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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Summary


The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a large executive car, available in either saloon and estate body styles. The current model was launched in 2016, with a facelifted model arriving in the UK in the second half of 2020. It is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines, as well as a petrol/electric plug-in hybrid and an unusual diesel/electric plug-in hybrid option.

The E-Class is also availabe in coupé and cabriolet body styles, which are not covered here. We are building a separate page for these models, so check back soon. There is also a flagship high-performance model called the Mercedes-AMG E 63, which will also get its own page soon.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has received consistently positive reviews from the UK motoring media. As of September 2021, it holds a very creditable Expert Rating of 80%, which is better than the Audi A6 but still several points behind its arch rival, the BMW 5 Series. It has been highly praised for its comfort and refinement, although it isn’t as dynamic to drive as the BMW. The All-Terrain estate version, which has a raised ride height and all-wheel drive, doesn’t score as highly and is considered expensive compared to the regular models.

Key specifications


Body style: Large saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £39,760 on-road

Launched: Summer 2016
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2016

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

90%

CHILD OCCUPANT

77%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

62%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the E-Class is selected for assessment by Green NCAP, we will publish the results here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has received

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Large Company Car + Best Premium Hybrid Car

2020

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Executive Car + Best Premium Hybrid Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Executive Car

2019

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Premium Hybrid Car
  • Auto Trader Awards – Most Recommended Car
  • JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study – Most Dependable Large and Luxury Car

2017

  • UK Car of the Year Awards Car of the Year
  • World Car Awards – World Luxury Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Most Comfortable Car + Best In-Car Connectivity
  • Honest John Awards – Best Premium Large Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Executive Car + Best New Company Car
  • Fleet World HonoursBest New Car + Best Executive Car
  • Professional Driver AwardsCar of the Year

2016

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Professional Driver Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Tow Car of the Year Awards – Best tow car, £35K to £45K
  • Telegraph Cars Awards – Best Business Car

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Mercedes-Benz E-ClassThe Mercedes-Benz E-Class has received consistently positive media reviews, with high praise for its comfort, refinement and spaciousness.