Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016) Review
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016) At A Glance
Always one of the main contenders in the executive saloon sector, the Mercedes E-Class launched in 2016 encapsulates all that is great about this model. It combines high tech with ease of use alongside excellent comfort and cabin space. There’s a range of excellent, efficient engines that also includes a plug-in hybrid model to make the E-Class as relevant now as it’s always been to company car drivers that make up so much of its customer base.
The E-Class is a class-leading contender for your attention and cash. It does this by being a car more refined, of higher quality and significantly more luxurious than the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series with which it competes.
It also has to be noted the Mercedes comes with a very broad engine range, covering everything from the company car fleet-pleasing E220d all the way to the mightily fast E63.
There is also a plug-in hybrid model in the range now, so the E-Class has one of the widest, most advanced offerings when it comes to propulsion. You also have a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive depending on the engine you choose, so the E-Class is taking the fight directly to Audi and BMW on this front as well.
One of the superstar choices undoubtedly remains the basic E220 d model, powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine that boasts an official 53.3mpg.
That would be impressive even if the engine clattered like the generator at a budget camp site, but the fact the E220 d is actually quite pacey and extremely composed make it a remarkable feat of engineering. It’s a board level car with factory floor running costs.
If more pace is required, the six-cylinder diesel in the E300 d offers huge low-rev pick up or you could go the whole hog with the impressively swift and smooth E400 d.
The again, more people will be looking to the plug-in hybrid model offered with the E300 de EQ. It produces carbon dioxide emissions as low as 34g/km. It can travel up to 32.9 miles on battery power alone, which is more than enough for most urban commutes to be completed with zero tail-pipe emissions.
Generously equipped across its various trim levels, the basics you'd expect like navigation, climate control, Bluetooth, a leather-type interior, a nine-speed automatic gearbox, LED headlamps and radar cruise control are all present and correct. It’s a shame, though, that the stuff that really takes the E-Class into the luxury car stratosphere is left on the options list.
That includes a twin-screen panoramic display, which places two 12.3-inch HD widescreens side by side, and a function that allows the owner to remotely un-park the car from a garage or bay using a smartphone app, which also means your phone becomes your car key.
All of this clever stuff is underpinned by the E-Class getting the basics spot on, so it’s still a comfortable, roomy and very classy executive saloon.