Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2009–2016)

Model History

April 2009

New E-Class launched With more than 20 new or further technical developments, this saloon further consolidates the leading position of Mercedes-Benz in the luxury class. They include trailblazing innovations for safe driving that are available from no other manufacturer worldwide in this combination. Examples include the standard Attention Assist, optional Adaptive High Beam Assist and automatic emergency braking, which is activated when there is acute danger of a collision.

Basic wheel and tyre size 16" with 225/55 R16 tyres.

With the high combined torque of 560Nm from its four-cylinder engine, the E300 Bluetec Hybrid surpasses many six-cylinder diesels. Fuel consumption of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of just 134g/km, make the it the cleanest and most economical executive saloon in the world.

W212 Engines and power outputs:

E200CGI (1,796cc) turbo petrol: 184PS; 250Nm torque

E250CGI (1,796cc) turbo petrol: 204PS; 300Nm torque

E200CDI (2,148cc) diesel: 136PS; 360Nm torque

E220CDI (2,148cc) diesel: 170PS; 400Nm torque

E250CDI (2,148cc) diesel: 205PS; 500Nm torque

E300 Bluetec diesel hybrid: 231PS; 750Nm torque (combined)

E350CDI (2,987cc) V6 diesel: 231PS; 540Nm torque

E350CGI (3,498cc) V6 petrol: 292PS; 350Nm torque

E500 (5,461cc) V8 petrol: 388PS; 530Nm torque

E63AMG (6,208cc) V8 petrol: 514PS; 630Nm torque

6-speed manual (200K/220CDI); 7-speed 7G-Tronic automatic transmission.

Mercedes-Benz has improved the already exemplary long-distance comfort of the E-Class even further in the new saloon, including intelligent bodyshell technology with up to 30% greater rigidity, further improved seats and a newly developed suspension whose shock absorbers automatically adjust to the current driving situation. The optional airmatic suspension now works together with an electronic damping system.

The outstanding safety and comfort of the E-Class are matched by its environmental compatibility and economy: the nine available engines are direct-injection units, and consume up to 23% less fuel than before. The combined consumption of the new four-cylinder diesel engines is 53.3mpg, which corresponds to 139g/km of CO2. All the engines for the new E-Class meet the EU5 emission standard.

Apart from the engines, the BlueEFFICIENCY (standard on all UK cars except the V8s) package for the E-Class is largely responsible for an average fuel consumption improvement of 3mpg. A drag coefficient of only 0.25 makes the new E-Class the world’s most aerodynamically efficient luxury saloon. It betters the already good Cd figure of the preceding model by another four percent.

Other BlueEFFICIENCY measures include newly developed tyres with up to 17 per cent lower rolling resistance, energy-saving control of the alternator, fuel pump, air conditioning compressor and power steering, and the ECO start/stop function (from late summer 2009) which switches the engine of the new E200 CGI off when idling. Displays in the speedometer inform the driver how much fuel is being consumed and when they should shift to the next higher gear.

There are three completely newly developed four-cylinder engines. These feature latest-generation common-rail direct injection, fast piezo-electric injectors, improved exhaust gas recirculation and an innovative twin turbocharger, making for improved responsiveness and good performance characteristics. To express this in figures, the E250 CDI with 205PS and 500Nm sees an improvement of 60Nm of torque over the previous E280 CDI V6 diesel engine, but uses around 23% fuel returning 53.3mpg.

August 2009

The new four-cylinder diesel engine also powers the E220 CDI with 170PS and the E200 CDI with 136PS which also have combined fuel consumption figures of 53.3mpg (available from late summer 2009).

The top model in the new E-Class diesel range is the six-cylinder E350 CDI with an output of 231PS, which returns 40.9mpg on the combined cycle, a 2mpg improvement over the previous E320 CDI.

The E200 CGI and E250 CGI are equipped with the newly developed four-cylinder direct-injection engine with a displacement of 1.8 litres, turbocharging and variable intake and exhaust camshafts. The E200 CGI (184bhp) is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and the ECO start/stop function as standard, and returns 41.5mpg. This equates to 159 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

In the E250 CGI (204bhp), which has a five-speed automatic transmission as standard, maximum torque is now 310Nm, which represents an increase of more than 26% over the previous V6-engine. As before, the E350 CGI with direct petrol injection (292bhp) and the top-of-the-line E 500 (388bhp) are included in the range of engine variants in the new E-Class. Developments have improved the fuel economy on these V6/V8 models by up to 1mpg.

The V6 and V8-models are equipped with the seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission and steering wheel Direct Select lever as standard. Executive SE comes on 17-inch wheels 245/55 R17 tyres.

December 2012

Revised E-Class unveiled including E300 hybrid.

Very significant facelift that transformed the look of the car. The front was completely revised with new one piece headlamps. Flowing light elements within the headlamps help to ensure that the "four-eyed" look which is typical of the E-Class has been graphically retained. The headlamps are fitted with partial LED lights as standard, while full LED technology is available for the first time in this class as an option.

The interior of the new-generation E-Class was also reworked. High-quality materials and refined, subdivided areas with precise joints and sharp curves underscore the high-quality overall impression of the generous interior.

A new feature is the two-part trim which stretches across the entire dashboard. It can be selected in a wood or aluminium look, irrespective of the equipment line. Also new are the 3-tube instrument cluster, the trapezoid-shaped, high-gloss framed display in the head unit with flat-frame look, the design of the air vents as well as an analogue clock between the two central air vents.

As standard, both Saloon and Estate models are fitted with Collision Prevention Assist, a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive brake assist systems. It helps to significantly reduce the risk of a rear-end collision. Also forming part of the standard equipment is Attention Assist, which is now able to warn of inattentiveness and drowsiness across a wider speed range, and also inform the driver about his level of fatigue and the amount of driving time which has elapsed since the last break. It also offers an adjustable sensitivity level.

A new element is the expansion of the BlueDirect petrol engine family with the addition of a four-cylinder petrol engine with spray-guided direct injection, based on the same trend-setting technology used in the latest generation of six and eight-cylinder engines from Mercedes-Benz. Its technology package includes fast-acting piezo injectors for multiple injection, quick multi-spark ignition, turbocharging, fully variable camshaft adjustment on the inlet and exhaust side, as well as a controlled oil pump.

The comprehensive engine range is supplemented with the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid. It combines the four-cylinder diesel engine with an electric motor, thereby producing a system output of 170 kW (231 hp) and 750 Nm of torque. The E300 BlueTEC HybridD returns 69.0mpg and emits CO2 emissions of 107g/km. As such it occupies the leading position among the most economical models in the upper medium-size category.

Mercedes-Benz also offers two transmissions for the E-Class in the future: a 6-speed manual transmission with high ease of shifting and short shift travel, and the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission with Direct Select lever and shift paddles. This latest stage of evolution of the 7G-Tronic Plus provides significant advantages in terms of efficiency and ease of maintenance.

A new feature is the short-term M mode. The benefit of this: if the driver has shifted up or down manually, after a set period of time the transmission independently switches back to automatic, fuel-efficient shift mode.

For the new-generation E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is offering four suspension configurations:

- Configured for comfort, the Direct Control suspension with selective damping system
- The sportily configured Direct Control suspension with selective damping system is positioned 15 mm lower
- The lowered sports suspension is available in conjunction with the Exterior Sports package and AMG Sports package
- The Airmatic air suspension with electronically controlled damping The Estate is basically fitted with air suspension with integrated level control system on the rear axle

All suspension variants feature outstanding sensitivity and ride characteristics and help to ensure a high level of handling safety.

All of the models of the E-Class family will in future be fitted with an electromechanical Direct-Steer system as standard. This combines the speed-dependent power assistance of speed-sensitive steering with a variable ratio across the steering angle range. The rack and pinion steering gear is controlled on-demand and therefore contributes towards efficiency.

August 2014

Numerous revisions to E212 Mercedes E-Class from September 2014. E220CDI and E250CDI get an AdBlue filler, are called 'Bluetec' and conform to EU6. E300 Bluetec hybrid also gets the AdBlue treatment and ECDC economy goes up to 74.3mpg. E350 Bluetec V6 was already AdBlue, but gets a 6PS power boost and a 9-speed autobox. E400 petrol turbo gets a 3.5 litre V6. Prices up £1,500 +, starting at £34,270 for the E220 Bluetec SE saloon and £35,390 for the estate.

December 2014

AdBlue tank fitted to all 2015 MY diesels, including the C220 CDI, means that a spacesaver spare can no longer be carried in the spare wheel well.

What does a Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2009 – 2016) cost?

List Price from £36,075
Buy new from £28,837
Contract hire from £311.89 per month