- Exceptional interior
- Quality diesel engines
- Fantastic standard kit
- Not as fun to drive as rivals
- No petrol engine options
- Only one gearbox option
The gem in the Mercedes crown is arguably the best luxury saloon on the market
Since its first introduction, way back in 1953, the Mercedes E-Class has stood itself out as one of the major contenders in the saturated medium-sized executive saloon market. With its instantly recognisable design, unbeatable luxury, and exceptional ride quality, the E-Class has always been one of the go-to cars for executive car buyers.
Class-leading quality on the inside
One of the many places that the E-Class excels itself in is in its opulent interior. Whether behind the wheel, or sat in the back, the E-Class is one of the most luxurious production cars on the market.
The dashboard of the E-Class is a joy to behold. Mercedes’ cabin design is as exuberant as it is sumptuous. The materials used throughout the entire range scream quality, with soft-touch plastics and high-grade metals abundant in their supply. It’s a dashboard that will leave you in admiration, even before you turn the key. Controls are equally splendid - and easy to use. It is a cabin that leaves the BMW 5 Series and the Audi A6 for dead.
It also has the beating of its rivals when it comes to boot space. With 695 litres of space to paly with when the rear seats are up and 1950 litres with them folded down, the E-Class really is a market leader when it comes to practical storage. There’s enough room for two big suitcases, or a couple of sets of golf clubs, even with the seats up and a lot more with them down. The opening is perhaps a little bit narrow due to the design of the car, but it’s only a minor negative for what is an incredibly useable space.
Equipment levels are, on the E-Class, exceptional. Mercedes makes things a little easier for buyers by offering only two specifications: SE, and AMG. The SE is the base trim but comes with pretty much everything you could want, or imagine. There’s also a fantastic infotainment package, combining an 8.4-inch screen, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and a USB socket, that can be controlled through either voice activation, or through an intuitive wheel between the front seats.
All in all, the interior of the E-Class is a fantastically pleasurable place to be in. It is by far the best in its class in all areas, and you’ll do well to find anything that comes close to this level of luxury and practicality.
Comfortable and refined, though rivals offer more fun
One place that you could say lets the E-Class down is in its handling. Compared to the BMW 5 Series, and the Audi A6, the steering isn’t as precise as some may like. That’s not to say that it’s poor, however. Changing the settings from Comfort to Sport mode sharpens the car up through the corners, but it still falls some way short of the 5 Series. There’s also a little bit of body roll, particularly in comfort mode, although, it’s barely noticeable in all honesty.
Whilst it may not be a massively fun car to drive, it’s most certainly refined. The Mercedes brand is all about comfort, and the E-Class sticks to these principles. There’s very little wind or road noise, and the suspension guides you over even the roughest surfaces without you feeling a thing.
Gearbox options on the E-Class are limited to one offering, but what a fantastic option it is. The 9-speed automatic is as smooth as they come, taking you through the gears with an ease and refinement good enough to match the exceptional interior and all-round accessible-limousine feel of this Stuttgart--built saloon.
Two diesel only options
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your E-Class, you’re pretty limited in options. If you want a petrol, hybrid, or electric powered executive saloon, you may want to look elsewhere. It’s really diesel only here, with only two options. What you lose in variety, however, you more than makeup for in quality. And, there’s more than likely going to be a monstrous AMG-powered model that will pop up at some point in the near future.
If it’s power that you want from your E-Class, at the minute, the option to go for is the E350d diesel engine. Producing 258bhp, this engine will get your E-Class from 0-62mph in an eye-watering 5.9 seconds. For such a huge car, and for such an efficient engine, this is monumentally impressive.
For the eco-friendly buyer, the most environmentally-friendly option is the E220d, which produces a staggeringly low 102g/km of C02. Whilst this won’t quite get you a free road-tax ticket, it also won’t cost you much either, and for such a big car, it’s hugely impressive. This model is also best for the penny pinchers. Offering a fuel consumption rate of 72.4mpg, so you won’t be stopping off for diesel all that often. For Mercedes to achieve these figures is outstanding.
Whichever model of E-Class you go for, you’re most definitely going to be a happy customer. Both engines provide enough oomph, refinement, and economy, to keep even the pickiest of people happy.
New model not yet tested, but old model did extremely well
Whilst the latest E-Class hasn’t yet been tested by NCAP, the previous model achieved the full 5-star safety rating. As Mercedes values safety so highly in their production range, it’s quite likely that it will improve even further on what was an exceptional NCAP score. There’s lots of safety equipment that comes as standard as well. With seven airbags, active bonnet, and an automatic emergency braking system, you’re sure to be safe. There’s also the Driving Assistance Plus package which adds an active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. This is one seriously safe car.
Exceptional value for money, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The E-Class is a car that is amazingly cheap to run. This obviously depends on upon engine choice, but even the most powerful E350d option provides 54.3mpg, and only exhales 136g/km of C02. For an engine this powerful, that is staggering. The E220d is even better value to run, so whichever model you go for, it’s going to leave your pocket fuller than you'd probably expect.
Insurance-wise, the E-Class range sits in at a level you’d probably expect. The cheapest in the range is the E220d SE which finds itself in group 31, with the most expensive being the E350d AMG Line Premium Plus at group 41. This is obviously not the cheapest, but it’s comparable to rivals, and certainly no more than you should be paying.
Depreciation, as with all cars, is a large factor with the Mercedes E-Class, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first-year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Mercedes E-Class is one of the most iconic luxury saloon cars of all time, and for good reason. The current E-Class comes out top in just about every category when compared to its closest rivals. If it’s luxury, impeccable design, and efficiency that you’re looking for, look no further than the Mercedes E-Class.
Buying a used Mercedes E-Class online with Carspring
If you’re after a used E-Class for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Mercedes. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Mercedes E-Class online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used E-Class? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Mercedes, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Mercedes E-Class, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Mercedes to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.