Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz E Class Saloon E300de AMG Line 4dr 9G-Tronic

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Remote boot release
Outside temperature display
Service indicator (Active Service System)
Blind spot assist
Attention assist
Mercedes connect me
Acoustic ambient protection
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Wireless charging
Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
Smartphone integration via Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, USB and Bluetooth interface
Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
Cruise control with variable speed limiter
Brake wear warning display
Traffic sign assist
Direct steer speed sensitive steering
BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
ECO start/stop function
Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
High resolution 10.25" multimedia colour display
Touchpad with controller
MBUX voice control activated by keywords ''Hey Mercedes''
Remote and charging services plus
Cockpit display 10.25" widescreen digital instrument cluster
Comfort suspension
Diesel particulate filter
8m charging cable for household socket
66 litre fuel tank
Incorrect fuelling protection
25 litre AdBlue tank
Agility control sports suspension with selective damping system and lowered by 15mm
9G TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission
5m charging cable for wall box/public charging stations(mode 3)
4m charging cable for wall box/public charging stations (mode 3) - 16A
8m charging cable for household socket (mode 2) - 8A
Aerial integrated in rear window
DAB Digital radio
2 USB ports in centre console
2 USB ports in the rear
Body colour door mirrors
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Adaptive brake lights
LED rear lights
Tail lights
Pre-installation for roof rail systems
Illuminated front door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering
Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
Rain sensing windscreen wipers
Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
Privacy glass Includes rear side windows and rear windscreen
Visible twin pipe exhaust system integrated into bumper
Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side sill panels
AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons in polished aluminium
Chrome pins diamond radiator grille, surround in high gloss black, single louvre in chrome with insert in high gloss black and integral star
LED High Performance headlamps including integral LED daytime running lamps and adaptive highbeam assist
Heated front seats
Leather upholstery
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Black roof lining
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
Four way partially front electric seat adjustment
Floor mats with AMG lettering
Front centre armrest with stowage compartment
Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
Automatic child seat recognition sensor
Courtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality
ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
3 spoke multifunction flat bottom AMG steering wheel with chrome inserts and touch control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather
Pre-entry climate control
Charging system - AC charging system rated at 7.4 kW
THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system with 3 climate zones
3-spoke flat bottom AMG steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather
Black door pins
Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console, USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Mirror pack - E Class
Seat comfort pack - E Class
Stowage pack - E Class
Parking package with reversing camera - E Class
Electronic Stability Programme
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Electronic parking brake
Drivers knee airbag
Hill start assist
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Window airbags
Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
Radar based regeneration
Active brake assist
Adaptive brake system with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
Perforated front brake discs and brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
Driver and adaptive front passenger airbags
Perforated brake discs with Mercedes Benz lettering
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Chrome surround electric key
Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
Keyless entry go starting function
Black open pore ash wood centre console
Open pore black ash wood dashboard and door trim
Open pore black ash wood trim and centre console in black open pored ash wood
Run flat tyres
Summer tyres
TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor
18" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in tantalite grey with high sheen finish
CO2 0
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1950
Compression Ratio 2065
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 660
Gears 9
Transmission Automatic
Combined 0.00
Urban 0.00
Extra Urban 0.00
Badge Engine CC 1950
Badge Power 306.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 5.71
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 5.90
Engine BHP 306.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 2060
Engine Torque 700.00
Top Speed 149
Front Tyres 245/45 R18
Rear Tyres 275/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1475
Length 4935
Wheel Base 2939
Width 1852
Fuel Tank Size 50.00
Weight 2720
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 2060
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a reputation for buttoned-down efficiency. It's one that has been continued by this vastly improved version of the tenth generation design, which retains a sensible side but dials up the desirability, aiming to offer a smarter, more prestigious approach to Executive class motoring than its closest German rivals. It does so with efficient engines, astonishing technology and comfort that makes you question the need for a larger luxury saloon.

Background

More than 1.2 million global customers have purchased this tenth generation E-Class in its saloon and estate forms since this W213 version was first introduced back in 2017. This updated model gets a smarter look and quite a bit of extra technology to keep it current in the face of fresh or updated rivals introduced since the original launch. No car epitomises what Mercedes-Benz stands for better than 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. Will it all be 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: cars like BMW's 5 Series and 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. It probably won't do. Electrification is the theme with this revised tenth generation model, with plug-in hybrid technology now available right across the range on the diesel engines as well as the petrol ones, plus as before, there's a choice of rear-driven or 4MATIC AWD drivetrain options. All models come with 9G-Tronic 9-speed auto transmission. The volume unit is the 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol powerplant that features on the base E200 variant, an engine which now features an improved 48-volt mild hybrid system now integrated into the casing of the nine-speed automatic gearbox. This lightly electrified set-up can produce up to 20bhp and 180Nm of extra torque to reduce the load on the petrol engine. Completely new to the E-Class line-up is the six cylinder petrol unit of the new E450 (borrowed from the CLS 450). As before, there's a petrol plug-in variant too, the E300e, which uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with a 13.5kWh battery; together, these power sources have a combined output of 333hp and 790Nm of torque. And there's an all-electric range of up to 35 miles. In the diesel range, things kick off with the 194hp 2.0-litre E220d with 400Nm of torque. There's also, rather uniquely, a diesel plug-in variant, the E300de, which has a 2.0-litre diesel engine paired with a 13.5kWh battery; the combustion engine produces 194hp, while the electric motor adds a further 122hp and there's an all-electric range of up to 34 miles. At the top of the diesel line-up is the six cylinder E400d 4MATIC, which produces 340hp and 700Nm. If you want a sporting E-Class with a potent petrol powerplant, there's also a revised version of the 3.0-litre biturbo mild hybrid six cylinder engine used in the potent Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ variant, which benefits from slightly more electrified assistance, though the total output (435hp) is the same as before. Beyond that, there's the 4.0-litre V8 E 63 4MATIC+ S model which offers 612hp. Even on mainstream E-Class models, handling should be sharper than you might expect, thanks to various 'Direct Control' suspension systems with selective damping. There's also the option of an 'Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension' set-up offering the kind of pillowy ride that will remind you of the larger Mercedes S-Class 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

The complete E-Class line-up includes saloons, estates, coupes and cabriolets but it's the saloon and estate that are our focus here. As facelift restyles go, this is quite a significant one. The front end features softer, re-shaped headlamps with full-LED beams and the grille's been revised too, as has the front bumper. As before, this tenth generation model 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 remains characterised by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut well-defined flanks displaying dynamic feature lines. At the rear end on the saloon variant, the previous rounded tail lamps have been replaced by wider, slimmer units which extend further across the back end and into a boot lid that now has a sharper upper edge. The estate body style has a rear section much as before. Inside, there's a new split-three spoke steering wheel with more responsive touch-sensitive buttons. And the standard offering sees the front of the cabin dominated by a couple of 12.3-inch screens, one for the instruments and the other for the infotainment functions. What's really different though, is the fact that these monitors now work with the brand's latest MBUX interface, which means that you get far more sophisticated "Hey Mercedes" voice control and a lower touch-sensitive pad to replace the previous click wheel controller. As before, it does of course all feel 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. Rear seat space is generous. And the saloon model offers a 540-litre boot, with folding rear seat backs able to extend that further if need be. As before, the E-Class estate is the biggest station wagon in the full-sized Executive segment, offering up to 1,820-litres of total fresh air.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £39,000, there's a £2,330 premium if you want the estate variant and the core trim options lie with base 'Sport', then various levels of 'AMG Line'-spec. Across the range, the standard specification is as complete as you'd have a right to expect for the prices being asked. All models feature a centre-dash 10.25-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. 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. The E400d model comes 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, a whole range of next-generation camera systems have now been introduced, including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist - now also with an exit warning feature.

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, which are aided by the increased emphasis on electrification across the range. Let's look at the WLTP-rated figures, giving you the saloon stats. The E200 petrol manages up to 38.7mpg on the combined cycle and 165g/km of CO2. For the E450 4MATIC, the stats are 31.4mpg and 204g/km. The E300e petrol plug-in manages up to 176.6mpg and 37g/km of CO2. And the diesels? Well the efficient 2.0-litre biturbo diesel engine in the volume E220d model manages up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 139g/km of CO2. If you go for the six cylinder E400d diesel, the saloon version of that variant manages up to 42.2mpg and up to 176g/km - not bad for a 4WD high performance diesel full-sized executive model. The Plug-in diesel variant will really help your tax return; the E300 de offers a combined cycle fuel reading of 235.4mpg and an official CO2 reading of just 33g/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.

Summary

This enhanced version of the 'W213'-series 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 this E-Class a little further against the constant assault from its key rivals. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this improved 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 without diluting this design's Stuttgart DNA - and without alienating its legacy market. That is the mark of a very special car.

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Remote boot release
Outside temperature display
Service indicator (Active Service System)
Blind spot assist
Attention assist
Mercedes connect me
Acoustic ambient protection
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Wireless charging
Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
Smartphone integration via Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Media Interface, USB and Bluetooth interface
Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
High resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display
Cruise control with variable speed limiter
Brake wear warning display
Traffic sign assist
Direct steer speed sensitive steering
BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
ECO start/stop function
Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
High resolution 10.25" multimedia colour display
Touchpad with controller
MBUX voice control activated by keywords ''Hey Mercedes''
Remote and charging services plus
Cockpit display 10.25" widescreen digital instrument cluster
Comfort suspension
Diesel particulate filter
8m charging cable for household socket
66 litre fuel tank
Incorrect fuelling protection
25 litre AdBlue tank
Agility control sports suspension with selective damping system and lowered by 15mm
9G TRONIC 9 speed automatic transmission
5m charging cable for wall box/public charging stations(mode 3)
4m charging cable for wall box/public charging stations (mode 3) - 16A
8m charging cable for household socket (mode 2) - 8A
Aerial integrated in rear window
DAB Digital radio
2 USB ports in centre console
2 USB ports in the rear
Body colour door mirrors
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Adaptive brake lights
LED rear lights
Tail lights
Pre-installation for roof rail systems
Illuminated front door sill panels with Mercedes-Benz lettering
Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors
Rain sensing windscreen wipers
Top surround of side windows in polished aluminium
Privacy glass Includes rear side windows and rear windscreen
Visible twin pipe exhaust system integrated into bumper
Multibeam LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam Assist
AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side sill panels
AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons in polished aluminium
Chrome pins diamond radiator grille, surround in high gloss black, single louvre in chrome with insert in high gloss black and integral star
LED High Performance headlamps including integral LED daytime running lamps and adaptive highbeam assist
Heated front seats
Leather upholstery
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Black roof lining
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
Steering wheel multifunction with gearshift paddles
Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
Four way partially front electric seat adjustment
Floor mats with AMG lettering
Front centre armrest with stowage compartment
Steering column manually adjustable for height and reach
Glove compartment - lockable, air conditioned and illuminated
Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
Automatic child seat recognition sensor
Courtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality
ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
3 spoke multifunction flat bottom AMG steering wheel with chrome inserts and touch control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather
Pre-entry climate control
Charging system - AC charging system rated at 7.4 kW
THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system with 3 climate zones
3-spoke flat bottom AMG steering wheel with Touch Control buttons, trimmed in black nappa leather
Black door pins
Central stowage compartment with 12 V socket in centre console, USB socket for use with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Mirror pack - E Class
Seat comfort pack - E Class
Stowage pack - E Class
Parking package with reversing camera - E Class
Electronic Stability Programme
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Electronic parking brake
Drivers knee airbag
Hill start assist
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Window airbags
Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
Radar based regeneration
Active brake assist
Adaptive brake system with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
Perforated front brake discs and brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering
Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
Driver and adaptive front passenger airbags
Perforated brake discs with Mercedes Benz lettering
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Chrome surround electric key
Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
Keyless entry go starting function
Black open pore ash wood centre console
Open pore black ash wood dashboard and door trim
Open pore black ash wood trim and centre console in black open pored ash wood
Run flat tyres
Summer tyres
TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor
18" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in tantalite grey with high sheen finish
CO2 0
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1950
Compression Ratio 2065
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 660
Gears 9
Transmission Automatic
Combined 0.00
Urban 0.00
Extra Urban 0.00
Badge Engine CC 1950
Badge Power 306.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 5.71
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 5.90
Engine BHP 306.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 2060
Engine Torque 700.00
Top Speed 149
Front Tyres 245/45 R18
Rear Tyres 275/40 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1475
Length 4935
Wheel Base 2939
Width 1852
Fuel Tank Size 50.00
Weight 2720
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 2060
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a reputation for buttoned-down efficiency. It's one that has been continued by this vastly improved version of the tenth generation design, which retains a sensible side but dials up the desirability, aiming to offer a smarter, more prestigious approach to Executive class motoring than its closest German rivals. It does so with efficient engines, astonishing technology and comfort that makes you question the need for a larger luxury saloon.

Background

More than 1.2 million global customers have purchased this tenth generation E-Class in its saloon and estate forms since this W213 version was first introduced back in 2017. This updated model gets a smarter look and quite a bit of extra technology to keep it current in the face of fresh or updated rivals introduced since the original launch. No car epitomises what Mercedes-Benz stands for better than 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. Will it all be 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: cars like BMW's 5 Series and 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. It probably won't do. Electrification is the theme with this revised tenth generation model, with plug-in hybrid technology now available right across the range on the diesel engines as well as the petrol ones, plus as before, there's a choice of rear-driven or 4MATIC AWD drivetrain options. All models come with 9G-Tronic 9-speed auto transmission. The volume unit is the 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol powerplant that features on the base E200 variant, an engine which now features an improved 48-volt mild hybrid system now integrated into the casing of the nine-speed automatic gearbox. This lightly electrified set-up can produce up to 20bhp and 180Nm of extra torque to reduce the load on the petrol engine. Completely new to the E-Class line-up is the six cylinder petrol unit of the new E450 (borrowed from the CLS 450). As before, there's a petrol plug-in variant too, the E300e, which uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with a 13.5kWh battery; together, these power sources have a combined output of 333hp and 790Nm of torque. And there's an all-electric range of up to 35 miles. In the diesel range, things kick off with the 194hp 2.0-litre E220d with 400Nm of torque. There's also, rather uniquely, a diesel plug-in variant, the E300de, which has a 2.0-litre diesel engine paired with a 13.5kWh battery; the combustion engine produces 194hp, while the electric motor adds a further 122hp and there's an all-electric range of up to 34 miles. At the top of the diesel line-up is the six cylinder E400d 4MATIC, which produces 340hp and 700Nm. If you want a sporting E-Class with a potent petrol powerplant, there's also a revised version of the 3.0-litre biturbo mild hybrid six cylinder engine used in the potent Mercedes-AMG E 53 4MATIC+ variant, which benefits from slightly more electrified assistance, though the total output (435hp) is the same as before. Beyond that, there's the 4.0-litre V8 E 63 4MATIC+ S model which offers 612hp. Even on mainstream E-Class models, handling should be sharper than you might expect, thanks to various 'Direct Control' suspension systems with selective damping. There's also the option of an 'Air Body Control multi-chamber air suspension' set-up offering the kind of pillowy ride that will remind you of the larger Mercedes S-Class 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

The complete E-Class line-up includes saloons, estates, coupes and cabriolets but it's the saloon and estate that are our focus here. As facelift restyles go, this is quite a significant one. The front end features softer, re-shaped headlamps with full-LED beams and the grille's been revised too, as has the front bumper. As before, this tenth generation model 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 remains characterised by short overhangs, a long wheelbase, large wheels and taut well-defined flanks displaying dynamic feature lines. At the rear end on the saloon variant, the previous rounded tail lamps have been replaced by wider, slimmer units which extend further across the back end and into a boot lid that now has a sharper upper edge. The estate body style has a rear section much as before. Inside, there's a new split-three spoke steering wheel with more responsive touch-sensitive buttons. And the standard offering sees the front of the cabin dominated by a couple of 12.3-inch screens, one for the instruments and the other for the infotainment functions. What's really different though, is the fact that these monitors now work with the brand's latest MBUX interface, which means that you get far more sophisticated "Hey Mercedes" voice control and a lower touch-sensitive pad to replace the previous click wheel controller. As before, it does of course all feel 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. Rear seat space is generous. And the saloon model offers a 540-litre boot, with folding rear seat backs able to extend that further if need be. As before, the E-Class estate is the biggest station wagon in the full-sized Executive segment, offering up to 1,820-litres of total fresh air.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £39,000, there's a £2,330 premium if you want the estate variant and the core trim options lie with base 'Sport', then various levels of 'AMG Line'-spec. Across the range, the standard specification is as complete as you'd have a right to expect for the prices being asked. All models feature a centre-dash 10.25-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. 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. The E400d model comes 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, a whole range of next-generation camera systems have now been introduced, including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment, Active Stop-and-Go Assist, Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist - now also with an exit warning feature.

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, which are aided by the increased emphasis on electrification across the range. Let's look at the WLTP-rated figures, giving you the saloon stats. The E200 petrol manages up to 38.7mpg on the combined cycle and 165g/km of CO2. For the E450 4MATIC, the stats are 31.4mpg and 204g/km. The E300e petrol plug-in manages up to 176.6mpg and 37g/km of CO2. And the diesels? Well the efficient 2.0-litre biturbo diesel engine in the volume E220d model manages up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 139g/km of CO2. If you go for the six cylinder E400d diesel, the saloon version of that variant manages up to 42.2mpg and up to 176g/km - not bad for a 4WD high performance diesel full-sized executive model. The Plug-in diesel variant will really help your tax return; the E300 de offers a combined cycle fuel reading of 235.4mpg and an official CO2 reading of just 33g/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.

Summary

This enhanced version of the 'W213'-series 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 this E-Class a little further against the constant assault from its key rivals. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this improved 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 without diluting this design's Stuttgart DNA - and without alienating its legacy market. That is the mark of a very special car.

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