2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon Review

Introduction

Mercedes-Benz, presumably sick to its back teeth of lagging behind the BMW 5 Series in the midsized executive class for decades, decided to pull out all the stops for the fifth-generation E-Class, which launched in 2016. And, while the slightly newer BMW might be more fun to drive, it’s possible to propound the theory that the E-Class is the better premium four-door, mainly because it is tremendously comfortable, replete with cutting-edge technology, and reasonably inexpensive to run. A plug-in hybrid petrol-electric and a performance AMG variants are available, although the majority of the range consists of superb diesel engines. Just one gearbox, a nine-speed automatic, is offered, and while most E-Class models are rear-wheel drive, 4Matic all-corners traction is available on a few cars.

 

Body Style: Saloon                   Seats: 5                       MRP from £35,160 - £57,275

 

Did you know? Although the E-Class name has only been used since 1993, the MkV ‘E’ can trace its lineage right back to Mercedes saloons of the 1950s.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★★☆ (8.9/10)

We adore the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. If you want thrilling driving manners and arguably nicer exterior looks, the BMW 5 Series might be the better choice – but if you want unmatched ride comfort, an interior that’s jaw-dropping in the right specification, and an incredible arsenal of technology, then...