Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Active park assist with parktronic system
  • Analogue clock
  • Attention assist
  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Boot release from drivers seat
  • Brake wear warning light
  • Dynamic drive mode selector
  • External temperature gauge
  • Hill hold assist
  • Instrument cluster
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Park assist pilot with front and rear park assist
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Speed sensitive power steering

Entertainment

  • Aerial integrated in rear window
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Media interface
  • USB/aux input socket

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG bodystyling
  • AMG front, rear apron and side skirts
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch/anti pinch
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Polished aluminium upper window surround
  • Polished aluminium waistline
  • Radiator grille with integral star and 2 louvres in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Twin exhaust pipes

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke AMG steering wheel in Nappa leather
  • Adjustable front head restraints
  • Adjustable rear head restraints
  • Ambient lighting
  • AMG floormats
  • Artico leather upper dash trim
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Bag hook in luggage compartment
  • Black roof lining
  • Chrome door pins
  • Cupholders in centre console
  • Electric seat adjustment
  • Electric seat back adjustment
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door sills with Mercedes lettering
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Interior rear light/integral reading lights
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Storage compartment with 12V socket in centre console
  • Storage net in luggage compartment
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Packs

  • Interior lighting pack - E Class
  • Mirror pack - E Class
  • Seat comfort pack - E Class

Safety

  • 'Childproof' rear door locks
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Active bonnet
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive brake system
  • Driver and passenger side/thorax airbags
  • Driver/front passenger airbag
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Hill start assist
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
  • Seat occupancy sensor
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Keyless Start
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter

Trim

  • High gloss black centre console

Wheels

  • Run flat tyres

Emissions

CO

0.094

CO2 (g/km)

129

HC

HC+NOx

0.067

Noise Level dB(A)

72

NOx

0.056

Particles

0.0004

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1950

Compression Ratio

15.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

82

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

92.3

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

9 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

58.9

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

62.8

EC Urban (mpg)

53.3

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

194

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

AMG Line

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

33E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

30

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

95

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

90

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

77

NCAP Safety Assist %

62

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

15500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

7.5

Engine Power - BHP

194

Engine Power - KW

143

Engine Power - RPM

3800

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

295

Engine Torque - MKG

40.8

Engine Torque - NM

400

Engine Torque - RPM

1600

Top Speed

149

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

245/40 R19

Tyre Size Rear

275/35 R19

Tyre Size Spare

RUN FLAT TYRES

Wheel Style

TWIN SPOKE

Wheel Type

19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1480

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4923

Wheelbase

2939

Width

1852

Width (including mirrors)

2065

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

66

Gross Vehicle Weight

2375

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

540

Max. Loading Weight

640

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

2100

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1735

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.9

On The Road

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Paintwork

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Trim

Wheels

Summary

The Mercedes E-Class puts in an impressive performance. Beforehand it felt like quite an expensive car. Now it feels like one that's pricey but which offers a compelling value proposition. It drives with genuine polish, yet is capable of stepping from cruiser to carouser without breaking a sweat. Operating the car is relatively easy, and you rarely feel as if it's imposing its will on you, unlike certain rivals we could mention. The abiding impression is that this is a very carefully considered vehicle, developed by a company steeped in a proud engineering tradition. The latest changes future-proof the E-Class' emissions a little against the constant assault from its key rivals. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this tenth generation model though, is the fact that its appeal has broadened so far. It was once hard to see anybody under the age of fifty contemplating an E-Class. A more dynamic image and a focus on sharper design and driving dynamics has seen that demographic become younger. What's more, all this has been achieved diluting this design's Stuttgart DNA - and without alienating its legacy market. That is the mark of a very special car.

Background

No car epitomises what Mercedes-Benz stands for better than this one - the E-Class. We've known it by that name since 1986 but the history of this model actually dates all the way back to 1953 and the introduction of the original 'W120' series design, widely regarded as the brand's first truly modern motor car. And this model has remained truly modern throughout the many generations since, pioneering everything from safety passenger cell technology to turbodiesel engines, innovation that continues here in this much improved MK10 version. This time round, there's more stylish design, extra technology, even more safety provision and, most crucially, some all-new - and very efficient - diesel engines. Is it all enough to frighten rivals as good as BMW's 5 Series, Audi's A6 and the Jaguar XF? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Some full-sized Executive saloons claim to be sporty: BMW's 5 Series, Jaguar's XF. Others, like this one, simply don't feel the need to try that hard - unless an AMG V8 happens to beat beneath the bonnet. Almost all E-Class buyers choose a diesel, so will be particularly interested to hear that there's a new one on offer here, the four cylinder 2.0-litre 195bhp biturbo unit you'll find in the E220d most customers are going to choose. The gearbox it comes mated to is new too, a nine-speed 9G-Tronic auto. Rest to 62mph here occupies 7.3s and there's the option of 4MATIC 4WD if you want it. Diesel buyers wanting less poke get a 150bhp E200d variant. While those in search of more performance are offered a 3.0-litre six cylinder unit in the E350d putting out 258bhp and capable of rest to 62mph in 5.9s. E350d buyers get the option of 4MATIC 4WD if they want it. As for the petrol alternatives, well there's a 184bhp E200 base variant. And a 279bhp E350e petrol electric Plug-in hybrid derivative. Handling should be sharper than E-Class buyers are used to, thanks to various 'Direct Control' suspension systems with selective damping. There's also the option of a new 'Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension' set-up offering the kind of pillowy ride that previously, you culd only find on a larger Mercedes S-Class-sized Luxury saloon. A 'Dynamic Select' switch in the cockpit enables the driver to select from four 'Air Body Control' modes: 'Comfort', 'ECO', 'Sport' and 'Sport+'. The additional 'Individual' option allows drivers to configure their vehicle to suit their own preferences.

Design and Build

This tenth generation E-Class is slightly larger than its predecessor, its wheelbase having grown by 65mm and its overall length by 43mm. In design, it displays hallmark Mercedes-Benz saloon proportions, the elongated bonnet coupled with a coupe-esque roof that flows into a sensual, broad-shouldered tail. The silhouette is characterised by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut well-defined flanks displaying a more dynamic feature line. At the rear end, broad shoulders above the rear wheel arches lend the E-Class a more powerful character. As usual, there's the option of an estate variant for those wanting it, this derivative offering a huge 1,820-litre boot. Inside, the centre of the dash is dominated as usual in this class of car by a colour infotainment display but this one's bigger than normal, 12.3-inches in size, and available in two sophisticated forms. In addition, touch-sensitive control buttons on the steering wheel make their first appearance in a car. Like a smartphone interface, they respond precisely to horizontal and vertical swiping movements, allowing the driver to control the entire infotainment system using finger swipes without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. Further controls for the infotainment system are provided in the shape of a touchpad with controller in the centre console, which can even recognise handwriting, and the Linguatronic voice control system. There are also direct-access buttons for controlling functions such as the air-conditioning system or for convenient activation and deactivation of certain driver assistance systems. Plus of course it all feels suitably premium, with leather-covered doors and subtle ambient lighting. High-quality materials include open-pore woods, wood with what Mercedes calls 'a yachting look' and a novel metal fabric.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £36,000 for the 2.0-litre biturbo E220d 'SE' variant that model customers will choose, with a premium of around £2,500 necessary if you want to upgrade to sportier-looking 'AMG Line' trim. If you want the pokier 3.0-litre E350d diesel variant, you're looking at a starting price of around £45,000, again with a premium of around £2,500 for 'AMG Line' trim. The standard specification is as complete as you'd have a right to expect for the prices being asked. All models feature a Garmin Map Pilot navigation system with a 8.4-inch display, Parktronic parking sensors with a reversing camera and a Park Pilot self-parking system. There's also leather upholstery with heated front seats, LED headlights and taillights, 64-colour selectable LED interior lighting, two-zone automatic climate control, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with dual touchpads, electrically folding mirrors and 17-inch wheels (or 18-inchers on the E350d). The 'AMG Line' models come with AMG exterior styling including unique bumpers and side skirts, larger 19-inch alloy wheels, perforated front brake discs, a three-spoke AMG steering wheel and Artico leather and Dynamica microfiber upholstery with a seat comfort package. All E350d models come with Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension as standard, as well as COMAND satellite navigation with 12.3-inch display and remote online services. Safety-wise, there's a 'Collision Prevention Assist Plus' autonomous emergency braking system, plus a 'Pre-Safe' anticipatory safety system (including 'Pre-Safe Sound', which helps prevent damage to hearing).

Cost of Ownership

For a car that performs as broad a remit as the E-Class, encompassing everything from German domestic market taxi fleets to family transport, company cars and all points in between, there's a pressing requirement for the car to turn in some great efficiency measures. To that end, Mercedes has worked hard to improve running costs this time round. That new 2.0-litre biturbo diesel engine in the volume E220d model makes all the difference. Whereas this variant's 2.1-litre 170bhp E220 CDI predecessor could only manage 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and 139g/km, this time round, the replacement E220d delivers 72.4mpg and 102g/km. Quite an improvement. If you go for the six cylinder E350d diesel, it's a similar story. This variant manages 55.4mpg and 133g/km, an improvement of 14.5mpg and 48g/km over the previous E350 CDI model. For completion, we'll also give you the figures for the E350e Plug-in hybrid petrol electric model. Here, the combined fuel figure is 134.5mpg and the CO2 return just 49g/km. And otherwise? Well this model series is designed for the long haul. There's plenty of proof of that: Greek taxi driver Gregorios Sachinidis clocked up 2.9 million miles in his 1976 240D and though build quality took a bit of a dip with the W120 series range we had between 1995 and 2003, it's now better than ever with this tenth generation version. This car will easily out-last you, one reason why all-important residual values have traditionally been strong with diesel and lower-order petrol engines. Unless you do something silly like specify an overly bright colour scheme, you can expect to get over 60% of your initial purchase price back after three years.