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Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016–)

Last updated 4 December 2018

Beautiful cabin design and quality. Lovely high-speed refinement. Very quiet and staggeringly efficient four-cylinder diesel. Futuristic equipment and more spacious than ever
Lots of safety kit and tech is on the options list, Best-riding air suspension a high-priced option. COMAND system still clunky.
Updated 4 December 2018
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This Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the most sophisticated car the German brand has ever made. More a shrunken S-Class than an inflated C-Class, the four-door executive saloon has had the very best from the Mercedes-Benz technology and safety catalogue thrown at it.

The result is a new class leader, a car more refined, of higher quality and significantly more luxurious than the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series with which it competes.

You’d expect this to come at a high cost and initially it seems that way - the E-Class is priced higher at the base point than the aforementioned direct rivals. However, they both offer a wider range than the E-Class, starting with lower-powered, less well-equipped base models. The E-Class, in the UK, initially has just two engines and two trim levels.

The superstar is undoubtedly the basic E220 d model, powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine that boasts an official 72.4mpg with 102g/km (on 17-inch wheels). 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 makes it a remarkable feat of engineering. It’s a board level car with factory floor running costs.

But if more pace is required, the six-cylinder diesel in the E350 d offers huge low-rev pickup, with a 5.9-second sprint to 62mph and a genuinely pleasing six-cylinder thrum.

Generously equipped across its two trim levels, SE and AMG Line, 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 wherever) using a smartphone app – an app that also means your phone becomes your car key. 

Owners' reviews

Presigious car - Battery range not great
Running on "Beta" software. Too many rough edges.
Fantastic Car
Such a massive disappointment
Is it a remarkably good car? Yes.
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