Mercedes E Class - Luxury and style throughout
The Mercedes E Class is a range of luxurious executive cars which exude style and sophistication throughout. The Mercedes E Class differs from most other luxury car brands due to the wide range of body styles it covers. The E Class is available as a Saloon, Estate, Coupe and Cabriolet, so there's an E Class for just about anyone and any requirement.
The Mercedes E Class name was first launched back in 1993, although its roots date back much further. Over the years the Mercedes E Class has sold over 15 million units, making it one of the best-selling Mercedes-Benz cars of all time. The Mercedes E Class is the epitome of elegance, luxury and refinement, and a car to admire.
The Mercedes E Class is brimming with high tech wizardry and a variety of fuel-efficient engines as well as a couple of rip-roaring performance monsters, such as the 4-litre V8 reserved for the Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4MATIC+. So whether you're after a relaxing drive to the coast or a blast around the countryside, you will find an E Class capable of delivering the right experience you're after.
As the Mercedes E Class is available in a variety of body styles, it has a variety of premium competitors, which includes the Audi A6, Jaguar XF, BMW 5 Series and Lexus ES. To help keep the E Class ahead of the pack Mercedes has used the design styling and features found in their flagship S Class model to enhance the luxurious ambience of the new E Class.
We will be focusing our review on the Mercedes E Class Saloon and will review the other models separately at a later date. The E Class saloon is a car ideal for any executive looking to impress, and with a large selection of trim levels to choose from as well as various optional extras, you will be able to tailor your Mercedes to your requirements.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The Mercedes E Class has a strong line up of engines to choose from, whether it be a powerful petrol, a frugal diesel or a CO2 friendly plug-in hybrid. All engines are mated to Mercedes' 9G-Tronic Plus 9-speed automatic transmission, apart from the AMG tuned models, which are mated to an AMG Speedshift TCT or MCT 9-speed transmission.
There are two petrol engines to choose from in the standard E Class line up, four diesel and two plug-in hybrids. There are also two additional petrol engines on offer in the AMG tuned versions of the E Class.
The first of the diesel engines is a 2-litre four-cylinder unit, developing 194hp and 400Nm of torque and is capable of getting from 0-62mph in 7.3secs. The next diesel offering shares the same 2-litre, four-cylinder engine, but power is upped to 245hp and 500Nm of torque with an improved 0-62mph time of 6.2secs.
The next diesel in the line up is a 3-litre, six-cylinder engine, generating 286hp and 600Nm of torque which will sprint from 0-62mph in 5.7secs. The final diesel offering shares the same 3-litre, six-cylinder engine but with power increased to 340hp and 700Nm of torque. It will get from 0-62mph in a rapid 4.9secs.
The entry-level petrol engine is a 2-litre, four-cylinder unit with 184hp and 320Nm of torque which can take the E Class from 0-62mph in 7.5secs. The other petrol offering is a 3-litre, six-cylinder engine developing 367hp and 500nm of torque capable of racing from 0-62mph in 5.1secs.
The additional petrol engines are specially tuned by AMG. The first being a 3-litre BiTurbo unit, generating 435hp and 520Nm of torque which can zip from 0-62mph in just 4.5secs. The final petrol offering is the most powerful and is a 4litre BiTurbo V8 creating 612hp and 850Nm of torque. It will blitz from 0-62mph in a lightning-fast 3.4secs and a potential top speed of 186mph.
The two plug-in hybrids combine the same 122hp electric motor with either a 2-litre 211hp petrol engine or a 2-litre 194hp diesel engine. The petrol-hybrid has a combined power output of 320hp and 700Nm, while the diesel has a combined power output of 306hp and 700Nm. Both are capable of getting from 0-62mpg in less than 6seconds, the petrol in 5.7secs and the diesel in 5.9secs.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the E Class really shines and is a joy to behold, with the look and feel of the flagship S Class. The quality and design of the interior are arguably the best available in the current executive saloon market trumping the BMW, Audi, Jaguar and Lexus equivalents.
All Mercedes E Class models have two 12.3-inch colour touchscreens, which sit side by side horizontally so that they flow like one long screen as standard. One of the screens supports the Mercedes MBUX multimedia system, and the other is a digital instrument driver display cluster which is customisable.
The Mercedes E Class comes with an impressive list of standard features such as; sat-nav, DAB digital radio, Mercedes Me connect, touchpad and control wheel, BlueTooth connectivity with handsfree function. Higher spec models get smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard along with Mercedes' COMAND Online system.
The Mercedes E Class is the most comfortable and relaxing luxury saloon in its class, with seats featuring heating and cooling functionality and a variety of adjustment. Whether you are driving in city traffic or racking up the miles on the motorway, you will feel relaxed and refreshed at the end of your journey.
Space, Practicality and Safety
As you would expect from a luxury saloon, the Mercedes E Class has plenty of space to carry five adults, although the passenger sitting in the middle of the rear seats will have slightly limited foot space due to the transmission tunnel.
In the front, there is more than enough headroom and legroom to accommodate just about any size adult. There is plenty of adjustment in the front seats and steering wheel, so find a comfortable driving position is a breeze.
Headroom and legroom are fine in the rear, offering as much space as any of its rivals. There are various storage compartments included throughout the cabin, such as a couple of cupholders in the front, generous door pockets and a spacious cubby located under the central armrest.
The Mercedes E Class boot is vast, with a capacity of 540-litres in the petrol and diesel models. The plug-in hybrid model sees a reduction to the capacity of the boot, with the petrol hybrid coming in at 370-litres and the diesel hybrid 400-litres.
The Mercedes E Class was awarded a 5-star safety rating when test in 2016 by Euro NCAP, which is no surprise given Mercedes reputation for supplying its vehicles with the latest safety technologies and features.
All E Class models come with a variety of active safety assists such as; Active Park Assist, Active Bonnet and Active Braking Assist along with multiple airbags, adaptive braking blindspot assist and cruise control with speed limiter.
The Mercedes E Class is a great choice for those looking for something a little bit special and stylish. If you're after a luxury saloon featuring the latest advanced technologies, then the Mercedes E Class should feature high on your list.