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Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Is it cheap to run?

If running costs are a concern, the E 220 d is the E-Class for you. In this guise it’ll return an impressively high claimed fuel economy of 61.4mpg (55.4 with the 4Matic version), though we’d expect between 50 and 55mpg in the real world.

The E 400 d 4Matic isn’t so good, with an average of 48.7mpg. Insurance groups are between 31E and 34E for the E 220 d.

Petrol powered cars vary from the E200 with its 42.2 mpg to the mid-20s promised by the AMG E 53 and E 63.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Is it eco-friendly?

The amount of CO2 your E-Class Saloon emits depends on the size of wheels it has. An E 220 d with 17-inch alloys will emit 122g/km, rising to 127g/km for the largest 20-inchers.

On the E 400 d, you’re looking at 157g/km for both the 19- and 20-inch wheels (17- and 18-inch versions aren't available with this engine). 

The petrol range is a game of two halves - best of the bunch of course is the E 200, which boasts 159-163g/km CO2 emissions depending on your wheel choice. 

At the other end of the spectrum the Mercedes-AMG cars (E 53 and E 63) put out 200 and 245g/km of CO2, so are best avoided if low emissions are your priority.

However, if you can find an E 350 e plug-in hybrid on the used market, CO2 emissions range from just 49-57g/km depending on wheel size. 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Is it reliable?

With build quality as impressive as this, we don’t think you’ll need to worry too much about the E-Class Saloon going wrong. Mercedes-Benz has worked hard over recent years to improve its reliability. There haven’t been any major recalls in recent years for the previous model, so things are looking positive at present.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,385 - £2,238 *
Diesel 131p £976 - £1,353 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
Diesel/PlugIn Elec Hybrid 41 g/km (Min) £455
E63 Petrol 245 g/km (Max) £465

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £465
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 28 - 49
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.