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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon 02The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the most expensive vehicle on the safest new car list for 2017, which shows that safety technology is not the exclusive privilege of the wealthy.

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Highly praised for its comfort and luxury, which lifts it clear of its rivals from BMW, Audi and Jaguar, the new E-Class also offers a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP and other features like an innovative junction assist system. But then, you would expect nothing less from a manufacturer which has long been at the forefront of automotive safety.

The E-Class saloon has been on the UK market since May 2016, with the estate version arriving in the second half of the year. Still to come is the recently-announced E-Class coupé, and presumably a cabriolet version will appear at some stage as well.

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Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.


  1. I purchased a brand new Jeep 3ltr Summit on the with Sept 2015.when it was serviced the garage who sold me my car damaged the interior so I took in to a local jeep dealer.During the conversation I found out the car was 13 month old when i purchased it .Can I do anything about it.

    • Stuart Masson

      Hi Richard. A car is legally considered brand new when it is first registered, not when it was built. As long as the car complies with all legislation at time of registration, it doesn’t matter how old it is. It is very common for cars to sit around for months or even more than a year after being built before being registered.

      Your new car warranty commenced on the day it was first registered, not when it was built, so you haven’t lost anything there. A dealer is not obliged to tell you when a car was built, although if you ask then they have to answer you honestly. They are also not required to disclose minor damage unless you ask about it.

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