around 48mpg at best, and it’s clear to see why the diesel option is so popular.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

On the road, the E-Class is all about luxury and relaxation, as opposed to the BMW 5 Series that prioritises driver involvement. As with most large Mercedes, the driver’s seat offers a huge amount of adjustment and a great deal of comfort, while the suspension cossets and insulates you from potholes and other unwelcome intrusions. The diesel engines are a little noisy, though, and some models come with sports suspension. While this sharpens up the handling, it does make the E-Class a little less comfortable. Make sure you know which setup the model in question has before a test drive.

One area where the old E-Class falls down slightly is its interior. Everything is solidly built and works well, but the new E-Class has a superior dashboard design, and is made using even higher quality materials. A 2015 facelift brought improvements in materials and design to the old E-Class, though. Rear passengers get plenty of head and legroom, while the 490-litre boot is a decent shape. Split-folding rear seats were an option, so don’t assume any E-Class you look at will have them.

Towards the end of its life, Mercedes offered the E-Class in just two trim levels. The SE model comes with synthetic leather seats, a natty self-parking system, sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity and air-conditioning. AMG Night Edition cars have stiffened sports suspension, an upgraded interior and larger alloy wheels.

Even as it approached the end of its life, the Mercedes E-Class did well in our 2016 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, coming 44th out of 150 cars. Build quality, performance and reliability all came in for praise, although owners report the old E-Class isn’t as enjoyable to drive as it might be. Safety is virtually beyond reproach; while the new model features even more advanced protection systems, the previous-generation E-Class has always enjoyed an enviable reputation for safety, and scored the full five stars in its Euro NCAP assessments.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    E200 AMG Line 4dr 9G-Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £55,710

Most Economical

  • Name
    E300de Urban Edition 4dr 9G-Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £67,200

Fastest

  • Name
    E450d 4M AMG Line Premium 4dr 9G-Tronic [Pan Roof]
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £79,870

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Top 10 large executive cars – the best to buy in 2024
Best large executive cars
Best cars
19 Jun 2024

Top 10 large executive cars – the best to buy in 2024

Top 10 best motorway cars 2024
Top 10 best motorway cars 2023
Best cars
4 Jan 2024

Top 10 best motorway cars 2024

Have You Considered

Mercedes E-Class review – a smooth and refined executive saloon
Mercedes E-Class UK drive dynamic
In-depth reviews
26 Jun 2024

Mercedes E-Class review – a smooth and refined executive saloon

BMW 5 Series review – a near-faultless executive saloon
BMW 5 Series front quarter
In-depth reviews
9 May 2024

BMW 5 Series review – a near-faultless executive saloon

Most Popular

Porsche Macan Electric now £2,600 cheaper thanks to new entry-level model
Porsche Macan 4S Electric front quarter
News
16 Jul 2024

Porsche Macan Electric now £2,600 cheaper thanks to new entry-level model

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
19 Jul 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers

Kia Sorento review – a great SUV now made even better
2024 Kia Sorento UK drive
In-depth reviews
19 Jul 2024

Kia Sorento review – a great SUV now made even better

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
Best electric cars
Best cars
16 May 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024