Skip advert
Advertisement

Mercedes E-Class saloon (2009-2016) - Practicality & boot space

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

Carbuyer Rating

4.8 out of 5

Owners Rating
Be the first to review
Practicality & boot space Rating

4.4 out of 5

In theory, at almost five metres long, the Mercedes E-Class isn't a car for the nervous parker. But all models get Active Parking Assist, which uses sensors all around the car to find a suitable parking space, then moves the car into the space automatically at the push of a button – leaving you to just operate the pedals.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Four people will fit inside the E-Class with ease, and five is possible with a little compromise. Access to the rear is easy and better than the previous model. The boot is a good size, and there’s enough storage in the cabin, too.

Mercedes E-Class interior space & storage

The Mercedes is a big car and there's space inside for five people, although the person in the middle seat in the back draws the short straw because of the large transmission tunnel that sits between their legs. This is something that rivals suffer from, too, however.

All passengers, bar the one in the middle rear seat, should have plenty of head and kneeroom – and the two outer passengers in the rear can fit their feet beneath the front seats, which are slightly raised off the floor. The driver’s seat offers lots of adjustment, so getting comfortable should be easy.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

Storage areas include a large glovebox, map pockets on the back of the front seats and decent-sized door bins. There’s some additional storage in the central console, too, because the controls for the automatic gearbox are on the steering column instead.

Boot space

The E-Class also has a good-sized boot that holds up to 490 litres of luggage, as well as coming with useful load nets and hooks. Need more space for bulky items? Many people will be surprised to discover that 60:40 split-folding rear seats are an extra-cost option.

If that doesn’t seem enough, you may want to consider the Mercedes E-Class Estate instead. This offers a massive 695-litre boot, with a class-leading 1,950 litres if you fold the rear seats down.

Rivals offer varying amounts of space. The BMW 5 Series manages 520 litres, while the Lexus GS and Jaguar XF have roughly the same amount as the E-Class. The Audi A6 comes out on top, with 565 litres. All these boots offer enough space for several large suitcases or sets of golf clubs.

Towing

The E-Class makes a good tow car, with the E250 petrol and E220 diesel models capable of towing 2,000kg. This figure rises to 2,100kg with the E350.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    E200 AMG Line 4dr 9G-Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £55,415

Most Economical

  • Name
    E300de AMG Line Premium 4dr 9G-Tronic [Pan Roof]
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £71,945

Fastest

  • Name
    E450d 4M AMG Line Premium 4dr 9G-Tronic [Pan Roof]
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £79,520

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

Top 10 best motorway cars 2024

New 2023 Mercedes E-Class Estate joins saloon
Mercedes E-Class Estate 2
News
20 Jun 2023

New 2023 Mercedes E-Class Estate joins saloon

Have You Considered

BMW i5 review - refined and good to drive
BMW i5 UK
In-depth reviews
24 Jan 2024

BMW i5 review - refined and good to drive

Mercedes EQE saloon – all the executive-EV you need?
Mercedes EQE 350+ driving
In-depth reviews
10 Jan 2024

Mercedes EQE saloon – all the executive-EV you need?

Most Popular

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on
Engine warning light
Tips and advice
12 Jun 2024

Engine management light: what to do if it comes on

New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed
Alpine A290 front quarter
News
13 Jun 2024

New Alpine A290: fast, stylish and very blue electric hot hatchback revealed

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
14 Jun 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

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