Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016) Review

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016) At A Glance

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.

New prices start from £36,030
Contract hire deals from £311.89 per month
Insurance Groups are between 28–49
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

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. 

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Real MPG average for a Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

76%

Real MPG

27–69 mpg

MPGs submitted

180

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ASK HJ

What's the best four-seater convertible?
Which is the best convertible to buy? Needs to be a four-seater.
The best everyday convertible is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mercedes-benz/e-class-cabriolet-2017/ However, while the E-Class ticks all of the essential boxes, I've always had a soft spot for the Maserati Gran Cabrio. It's a wonderful thing to drive. It has space for four adults and boasts one of the best soundtracks of any car, thanks to its Ferrari V8. But be warned, running costs will be sky high: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/maserati/gran-cabrio-2009
Answered by Dan Powell
Expensive and unnecessary service coming up, should I refuse the work and forfeit the warranty?
I've booked a service of my 2017 Mercedes-Benz E43 AMG in to a franchise dealer. They say the 'A' service will cost £850 because the plugs must be changed after three years and 11,000 miles, along with the air filter. My Mercedes specialist repairer states he will inspect plugs and air filter and only replace as necessary. The Mercedes dealer say that they have to be changed in order to keep roadside assistance and warranty because it's in accordance to the Mercedes-Benz service schedule and intervals. Your thoughts, please?
I think not getting the servicing done is a false economy in the long run. Yes, you'll save a few hundred quid, but you will forfeit many of the rights you have against the dealer and Mercedes-Benz if a serious problem develops with the car by not getting it serviced accordingly. The E43 is a complicated bit of kit. I wouldn't advise cutting any corners on the maintenance.
Answered by Dan Powell
Does a temporary price cut count as a reduction in list price?
Mercedes is offering £4500 off the price of an E-Class until the end of March, bringing the cost of the most popular versions below the £40,000 VED band. I'd like to think that this will count as a reduction in list price for VED, thereby saving buyers even more money in the years to come. But will it? It's only available to private buyers so will HM Govt. say there's no change in list price?
When it comes to road tax VED, the list price is the car's published price before any discounts. This means you'll probably be liable for the higher tax rate. I'd speak with the dealer to be sure, as it's possible that Mercedes-Benz has lowered the published price.
Answered by Dan Powell
What should I replace my ageing Mercedes-Benz E-Class with?
I presently have an E Class E320 CDI sport auto. I love it but it's a 2007 reg and has done 82,000 miles. What should I replace it with?
The obvious choice is another E-Class. The current model is a lovely car, although it's fairly big. Many buyers are now moving towards SUVs - you could also look the Mercedes-Benz GLC or GLE. I'd also recommend visiting a Volvo dealer - most of their range is very good, especially SUVs like the XC40 and XC60.
Answered by Andrew Brady

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